|The unique rock formations of the Great Ocean Road.|
This past weekend the Herald On Sunday published my feature about some of the things to do in Victoria (Australia) beyond just Melbourne. I’d spent a week driving all over the state being wined and dined (tough gig I know!), exploring national parks both lush and barren, dodging kangaroos and cockatoos, spotting emus and koalas and staying in some wonderful hotels. There was also time for rock climbing and a helicopter ride and all told, Victoria was a whole lot more beautiful than I ever imagined.
|Holding the article with a befuddled Tim Wilson, my co-host on Newstalk ZB’s The Two.|
|Halls Gap as seen from the Wonderland mountain range in the Grampians National Park.|
|Mungo National Park (actually in New South Wales but accessed from Victoria).|
|The lush beauty near the historic Royal Mail Hotel in the southern Grampians.|
Qantas. Special thanks to the Novotel Hotel in Geelong, the Royal Mail Hotel in
Dunkeld, the Quality Hotel Mildura Grand and the Crown Metropol in Melbourne.
I also dined (and strongly recommend) the following restaurants: The Canteen
at Little Creatures Brewery (high-end pub fare – Geelong), Jack & Jill (Asian
fusion – Geelong), the Royal Mail Hotel Dining Room (organic, locally-sourced,
Australian-inspired – Dunkeld) and Tonka (Indian food done tapas style – Melbourne).
provided courtesy of Avis car rentals, The Rock Adventure Centre (Geelong), Little
Creatures Brewery (Geelong), 12 Apostles Helicopters (Port Campbell National
Park), Brambuk Cultural Centre (Halls Gap, Grampians National Park), Harry
Nanya Tours (Mungo National Park) and Hidden Secrets Tours (Melbourne).