Great Ocean Road 12 Apostles, Victoria Helicopter Tour, Is it worth it?🚁

If you have visited or planning your trip the Great Ocean Road, you might encountered with the ’12 Apostles Helicopters’ tour at the main apostles stop/ information centre/ car park. I have been studying in Melbourne for over a year now and have visited the landmark more than three times, at this point I have to experience the landmark in a different view. Thus, I gave this very expensive ride a go.

How does the rates looks like? You have at least three options to choose that comes with various rates: 12 Apostles (1) London Bridge scenic flight or (2) London Bridge – Bay of Islands scenic flight or (3) London Bridge – Bay of Islands – Cape Otway Lighthouse, which would cost from $145 to $570 per head. Yikes 😧, I know it could get real pricey for some of us and probably not worth it. Hence, I’ll be sharing my thoughts and experience and you’ll decide wether it should be part of your itinerary/ budget when you’re visiting 😉.

Of course I went with the first option, who am I kidding. So the ride set me back $145 for a 15 minutes scenic ride, flying over the 12 Apostles and London Bridge. Honestly, I’m a sucker for arial view so yes I did enjoy every second of the ride and the pilot was good looking too 😉. While in the air, I didn’t just sit around and enjoy the view because the pilot was guiding us with historical fact about the landmark throughout the journey.

On the way back, I get to see the apostles lined up perfectly and the whole town from above. The experience and view was refreshing, we traveled 45 km in 15 minutes but it sure doesn’t feel like it, it felt like everything moving in slow motion and seeing the waves crashing by the shore was satisfying😍. I could finally go back home with new memories of the landmark and of course show off on my insta 😜.

Quick video of the Helicopter ride

Ultimately, I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone because you could still have a great time without this luxuries service, unless you don’t mind spending such amount of money at all!

DATE
10th November 2019
Admission
From $145
Location 
12 Apostels,Great Ocean Road Victoria. 

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Last call for Mickey lovers! ºOº

Extended to 28th February due to popular demands and its ending soon this week! Celebrating 90 years of Mickey with 90 original artwork curated by Eddie Zammit and Produced by Radio Velvet at Melbourne Central from 17th November to 28th February.

Mickey Mouse Arthouse

If Mickey was part of your childhood and you’re into art, you should definitely give Mickey Mouse Arthouse a visit that features 90 unimaginable local and international artists such as Jamie Browne, Confetti Studio, Vince Frost, Justine McAllister, Travis Price, George Rose, and plenty more in one place (Melbournecentral.com.au, 2018).

I personally experienced the exhibition and really enjoyed it 😆. Now, I may not be an expert in judging what good art is, but looking at all those creative work I never thought I could see Mickey in various form of art. It’s also somehow relatable for us who grew up with Mickey is part of our childhood with a mixture of pop arts. Your kids probably find it unusual but for my age it somehow makes sense.

Mickey Mouse Arthouse

Don’t worry about going home empty-handed because they are giving you a chance to win Mickey print that valued up to $300. All you gotta do is post your best snap on Instagram along with #MickeyArthouse by 28th February 2019 and make sure your Instagram is public as well. Learn more here (Melbournecentral.com.au, 2018).

Another alternative for you to get range Mickey Arthouse merch is by purchasing them on the location throughout the exhibition (open daily till 5.30pm).

Mickey Mouse Arthouse
DATE
17th November 2018 - 28th February 2019
Admission
Free
Location
Behind Shot Tower, Melbourne Central

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This is probably the only map of Melbourne you’ll ever need!🎡

From traditional map to google map and now to this! You may want to own this creative and playful maps to show off to your families and friends. Jenni Sparks Hand Drawn Maps is probably one of the most creative and interactive hand-drawn maps that I have come across to; with its feature pointing out the city’s hot spots and highlights.

Photograph: jennisparks.com

You probably heard of Jenni sparks before but if you didn’t, well she’s one of the most inspirational illustrators worldwide based in London. Hand drawn maps are one of the well-known artwork by Jenni Sparks as she had drawn multiple cities maps and highlighting their hotspots, such as New York, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco and of course Melbourne!

Photograph: jennisparks.com

Commissioned by Everamade, Jenni Sparks spent a thousand hours of research that she acquired to map the city by visiting, photographing, taking notes, and of course, the hours to draw the map itself (Jennisparks.com, 2018).

You can get yours now here with a price starts at $178. If you wanna find out more about Jenni’s work, you can explore at her platform- Jennisparks.com.

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Grub Fitzroy, Lunch in a Garden anybody?🍲🏡

When it comes to cafes ideas, in Melbourne itself are filled with various creative and unique cafes for you to dine and experience over the weekend. I chose to share Grub Fitzroy with you guys for its unique F&B service and experience. From the pictures, you can see the dine-in garden concept which I found it interesting and calming.

In a post about Successful F&B concepts in today’s market, Schwarz, Malmsten and Karouni (2017, para. 4) suggested “… a new generation of diners is constantly looking for unique and authentic dining experiences, plus the consumers of today are more aware and educated about their daily consumption and ecological footprint.”  Based on such statement, I couldn’t agree more as I too believe today, f&b experience and concept are also as important as the food.

Grub Fitzroy is located at 87-89 Moor Street Fitzroy VIC, and it’s in a quiet and calm neighbourhood too ☺️. Let’s talk about the menu first; the cafe’s menu is great for snacking or even a full meal with various options. Just looking at the menu, I see breakfast, brunch, vegetarian, seafood and oh desserts too 😉 with a price range of $10- $30 per person.

For lunch, we decided to go with  Mushroom medley, kale, grilled flatbread, lemon sorrel, goats cheese & macadamia dukkah ($18)for our first choice and Grub ramen, pork belly, soy egg, steamed greens, noodles & chilli oil ($18) for our second choice. As for our beverage, we went with Ice Latte ($5.5)and get this; they use recyclable straws too, drink coffee save trees guys! Both meals tasted great especially if you’re a fan of ramen like me. If you’re a vegetarian, you should definitely go with the Mushroom medley… It may look small, but it’s quite filling and satisfying. I don’t have to worry about getting hungry again until dinner! 😄

As for their interiors, its nothing fancy but it sure is cosy and I love cosy space while enjoying my meals. The cafe itself is spacious, filled with natural light and of course, greens all around you to give that picnic at a park kind of vibe. I personally appreciate such design and attention on the interior where it feels right and calming, compare to a typical restaurant with claustrophobic space. What do you guys think? If you’re planning on a trip to Melbourne this coming holiday, you might wanna include this one part of your list to give it a try!

The Querks Gallery

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Reference;

Schwarz, L., Malmsten, G. and Karouni, K. (2017). What makes a successful F&B concept in today’s market?. [online] EHL Blog. Available at: https://blog.ehl.edu/what-makes-a-successful-fb-concept-in-todays-market [Accessed 21 Sep. 2018].

$30 for a Cocktail buffet and Milo Martini? Keep it flowing please!🍹|Melbourne Edition.

You don’t have any plans yet for the weekends? If you are a fan of cocktails, you probably consistently finding the best deal you could when it comes to alcohol and that’s me for sure. I don’t usually go home sober on Friday night! 😜

Hence, you can consider stopping by at Good Things bar located on Commercial Rd South Yarra. Believe it or not, you can enjoy 2 hours of cocktails buffet for only $30 with options like Fruit Tingle, Espresso Martini, Cosmopolitan and Pina Colada! I say it’s a good way to start your night before the clock strikes 11pm!

Quick fun fact about cosmopolitan; Sex and the City played a role in influencing bars bringing in the cosmopolitan drink into their menu when the drink made its debut in the second season of the show and appeared several times . However, prior to that, many recognise and credited Cheryl Cook or known as The Martini Quen of South Beach who modified the drink inspired by ‘Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice’ drink (or was once known as the Harpoon) to make it visually appealing to women by including; Absolut Citron, a new product; Rose’s Lime, a little triple sec and cranberry juice to give it the characteristic pink hue (History of The Cosmopolitan Cocktail, 2012).

It doesn’t stop there my friends! I learned that they have the weirdest martinis that you could ever think of, and that is Vegan Oreo Martini 😱. Did I give it a try? Of course I did, it was weird at first, but after a while, it’s actually not that bad since I always love Oreos or I’m just weird. If you’re not a fan of Oreo, no biggy because they also have Milo Martini, Nerds Martini, Coco Pops Martini, Golden Gaytime, and Cadbury Creme Egg Martinis starting from $15! You can learn more about their buffet and updates or even purchase your pass through their Facebook page @Supersmallclub 

Oh, they have cool murals too that you can check it out! It’s located in a separate room with half opened rooftop so you can still enjoy the fresh air, and don’t worry about the cold, they have heaters to warm the whole room up. Lushsux is the creative guy behind the art and it looks awesome! Lushsux is well known for his creative and unique street murals.

The Querks Gallery

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Reference;

History of The Cosmopolitan Cocktail. (2012). [Blog] MAKE ME A COCKTAIL. Available at: https://makemeacocktail.com/blog/history-of-the-cosmopolitan-cocktail/ [Accessed 21 Sep. 2018].

Teeter, A. (2014). THE HISTORY OF THE COSMOPOLITAN AND THE BIRTH OF CRAFT COCKTAIL CULTURE. [Blog] Vinepair. Available at: https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/history-cosmopolitan-birth-craft-cocktail-culture/ [Accessed 21 Sep. 2018].