An Afternoon in Chocolate Heaven

24 Feb

Yarra Valley is not just about wineries, but it is a haven for good produce and fine food as well.

My husband and I keep coming back to Yarra Valley, not only when we have friends or family visiting Melbourne, but when we feel like going for a relaxing drive around greenery or when we want to have a break from the usual places we go to in the city or around our suburbs.

We would go to the farmer’s market once in a while, and lately, we found ourselves going back to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, a relatively new place in Yarra Valley.

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To people’s delight, when you step foot inside, this is the sight that will greet you : three big bowls of free chocolate you can help yourself to –

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As you can see, you can sample their white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. So everyone’s tastes, no matter what type of chocolate you prefer sinking your teeth into, is well-catered for. It’s free, so you can nibble on some chocolate while finding something to buy inside the store.

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Aside from the wide range of typical flavours you can choose from off that chocolate wall down that far end of the photo above, they also have a garden line of chocolates below, where flavours such as celery, lavender, curry leaf, fig and fennel are incorporated into the chocolate –

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This makes chocolate sound healthy, don’t you think? 😉

They also have a chocolate therapy section, which offers chocolate or sweet infused lotions and other body products.

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Chocolate flavoured lip balms, anyone? 🙂

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Chocolate body therapy soaps should provide a relaxing and interesting bath, huh?

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For hard-core chocolate lovers out there looking for the chocolatier type, their three-meter signature truffle cabinet will not disappoint.

What’s good about this place is that it’s not just a store but it’s an activity hub for the family.

They have a viewing window for their chocolate machinery so you can have a look and observe how the chocolate is made –

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They have a cafe that serves breakfast and lunch,  and the greenery outside provides a nice ambience (where you’ll normally find both kids and adults hanging around).

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Although I’m not sure if the lying around as shown in the photo above is allowed, since there is an actual sign that says no picnics allowed 😛

For lunch, I had smoked salmon on rye toast with rocket, red onions, capers and lemon myrtle cream cheese. The salmon tasted fresh (thank goodness, as we hate a fishy taste) and the rocket and capers go well with the salmon. I couldn’t quite place what the cream cheese and its supposed flavour brings to the dish, though.

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Lawrence went for their chicken, bacon and barbecue sauce pizza. They have their own homemade pizza sauce. We liked it at the beginning but then towards the end we found it too sweet already (would have been nice if there’s a bottle of Tabasco nearby 😉 ).

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The coffee, as expected from a Melbourne cafe (yes, I’m a newly converted Melbourne coffee junkie), was great. I didn’t even need to put sugar on my coffee (as I always do!).

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Of course I wouldn’t miss mentioning that aside from the chocolate, it’s the ice cream here that majority of people who come here would queue up for –

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To cap off our afternoon here, we chose to indulge in one of their oh-so-yummy-looking desserts on display below (which by far outshines all the dessert places I’ve come across with here in Melbourne).

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Our choice of dessert was the raspberry macaron delight (note the massive size :D). It’s served with cream on the side and their couverture chocolate. There is a lemon filling along with the fresh raspberries you can see in the photo, which neutralised the sweetness of the dish.

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So there you go. I’ve practically listed everything you can do in your visit here. I think you will agree with me that you can easily spend a whole afternoon here like we did 🙂

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Moving to Australia: Tips to Make Your Transition Easier

23 Jan

Your permanent resident visa in Australia has been approved and you are preparing for the big move. So what exactly do you need to arrange once you have landed in the Land Down Under?

We have a lot of friends moving to AU this year and my husband and I thought it would be helpful to share the things we know that have been helpful to us in our early days in Melbourne.

We came here without knowing anyone in the area. I have relatives in Sydney but they’ve been here for more than 20 yrs so it’s been a while since they’ve settled in, and obviously, they’re in a different Australian state. So Law and I pretty much took a plunge into a relatively unknown world, but with enough research (really proud of Law when it comes to this), moving wasn’t so difficult for us.

So here are our tips in moving to Melbourne/Australia –

1) Get assistance from IOM (International Organization for Migration)

If you are eligible, you will be given discounts to airfares for your landing in Australia. Plus you are entitled additional baggage allowance.

2) You can look for a house/apartment/flat to rent or buy even before you land in Australia.

Websites such as www.domain.com.au and www.realestate.com.au give very detailed information about each property, photos included. Couple this with Google maps and you will find that it is very easy to shortlist potential houses. Use the street view option in Google maps to get a more visual view of the places you are looking at (unless the house/apartment building is brand new, street view is quite reliable).

3) As per the usual immigration policies, you cannot bring so much cash on hand when travelling to Australia.

So you may want to open an account with a bank in your originating country that provides you the access and flexibility to transfer money to you once you are in Australia, without any charges. We opened one with Citibank Singapore and once here, we opened one with Citibank Australia. I believe other banks offer this service, too (like HSBC).

4) Your visa is already linked to your passport number.

You can go old school like the paranoid me who insisted to get my passport updated with a hardcopy of the PR visa (just in case they somehow can’t find it in the system :P), but this is not really necessary as your visa would already have been updated into the online system. Upon arrival, you just need to tick off that portion in your disembarkation card that you are a migrant making the first landing.

5) In determining how much start-up money you need in going here, prepare to spend for appliances and furnishings for your house, and enough money to be able to pay at least 6 months of rent.

Keep in mind that most rentals here are NOT furnished (so unless specifically stated, those furnishings in the photos you see in the real estate websites may not be there any more once you move in). Also, unlike in Singapore, where rentals would commonly include the washing machine, stove and refrigerator, here in AU, the basics that go with the rent are the dishwasher, stove, and oven.

Also, the deposit on the house is not for assurance of a month’s worth of rent. It is for insurance of the rental property for any damages that may be incurred. If you need to move out before your contract is due, you may need to pay for re-advertising and re-letting fees and pay for the rent until the end of your lease.

6) Research on which suburb is most suitable for you.

Perhaps the most important thing for a new migrant is to feel at ease in the new place he/she is settling into. Read around about the demographics of the state you are moving into. You will want to find a place where most people from your country stay. Stores selling food items from home and restaurants serving familiar food will be in close range, and people with similar interests and culture will help greatly in making you feel at home. As an example, you will find that most Filipinos reside in the west of Melbourne. Box Hill, where my husband and I are staying now, houses a big Chinese community (so yeah, we feel very much like we’re still in Singapore 😉 )

Wikipedia actually talks about such demographics in detail –

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Melbourne#Ethnic_groups_and_multiculturalism

7) Be a savvy shopper when buying appliances/furnitures.

There are electronics/appliance retailers such as JB Hi Fi and The Good Guys, where you can ask for discounts or haggle when buying from them. Let them know that you have found another store which offers a lower price, and you can get them to match or even beat that amount, or maybe throw in a few freebies.

There are online sites offering both brand-new and second-hand items, not just from retailers but from just about anyone in Australia wanting to sell something. You will be able to get good bargains (of course, at your own risk, so take precaution). Try www.gumtree.com.au or www.ozbargain.com.au to see offers and deals on a lot of items up for sale.

8) Be prepared to arrange for connection of multiple utilities for your home.

I remember paying simply for water, gas, and electricity in Singapore and the Philippines. And there is just one company providing each service.

Here, depending on where you live, you may have to pay for hot water and cold water separately. This was something new to us. And there are so many providers for gas, electricity, water in every area. Again something new to us. We had to go through plans of numerous providers, for each utility! And just when we thought we’re done figuring things out, we were informed a few months later that the company providing the meters in our apartment building is different from our actual electricity provider. So we have to choose between paying a rent for the meter, or switching providers.

Since our apartment is a brand new one, there was initially no telephone connection yet. So we had to arrange for that first and pay the $200+ one-time installation fee (which the owner gladly reimbursed later, thank God), on top of paying for monthly telephone service fees.. It is only after we have been connected to the telephone network that our internet provider allowed us to sign up for a contract with them. And so before we had internet connection at home, it took about almost a month of waiting… Good thing mobile internet is available.. Also a good thing  we didn’t want cable TV, or else that’ll be another matter to take care of.. 😀

Talk about making life complicated.

9) If you are a Filipino migrating from Singapore, better get a driver’s license in SG before coming to AU.

Singapore and Australia have a similar driving system, so the SG license can get converted directly here without taking an exam. Having just the Philippine license is just like not having a license at all. You will need to take the exam and start from the probationary license. This also applies to migrants coming from other countries driving on the right side of the road.

10) Apply for Medicare as soon as you arrive.

Just for security in case something happens, you may want to apply for health insurance once you make your landing in Australia. For Medicare, you will need your passport and proof of visa (i.e. visa grant letter) to apply. You can do this as soon as you come to Australia. You will be asked for your bank details for payments of any claims you make. This can be provided later if unavailable at the time of application. Also, you can can choose to be on separate Medicare cards or be included with family member at the same address in one card.

And lastly…

11) RELAX! 😉

Don’t be bothered much by those ‘scary’ stories being passed on about racism in Australia. We’ve been here for 2 years now and we only would hear about a few encounters here and there and never experienced being marginalised first-hand.  My personal take on that is that it’s not something only known to Australia. I felt it in SG, and I believe even my own countrymen (and myself) are guilty of ‘having a feeling of superiority’, if you will let me put it that way, from time to time 😛

Safari adventure, anyone?

12 Jan

If you enjoyed going to places like the night safari in Singapore or Zoobic Safari in the Philippines, you will find a day in Werribee’s open range zoo quite interesting.

The concept is similar – upon entry, you are entitled to a round of tram ride which takes you around their version of a safari, where animals prowl around in an open space. Then you can also walk around on your own and look at animals in enclosures.

Comparing these three places I’ve been to, I  can say that each has its own edge over the other two. The Singapore safari features more animals. The Philippine and Melbourne ones are open during  the day so you can actually see and take pictures better. Melbourne has a cool weather so it was quite pleasant to go around during the day (unlike in Zoobic, where it was sweltering to go about during the day). Both the Singapore and Philippine safaris feature quite entertaining animal and tribal shows (sorry Werribee, that serval cat presentation really disappoints.. please take this as a constructive criticism 😉 ). The Philippine one I think offers the best value for money (they charge your for about 1/3 the price of the ones in SG and AU :P) and actually allows you to experience camel and tiger feeding for free (although visitors are encouraged to purchase a chunk of chicken meat for tiger feeding). The Werribee one charges you triple the admission rate for close encounters with their animals!

We just opted for a basic visit in the open range zoo here. No close encounters, but had an interesting day anyway 😉

Sharing below my photos from our day in Werribee –

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The tigers were unfortunately taking a nap when we came to their area –

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One highlight of my day was our visit to the meerkats, I somehow just find them really cute. They remind me of King Julien in the cartoon movie Madagascar (King Julien was actually a lemur) 😀

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There are areas where kids can play about –

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As mentioned in my intro above, I was a bit disappointed with the serval cat presentation –

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No offense meant.. Maybe I’m just used to shows like the ones in the Philippines, like the ones below –

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Man performs a tribal dance of natives in the Philippines

Man performs a tribal dance of natives in the Philippines

And as I’ve also mentioned earlier, Zoobic Safari in the Philippines actually lets you experience feeding camels with no additional charge. Sharing below a pic of my family enjoying this experience –

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After visiting the Werribee Open Range Zoo, we paid a quick visit to the rose garden just beside the zoo, and Werribee mansion… But I wasn’t able to take any good shots as spring was just beginning and the flowers have not bloomed yet (yes, this is a late post once again.. a SUPER late one hihi). Will post when we do get to visit these places on a better time someday 😉

A Taste of Holland From Down Under

3 Oct

One of the things I like about Melbourne is that it’s a melting pot of different nationalities. The vibrant feel of the entire city is brought about by the variety of things people who have come from different places in the world has to offer.

Having said that, one can really be grateful that an immigrant family from Holland has brought to Victoria a glimpse of what a Dutch countryside looks like. They were able to bring a suitcase full of tulip bulbs to Australia when they migrated here in 1939 (back when there were no laws prohibiting bringing of seeds and flora ;)). The regular interest of crowds wanting to have a look at these unusual flowers has become so huge that Cees and Johanna Tesselaar decided to open their doors to the public, hence, starting an annual festival for these exquisite blooms.

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival runs from September 12 to October 8. There are different festivities scheduled for each weekend. Activities are held for both kids and adults, and so the whole family can come.

Law and I were able to find time to check-out the festival  on the 22nd of September, just in time for Dutch Weekend.

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Tulips are amazingly beautiful flowers. Although they don’t really smell nice like other flowers, their texture and lively colors are beyond compare. I know that roses are the most popular choices for flowers, but I’ve always been a tulip girl 🙂

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I expected the tulip fields to be more massive and the flower beds to be more packed, and so I was a bit disappointed to see about five lanes of tulip beds. Since the area wasn’t that big, it won’t take you a long time to cover the entire place. It’s a good thing that there are presentations and interesting shops and food booths that let you sample Dutch food.

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Had the privilege of trying on some giant clogs for my first-ever shoe selfie 😉 –

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The Dutch poffertjes are actually just miniature-sized pancakes. You can choose from several options for toppings and if you know me, you would know all too well that I’d go for the chocolate option. Our plate also had some butter and icing sugar on it.

There’s only one sit-down place where you can have lunch, and in the element of time, we just went for takeaway from several food kiosks. So aside from the poffertjes above, we had corn and baked potato as well (which I hoped had more cheese on it :P) –

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Would have loved live musical entertainment, but this barrel organ would have to make do –

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We just spent a few hours in the festival, but that’s really long enough to cover the entire area and get a taste of Dutch culture.

All in all, it was a fine, happy spring day. After all, flowers always play their part in cheering up even the gloomiest of days, don’t they?

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Post-note: As of this writing, the festival still has a few more days to go before it ends . For more info, you can go to http://www.tulipfestival.com.au/

It is located at 357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan, Victoria

Sovereign Hill – Journey Back in Time

23 Jun

If you’re someone who enjoys watching movies with a setting in the late 1800s or early 1900s, or that go back in time, or someone who is enthused about the concept of gold, Sovereign Hill is a definite must-see for you in Victoria. This outdoor museum spanning 25 hectares of land takes you back to the 1850s, the advent of Australia’s goldrush decade.

Taking a break from our usual nature sightseeing and countryside touring, we went during Good Friday to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, which is on the western side of Victoria.

It was about 1 1/2 hours of drive from our place. We arrived at around 11 AM (ok ok, I’m late as usual, hence the late arrival :P).  We realized later into the day that it was a mistake coming late, since we weren’t able to complete our Ballarat experience and had to skip some of the activities in this outdoor park (like the theatre events 😦 !)

The museum is open from 10 AM til 5 PM. The queue is not that bad so you will be able to get in fairly quickly, but I would really advise you to come early so that you can make the most out of the hefty $47 admission fee. (Word of advise: you can make use of various coupons to get a bit of a discount on the entrance cost :))

The rather grim-looking dull-colored scenery that welcomes you once you enter the park is a bit misleading of the rather unique experience you will have during your day in the site.

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We wasted no time and went on to trying out what I believe is the most important to-do item when visiting Sovereign Hill – panning out gold nuggets (or at least, trying to :-P)

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A Sovereign Hill “local” demonstrated how gold-panning is done –

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It is definitely not an easy task to do! But well-worth it if the effort actually pays off, don’t you think? 🙂 Anyway, there’s little chance of being able to find gold nuggets at this time. (Although there were rumors just recently that some lucky bloke was able to find a big chunk of gold here, not sure how true that was, though :-P) The guy above was able to show us one gold ‘crumb’ he was able to get in his pan. But then, these tiny bits of gold aren’t worth anything, really. And you can buy tiny flakes of gold collected in a small vial in the park’s stores.

Most of the attractions in this outdoor museum are free, but some entail an additional fee.

We checked out the free Red Hill mine tour which takes 12 minutes. It was quite a thrilling experience, being completely underground and subjected to pitch black darkness. The mine tour was well laid out, and the audio and lights were very well coordinated. Too bad photography/videography inside the mine is not allowed.

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We then went on to check-out the Chinese Camp, showing the stores and tents of the Chinese dwellers. We learned that the Chinese settlers at that time had special techniques in digging out for gold and were very much successful in doing so that they attracted envy and conflicts with their local counterparts. I’m not surprised, as even back home, it is the Chinese who are very successful with all sorts of trade.

Got to see models of Chinese shops –

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Was able to have a glimpse of what it looks like inside the tents which served as their houses back then –

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There’s a lot to do for the day. You can walk around and look at mining sites, ride coaches, see where these coaches were being built, hang out with ‘locals’ in historical costumes, and many more.

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There are theatre events –

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And you can even go bowling, the old fix-the-bowling-pins-yourself-after-hitting-em way 😉

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Most activities and attractions have several ‘show times’ throughout the day. There’s one attraction, though, that has only one schedule daily – the Redcoat Soldiers – where a group of soldiers do a short parade and demonstration of musket firing.

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There are several places where you can have lunch. If you just want to grab a quick bite, there’s the Hope Bakery and the Cafe. The Cafe offers hot meals as well, as does the New York Bakery (whose name is quite misleading, I’d refer to it as a restaurant, really). New York Bakery offers a more relaxed ambiance and provides table service, unlike the others. We settled on eating here because of its proximity to the Redcoat Soldiers location and because, well, we were really hungry and wanted to get served a hot meal already 😛

Ordered fish and chips and seafood risotto. Both taste good, but we enjoyed the seafood risotto the most 🙂
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There were a few attractions that really captured my interest. Probably because I’ve never cared to think how certain things were made before.

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Above is the Gold Pour – where a supposedly $160,000 gold ingot is poured in a gold-smelting house. Here you’ll be able to witness how a bar of gold is made, old-school style. Lawrence and I were wondering if somehow part of the gold is being nicked without no-one noticing?? Kidding 🙂

Then you have Mr. William Hewett’s candle shop, where they demonstrate how candles are made and colored. There’s a section where you can dip your own candles into the prepared dyes to achieve the color combinations you like. It’s a big hit among kids and families.

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We weren’t able to check out the metal spinning and sweet making demo. We didn’t have time to do the Gold Mine Tour (which takes 40 -60 minutes) and watch any of the theatre events. There were really a lot to do in a day. So our advice would really be to come early and plan out your day properly, prioritizing events you think you’ll like better.

We left Sovereign Hill at a little past 4 PM and was able to drop by the gold museum next door. Here we got to see a few collections of gold nuggets with historical value, and got to learn more about the history of Ballarat and Bendigo during the gold rush decades.

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Our tour of Sovereign Hill was really a pleasant and unconventionally educational one. There are a few attractions that we weren’t able to cover during our one-day visit, and there’s still the ‘Blood of the Southern Cross’ sound-and-light display that we have yet to see, so we think we will be paying this place a visit again 😉

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Encounters with Tasmanian Devils

30 Apr

I recall that during my childhood days, I was interested more in cartoons from Looney Tunes than the Disney ones (no offense to Disney fans out there :D). My favorite back then was Tweety. Taz, the destructive one, was one of the other characters I had fun watching.

I’ve seen kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies here in Australia but I’ve yet to see a tasmanian devil in the flesh. So I remember telling my husband how disappointed I am when we went to Healesville Sanctuary because the only tassie devil in the park chose to nap when we were there 😛

Hence, checking out a tasmanian devil was on top of my list when we went to Tasmania.

Choosing between Bonorong Wildlife Park and Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, the latter won out because of its proximity to Port Arthur. We wanted to see if we can swing by the historical site after our visit to the park.

Tasmanian devils are not exactly cute, little, cuddly creatures. They look more like giant rodents, understandably because they are now considered the world’s largest surviving marsupial –

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Now we can actually note only a very little resemblance to our mischievous Taz, huh?

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Our brief visit to the conservation park made us feel sympathetic to these fierce-looking, high pitch screeching marsupials, as we came to know that they are already considered endangered species and now face a grave threat from a cancer known as the facial tumor disease. We came to understand that the relatively expensive entry fee ($33 per person) we had to pay for this seemingly unkempt park is being used to care for them and keep them from extinction.

In fact, much effort is being done to keep their habitats as natural as possible, and so they let these devils just wander about in the wild around the area. That’s why you can see warning signs for these wildlife while on the road –

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We’ve been told that cameras are installed around the vicinity to monitor these animals.

While in the park, we were given the chance to get up close to these creatures:

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Forgive the photo, it was the best my husband was able to take of me while in the observation glass. But seriously, they could have tried to keep the glass cleaner and clearer so we can see better, don’t you think so? 😛

We were able to witness a feeding of these tassie devils. We learned that it was a long ritual of finding the meat, running off and trying to chase the one who was able to take the meat on its jaw, and then a seemingly tug-of-war mutual feeding of the meat. They normally feed on wallaby meat, so that’s what you can see them feeding on in the following photo.

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There were other animals in the park. And birds too. I was able to take a photo of the Eastern quoll below.

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After quite a number of visits to different Aussie parks, I was finally take some decent photos of kangaroos, and get to actually touch one and get a souvenir photo of the moment.

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This is a big step for a ‘neutral’ person like me who neither likes nor hates pets. I just enjoy looking at them 😉

So that caps off our visit to the park. We dropped by Port Arthur to see if the little time we have left is worth paying the expensive entrance fee.. But ended up just having lunch at the cafe there 😀

We then decided to go to Mt Field National Park instead, because Law wanted to see Russell Falls.

You need to pay for a National Parks pass when entering Mt Field, and the hike to the falls takes about 15 minutes. It’s good that it wasn’t such a challenging hike because we were a bit disappointed because the falls at that time seemed dry 😦

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Then, as if we haven’t tortured ourselves enough from the long drive back to Hobart city, we made a quick visit to Mt Wellington summit. I think it was one of the scariest nights in my life 😛 I was horrified by the steep, narrow, winding road going up the summit. Add to that the fact that the sky was already pitch black when we were up in the mountain already, and we’ve almost committed several road kills along the way.

Good thing the ride back to Zero Davey was a short one.. And we were able to give ourselves an excuse to indulge in some more seafood at Fish Frenzy in Elizabeth St Pier;)

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Finally concluded this quick but delightful trip to Tasmania. I wouldn’t mind going back 🙂

 

 

 

 

Under The Tasman Sun

29 Apr

We’ve devoted most of our weekend in Tasmania to checking out different sights around Hobart.

We joined a Tours Tasmania day tour on Sunday. There were just six of us on the tour, all Asians. The van was a decent one. Our tour guide is a 23-year-old lad named George, who just started going to university because he spent some time living in Europe and in Asia.

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The first stop in our tour was Kate’s Berry Farm. A farm on just a small plot of land, I think the charm of the place comes from the cozy shop that Kate has installed, which showcases the produce from her land. There’s a berry-tasting table to help you decide which berry jam suits your taste. There are sugarless options (which are still sweet by the way) for those trying to cut back on the calories. We’ve bought a raspberry jam and tried out a berry ice cream.

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Majority of the itinerary of our tour is spent at Freycinet National Park. You just have to buy a National Parks pass when visiting parks here. Our tour is inclusive of this pass.

Looking back at the pictures I was able to take, it seemed like majority of our time was spent bay hopping.

First bay up was Coles Bay. There was a bit of activity when we arrived. People were fishing, some on a boat, some on the deck. If I were a fishing person, I’d probably spend some time here. The place seemed so serene and relaxing.

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We then went on to Wineglass Bay Lookout. This part of the tour gave us a surprise because we didn’t expect that we need to climb up a considerable height to be able to get to the lookout.

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Totally unprepared, the hike was a challenge to both of us – for me, who had a back injury a few years ago and has been told to avoid using the stairs, and for Law, who found the climb difficult on  his shin. I realized how unfit I was as well at that time as I was panting so hard that it feels like my heart’s going to pound out of my chest 😛 This is definitely a no-go for old people and the weak of heart.

We're such good posers, eh? You couldn't tell how tired we were already ;)

We’re such good posers, eh? You couldn’t tell how tired we were already 😉

Anyway, the climb was worth it –

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There is actually a lookout further up the mountain which gives you a more spectacular view as you can see the entire bay and how it seems like a wineglass, hence the name. But of course we didn’t opt for that, this lower lookout was already too hard for us to get to 😛 It was a good thing that we joined the tour. Otherwise, we would’ve been too exhausted to drive back 🙂

Next stop was Honeymoon Bay.

I was quite intrigued by the name, and true to its name, this bay provides a romantic, secluded atmosphere. This is where we had our lunch (which we bought from a bakeshop along the way). There are no public establishments here, and no toilets even. That’s how ‘true to nature’ and virgin this place feels like.

What impressed me the most were the mixture of colors around the area. I loved the combination of hues of blue and green in the water and of hues of earthy red of the soil, rocks and sand here.

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The last stop was a ‘marine farm’. Supposedly. But we didn’t see anything, except that the sign says it’s a farm for oysters and scallops. This bit of the tour would have been really disappointing if it weren’t for the splendidly cooked scallops that we ordered from their kitchen –

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So there goes our Sunday tour adventure. I’m going to have to cut this post short as I’ve realized it’s kind of long already. I’ll be posting soon about our encounters with Tassie devils and our brief visit to Mt Field’s Russell Falls.