In The Middle Of Somewhere (Post#1) : The Hahndorf Inn
One of the area I visited during my two days holiday in South Australia is the small German town – Hahndorf. Since the place is in Adelaide Hills region, the ambiance of the place become perfect for a German place. When our tour bus dropped us in the area, the first thing we did was to look for a cafe that offers some of its cakes. We ended up at “The Hahndorf Inn”. The atmosphere inside the restaurant was relaxing and all of us (together with some tourist) whooping our eyes after we saw the cakes displayed and we immediately took our orders at we felt that the cakes were all yummy. Photo captured last May 2013.
Since the season in Australia is switching from spring to summer, it is the same period to enjoy harvesting season. And when that season happened while I was in Melbourne therefore it is common to be invited by my friend to go somewhere and enjoy fruit picking.
This time I was invited to join the strawberry and cherry picking. Back home I already experienced strawberry picking but not the cherry. Since I was curious what was it like I accepted the invitation.
It was beautiful Saturday that day and my friends picked me up in my hotel. From St Kilda Road going to the City we took left to Kingsway. Then we left the city by taking Western Gate Freeway, we turned right to West Ring Road then to Western Freeway, then we took Bacchus Marsh Road where the farm we were targeting is located.
–Western Freeway before turning to Bacchus Marsh Road
We arrived in Naturipe Farm, almost lunch time. Instead of going straight to the farm, we decided to have lunch first. Different families came one by one and all of us met at the table area in the farm. And the exciting part was when the foods were being prepared and all were Filipino menus which I really love. When food were ready I jumped into the table and helped myself in grabbing one by one, because it’s too many, I was confused which one to eat first, but in the end I got full. It was a great lunch as I felt again to be part of a huge family in Melbourne.
–At Naturipe Farm
After all were done for lunch, all the food were packed and the whole group went ahead to the farm. I was surprised to discovered that there were too many people dropped by to the farm, it seems the fruit picking activities has been a headline to the city as we need to line-up in a queue just to get inside the farm to pay the entrance in cherry picking, while the strawberry picking was free. Though the sun started to heat-up, we remain in the queue until we got our chance to enter to the farm. We paid the entrance fee and plastic boxes with the bucket.
After we passed the long queue, we went straight to cherry picking area. We showed our receipt to person in charge at the entrance and directed us where was the picking area. As I saw the vines of cherries. I was excited and started looking at the cherries. I looked for dark red cherries as they were the cherries that’s really sweet. Our group even inside the cherry farm, did not stop in taking photos, everyone were posting their selves in different parts of cherry vines. All of us seems happy in picking the cherries and to be honest I myself enjoyed the activities as well.
We took hours in cherry farm before moving to Strawberry farm. Here my eyes become bigger as I saw huge strawberries and I felt that all of them were calling me to “Hey you!!! What are you waiting for? Pick me now!!!” I grab all the strawberries that huge and red. I even eat strawberries while picking it, the taste are sweet even it’s not red and I wonder how it happened? Well that secret I leave with the nature I just keep picking the fruits. When I felt that my bucket seems heavy enough I stopped and waited with others to go to the counter to pay all what we got.
–Fruits that I picked (I already ate a lot :))
After paying at the counter we met each other again and said our goodbyes for another great and wonderful experience with the people who I call family in Australia.
Panoramic View (Post#20) : Melbourne Central Business District
One of the things that I really like when I live abroad is to walk around in the place with my camera. As there are lot of places to explore in Melbourne and its surrounding area, I did some research until I found something about Bayside. It is a city at the southern Melbourne which scopes the suburbs beside the coastal area such as Beaumaris, Black Rock, Brighton, Brighton East, Cheltenham, Hampton, Hampton East, Highett and Sandringham. When I was about to leave Melbourne last December 2013, I grabbed a chance to walk along the coastal of these suburbs. I took the photo above of Melbourne CBD almost near in Royal Brighton Yacht Club.
Flinders Street is one of the famous train station in Melbourne not only because of its history but because this is station that serves the entire metro train network as anyone can commute from this station to any station. And the location of the station is strategic as it is within the city center. When I captured this photo, it was during Melbourne Cup last November 2013. Recently, there was design competition happened to rejuvenate the historical and landmark station in Melbourne.
The first area that I had a chance to see and walk around was near in Sydney Cove. Since Opera House which is the symbolical architecture of the country is there, it also offers great and relaxing atmosphere to both locals and visitors. I myself fascinated in the place as you walked towards and away Opera House passing restaurants, bars and cafes where you can listen to great music. The cove itself has a lot of angles to take advantage that I honestly can’t help myself just to look at it but to capture panoramic views and wonderful moments. I was able to capture hits moment last April 2013.
I took the photo above during my 4th visit in Sydney as one of my holiday vacation while I was engaged in my 3rd project in Australia. The structure is amazingly great and located in one of the prime harbour in Sydney. This building becomes a symbolic figure of Sydney and Australia. And I learned that the investment to build this structure already surpassed by its earning because of its popularity not only to the tourist but also to the artist and performers where they usually choose it for concerts, conferences and even for theatrical shows. As I recall, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Princess Kate) visited this place during their recent trip in Australia last April 2014 where this photo captured after a week of their visit.
Panoramic View (Post#17) : Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga)
Kata Tjuta was one of the main itinerary we had while touring Red Centre. We actually experience trekking this rocky mountain and discovered magnificent domed rock formation at the center of Australia. Like Ayers Rock, this is also considered a significant place for the Aboriginal people (Indigenous people live in Australia). Photo captured last March 2013.
Chromatic Outlook (Post#16) : Shrine of Remembrance
I used to see this building on my back and forth travel from work and to the place where I live while I was in Melbourne. Coming from the city, this structure looks in the middle of St Kilda Road as it turned out that the road turns curve which is a good visual effect and become a charm in the area. Even this building is near and walkable from my place, I haven’t got a chance to see it immediately until I put some time to walk around Melbourne. Shrine of Remembrance was built to remember Victorian people who fought World War I and now it is shrine to all Australians who fought wars. After I visited Canberra, I just thought that it was like a branch of Australian Memorial as it showcase the bravery of people who for the peace we enjoy right now. Photo capture last July 2013.
Panoramic View (Post#16) : Killara Estate, Yarra Valley
Yarra Valley, region in Victoria state of Australia and famous because of its wineries. During our tour in the said place, one of the itinerary was Killara Estate where we tasted some wines and had lunch as well. In the location I found a scenery that’s soothing to my eyes which was the Killara Estate farm or wineries. Photo captured last February 2013.
View At My Window (Post#15) : MotorClassica At Royal Exhibition Building
Car Motor Show was one of the unique event that I attended while in Melbourne. When I heard about MotorClassica I was curious as I am not really a car enthusiast since I don’t know how to drive and I don’t have my own car. But a showcase of classical cars was the main reason of my curiosity to attend. I went to Royal Exhibition Building to see different historical and branded cars which considered a treasure to people who own it. I honestly enjoyed the said exhibit. Photo captured last October 2013.
Name Of The Place (Post#15) : Puffing Billy Railway
This photo is part of my Puffing Billy collection when I visited together with the family of my friends in Melbourne. The historical and century old steam railway which still running in our time is now called as Australia’s Premier Preserved Steam Railway. Photo captured last June 2013.
Chromatic Outlook (Post#15) : Queen Victoria Building
As part of my walking tour in Sydney Australia which is my 4th time visit in the said city, I got a chance to enter and explore Queen Victoria Building. As I realized touring around Australia, I saw similar style of its interior in different part of Australia. Though the said building is much bigger or probably let say more levels than other arcades that I saw in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. The hallway is in the middle and different stores are on it’s both lanes. I like this building and other arcades because every time I go inside similar places I felt the ambiance of turning back a hundred years ago because of the external styles of the stores which designed in 19th century. And I admired Australia for being able to keep such stores and able to maintain historical design and style of 18th to 19th century markets with a little bit of touch of our time. Photo captured last April 2014.
One of the mountains that I discovered from a distance in Red Centre at Northern Territory Australia is Mount Conner. When I saw this mountain I can’t believe that there such a mountain where the top is almost perfectly flat when looking from a far. For us in Philippines such hill or mountain are categorized as “Talampas” which means an elevated area with flat top or in English it is a Plateau or Mesa (Table Mountain). “Mesa” word is actually means “Table” for us. Photo captured during my Outback Adventure last March 2013.
Precious Moment In The Mountain (Post#15) : Dandenong Ranges
I had some visits in Australia where it involves families of my friends that I met while staying in Melbourne for more than one and a half-year. And when it involves families sometimes you will feel like you are young or a kid wherein one of the important thing in their life as of the moment is playtime. Well at that time we visited Puffing Billy Steam Train located in Dandenong Ranges. And we actually experience to ride the steam train. And one of the great benefit of that was having a chance to glimpse some views while inside Dandenong Ranges. The photo above was overlooking at Belgrave South while at the steam train captured last June 2013 after leaving Belgrave Station of Puffing Billy Railway.
Canberra like Brisbane is one of the city that I used to hear that it’s a boring city. When I heard that comment, most likely I am curious why people used to say that. As I knew that Canberra is the city where the central government of Australia is located and chosen to resolve the rivalry of Sydney and Melbourne for being capital city. I went there for a day tour and traveled around 3 hours or more from Sydney I never expected that I will find a city in far flat area. As I saw the metropolis city from a distance I still felt amaze that you will find a community out of nowhere. Photo captured last June 2013. In the photo, three significant structures are visible all in the middle: Parliament House (top most building with green roof), Old Parliament House (white building) and Australian War Memorial (with dome roof at the bottom).
Name Of The Place (Post#14): National Museum of Australia
One part of the itinerary that we had during Canberra Day Tour was National Museum of Australia where most of the history of continent country down under are being showcase. My gateway to this tour was through Sydney airport as the flight to Sydney from Melbourne was comparably cheaper than flying to Canberra. Since there was available Canberra Day Tour, I chose this option than other. Photo captured last June 2013.
Alice Springs is located at Red Centre in Northern Territory. Red Centre is the first on my must see list in Australia as for me it represents one of the place for “Outback Adventure” which I haven’t experience before. I flew to the Town of Alice Springs as my gateway to see Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon which are all located in Red Centre. Photo captured during my camping tour last April 2013.
Chromatic Outlook (Post#13) : White Rabbit Brewery
I accepted the invitation of my colleague at work when he invited us to go to Yarra Valley. The said valley are famous because of wineries which stretch to its whole space. And one of the place we visited was the White Rabbit Brewery in Healesville. They knew I don’t really drink but to see what’s inside the brewery were considered adventure and discovery. Photo captured last October 2013.
During my second visit in Sydney, I planned to visit Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves. I always hear the name of Blue Mountains as one of the famous tourist spot near in Sydney at New South Wales state in Australia. It says that the mountain is still part of mountainous area related to Great Dividing Range. Photo captured last April 2013.
View At My Window (Post#12) : Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ
The reason why I like Open House event in any city is because of the freedom to enter in a building whether its public or private for free. Melbourne Town Hall was one of the building that I got a chance to visit during the event. And here one of the best feature of the Town Hall is its majestic Main Hall where one of the most beautiful pipe organ in the world can be found, it is the original wood-carved Grand Organ which built-in 1929. The said organ has been refurbished and relaunched last 2001. The photo captured during Open House Melbourne event held last July 2013.