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The July Newsletter 2017
July 28, 2017

Winter's Full Of Fun And Games

There's PLENTY to do in and around Melbourne!

July Edition 2017

What Happened To The June 2017 Edition?

Sincerest apologies for not being able to get the Newsletter out last month.

Sometimes life little surprises just get in the way! Back now in earnest to share some fun information.

Well and truly working towards getting more information on Melbourne out there to as many folk as possible.

Share the newsletter amongst all your friends. I'd love to see more people really benefiting from reading what's going on in our fair city and around the countryside.

What's The New's This Month?

- What's been happening on the Website - New pages announced

- Still continuing on redoing some of the Site pages.

- What's happening in and around Melbourne in the month of


- Products in my Razzle-Dazzle-Zazzle Store - Wintertime is a fun time to head on off to the local Farmer's Market. I've designed some totes to carry all your goodies home in.

- I've been working hard at increasing the presence of Family Getaways Melbourne on a few Social Media platforms. If you haven't already followed me on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook, I'd love you to join me over there.

Throughout the month, I'm always finding 'stuff' to share. There is just so much that I can only have time to pop up on the site, other content comes in from here, there and everywhere. Most of it is so helpful and interesting, love to to get it as well.

- Check out the Social Media links available for you to keep in contact - Have you joined me on Social Media? Why it's important that we keep in touch - My Tribe

New Pages On The Website

Melbourne Winter

Yes, it's cold. Just about every day, the grey clouds are up there, blocking out those slightly warm sun rays.

We do get some great days though throughout the Winter here in Melbourne. When the sun shines, it is truly beautiful wandering the city streets.

What I find, after a heavy downpour during the night, is that the streets always look so much cleaner. The buildings are washed clean and the windows are sparkling once again.

So, what's the weather going to be like in August?

There's so much to see and do over Winter in and around Melbourne. Check out the latest page on Melbourne Winter.

The Eureka Tower

You can't miss this tower, right in the heart of the city. It stands majestically overlooking the Yarra River. Build on the banks of the Yarra and situated in the Southgate precinct, it is one of the city's best attractions and one that you just can't miss out on exploring.

Check out more information on The Eureka tower here.

Site Overhaul! is still going on

The site's pages are still being overhauled. As there are over 250 pages, so this is going to take some time to complete.

At least the page's update will make sure that the information on it, is up to date.

If you do find anything on the website that is out of date, I would really appreciate if you could let me know. Please contact me here

Also, if there is anything that you would like to see up on the site, use the same link and let me know. I love putting new information on the site for others to enjoy.

There are some pages on the site where you can share your own experiences. On the page, you will find a form where you can add your own story. Here are some examples.

Zoo Stories

If you would like to share your experience or experiences with us, that would be great. Become part of the website with your very own page.

Here is a typical example of a viewer's experience on the beach at Redcliff

Sunrise on Redcliff beach

The Biggest Mistake Visitors to Melbourne Make

'Not Being Prepared'

Preparing your trip/visit into the city will save you heaps of time and frustration.

Family Getaways Melbourne will help somewhat, however, there are other ways that you can make your visit a memorable one.

Drop into the Tourist Information Centre at Federation Square and chat with the friendly staff there.

Federation Square, Melbourne Corner Swanston and Flinders streets (opposite Flinders Street Station) Open daily 9am - 6pm

Melbourne Visitor Booth

Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne between Swanston and Elizabeth streets Open daily 9am - 5pm

Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre

Fitzroy Gardens Wellington Parade, East Melbourne Open daily 9am - 5pm

City Ambassadors

Along Swanston Street At corner of Flinders Street, Collins Street and Bourke Street Open daily Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sunday, noon to 3pm

Or, if you have access to a printer, print off some maps ...

Visitor Maps

What's Happening In and Around Melbourne In August?

Walhalla Festival of Lights

During the dark and cold month of August, the historic gold-mining township of Walhalla is transformed as it celebrates the winter in a way that is reminiscent of the traditional Swedish manner of celebrating winter.

6:30pm to 9pm

For more information on the festivities in the month of August follow this link.

Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest

Where is Walhalla, why is the place a truly magical town to visit any time of the year? Check out Gold, Ghosts and great family fun

D.J's Market 3rd Birthday with Transformers!

This little boutique community market is going to be celebrating their 3rd Birthday on August 5th!

D.J's Market launched on August 9th 2014 in Narre Warren and was the only one in the area at that time. In December 2015 they moved to Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House

21a Bemersyde Dve,


The market continues to run there the first Saturday of the month starting at 10:30-2:30.

The Winter Night Market at Queen Vic Market

The annual Queen Victoria Winter Night Market is back this winter, making Melbourne's cold months more bearable with a killer line-up of food, design stalls and performances.

This time around, the market has commissioned lighting concept company John Fish to design three installations that will play with the ideas of warmth, welcome and intrigue; think hazy walls of red smoke, glowing neon lights and bright white beams illuminating the entire main food hall.

The Winter Night Market is held on the corner of Queen and Therry Streets in the city, and runs from 5-10pm.

Opening hours: Tue-Thu 6am-2pm; Fri 6am-5pm; Sat 6am-3pm; Sun 9am-4pm

Transport: Nearby stations: Melbourne Central; Flagstaff

Price: Free

For more information go to The Queen Victoria Night Market

Skate Slide Chill

Southbank turns into a winter wonderland with an ice rink and toboggan ride

The Common Man restaurant and bar on Dukes Walks will be bringing back their riverside ice rink and toboggan slide from June 1 to August 31 this year.

Dubbed Slide, Skate and Chill, the winter park by the river is on every day of the week all winter.

39 Dukes Walk

South Wharf

Mon-Fri 7.30am-late; Sat, Sun 9am

For more information follow this link The Common Man

Coal Creek Heritage Craft Day - 6th August

The Coal Creek Heritage Craft Day is a unique opportunity to see first hand live demonstrations of traditional, pioneering skills and trades that once required hard, repetitious labour over the course of many years.

Thanks to our changing lifestyles and modern day technology, many old trades are slowly disappearing and soon some won't be around at all.

The Coal Creek Heritage Craft Day is an opportunity to celebrate these skills and show the younger generations what came before - and a trip to Coal Creek is always well worth the effort.

Coal creek is an excellent place to visit anytime of the year. For more information on the old historical township, follow the link I have on the website. Discover where coal was discovered in South Gippsland

Celebrating 182 marvellous years in 2017

Celebrating 182 marvellous years in 2017 Join the birthday party of the year

Free "Absolutely '80s" Concert

Sunday, 27 August, noon to 3pm

Docklands (Victoria Harbour)

Follow the link here for more information on Celebrating 182 marvellous years

MELBOURNE DAY, Wednesday, 30 August

Feel the pride at the official flag-raising ceremony, Enterprize Park.

Join Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, city councillors, the 2017 Junior Lord Mayor, civic leaders and special guests as we salute the flag at 11am.

Free public event.

I don't know about you, but I love BBQ's in the park in winter. There's something about a BBQ'd sausage in bread and the smell of the Aussie bush. Kid's running through the fallen Autumn leaves and the crisp mountain air.

Parks and Gardens in and around Melbourne

My "Razzle-Dazzle-Zazzle Store?

Winter is an excellent time to wander the local Farmers Markets

I've made up several totes for carrying all that special produce back home with you.

Here is a small selection, just to get you started ...

Whilst you are visiting my Zazzle store, wander around and check out more of my product range. If you want something especially designed or made up for you just let me know.

Contact me here - Get in touch

Melbourne's Markets On Social Media

Each week, on my Market's Facebook page, I list all the markets that are on over that weekend.

As I write this newsletter, these are the markets that are on, on Saturday and Sunday, this weekend.

Last weekend in July's Markets

Follow the Melbourne Markets page on Facebook, that way you will know what markets are on each weekend.

I also have the weekly market listings on this page on the website

Social Media

Social Media is alive and well on Family Getaways Melbourne.

Take the opportunity to drop in on one or all of these page links and connect up. Keep in touch!

- The Facebook Family Getaways Melbourne Page

- The Facebook Melbourne Markets Page

- The Google+ Page for Family Getaways Melbourne

- Melbourne Travel Boards on Pinterest

- Follow me on Instagram

To those of you who have already connected on any of these Social Media platforms, I say Thank you

What I love to do is interact with you. Always far more interesting to have a two way conversation the internet.

Come on over and start a conversation, share a picture or more from the Pinterest boards or if you have 'TRIED' something, make a comment.

This 'Tried' button really gets the conversations going.

Give it a try out. For example you may have done something in Melbourne that the picture is depicting. Say so and what you thought of it.

Look out for the pictures that I have pinned personally - they will have this showing ...

This is the 'Pinterest Board' that has my Website pages pinned. I'm working through each of my pages and making sure that each is pinned onto this board. If you want to only follow one of my boards, let it be this one at least :-)

The Website Pinterest Board

I love playing with Pinterest. It's turning out to be one of my favourite Social Media Platforms.

Come and join me :-)

If there is a question you need to ask or a tip/suggestion that you would like to share with me and the Site visitors, please feel free to contact me here at …

Family Getaways

I Need Your Help!

Over the next few months, I have set myself a goal to really advance my website and try and build the traffic that is visiting.

So much so that I'm going to be doing a lot of posting, Tweeting and Instagraming through the Social Media platforms.

Here's where I would love you to help somewhat. You have a wonderful group of peers. Some of whom have never seen the Family Getaways Website. I would love you to share the site around amongst your family and friends.

The figures are improving every week, however, where I would love them to be is a lot higher.

Building Family Getaways Melbourne keeps me young and active, sharing what I know and what I'm learning about Melbourne gives me so much pleasure. I am sure there are stacks more people out there who would enjoy what the site has to offer.

I will say thanks for the help now as I know you love this little 'Tribe' we are in and I'm sure so will your peers.

The Future Of Family Getaways Melbourne

The Site is here to stay and I hope that you are enjoying exploring the pages as much as I do writing them up.

This coming month I will be out there exploring more of what Melbourne has to offer.The city is developing so fast these days. New buildings going up, new precincts being redeveloped and more things to see and do.

If there is anything that you need to ask pop over here and ask away

Want to see more content o the site? Have you got any suggestions? Contact me here

Don't forget to drop in and visit any of the markets I've reviewed so far and tell them Family Getaways Melbourne suggested that you do so.

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Until we speak again in June, have a great month.

Keep well and keep safe


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