Gosh! I don’t even know where to begin.

You know what, I’ve been living my entire life in Melbourne, not even I can say that I’ve seen each and everything there is to see and do in Melbourne. The life of this blog, I hope, will be a long one, so hopefully I’ll be taking you on a lot more walking or driving tours in and around Melbourne. In this post, I’m going to take you outside of town. I might be a chilled bird, who enjoys the night life and busy vibes of city and suburban life, but there’s one thing I forgot to mention; I absolutely adore nature. It’s just a pity I never make much time for it. That’s not something I’m going to deny and I think it’s shameful when all these things are right on your doorstep.

I’m taking the bus and I’m going to take you directly to the city.

Once there, we’re going to be sightseeing off the beaten track. For a change, I’m not even thinking about those places I would normally frequent. Let’s start at our famous National Gallery of Victoria. I might as well tell you too that Melbourne is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria. I’m not going to tell you who the state is named after. I mean, how many famous post-colonial Victoria’s in the world do you know. Anyway, this national art institution was designed by an Australian architectural artist by the name of Roy Grounds. His work, it appears to me, was inspired by one Italian architectural designer by the name of Mario Bellini.

It depends when you go there, but expect a different exhibition each and every time you pitch up there. What I can tell you so long is that this national institution has housed many a world-famous work of art. An exhibition of a collection of works by the famous Degas has come and gone. Long before this, in fact just about thirty years ago, Pablo Picasso’s Weeping Woman had a place here until it was infamously stolen. It was subsequently found in a locker at Southern Cross Station.

I smelled the sea breeze in an earlier post.

Let’s go to the beach for a change then. Let’s go to Logan’s Beach. To get there by hired car, you can take the Great Ocean Road and head off towards Warrnambool. Stop over here because this is where you’re going to catch a glimpse of the Southern Right Whales. They’re real beauties, I can tell you. Every year, during our winter months and into spring, these whales come over here to look after their kids. They travel from the sub-Antarctic waters to give birth in our warmer waters.

Also just off the Great Ocean Road is Erskine Falls. It drops for about thirty meters amidst our region’s surviving rainforest. You can leave your car at the car park and take a gentle walk to the falls and get a good view from high up. Or you can go right down and take it all in, swamped by the lush and moist forest. The Erskine Falls is about ten kilometres from a beautiful and popular coastal town called Lorne. Go out early in the morning and stop over there for your English brekkie or brunch.

Set aside a weekend to visit Wilsons Promontory National Park if you’re into nature like I am. I’ve been there several times since I was a kid. Today, it’s just as lovely for me as it was then. The Park is also a haven for rainforests, and it’s also close to the beaches. This is one of those trips where you’ve got to pull on a pair of hiking boots or good walking shoes, because in order to truly breathe in the sights, you have to do it on foot.