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EricaL

A freelance writer, editor, mother of two, avid op shopper, crafter and recycled fashion enthusiast.

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CBD, VIC

Coffee Tours Melbourne

With its myriad of Mediterranean style café’s scattered throughout the heart of the city’s windy laneways and well into its leafy suburbs, Melbourne continues to spoil coffee lovers with its choice of quality caffe lattes, espressos, cappuccino’s, mocha’s and more. Melbourne’s historical association with the coffee bean dates back the First Fleet arriving in Australia, when coffee hous ...

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CBD, VIC

Cat Cafe Melbourne

Feline fans have a lot to be excited about as Australia's very first Cat Cafe is set to dig its claws into Melbourne's CBD in a just few months from now. Based on smilar concepts that have taken off in some parts of Asia and Europe, cat cafe's offer an interactive space where patrons can play with feline friends, at the same time enjoy the establishment's refreshments. Yarraville couple Anita and ...

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Melbourne, VIC

TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil

Audiences are set to be immersed in acrobatical wonder once again, as Quebec's travelling circus returns to Australia, with Melbourne performances scheduled from January 2015.  In an all-new tantalising Big Top production, Cirque du Soleil now celebrating its 30th year anniversary, presents TOTEM; a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. Since its world premier in 2010, Cirque du Sole ...

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Aspendale, VIC

Butch and Sundance Cafe

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Caulfield, VIC

Dinosaur Adventures

Prepare yourselves for a prehistoric adventure as Dinosaur Adventures will be taking over Melbourne this winter.  The number one attraction at the Sydney Royal Show earlier this year will be stomping its way into Caulfield Racecourse as Dinosaur Adventures opens on 21 Jun and runs until 20 July. Featuring realistic life-like animatronics, this is an exhibition of Triassic proportions that will l ...

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Northcote, VIC

Northern Regards Artisan Market

If you are looking for handcrafted gifts for your loved ones, with the added feel good factor knowing your choices are better for the environment, then look no further than Northern Regards Artisan Market.  Held at the Northcote Social Club from 11am - 4pm on the first Saturday of every month, Northern Regards Artisan Market only accepts stallholders selling locally made, sustainable wares with a ...

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CBD, VIC

WICKED:The Musical

The Regent Theatre rolled out the emerald carpet as WICKED: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz dusted off its Australian broomstick and returned to Melbourne last night in a star studded opening night.  The original award winning green-tinged Broadway production has flown the globe, spellbinding audiences from North America to London, Germany, Japan, The Philippines, Mexico, Holland, Singapor ...

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Seaworks, VIC

Melbourne Frock Swap

In January 2014, two sisters, Rachael and Nicole, got together to organise a charity focussed second hand clothing market, raising money for a struggling small local craft business.  Their fashion bazaar proved to be great fun as sellers purged fashion from their wardrobes, and buyers went home with new fashion pieces for a bargain price.  Due to the success of the market, Rachael and Nicole sou ...

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CBD, VIC

The Rocky Horror Show Returns to Melbourne

Melburnian's get to do the Time Warp once again, as the magnificent Rocky Horror Show has returned to Victoria's capital city after a 15 year break.  The world's most successful rock n' roll musical commenced its 2014 Australian tour in January, captivating crowds in Brisbane, followed by Perth, Adelaide and now Melbourne, in an unforgettable show comparable to no other. Cast of The Rocky Horror ...

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All around, VIC

5 Top Salvos Stores in Melbourne

Did you know that the first Salvation Army recycling depots were opened in Australia in 1880, in what used to be a labour intensive sorting and bailing facility. The Salvation Army soon introduced "jumble sales" to their charitable work, enabling underprivileged people to clothe themselves and their family with other items discarded by wealthier members of the community, household items were intr ...

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Melbourne, VIC

Koko Black

Chocolate lovers seeking the best treats in town should look no further than Koko Black.  Established in Melbourne back in 2003, Koko Black leads the way in chocolate sensory pleasure.  Koko Black’s founder Shane Hills, started his Koko journey travelling to Solingen in Germany and Bruges in Belgium, to learn the art of chocolate making from the bean.  In Bruges, he met a passionate and talen ...

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Beech Forest, VIC

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures

A trip to The Great Ocean Road is not complete without a visit to Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, a beautifully engineered 600 metre long and 25 metre high elevated tree top walk in The Great Otway National Park. The 1 hour rainforest walk experience is longest and tallest of its type in the world, approximately 2km in total.  With stunning views and a chance to experience the serenity of life hig ...

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Kensington, VIC

The Handmaker's Factory

The make do and mend mentality is a phrase that is no longer reserved for wartime Britain.  Old school handicrafts have made quite the comeback in recent years, as we see households take on new hobbies in sewing, knitting, weaving and crocheting to either make their own clothes and gifts, or repair what they already have. Making and mending requires a certain level of skill, which for some is pa ...

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Pearcedale, VIC

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

The Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park in Pearcedale situated in Melbourne's South East, only 50 minutes from the heart of Melbourne via the Monash Freeway (M1) and Westernport Highway (A780) offers visitors a unique Australian wildlife encounter away from madding crowds. Open 7 days a week, from 10am - 5pm (closed Christmas Day), the Moonlit Sanctuary invites visitors to explore its 10 ...

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Chelsea and Frankston, VIC

Nanna Cool Markets

Nanna Cool Markets in Melbourne's South East is what a friend describes as "etsy without the postage costs", offering an eclectic mix of vintage and handmade goods for sale. With most similar markets operating in the inner city suburbs, Nanna Cool is one the first of its kind in the area, bringing together some of the coolest stallholders to Melbourne's beautiful beachside suburbs. Describing t ...

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Melbourne, VIC

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Fashion followers in Melbourne better dust off their kilts and corsets this October as John Paul Gaultier hits the town to promote his famed 'From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk' exhibition, opening at the National Gallery of Victoria on 17 October 2014. French Haute Couture and Pret-a-Porter fashion designer John Paul Gaultier is best known for his quirky, unconventional fashion designs.  Gaultier ...