The ‘wandering hedonist’ as she calls herself, Parineeti Chopra was recently in Australia and her Instagram images are a clear-cut indication of where we’re definitely heading when we’re visiting ‘Down Under’! By Radhika Sikaria

 

Ballarat Wildlife Park

Owned and operated by Greg Parker and his family, Ballarat Wildlife Park houses a handsome number of native Australian wildlife in 16 hectares of natural bushland. You can hand feed the hundreds of kangaroos here, and interact with Koalas, Wombats, and even a giant Tortoise. Don’t forget to take home a photograph of you and an animal taken by the resident photographer as souvenir.

 

 

 

 

Sovereign Hill

Pan your own gold at the underground gold mine in Sovereign Hill, just like Parineeti did. The finders are keepers, so, keep your eyes open for the biggest one. Later, in the evening, watch the sound-and-light show, Blood on the Southern Cross that narrates the story of the 1854 Eureka Uprising.

 

 

 

 

Oakridge Wines

In Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s most popular wine-producing regions, taste Oakridge’s range of fine wines with a view of the vineyard. You can even book a masterclass with the experts that takes you through current releases and vintage 864 wines, paired with canapes designed by Chef Matt Stone.

 

 

 

 

Phillip Island

Take a day-trip from Melbourne to revel in the seaside lifestyle of Phillip Island. It has something to offer for all age-groups. You can spot penguins, seals, and koalas lazing around on the island. It is also popular for Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (October), World Superbike Championships (February) and the V8 Supercars (April). Try your hand at go-karting at the replica of the Grand Prix circuit.

 

 

 

 

Federation Square

This modern piazza in Melbourne is home to an exceptional array of restaurants, bars, and speciality stores. The square is always beaming with cultural activities and events. It also makes for a great photo-op, thanks to its design.

 

 

 

 

Hamilton Island

The largest inhabited island in the Whitsunday group of islands, it offers a glorious weather, azure waters, and awe-inspiring coral reefs. Ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities in Australia’s most acclaimed Great Barrier Reef, around July-September, you you can glimpses of migrating whales. Hamilton Island is the only one that has an airport big enough for larger commercial aircraft.