Beyond Blue March 26 July 2014

Beyond Blue is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness about depression and anxiety.

On 26 July in Melbourne, they will be running a number of fundraising and awareness-raising activities on the night.

One of the main ones will be the BeyondBlue March for Mental Health, from Federation Square, along Birrarung Marr to the MCG.

There will be entertainment at Fed Square, including singers and a fun footy and mental health panel, and, on the big screen you will be able to watch some beyondblue and Channel 7 real life stories before heading to the blockbuster AFL beyondblue Cup that night.

This is a free event and will be on from 5pm to 7pm. Full details can be found here.

Docklands Winter Fireworks

Photo by Neil Creek at Melbourne Docklands Winter Fireworks

Photo by Neil Creek with Melbourne Docklands Winter Fireworks in background

Throughout July and August at Melbourne Docklands there will be free fireworks for all to see. The fireworks begin at 7pm and last for around 10 mins.  There is also music and fun provided – for what would be a whole family event.

The program includes:
4 July – First Friday Dance Club (Go-go dancing) and the Lollipop Ladies
11 July – ‘200 Torches’ and Lolka
18 July – African Drumming, The Thankful Tree, Back Story
25 July – Projector Bike, EL Suits
1 August – First Friday Dance Club (Bollywood) and The Clouds
8 August – ‘200 Torches’ and Lolka
15 August – Story telling with Niki na Meadhra and Pirates
22 August – Projector Bike and African Drumming
29 August – Little Wings Puppets, The Thankful Tree, The Clouds

You can learn more about this event here.

Diamond Valley Miniature Railway

A great place to take children for a Sunday treat is the Diamond Valley Miniature Railway, which is open every Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Found at Eltham Lower Park. Cost is $3 per person for a ride but to walk around and view there is no charge. Be aware that parking can fill up on the left very quickly on popular days, such as the Teddy Bear’s Picnic but you should be able to find parking if you head off to the right of the oval there.

This place is run entirely by volunteers who are passionate about their model trains and they have built an extensive railway, complete with a bridge, several tracks, a picnic grounds, signal box rooms and a very large and impressive workshop. Definitely with the visit!

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival will celebrate its 28th year in 2014 and is one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world, alongside Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival.  This event was originally launched by our very own Barry Humphries, along with Peter Cook. This event has grown to be Australia’s largest cultural event and sells more tickets than any other festival in Australia. Drawing large crowds it is an event that is at a very affordable price.

Held in various places around Melbourne each year, the festival is held for around a month, late March to late April.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is a popular event that draws crowds from around Australia and beyond to converge onto Melbourne March each year.

You can find full details here or you can check out the roadshow that travels around Australia here.

Tulip Festival at Silvan

One of my favourite things to go to is the Tulip Festival which is run annually at Silvan from mid September to mid October every year.  There is a cost to entering and if you’re a photo fanatic, like me, you’ll find tons of others doing the same. Last year Tesselaar’s had a photography contest – not sure if they’ve done that in previous years. They have special days such as Dutch weekend and Turkish weekend, wine and jazz weekend, days for kids and days for the elderly. There is entertainment, food, stalls and even rides in a cart at the back of a tractor around the property.  You can find full information at the site here.

The gardens are just an hour’s drive from Melbourne into the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, just beyond Monbulk.  An event definitely worth going to and yes, I’ll be going again!  I love it.


Rows and rows of Tulips

Tesselaar 2012 Tulip Festival

Tesselaar 2012 Tulip Festival

Tesselaar 2012 Tulip Festival

Musical entertainment


Presented by Fed Square and Polyglot Theatre

Giant ants will be invading Federation Square from 8-14 July and they will be recruiting children as helpers in their colony. Ants, an interactive performance created by Polyglot Theatre, will see human sized ants take over Fed Square in a large-scale treasure hunt.

Patrolling the pavements in search for food for the winter, the colossal creepy-crawlies will invite children to help them seek out huge paper breadcrumbs hiding in corners, under stairs, beneath benches and in trees throughout all over Federation Square.

Children will swarm across the space, working together to collect the big paper parcels and bring them back to the nest, arranging and playing with them in an unending cycle of industrious activity.

A mixture of roving performance and interaction with children and their adults, Ants is a play space with a difference. While the ants are solidly intent upon the collection of food, their single-minded purpose is addictive and children join in the toil, transforming a labour into a game. The interactive performance is inspired by the delight children take in transforming routine into fun and adventure at every opportunity.

ABOUT POLYGLOT:  For over 30 years, Polyglot has been recognized one of Australia’s leading children’s theatre companies, and in recent years the company has been in demand internationally, playing to over 60, 000 children annually on four continents.  Placing kids at the heart of their art, Polyglot creates interactive experiences that ignite imaginations everywhere from tiny Australian country towns to the world’s leading centres for the arts.


Performance: Ants – Presented by Fed Square
Venue: Federation Square
Date: 8 – 14 July
Session times: 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm daily Duration: 30 mins per session
Tickets: FREE
Bookings: Not necessary
Ages: Recommended for 3-­?12 years (all children must be accompanied by an adult)
Fed Square:  03 9655 1900

Queen’s Birthday long weekend

It’s the Queen’s Birthday long weekend this weekend in Australia. And what have you planned?

(image from Zoos Victoria newsletter)

The Healesville Sanctuary has a Wine and Wildlife Weekend and with the promise of fine weather, even if quite cool at 16C, that should mean there will be a lot of people out and about!  I receive Zoos Victoria email newsletters and they say:

Combine wildlife experiences with the tastes of the Yarra Valley and indulge yourself over the June long weekend.

Healesville Sanctuary has partnered with Sanctuary Harvest Café, De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate, Napoleone & Co Cider and Kennedy and Wilson Chocolate to create a gourmet experience with a difference.

You can find out more here.

Were you in the Puffing Billy Great Train Race this morning?

If you were, I have a number of shots of people passing under the Trestle Bridge as the train was passing over. Here is one to whet your appetite. There is a link below to view a lot more. If you are one in one of these photos feel free to contact me to get a larger copy for yourself.

5th May 2013

The race is on!

The race is on!

You can see more pictures here at Facebook.

Winners Steve Kelly and Sarah Klein show their stuff below:

Steve Kelly shows his stuff

Steve Kelly shows his stuff


Lisa Klein out in front

Sarah Klein out in front


Do you want to participate in The Great Train Race 2014?  I hear that entries for the 33rd Great Train Race will be only available online. As runner numbers will be capped it’s important that your email address is registered for notification. You can do this by clicking here.

Anzac Day services in Melbourne

My husband and I attended our first Dawn service 2 years ago for Anzac Day.  It was held in Emerald, not far from where we live. We really enjoyed the experience and found it to be quite moving.  So much so that we decided we’d like to go each year.

However, we didn’t go last year because my husband had suffered spinal cord injury from an accident he had the following day after our first Anzac service. It’s taken him awhile to recover.  He’s now well enough for us to go to a service again this year. And that’s when I noticed that although there’s lots of talk and articles about Anzac Day and what it represents, there are very few sites that list services on for tomorrow.  I find this quite astonishing.  Even our local council only had two marches listed, none of the dawn services, and I checked two of our local newspapers online, as I couldn’t see anything in print in this weeks’ paper.

I’d like to remedy this situation and offer this site as a place to list Anzac Day services and marches each year.

To find out what is happening in Melbourne city click here.

If you’re in the Shire of Yarra Ranges, click here.
The Emerald RSL is holding a Dawn Service at 5.45am. It’s not mentioned in this list.

I’m unable to find anything listed for other regions.  I hope that next year I’ll be able to list a lot more events for you.

Anzac Dawn service in Emerald

Wreaths laid at the Anzac Dawn service in Emerald

Moomba Festival 2013

Did you go on the weekend?  I attended on the Monday, viewing some of the water skiing tricks, wandering along the sideshows and watching the Moomba Parade.  What a colourful and joyful event that was. So many people watching. All were peaceful, enjoying the atmosphere and it was lovely to see and experience.

Moomba covered a number of items under the theme “Melbourne is Creative”: Royalty, Circus, Literature, Dance, Music, Art, Film, Media, Theatre and The City and its People. I’ve always loved Melbourne and its diverse cultures and this certainly gave a snapshot of it all.

Moomba Parade

Moomba Parade

Moomba Parade

Moomba parade!

Wacky Librarian

Kings and Queens of Moomba

Moomba sign