New Places Explored in 2016

I have to admit it was all unexpected but 2016 proved to be a year of new travels for me 🙂 I was given the opportunity to travel 3 new places this year:

  • Bukidnon – my very first trip to the “Baguio City” of Mindanao, Philippines happened last May. I had the chance to experience the beauty of Dahilayan. More about it on a coming post. 
  • Kalibo – I discovered that this laid-back city is actually another cool gateway to the world-famous Boracay beach in the Visayas, Philippines aside from Caticlan. I will be writing more about this October trip to Kalibo soon. By the way, prior to this trip, the last time I went to Boracay was already about a decade ago! 
  • New Zealand – My husband and I had the amazing opportunity to explore both the North Island and South Island of this beautiful country very recently. In fact, we just arrived from this trip yesterday 🙂  And yes, you will be hearing more about our lovely time there right here in this blog.  

I am grateful to God for surprising me with these trips this year. While I had a desire and plan to travel to new places this year, I did not actually think at first that it would be possible 🙂  And so I am reminded of that saying: “be careful of what you wish for, you might actually get it.” Well, I am glad with what I got so far 🙂

Hidden Oasis 12 km away from Melbourne CBD

Going north away from Melbourne CBD (Central Business District), a mere 20-minute drive, more or less 30 minute-train or tram ride, lies a hidden oasis not yet known to many tourists.

Picturesque Coburg Lake Reserve

Coburg Lake Reserve is a good spot for picnics with barbeque facilities and playground for kids. Walking tracks all around the reserve will take you to delightful areas, waiting to be discovered as your own favourite spot.

Beautiful spot to relax

Seats of different kinds and sizes are scattered around the park. One sunny but slightly cool afternoon in August I plonked myself onto one of the wooden seats fronting the lake. I was soon engrossed in reading the book I brought with me.

Plenty of wildlife in the Reserve

The squawking of the ducks and swans make me look up from time to time. They were fighting over a piece of bread thrown by a child who was sitting by the edge of the lake under the watchful eye of her older sister.

I was grateful for the interruption and decided it is time to stretch my legs. I walked around the park and took some photos.

This is my favourite spot of the park

The Reserve used to be a bluestone quarry in the early 1900s. The rocks were dug out by prisoners and were used to form the walls of Pentridge Prison, that was just opposite the reserve.

Getting There

Here’s the way to get to Coburg Lake Reserve from the CBD by public transport.

Tram – take Tram 19 from Elizabeth Street and get off at the corner of Sydney Road and Gaffney St. Walk east along Gaffney St till you find the entrance.

Train – from Flinders Station take the Upfield Line and get off at Batman Station then walk along Gaffney Street till you find the entrance to the lake just after crossing Sydney Road.

Posts about Australia:
MELBOURNE – The most liveable city in the world
Snorkeling at the GREAT BARRIER REEF
Hidden Oasis 12 km away from Melbourne CBD — You are here

Text & Photos by Alicia Davis

Travel Photo of the Week 3

Fox Glacier NZ

The photo was taken at Fox Glacier, in New Zealand. The glacier is in Westland National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. From the town of Fox Glacier, it takes about 20 minutes via helicopter to get to the top. Walks and hikes are also available for those keen to do so.

Related post:
Fox Glacier New Zealand

Text & Photos by Alicia Davis