The Royal Exhibition Building was built in 18 months for the purpose of hosting Melbourne’s 1880 International Exhibition, and it then held a subsequent Centennial Exhibition in 1888. Both the building and the surrounding gardens were designed by architect Joseph Reed, and they were inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2004. The building is constructed in the shape of a cross with a majestic central dome, and large archway entrances with fanlight windows on each side. When it was built it was the largest building in Australia and the tallest building in Melbourne.
As I was walking around the city of Perth, admiring the buildings, I glanced down a laneway and a burst of colour at the end caught my attention. I went back to the laneway, later on, curious to see what it was. To my surprise, many of the walls of the buildings in the lane had interesting pieces painted on them. What a find, and completely by chance, which made it so much fun to see!
Many cities are now embracing the street art culture and providing spaces – legal walls – where street artists can create their works. Street artists have their own style, some of them becoming independently famous, who are then commissioned for legal murals and works.
The Hotham Valley Railway at Dwellingup is a place that you can go to experience what rail travel was like in the golden age of steam. The team of volunteers work hard to give you an enjoyable day out. The town of Dwellingup is a 40 minute drive from Mandurah, Western Australia.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a place of unique beauty in the iconic “Red Centre” of Australia, inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List for both its cultural and natural values. The massive rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta act as a refuge for both plants and animals and are the focal point of this desert landscape. Continue reading Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Taking a stroll over the Sydney Harbour Bridge is an excellent activity for a beautiful sunny day. Walking across the bridge itself will cost you nothing, and provide you with some lovely photo opportunities of the harbour and the surrounding city along the way.
Walking from Milsons Point to Circular Quay takes a little over half an hour, depending on how many times you stop to take photos, and the distance is about 2.5 km. This is the best direction to walk the bridge, providing views of the city as you walk towards it. Here’s a photo walk through to encourage you to give it a try next time you are in the area.
The Hunter Valley in NSW is a great place for a couples getaway trip. Located in one of Australia’s major wine regions, the Hunter Valley is renowned for its wineries, gourmet restaurants, spa retreats and concerts in the vineyards.