Located in Moorabbin, a suburb of Melbourne is the Moorabbin Air Museum or Australian National Aviation Museum. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, it is very reasonably priced at $10 AUD for adults and $5 for kids it is staffed and run mainly by volunteers. It houses approximately 12 full sixed planes outside and a similar number inside a large hanger, with a bunch of other items such as uniforms, engines and books. Well sign posted you are free to wander around the items on display. They have a mix of military and non military aircraft and several hands on displays. Continue reading
A public golf course of nine holes in suburban Elsternwick, Melbourne on the corner of Glenhuntly Road and Nepean Hwy. (not far from St Kilda and Brighton). It is quite pretty, with plenty of mature trees, some small rivers and duck filled ponds. It appears to be maintained in a fair condition, the prices are very reasonable, with some good deals. eg: $10 per adult after 12:00 midday Monday to Friday. They also serve beers, pies and other snacks. Continue reading
Held in the historic Melbourne Exhibition Buildings in Carlton this was truly a nerd’s paradise or a teenage kid’s playground. Book your tickets online, 15% discount and we skipped a two hour queue at the entrance of the exhibition. Kids under 13 were free with each adult ticket on Sunday. Continue reading
The famous UNESCO listed Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap was originally built as a Hindu temple and then converted to a Buddhist, it functioned as the centre of the Khmer Kingdom. The tourist crowds get large here, but at the end of the day it is not too bad. It represents one of the largest archaeological sites in operation in the world and, to be fair, they do a pretty good job of managing the tourists. In places they have installed fences, and even wooden steps to protect the centuries old structure underneath. Continue reading
Beng Mealea Temple in Cambodia is about an hour or so from the more famous Angkor Wat Temple complex. It has similar style and is thus assumed to have been built at approximately the same time and by King Suryavarman II in the early 12 Century. It is also known as the forest temple, because it is largely overgrown and half in ruins. Beng Mealea still has a large 45 metre wide moat (approx 1,000 metre x 800 metre) which would have contained the Khmer city with the temple at the centre.
Sanur, on the west coast of Bali, is a relaxed and very pleasant place to stay. You can just wander up and down the beach, watch the guys kite surfing, see the traditional boats and there’s plenty of small cafes selling cold beer and food.