Australia, Life, Travel

Australia’s Gumbaya Park

Last Sunday was the perfect time for my family and I to re-visit a place we really loved going to – Gumbaya Park. Located in Tynong North in Victoria and set on 430 acres, this theme park and natural bushland has been an old favourite of ours ever since I was a child. I remember riding on the Mini Cars with my younger cousins and having barbecues with extended-family who’d visit us for a holiday. Gumbaya Park is also home to many of Australia’s beautiful wildlife and birds, from dingoes and emus to snakes, wallabies, wombats and cockatoos, who occasionally talk to you and say things like “Come over here” when you’re starting to leave them! Kangaroos and their joeys hop around you and if you’re lucky enough you can even give them a feed and a pat. There are also opportunities to pat koalas and have your photo taken with them!

For the young and young-at-heart the rides are fantastic. I purchased the Ultimate Pass allowing me to ride on any rides I pleased all day unrestrictedly. I drove a kart, paddled a boat, went down Australia’s longest concrete toboggan and couldn’t resist going back in time to my childhood by squeezing into a Mini Car (yes it’s a miracle I can still fit in one!). With this pass another person could ride with me in all the rides that allowed more than one person, so the value for money was excellent with this Pass.

All in all, Gumbaya Park will always be close to my heart and I highly recommend local and international visitors to Victoria to visit and make a day-trip out of it. It’s awesome fun and you’ll have memories to cherish for a lifetime.

 

Australia, Travel

Phillip Island Weekend Getaway

Last weekend my family and I took a roadtrip to a beautiful part of Victoria that is Phillip Island, for a relaxing bonding weekend away. After a 90-minute drive in our car we stopped at Maru Koala & Animal Park to see all the beautiful Australian animals that call our unique country their home. It was a small but really nice park allowing tourists and visitors to see all sorts of animals including Tasmanian devils, Wombats, Donkeys, Sheep, Horses, Kookaburras, Cockatoos, Dingoes, Peacocks, Emus and the ever-so-cute Koalas, Wallabies and Kangaroos. For an extra fee people could hold a baby wallaby and have their photo taken patting a koala. Adorable!

After a quick gelato we drove to Cowes and checked into our resort motel. With crystal clear blue waters and soft sand between our toes, it was a beautiful day to arrive in paradise with not a cloud in the sky. After some shopping in the wonderful boutiques in the area we were off to a nice restaurant for dinner. In the evening we took a dip in the spa and pool at our accommodation and relaxed. I loved it!

The next day started with an early check-out and a quick drive to see if we could spot any seals at The Nobbies. We were disappointed not to see any seals but the views from the boardwalk were absolutely incredible. Pyramid Rock not far from there also offered some amazing coastal views with vibrant landscape vistas.

All in all our weekend away was a well-deserved break that we all really needed and a great way to spend some quality family time together. I had a great time and returned home fully refreshed and happy.

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Kangaroos in Lysterfield Park

My family and I spent last Saturday afternoon in Lysterfield Park, located in the suburb of Lysterfield, south-east of Melbourne. The weather was perfect, it was so sunny and warm and there were many people by the lake enjoying their day off work. Lysterfield Park is great because it’s totally free to visit and if you’re lucky enough to spot them you can see real kangaroos in the wild! These symbols of Australia are so beautiful, so intelligent and very fast at jumping through the trees. They are certainly hard to find as they camouflage beautifully against the similarly coloured vegetation and bark. However, once you spot them you’re rewarded with some excellent up-close-and-personal photographs of these amazing creatures. At one point we were standing only a few metres away from a beautiful mother Kangaroo and her baby Joey, who was peeking out of her pouch! A breathtaking moment and one that makes me truly grateful to be back in my home country, the land “down under”.