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Guilfoyle’s Volcano in the Royal Botanical Gardens – look into the crater.

There has been some water seepage from Guilfoyle’s Volcano.  To address this, the water has been drained and a new liner on the bluestone wall is being installed. At the time of writing this – mid July -it is a chance to look inside the crater of this folly and see what an enormous space […]

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The sealed capsule in Women’s Pioneer Garden, Royal Domain Gardens

The nice thing about doing this blog is that I keep learning more interesting information about Melbourne from the comments people leave on my posts.  I have written about this beautiful and tranquil garden before in the The Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden Post. Julie has left a comment asking about the  capsule that is underneath the […]

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Melbourne Botanical Gardens and the Terrace Cafe on a wet day

I joined friends for lunch at the Terrace Cafe in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens on a wet weekday morning.  It was a long standing date and we went despite the rain. The easiest way to reach the Terrace Cafe that overlooks the ornamental lake is to enter the gardens from the corner of Anderson Street […]

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Shakahari – fine vegetarian dining in Carlton.

My first visit to Shakarhari, the vegetarian restaurant at 201/203 Faraday Street  in Carlton, was a few years ago. I was with a vegetarian  friend who was visiting  from overseas and I  wanted to give her a experience of fine dining –something more than the  average vegetarian fare which often seems to include beans or […]

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Camellia time at the Royal Melbourne Botanical Gardens is July and August

The camellia collection at the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne is planted in an imaginative way.  The area is a sort of square with a twisting path that wanders between the plantings giving a touch of magic – almost as if you were in a private room of camellias. Turn right after this beautiful tree and  […]

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The Oriental Tea House on Chapel Street, South Yarra – good eating

The Oriental Tea House is something different. The Oriental Tea house in Chapel Street was once a pub Yum Cha on Sunday is something I enjoy – watching the trolleys come past, studying the food and deciding ‘yes’ or ‘no’.  The frustrating part is that when I have eaten enough I see something new appear […]

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Guilfoyle’s Volcano overlooks Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens

Guilfoyle’s Volcano sits on top of the highest corner of the Royal Botanic Gardens and from here you can look over the rest of the gardens and to Melbourne’s CBD. For years this strange wonder was hidden under an uncared for wilderness. It was built in 1876 by William Guilfolye, who is quoted as saying, […]

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Trash, Treasure or vintage? It is hard to decide in Womango, 47 Chapel Street, Windsor/Prahran.

The Windsor end of Chapel Street is know as the funky end of Chapel Street, Prahran  To me it is the fun end.  I often pass Womango and I can never resist the window.  It’s a ‘stop and stare and stare some more  and chat to your friend’ sort of window.   It’s a collectors paradise. […]

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Peace and relaxation in the Tropical Glasshouse, Melbourne’s Botanical Gardens, St Kilda Road,

Your’re in Melbourne’s CBD and you want time out – peace, time away from crowds and the concrete jungle and some tranquility?   How about the Botanical Gardens and in particular the Tropical House? The Melbourne Botanical Gardens are at the edge of the CBD – walking distance if you are feeling energetic or a few […]

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The Block Arcade – Downtown Melbourne – CBD

Block-Arcade-from-Collins Street

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