Sunday, 27 November 2016

Melbourne Night Noodle Market

Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, bringing traditions and histories from all over the world into its clutches to present visitors on Melbourne city tours with a vibrant backdrop to explore against.

With this comes an extensive array of international cuisines spanning the restaurants, markets, and stalls of the city, and bringing visitors and locals tastes from around the globe.

In Melbourne life, markets offer a place to kick back, relax, sample delicious flavours, and pick up some seasonal produce and then some. 

From the 10th to the 27th November, Good Food Month is running throughout Melbourne, which sees the city bring a whole host of delicious flavours to its streets. Expect foodie-style performances, pop-ups serving street food, and everything in between.

For the entirety of the event, Melbourne’s beloved Birrarung Marr will take on a new life as an Asian hawker-style market for the popular event and become Melbourne Night Noodle Market.
This pop-up style event brings Asian food to the masses, enticing visitors with delicious smells and samples. 

At the event, the market will host more than 30 food stalls from all over Asia, a selection of lively bars, and nightly entertainment to keep diners happy. This year, Melbourne Night Noodle Markets is set to be bigger than ever, promising tasty food from all over the Orient and beyond. 

As well as an array of delicious new stalls that are popping up for the first time, a number of old favourites will be back, much to the delight of regular attendees. Expect to browse classics, like Wonderbao Red Spice Road and Hoy Pinoy, both of which will be serving up their signature dishes. New kids on the block include dumpling experts Din Tai Fung Delhi Streets, and Hawker Hall, which will be serving up new, but equally as delicious, flavours.

There’s some fusion delights to be snapped up, too. Diego Munoz from Astrid y Gaston (a.k.a. the number 14 spot on the best restaurants in the world list) will be serving up Peruvian Japanese dishes at the Lady Carolina pop-up, and there’ll be many other mouth-watering combos to try out. 

We advise taking public transport and getting there early to avoid the crowds, but the whole show is well worth a visit, from the incredible Asian flavours, to the exciting performances, and the general buzzing atmosphere. 

Melbourne Noodle Night Market will be open from Thurs 10th November 2016 until Sunday 27th November 2016. Opening hours vary, so be sure to check before you go.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

What to Do During Christmas in Melbourne

The end of the year brings sunny weather and festivities in Melbourne, drawing in thousands of visitors every year who want to experience Christmas in warmer climates.

It’s the perfect time to take a Melbourne city tour and explore everything this vibrant hub has to offer. From great outdoor adventures to festive activities and cultural pursuits, there’s a little something for everyone.

Relax on the Beach

Beach time is mandatory in Melbourne at Christmas. And, though it may not be the Gold Coast, the city boasts a number of beautiful beaches to relax on. You can pack a picnic, dine out on a barbecue, kick back and relax on the sand, and go for a swim – how’s that for a laidback Christmas?
See the Penguin Parade

Animal lovers will want to hot foot it to Phillip Island to see the world-famous Penguin Parade. Here, on the pristine sands of Summerland Beach, the colony of Little Penguins waddle up the beach each night to their nests. You can witness the natural show unfold up close, and learn more about these cute critters and their habitat.

Christmas Shopping at Queen Victoria Market

During December, the buzz of Queen Victoria Market escalates into a Christmas frenzy. Boasting thousands of bargains on hundreds of stalls, it’s the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping before it gets too late. You can even pay Santa a visit while you’re there, and little ones can explore the Rudolph path to get into the festive spirit.

Myer Christmas Windows

The Myer department store puts on a festive show every year in its windows, forming the highlight for many Christmas-lovers. Head to Burke Street to see the beautifully handcrafted display that re-enacts a scene from one of the children’s books sold in the store.

Christmas Square

Keep things Christmassy by heading to Christmas Square. Situated close to the impressive architecture of Flinders Street Station, Christmas Square is packed full of Christmas trees, Nutcrackers, nativity scenes, reindeers, and a whole host of other Christmas characters. In addition, there is a large countdown clock that counts down to Christmas and a special mailbox that’s linked directly to Santa in the North Pole.

Christmas in Melbourne really is a spectacular thing to see. As well as warm weather and gorgeous beaches, there is plenty of festive activities to get stuck into.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Tour of the Week: 1 Day Phillip Island Tour $104

If you want a never-ending supply of wildlife and breath-taking scenery, Phillip Island is the place to go. Our 1 Day Phillip Island Tour $104 exposes you to the stunning Victorian coastal scenery and the abundance of Australian animals in a perfect, pre-made package.

The day begins in Melbourne, where you’ll get to enjoy a picnic style lunch on the boat trip to Phillip Island. As we go, you’ll get to see the stunning scenery start to unfold right in front of you.

Maru Wildlife Park

When we arrive on the Island, we’ll head straight for Maru Wildlife Park, where you can hand feed Eastern Grey Kangaroos and get up close and personal with the cuddly koalas. You’ll also get to see emus, wombats, and dingoes, as well as a traditional Australia show of sheep shearing (at your own expense).

Chocolate Factory

Those with a sweet tooth will love the next part of our day. We’ll take a tour of the Chocolate Factory and grab tasty treat to keep you fueled up after you learn all about the chocolate making process on the Island.

Woolamai Beach

Afterwards, we’ll soak up some of the spectacular scenery as we travel to Woolamai Beach, a surf paradise. On the way, we’ll check out the Grand Prix Circuit and watch the colony of seals frolic on the rocks from the conservation cameras at the Nobbies. At the Nobbies Information Centre, you can learn more about the seals and the impressive landscape that characterizes this part of the Island.

The Penguin Parade

Then it’s time for the main show. As evening falls, we’ll head to Summerland Beach to watch the Penguin Parade, one of Australia’s most popular nature events. Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the beach to see the colony of Little Penguins that reside there waddle up the sands from the sea to their nests for the night.

You’ll not only get to witness this spectacle, but you’ll also get to learn more about the penguins, their habitat, and their behavior at the Visitors Centre.

When the penguins are safely in their nests for the night, we’ll start our trip back to Melbourne where the day unfortunately comes to an end. By this point, you’ll have loads of incredible photos and memories of this beautiful part of Australia to take home with you.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Tour of the Week: Sydney Sightseeing Tour with Sydney Harbour Cruise $119

Boasting an eclectic selection of shops, sights, and cultural experiences, Sydney shows why it’s such a popular destination with travellers from all over the world. On our Sydney City Sightseeing Tour $119, we’ll take you to all the major hotspots and show you a side of Sydney you otherwise wouldn’t see. As well as taking in the iconic attractions, we’ll share the history of the city with you and introduce you to its vibrant personality.

Darling Harbour

We start the tour by travelling through Darling Harbour. We’ll make our way past the Sydney Entertainment Centre, the Sydney Aquarium, and the impressive Sydney Opera House. These are some of the city’s best-loved attractions, and you’ll get to learn more about them as we go.

The Rocks

Afterwards, we’ll take you on a private walking tour of The Rocks, which is where Sydney was born. Here, you’ll discover the stories of Sydney’s past and learn more about its colourful history.

Cultural and Historic Attractions

Then it’s onto Chinatown, a bustling district of Sydney that’s bursting with colour and delicious flavours. We’ll also take you to see the Sydney Monorail, the fantastic Parliament House, Hyde Park, St James Cathedral and St Mary’s Cathedral, so you can experience some of the city’s incredible architecture. We’ll also make a stop at the Art Gallery and Domain to see some of Sydney’s contemporary art scene.

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

Afterwards, we’ll stop off at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair for some photos and so you can witness extraordinary views of Sydney’s memorable skyline, including the Opera House, the Bridge, and Harbour. On the way back, we’ll take you through Kings Cross, with its eclectic selection of coffee shops and bars, to the Royal Australian Naval Base at Garden Island, before we pass through Double Bay and Vaucluse, two very luxurious suburbs of the city.

Bondi Beach

No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to Bondi Beach. We’ll take a break here, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore the coastline, enjoying the sunshine and the surfing opportunity. After the break, we’ll take you to Sydney Tower, Sydney Town Hall, and the trendy district of Paddington, where you can check out the thriving cultural scene.

Sydney Harbour Cruise

The tour finishes with a beautiful cruise around Sydney Harbour from Circular Quay. You’ll get to tuck into a delicious buffet lunch while you pass under Sydney Harbour Bridge and other world-famous attractions.