The best thing to happen to Melbourne since the soft shell taco.
I’ll put it straight. I’ve not been a big fan of the Docklands in Melbourne. It new, bare and lacks the cultural essence of Melbourne. The only reason I ever had to visit its baron wasteland, was to visit my best friend (who, for ambiguous reasons rents an apartment there). But then little over a month ago, right next door, popped up a very Melbourne thing; The People’s Market & Flea. The biggest (and only metropolitan) flea market to hit Melbourne made from refurbished shipping containers.
Open every Saturday from 10:00am – late, 200+ local Melburnians will be selling vintage clothing, quirky items and one-of-a kind (or just plain) junk. Pretty much anything sellable will be selling. Culinary delights are also available from the multitude of eateries selling out of custom shipping containers, including the infamous ‘The League of Honest Coffee’. And starting tonight (Saturday 14th April) local live bands will be playing every week from sunset.
In the past, I would never have recommend the Docklands as a ‘must-see’ destination of Melbourne, but dammit, I think I may have just gone over to the dark side. And so, I have to say to my dear friend – although I still can’t comprehend your choice of suburb to live in, I am now very envious that you are neighbours with The People’s Market & Flea and one of the best coffee shops in Melbourne.
For more information about The People’s Market & Flea, visit: www.peoplesmarket.com.au
If you remember last November, I posted an article about the global filming event, known as ‘One Day on Earth‘; where people in every country across the world filmed their life, during the 24 hours period that makes up Friday 11th November 2011 (11.11.11).
Well, they’re still sorting through all 3,000 hours of footage. But, the film from the year before (10.10.10) has just been completed and a date set for the global premiere – 22nd April, 2012 (coinciding with this years’ Earth Day).
Locations are still being assembled, but you can visit their website and put you’re name down and be contacted regarding you’re local screening venue. This is the breathtaking trailer they released yesterday:
For more information about the premiere screening, visit: www.onedayonearth.org/screening
Heading down south across the Great Ocean Road, you’ll pass many spectacular sights and coastal wonders (and many tourists). But if you keep going, just over the South Australian border you’ll arrive at Mount Gambier – home to craters, lakes, sinkholes and a vast system of underground caves.
Kilsby's Sinkhole, Mt Gambier (Photographed by Richard Harris)
The beautiful and fascinating flooded cave systems are accessed via sinkholes in remote farmland paddocks (of which themselves are vastly beautiful). Diving is by permit and certification only and unfortunately no guided tours or trips are available. But that doesn’t stop locals and visitors from jumping in and having a swim. And this, I highly recommend doing. The best place to stop is Little Blue Lake, 12km southwest of Mt Gambier near the corner of Mount Salt Rd and Stock Route Road North. The water is cool and if you’re lucky, you’ll be the only ones there. Jumping off the cliffs is discouraged with signs erected by the city council, however, with a depth over 40 metres down, you don’t have to worry about rocks.
Little Blue Lake Sinkhole (Photographed by Kate Eccarius)
For more information, visit: www.mountgambiertourism.com.au
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