Marsha’s wonderful journey could be summed up with these words: culture, wine, wildlife and epic coastal scenery.
Ambassador Marsha’s incredible journey started with coffee and street art in Melbourne’s quirky laneways, continued with scenic flights over Tasmania’s beautiful coastline, then ended not only with wildlife spotting on Kangaroo Island but wine tasting in the Barossa.
See the highlights of Marsha’s journey:
Aussie Specialist Trainer Cari travelled with Marsha and asked her some questions about her trip.
Cari: G’Day Marsha! Welcome back! Tell us, how would you summarize your time in Australia?
Marsha: I had such a great time – we experienced so much in a short amount of time. We spotted wild koalas and kangaroos, tasted delicious wines and ate some amazing food, saw stunning beaches and explored beautiful regional areas. I can’t wait to go back and spend more time there.
Cari: We started in Melbourne, and I’m keen to hear what you thought of it.
Marsha: Melbourne is a hip, fun & exciting city. We had the perfect introduction by heading out on a walking tour of its famous laneways & arcades which are filled with quirky little shops and cafes. Our guide talked about the city’s history & very arty culture. She told stories about the interesting street art that Melbourne is famous for. I think a tour like this is the best way to get an orientation of the city, so I’d suggest to my clients they do this early in their stay.
Cari: You can’t forget our night at the ‘footy’!
Marsha: Of course not! I’m so glad we took in an ‘Aussie Rules’ game at the massive Melbourne Cricket Ground – the locals call it ‘the G’. Melbournians are crazy for their sport – it’s a big part of their culture. We didn’t know the rules of the game, but the atmosphere was electric. I’d love to go back and experience the Australian Open Tennis in January.
Cari: So, after a quick stay in Melbourne, we were off exploring regional Victoria. Can you tell us more about the Great Ocean Road?
Marsha: One of the good things about a stay in Melbourne is that exploring the surrounding regions is easy. The Great Ocean Road is a popular touring route, with its spectacular scenery. There’s dramatic coastline and beautiful rainforest, and you can spot koalas and kangaroos along the way as well! The Twelve Apostles is the highlight – they are formations that jut out of the sea – it’s a very iconic sight that that we took scenic helicopter flight over which was sensational! I’d recommend my clients take their time here, spending more than one day to explore the region.
Cari: We then continued to the Grampians region. I didn’t know much about this region beforehand. How would you describe this area?
Marsha: I’d describe the Grampians like this: spectacular scenery, amazing waterfalls, treks and trails, fresh air and wildlife. So easy to include this region with the Great Ocean Road – it’s called the Great Southern Touring Route and is a circular journey that people can do from Melbourne. I’d recommend this to my clients as I think this gives them a better experience than a rushed trip. Before spending the night in the Daylesford area (which is called ‘spa country’) we stopped at Boroka Lookout & MacKenzie Falls to take in the phenomenal views and nature.
Cari: Then, onwards to Tasmania. Tell us more!
Marsha: Tassie was a place that I really wanted to visit, and so much closer than I thought. Hobart is only an hour’s flight from Melbourne, there’s a rich history and cultural vibe to it. MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) is a must-do – so quirky and interesting and must be seen to believed! Bruny Island is an easy day trip and is home to oysters, cheese and plenty of seals and dolphins. We fed kangaroos and watched Tasmanian Devils at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. The highlight for me was the scenic flight over Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula – such a spectacular sight. We also landed on Maria Island and saw cute, wild wombats.
Cari: After a busy few days in Tassie, we then travelled on to a place that we often call a ‘zoo without fences’ – Kangaroo Island. What can you say about your time there?
Marsha: KI is really a must-do for anyone wanting to encounter Australian wildlife. It’s a place where you’ll see seals on the beach, koalas up in the trees and kangaroos hopping around. It’s a short 20-30min flight from Adelaide, or you can do a coach/ferry trip which takes roughly three hours. I would recommend staying for at least a night, preferably two, as the island itself is huge. There’s also a variety of places to stay including the beautiful Southern Ocean Lodge* – one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia. Plus taking a guided tour wtih one of the local experts is the way to go.
*Due to bushfire activity in January 2020 on Kangaroo Island, this attraction is closed until further notice. Baillie Lodges also regrets to advise that Southern Ocean Lodge has sustained significant damage and the property is currently closed. Click here to view the latest SATC Bushfire Updates.
Cari: No visit to South Australia is complete without heading to a wine region, and one of the most famous is the Barossa. What did you think about this region?
Marsha: I didn’t realize there was so much to see and do in the Barossa. Even if you’re not a wine drinker there’s plenty of interesting activities and sights. I really enjoyed the Seppeltsfield winery where you can taste port wine from your birth year and explore the vineyard by Segway. Of course, we had a delicious meals, as this area is well known for its incredible food and wine. It’s an easy drive from Adelaide and you could spend a good amount of time wandering through the valley, stopping at the famous wineries along the way.
Cari: Thank you for sharing details of your awesome journey, Marsha.
Marsha: No worries! I had an amazing time and can’t wait to go back and explore more. There’s nothing like Australia!