The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

While planning my Australia trip, the two things that I was positive I wanted to see was the Great Ocean Road and the Great Barrier Reef. Our whole trip was planned around these two givens. The first part of our trip was based in Melbourne, Victoria as most Great Ocean Road bus tours originate fromContinue reading “The Great Barrier Reef, Australia”

Jasper Hotel, Melbourne – A Review

Previous Location Right in the heart of Melbourne City Center, Jasper Hotel is just about a 20 minute drive from the Melbourne Airport. A tram line passes right outside Jasper Hotel so it is easy to get around via public transport from here. In fact, the hotel is in the Free Tram Zone so youContinue reading “Jasper Hotel, Melbourne – A Review”

Year 2019 Trips

April – Kerala The first trip of the year – a hastily booked trip to my hometown when my dad passed away. I’m not yet ready to talk about it. Someday. April – Rishikesh My dad had been talking about revisiting Haridwar and Rishikesh for some time but hadn’t been able to make it dueContinue reading “Year 2019 Trips”

The Razorback

Previous – Loch Ard Gorge Just adjacent to the Loch Ard Gorge viewing platform are paths leading to two other natural wonders, the Island Arch and the Razorback. We only had time to see one of these and based on the driver-guide’s recommendation, we opted to go down the path to the Razorback. The RazorbackContinue reading “The Razorback”

Gibson’s Steps

Previous – The Razorback Our driver guide said that the Loch Ard Gorge–Island Arch–Razorback location was usually the last stop in the Great Ocean Road Bus Tour but since we still had time, he took us over to Gibson’s Steps. It was just a short, 5-6 minute drive from the gorge. In fact, Gibson’s steps isContinue reading “Gibson’s Steps”

The Twelve Apostles of Australia

Previous – Apollo Bay | Next – Loch Ard Gorge Although the Great Ocean Road in Australia stretches from the city of Torquay to Allansford in Victoria, most bus tours starting from Melbourne only go up till the Twelve Apostles before returning to Melbourne via an inland route. I guess no more is possible inContinue reading “The Twelve Apostles of Australia”

Coffee at Anglesea

Angelsea is a small, picturesque town in Victoria, Australia. Located on the Great Ocean Road, it is usually the first stop for those on the Grand Ocean Road bus tour. As Anglesea is about 1.5-hour’s drive from Melbourne, it comes up at just about the right time for you to get out of the bus,Continue reading “Coffee at Anglesea”

A Memorial for a Memorial?

I have seen a lot of memorials. In Delhi, it is difficult to walk a kilometre without stumbling upon a memorial or two. But a memorial for a memorial? Overkill, isn’t it? But when you get to know the circumstances, it seems quite justified. The Great Ocean Road, a 234-kilometre long road along the south-eastern coastContinue reading “A Memorial for a Memorial?”

The Tragic Tale of the Loch Ard Gorge in Victoria, Australia

Previous The Loch Ard Gorge near the magnificent Twelve Apostles in the Port Campbell National Park in Victoria, Australia seems straight out of a picture postcard. While it may look like the perfect romantic setting, there is a tragedy behind its name. The gorge is named after the clipper ship Loch Ard, which was wreckedContinue reading “The Tragic Tale of the Loch Ard Gorge in Victoria, Australia”

The Penguin Parade at Philip Island, Australia

While planning my trip to Australia, I noticed that one of the most recommended ‘Things To See around Melbourne was the Penguin Parade. To be honest, when I booked our tickets for the parade, I just had a vague idea that it was about little penguins, which I assumed was a quaint way of referringContinue reading “The Penguin Parade at Philip Island, Australia”