Picnic in the Dandenong Ranges

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The Dandenong Ranges is amazing – despite the frequent amount of times I’ve visited over the years, I feel like I’ve been able to discover something new each time.

In this instance, we enlisted the help of AmazingCo, who sent us on a wonderful journey through Dandenong Ranges, taking us to locations and stops that we’ve passed many times but never thought to stop at. The above photo was taken at Olinda Falls, which required a short but somewhat challenging walk to reach.

Olinda Falls is a popular destination, but not so popular that we were able to spend some moments in the above pictured spot, taking in the view and beauty of the waterfall!

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We followed our  journey to different pit stops, picking up delicious snacks along the way. At the end of our day, we finally settled at R.J. Hamer Arboretum (another beautiful site), where we enjoyed our food in peace whilst taking in the views of the many beautiful trees situated in the area.

Dandenong Ranges is definitely full of mysterious and beautiful locations!

Disney Aladdin on Broadway!

I really enjoy musicals and theatre, so when I heard Aladdin was coming to Melbourne, I pretty much bought tickets as soon as they were out on pre-sale (Oct 2016 for a May 2017 show)!

Aladdin

Now, while Aladdin wasn’t my favourite Disney film growing up, I’ve always really loved the songs, so it was a real treat to see them performed live on stage by talented performers (hello genie!). And although there were many songs (and part of the story line) that differed from the original Disney film, I still really enjoyed everything and do recommend it.

We watched Aladdin at Her Majesty’s Theatre, and although I really enjoyed the show, I was disappointed in the size of Her Majesty’s and the close proximity of the person next to me did distract me from the show quite a bit! However, apart from that, Aladdin the Broadway Musical is definitely something you should check out if you ever get the chance!

4th Anniversary Glamping

Ash and I celebrated our 4 years earlier this year and to commemorate this special day, we went GLAMPING!

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, ‘GLAMPING‘ is as defined by Urban Dictionary,  “glamorous camping. Satisfying your craving for the outdoors and your penchant for a good meal, nice glass of wine, and a comfortable bed.”
Translation: We had a bed in an air-conditioned tent on a roof top in the CBD

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We stayed at St Jerome’s, which is located on the top level of Melbourne Central, and it was a delightful experience.Our Luxe tent was fitted with a working air-conditioner (thank goodness, since it was boiling that day), comfy double bed, a stocked esky, nuts, slippers, robes, as well as an in-tent dining service which was accessible through texting the reception (very handy for lazy, anti-social people such as myself!). We also received a complimentary sweet treat and cocktail each from the General Trader store (which, by the way, are more than happy to help you get anything you need!)

Ashley also surprised me with some gorgeous flowers, which St Jerome’s helped pick out!

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Some delicious cupcakes that Ashley organised St Jerome’s to provide us with upon arrival!

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We ordered jaffles using our in-tent dining service!

Later that evening, as part of our stay at St Jerome’s, we received our tablet pre-stocked with movies, sleep time tea by T2, and Gelato Messina custom made ice cream delivered straight to our tent! It was definitely a very pleasant way to end our evening, as we sipped tea and ate ice cream in bed while watching a movie.

We also made use of their sauna service (..despite the heat) and while I probably only lasted like a total of 10 minutes, Ash managed to stay for our whole booking of the sauna hahaha.

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Again, as part of the package, we got breakfast delivered straight to our tent the following morning!

The breakfast delivered included a coffee of our liking each, as well as two baguettes, muesli, fruit, yoghurt, milk, T2 peach tea and organe juice! It was definitely a delicious and convenient way to wake up.

I seriously could get used to breakfast delivery every day hmmmm….

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Many of my colleagues thought I was being crazy, spending so much money just to stay in pretty much a hotel room that was a size of a tent. But hey, it was a unique experience and I actually really enjoyed it!

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St Jerome’s The Hotel
Level 3, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre
Melbourne CBD