Jurassic World

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a travelling spark, because I haven’t been doing any travelling really. School and dance and work have taken up most of my time, which I don’t mind at all, but it does mean this particular section of my blog has been slightly abandoned.

However, fear not! I am back, and this time, I’m travelling in time!

Welcome to Jurassic World, where dinosaurs are no longer extinct.

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So obviously I didn’t actually travel back in time, but I did travel to the Melbourne Museum, which is currently home to Jurassic World, The Exhibition.

Jurassic World came out last year, and was a resounding success. In fact, success like that hadn’t been seen since the original Jurassic Park came out, and it seemed only fitting that the records Jurassic Park set were beaten by its own franchise.

Then the Jurassic World Exhibition concept was presented, and it was decided that Melbourne was the perfect place the create the life-sized robotic dinosaurs.

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Up close and personal with a full sized dinosaur

The exhibition is touring for 5 years, and usually Melbourne would be the last stop on the tour, thanks to the fact that we reside at least four hours from anywhere else. However, as everything was engineered here, we are the first stop on the tour, a fact that I am incredibly glad about.

It was a fantastically entertaining experience and I loved every second of it! Not only was it very educational, with plenty of facts and figures about the dinosaurs that were so close you could practically touch them, it was also structured as though you were a guest of Jurassic World, and you were taking part in the events of the film.

You entered through a room that was staged to seem as though you were on the ferry to Isla Nublar, then proceeded to make your way through the parks major attractions. When you entered the Stegosaurus enclosure, a panic alert sounded and you were informed that there was an asset out of containment; the asset just happens to be the Indominus Rex, the park’s newest major attraction.

It was the perfect balance of quality entertainment and the educational experience that museums are so well known for, which made for a highly enjoyable morning. As a huge fan of the films, I couldn’t find any faults with the exhibition and would recommend it to anyone in Melbourne at the moment. It’s here till October the 9th, and tickets are available at the door or on the Melbourne Museum website.

(This post was written before changes to my blog, when all posts where categorized by “sparks”. Any and all references to Katy/Everyday/Travelling/Life Sparks or Sparkszine are as a result of this)

 

 

Camping

Two weeks ago was the Melbourne Cup weekend (won by the first ever female by the way, which is amazing), so my family and our friends decided it was a perfect time to go camping together.

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My second family

We didn’t go very far from home, just down to Jerusalem Creek on Lake Eildon. We drove through scenery that looked like something our of Jurassic World to get there; I expected a dinosaur to jump out at me any second.

The lake was beautiful and vaguely creepy – it was full of dead trees, stood in the middle, and in the mornings the mist rolled over the lake, making it look almost ethereal. It was the perfect scene for Halloween weekend camping though, and everyone has loads of fun trick or treating.

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Tents make for a perfect trick or treat destination
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Who says trick or treating is for the little kids?

We spent the weekend full on camping – no facilities, and everything was cooked over the campfire. Our meals were delicious though, and well prepared. There were around 25 of us and the kitchen proved it.

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It takes a large kitchen to feed a small army!

And while we there, I decided it might just have been my favourite weekend away ever. I’ve spent my fair share of time at fancy hotels with pools and restaurants and abundant facilities, but it’s not where you go, it’s the people you go with.

These people are my second family and I had the best time with them playing charades around the fire, roasting marshmallows and just talking.

Marshmallows are only good when roasted
Marshmallows are only good when roasted
Sitting around the campfire on lazy mornings is one of my favourite things
Sitting around the campfire on lazy mornings is one of my favourite things

The stories you tell of your travels very rarely have to do with the places you are; usually they are because of the people you are with. So next time you go somewhere, keep it in mind. You don’t need anything fancy to enjoy a weekend away.

Our campsite
Our campsite
We even had some tame birds!
We even had some tame birds!

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Sydney

Every city in the world (apart from three) is built on a water source. However, very few are built on a public beach. Last year I was lucky enough to travel with my family to Sydney and visit the very famous Bondi Beach.

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My first time at Bondi Beach

I have to say, Sydney is a gorgeous city. We stayed there two nights and I wish we had stayed for longer, because I didn’t get to do nearly enough exploring of it. It’s full of beautiful shops and people and places and the beach is stunning (and very well maintained for being in the city center). I got to sit by the water front in a posh restaurant eating salmon, walk no less then 100 meters and relax on the beach for the afternoon.

There is no doubt though that the crowning jewel in Sydney was the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

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My brother, mother and I at the Sydney Opera House

If I could go back to Sydney, I’d definitely climb the bridge and I’d without a doubt see a show at the Opera House. The stunning piece of architecture is a feature right in the middle of the city and arguably the most recognizable building in Australia.

This gorgeous city definitely left it’s mark on me, and I hope to go back soon.

(This post was written before changes to my blog, when all posts where categorized by “sparks”. Any and all references to Katy/Everyday/Travelling/Life Sparks or Sparkszine are as a result of this)

Fraser Island

Having lived in four countries with parents who loved holidays, I’ve been lucky enough to travel many places from a young age. As a family we’ve camped and stayed in five star hotels, been on beach retreats and escaped life’s daily slog to go skiing. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to was Fraser Island, off the Queensland Coast in Australia.

My parents would probably be dead confused if they read this post – I was dragged through this particular trip kicking and screaming. It was a three week camping road trip, and Fraser Island is a sand island. As someone who likes things to be clean and neat and tidy, a sand island is my worst nightmare because sand gets every. Freaking. Where. Not to mention my avid hate of camping due to the lack of hygiene and space and adequate cooking facilities. And I admit it – most of the trip I disliked. A lot. The two days we spent in the Sydney city center was amazing, but the rest of it was messy and cramped and involved copious amounts of driving.

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However, this particular beach in Fraser Island was stunning. You couldn’t swim in it because of the jellyfish (Australian animals want to kill everyone, I swear) but it still had all the other essential elements of a perfect beach. Sand so soft it felt like your feet were sinking into a cloud, the scent of salt and ocean air, the sound of crashing waves and the occasional seagull. If you looked out as far as you could see there was that unique shade of blue where the sea met the sky, occasionally dotted with the white caps of the ocean. Because of Fraser Island’s remote location, you could look to either side of you and see nothing but a few birds for hundreds and hundreds of meters. Everything about the beach was perfect, and made the hours of driving kind of worth it.

(This post was written before changes to my blog, when all posts where categorized by “sparks”. Any and all references to Katy/Everyday/Travelling/Life Sparks or Sparkszine are as a result of this)