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monsadventure

I love food and sharing the new exciting places to try around Melbourne on my food blog, Mon's Adventures. In addition to this, I love going on roadtrips around Melbourne as well as finding out about exciting events to attend on weekends etc. I also write for Weekendnotes Melbourne, so find more of my articles at http://www.weekendnotes.com/profile/348404/.

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Maccelsfield, VIC

Australian Rainbow Trout Farm

If you've visited all the places to be in the Dandenong Ranges (1000 Steps, Sky High, National Rhodendron Gardens to name a few), then here's something a little different. In the town of Macclesfield, you'll find the Australian Rainbow Trout Farm. What's a trout farm, you ask? Well, there are quite a few in Victoria, but the idea is that the fish are farmed and then put in ponds for visitors to c ...

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Port Melbourne, VIC

Westgate Park - Pink Lake

Earlier this year, everyone was rushing to drop by Salt Water Lake at Westgate Park. This is due to the reason given by the park below. The lake had turned pink and no one knew how long it was going to stay that way. Months later, I checked to see whether it was still pink. Instagram pictures told me yes! So I noted to drop by. It is part of Westgate Park, quite literally a minute off t ...

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Olinda, VIC

National Rhododendron Gardens

The National Rhododendron Gardens are a great place to drop by if you are visiting the Dandenong Ranges area. The gardens are quite large, so you can spend a good few hours strolling and admiring the environment and surrounds. The gardens exude a different beauty with each season, so you won't get sick of visiting. Autumn brings out the red, oranges and yellow in the foliage as leaves float onto ...

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Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Point Nepean National Park

At the bottom of Mornington Peninsula lies a beautiful national park that, surprisingly, not many people know about. Point Nepean National Park is home to some magnificent views, with everything from the sandy beaches, to the rocky coasts and hilly landscapes. It's a large park, excellent for a hike or bike ride. Bike hire is $27.70 for the day and it's completely worth the ride and scenery. The ...

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Melbourne CBD, VIC

Environmental Film Festival Melbourne

The Environmental Film Festival Melbourne celebrates its fifth year at Kino Cinemas, Collins Place from 4-12th September. This year the festival will have four patrons: lifetime environmentalist Bob Brown, Greens MP Adam Bandt, director of Counteract Nicola Paris and author Julian Cribb. Read more on them here: http://www.effm.org.au/patrons/ The festival aims to showcase international and local ...

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Coburg, VIC

Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival

On Wednesday 30th July, the popular Coburg Drive-in cinema will be holding their first food truck festival. The inner northern suburbs are quite food-truck friendly, so what better way to bring their unique features together than at the lively drive-in cinema? Usually you can get some munchies and food from their retro diner, but this time you will have a wide variety of options. This ranges from ...

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Melbourne CBD, VIC

Royal Croquet Club

In true Melbourne style, Broadsheet has set up a bit of a foodie destination along Birrarung Marr.What's a better excuse to hold this event than, "It's summer."The Royal Croquet Club has been attracting Melburnians with popular eateries such as Miss Chu and Gelato Messina.In fact Gelato Messina has been raising eyebrows with their servings of icecream in a can. I didn't try them myself but I've he ...

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Melbourne CBD, VIC

Haunted Bookshop Tour

Lately I've been surprised to find out about the many walking tours that Melbourne offers. Even more interesting was the idea of a ghost walking tour.I've experienced other ghost tours but they are usually based in one spot, thus I was interested to experience the Melbourne CBD with a different view and background.As we entered the laneway of our meeting spot at the Haunted Bookshop, we saw quite ...

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Ballarat, VIC

Kryal Castle

If you're travelling to Ballarat from Melbourne, Kryal Castle is located just before the lovely country town. Kryal Castle is a medieval themed castle that is particularly popular with children. The castle is also located on top of a hill, creating a stunning first impression as you drive up and feel like you're being transported back in time. The daily schedule involves various shows and activit ...

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Thornbury, VIC

Learn to Live Comedy Gala

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival may be over, but for many of the comedians, the show goes on. And what better way to continue providing laughs, than for charity. This spectacular line-up of comedians, from Adam Hills to Ronny Chieng, will be performing to raise money for Learn to Live.Learn to Live has a goal to help less fortunate areas gain access to clean water and health care. ...

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Melbourne CBD, VIC

The Grain Store

I don't often eat brunch - ironic for a foodie of Melbourne right? But I often plan food around my other weekend activities, thus I don't often venture to the city on weekends. The Grain Store has been on my radar for a while and I finally made it down thanks to a voucher that I won from Livlicious.Often some places treat you differently when you have a voucher, but the service here was swift and ...

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Shepherds Flat, VIC

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

Sometimes I feel like I'm running out of places to visit in Melbourne, but there are many small little places that you might not hear about as often.Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is just ten minutes further from the Daylesford area and is a simple, down-to-earth getaway from the busy surburban life.It's undeniably cute, like walking in someone's extremely large backyard. The best bonus is ...

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Melbourne CBD, VIC

Queen Victoria Night Market

Knowing Melbourne, there's still some summer weather left to come!It's a perfect opportunity to explore the continuously expanding Wednesday Night Market at Queen Victoria Market. It's on every Wednesday from 5-10pm until March 25th and it gives you the chance to sample a great deal of food from a range of cultures.I hadn't visited for a few years as the crowds really put me off las ...

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Melbourne CBD, VIC

Night Noodle Market

AtmosphereIf you haven't already heard about it, the Night Noodle Markets are currently running for Good Food Month at Birrarung Marr until 30th November. When they were introduced last year, the market was crowded and had hardly any sitting space as all of Melbourne flocked to the hawker inspired markets.This year, it has been planned out a bit more carefully with experience under their belt. The ...

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Collingwood, VIC

Robert Burns Hotel

Sometimes the unexpected adventures provide you with gems. I always enjoy that Melbourne offers so many eateries, that if plans fail for some odd reason, there are a million backups surrounding you.This occurred when a downpour of rain interrupted our plans of heading to the Johnston St Latin Fiesta - instead we Urbanspooned surrounding restaurants to satisfy our paella cravings and we found a goo ...

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Launching Place, VIC

Yarra Valley Archery Park

Yarra Valley usually means wineries, mountainous views and river hikes but there's a little surprise that will provide a completely different experience in a small town called Launching Place.And what a suitable name when we were there to visit Yarra Valley Archery Park. You might get confused by its location so make sure you know the address before you leave the house and have a non-pho ...