Tolmie and Mansfield, Victorian High Country

For xmas 2015 the husband rather mysteriously presented me with a USB drive featuring the film;’The Man From Snowy River.’ For the unacquainted, it’s an Australian 1982 classic set in the Victorian High Country around Mansfield (3 hours drive from Melbourne.) Flash-forward to the Easter long weekend and we booked a quiet AirBnB hidden way off the grid, 15 mins down a dirt road, near to the tiny town of Tolmie. Think birdsong, log fires & scrabble. Bliss.

For those fitter than I (or for those without a cheeky 11 month baby glued to their hip) you can do 7 day rides deep into the bush, taking in Craig’s Hut & many of the film’s locations. I was happy with an energetic 2 hour trail ride run by the fantastic company Hidden Trails. For those really keen, there’s an 1988 sequel; The Man From Snowy River 2. Yes, we watched both.

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Wilsons Promontory National Park, Australia

Tidal River is just a 3 hour drive out of Melbourne CBD (I’m thinking like an Australian now with my new attitude to distances!) It’s a perfect family campsite in the beautiful Victorian National Park that is Wilsons Prom. As well as great hiking and the shallow tide river for kids to play in, it has the best feature I’ve heard of in any campsite; an open air cinema! I also got to see my first wombat (although the kangaroo silhouette is steeling it’s limelight in above gallery photo, as its so much more photographic.)

We loved the nearby Squeaky Beach – named due to the sound of the sand squeaking under your feet. Our 11 month old loved every second of having dirt, water & sand to crawl around in. She looked beside herself with excitement when she realised we’d be sleeping outside under the stars. A true happy camper.

 

 

 

Lake Eildon

A 2 – 3 hour drive from Melbourne and my 3rd time sleeping under the Australian stars. Another ‘bush’ experience to add to my repertoire after Ayres Rock & Fraser Island. I’m lucky that for the boyfriend camping is like a national sport, complete with the family boat to play with & ski-biscuits to drag your nephews around on. A lovely weekend road trip, thankfully with a tent mattress!

Malupascua, The Philippines

Threasher Shark

A flight to Cebu. 3 hour drive to the port of Maya. A midnight sail in a outrigger boat by moonlight…. But where else in the world can you wake up at 4.30am to dive with thresher sharks?

Everything else is classic Philippines; San Miguel, cockerels, dogs, Bruno Mars ringtones, hammocks, an annual village barrio fiesta, Tanduay rum.

What makes Malupascua extra special is that it’s still defined by the above, and not it’s near devastation in typhoon Yolanda only 6 months ago. Support it with your tourist dollars, it’s an amazing place.

Where we stayed: The family run Aabana Beach Gorgeous beach bungalows with breakfast served on your own huge veranda. It’s also right next door to the best dive school on the island: Evolution Where we ate: The amazing Angelina Italian and inland budget shack JinJins.

Singapore Zoo

Meet the gorgeous Inuka, the newest addition to give Kai Kai & Jia Jia a run for their Panda money as the cutest  bear in the zoo. $22 buys you access to the whole park, including the Frozen Tundra zone, where you can watch him for hours in his well-designed under/over water home. Cuteness.

 

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An.an.tas.in : The Anantasin is the name of a shipwreck just of the coast of the Sensi Parasise, Mae Haad Bay, Koh Tao, Thailand. It’s one of my many favorite places.

Lit.tle: Just because it’s cute.

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