This campaign was launched by Tourism Australia in January 2020, as part of a national bushfire recovery effort to encourage Australian’s to see their own backyard, whether it was for a weekend away or a longer journey. It was tapping into the idea that a lot of Australians wanted to assist communities impacted by the horrific bushfires experienced over the summer and promoted ideas to visit areas impacted directly or indirectly and spend in the shops, restaurants, hotels, caravan parks – anywhere and everywhere.
For fans of street art, Melbourne is definitely a must see with plenty on offer around every corner. On my last visit to Melbourne it wasn’t too hard to find more examples of vivid street art of all shapes and sizes, from the suburbs to the city centre. Some of my favourite latest finds are here with some of the artists known and others unfortunately not. Still others I know where to find them and others were just snapped quickly in passing and I have no idea where I was!
It proudly advertises itself as the only one in Melbourne and Australia’s first! This is the Cat Café in Melbourne’s Guildford Lane an experience too weird not to stop in and see. I guess it fills a niche market for people that can’t bear to be away from their own cats during the day, or those that are wondering if they would like to own a cat, or perhaps those on holidays and missing their feline friends. Either way this café has been around since 2014 and is obviously very popular with bookings taken online and walk-ins welcome if spaces are available.
This building has been on my list of must see places in Melbourne because of its beautiful architecture that I’d seen online and knew it was one of those places that had to be viewed in person, so when the chance came to visit on a recent trip to Melbourne I did just that and it didn’t disappoint. The State Library is located on Swanston Street in the heart of the city and from the outside the 1850s stone and heavy column fronted exterior could look like any building of its era, but what lies behind is a spectacular feast for the eyes.
In the November issue of Liquid Life & Leisure Magazine online, you can find some real ways to help communities doing it tough in rural areas around Australia. The current drought has been named as the worst on record for the Murray Darling Basin, Australia’s biggest river system. In some places drought conditions have been affecting them for more than 3 years. I think sometimes we take for granted where the food in our supermarkets comes from and only pay attention when prices go up and we find out the reasons why.
One of the most iconic road trips in Australia is the Great Ocean Road in Victoria and September 19th this year marks 100 years from the day that commencement of its construction began. One of the most unique things about this epic drive is that it’s the world’s largest war memorial, built by returned World War 1 servicemen. It’s one of those road trips in Australia that is on everyone’s ‘one day’ list and I finally got around to driving this way in April this year.