The Wonderful Bandara International Hotel

Thetraveljunkie.org – If there’s a place that we love to come back, that’s Jakarta. A dirty, magical and colorful city, but we have to confess that this time has been different, this time we’ve been hosted at the wonderful Bandara International Hotel managed by AccorHotels. An exquisite resort style experience and the convenience of an airport hotel.

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Spectacular Views of Cape Schanck National Park

Thetraveljunkie.org – A few weeks ago we spent a day at Cape Schanck National Park, the most southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula at the meeting of Bass Strait and Western Port. It has been protected since the 1800’s and was made a national park in 1988 and offers spectacular scenery. We love visiting different spots in Victoria and especially those that we haven’t been to before, it always makes us think that you don’t have to travel far to see amazing things. And, the cool weather means the days are much more enjoyable and we finally have time to do stuff we haven’t managed to do so already.

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Strolls Around Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

Thetraveljunkie.org – We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment. And, today we bring you the photos which we took in the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden), host to brilliantly coloured blooms of over 15,000 rhododendrons, 12,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias, 250,000 daffodils and countless cherries. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around.

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An Untouristy Place in Pekalongan

Thetraveljunkie.org – Pekalongan is full of heritage, textures and different places to see. We have never been to a place with a wooden-boat industry like this small area of Pekalongan full of giant wooden-boats, that blends in with the river that flows out to the ocean. It’s a thousand light years from any place we’ve ever seen. This is one of our favourite spots in Pekalongan, Central Java. You’ll find this to be an untouristy place with an amazing culture and view.

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Back In The Sidji Hotel Pekalongan

Thetraveljunkie.org – We are in Pekalongan right now and we’ll spend the rest of the weekend in this amazing city! So excited with all the things to come! A bed that gets you trapped, a bath to get lost for hours and incomparable relaxation you’ll want for your life. On our last trip to Pekalongan we were hosted in a heritage boutique Hotel, The Sidji Hotel, where you can feel the perfect balance between Javanese-Peranakan style and that Pekalongan golden years glamour.

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Picnic At Hanging Rock, Victoria

Thetraveljunkie.org – Victoria looks so darn magical. Hanging Rock has for sure made its way onto the list. To put it simply, the Hanging Rock is 70km north-east of Melbourne, the setting for the famous book and film Picnic at Hanging Rock. It taken about 1 hour 35 minutes to drive there. The six million year old rare volcanic formation rises up on a plain between two tiny townships 70km northwest of Melbourne.

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Finska in Blairgowrie, Victoria

Thetraveljunkie.org – Blairgowrie, Victoria. Despite the fact that we had such a busy day yesterday, we all woke up at 7.30 am to attend an Easter Egg Party. Ah how I love hot cross buns. We stayed for lunch, caught up with family. And, We went to the beach for Finska, an ancient and seriously addictive log-tossing game from Finland.

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Peace in Blairgowrie, Victoria

Thetraveljunkie.org – Life has been pretty damn good. In Blairgowrie, we’ve been hanging out at the beach a lot. I was utterly intoxicated by all the colours around me. The sky and ocean. The sparkly water. The seaweed. Laughter, smiling and playing wonderfully. Beach finska. Beach drone. Chicos. Cherry ripe. Sandy beach towels. Chips and dips. And, ‘where you lead, I will follow’ by Carole King. It was just so inspiring… and delicious to be immersed in it all.

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Walk Along the Fort Nepean

Thetraveljunkie.org – The last few days have been stunning. Bright blue skies and glowing sunshine. We soak up some vitamin D and we went for a walk along the Point Nepean National Park. Located at the very end of the peninsula. Just strolling and talking. It was very cool. Especially the history. Fort Nepean was a critical part of Victoria’s defences from the 1880s until 1945. The first shot of the British Empire in WWI and the first Australian shots of World War II were fired from Fort Nepean, earning its entry in military history. These battlements were modified and used right up until the end of World War II.

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Strolls Around the Nobbies in Phillip Island

Thetraveljunkie.org – It was almost by chance that we visited the Nobbies on our last trip to Phillip Island. It was not planned to go there, the reason was just practical, thinking about the coastline views and that the places we really wanted to visit were all around the Phillip Island. In the end, that decision was a success, we loved what we found there.

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