Dublin Like A Local

I’ve been to Ireland 5 times (so far) and I’m starting to feel like a local in Dublin. I have the good fortune to have some great Irish friends so going to Dublin is not a typical tourist experience. It’s almost like a homecoming. I’m picked up at the airport and driven around town like visiting royalty. The trip is mostly planned out with pub nights (almost every night), dinners and visits to local, worthwhile venues. It’s great fun and provides a very local perspective.

As a local, you DON’T go to Temple Bar (“it’s too damn expensive”); you don’t go to the Guinness Storehouse Tour (“I already worship Guinness- every night”); you don’t limit your shopping to Grafton Street (“stay north of the Liffey with fewer tourists”).

As a local, you DO go to your “local” (the pub in your neighborhood where you know almost everyone who walks in the door); you do have your regular shops (like the Bretzel Bakery where they know you and your order as you walk in); you do order multiple drinks at last call (because the barman can’t leave or kick you out before you are done).

As a tourist, you should go and see the Book of Kells, Christchurch Cathedral (the basement is spooky), and the Kilmainham Gaol Tour (Old Dublin Jail from the 1800s). Entrance to all museums, including the National Gallery, the National Museum of Ireland and Trinity’s Douglas Hyde Gallery, is free. In Dublin, you’ll notice a lot of taxis – there are in fact more taxis in Dublin than in New York City! Dublin is a great town with lots to see, lots to do and lots of great people.

Whatever you do, don’t call an Irishman (or woman) “British” (the Republic of Ireland is not part of the U.K.). And don’t stop for the weather, i.e. rain. It’s either about to rain or will rain sometime later in the day. Bring rain gear, a wool sweater and enjoy. It’s all part of Ireland. And being in Dublin like a local.

7 Eye-Catching and Underrated Things Worth Seeing While Backpacking in Mount Gambier

Discover some of the best tourist attractions in Mount Gambier you may not know about. Your stay will not be complete if you fail to check out these cool spots.

Rainbow Coast Sunset

Mount Gambier is, without a doubt, one of the coolest cities in Australia, and, of course, the second largest in the South.

If you’re planning to take your next camping or hiking journey to the mount, then there are some interesting places you definitely want to check out.

Without wasting too much time, let’s delve straight in and explore these most eye-catching and underrated things here, in Mount Gambier Australia.

Places to Visit in Mount Gambier

Umpherston Sinkhole

If relaxing close to Mother Nature sounds appealing to you, then the Umpherston Sinkhole is the right place. Located in the center of Mount Gambier, this beautiful paradise is home to diverse species of flowers and plants, as well as the rare possums.

While there are many similar “sinkholes” on Mount Gambier, Umpherston stands out as a beautiful delivery of sunken oasis.

Sadly, the possums in the sinkholes are not always in sight. They mostly come out in the dark when they want to eat. So, except you are determined enough to visit this part of the mount at dusk, you may never get to see the small furry creatures.

Australia Sunset Dusk

Blue Lake

Another impressive attraction in Mount Gambier, probably not explored as it should be, is the Blue Lake. This beautiful wonder of nature sits just right inside an ancient volcanic crater which gives an idea of its ancient history.

Although the lake is called “blue,” it is not always blue throughout the year. So, if you plan to visit it, go between November to March, when the color is cobalt blue and vibrant. After summer, it usually changes to steel grey.

There’s probably more to the Mount Gambier Blue Lake than what meets the eye. Meanwhile, it still remains one of the best tourist locations in Mount Gambier and the country.

Kangaroos Australia

Victoria Fossil Cave

Another wonderful place to check out while backpacking on Mount Gambier is the Victoria Fossil Cave. You will find it at the Naracoorte Caves National Park.

This Mount Gambier cave hosts some remains of ancient animals – the type that lived during the ice age.

Although you may not be excited by fossils, it is still worth checking out as you will learn a lot about the ancient animal species and the extracted skeletons. You can observe such things only in a place like Mount Gambier.

The Big Lobster

If it’s not your first-time visiting Mount Gambier, then you’ve probably come across the Big Lobster or “Larry” as he’s commonly known.

The red-colored giant sculpture is undeniably one of the “biggest things” not just in Mount Gambier but also on Australian soil at the moment.

Interestingly, Larry has been around since 1979, which makes “him” more than 36 years old. There are ongoing plans to rejuvenate the sculpture. So, you can donate and check “him” in better shape next time.

Much to visitor’s delight, an excellent hotel which is also named the Big Lobster is located in the same place as Larry. You can enjoy a good meal and relax while checking out this giant lobster in Mount Gambier.

Centenary Tower

For the most bird’s-eye view of Mount Gambier, its beautiful coast and landscape, the Centenary Tower is the choice spot.

The tower which got its name from European settlers is currently the most used viewpoint on Mount Gambier Australia. It was built in 1901 but not accessible to visitors and the surrounding communities on the mount before 1904.

From the top of this tower, visitors can see many features of Mount Gambier, including lakes such as the Blue Lake and the Valley Lake.

Engelbrecht Caves

Apart from sinkholes, caves are another common sight in Mount Gambier. Some of the most popular ones are the Engelbrecht Caves.

Although most of the caves usually feature many stalactites or stalagmites, the Engelbrecht Caves are mostly dry with a few lakes. So, if you’re up for a cave-dive, you will probably get a wonderful treat. But then, cave-diving is not for the faint-hearted; it has never been, especially when you consider the Mount Gambier weather here.

Apart from plunging into the closed-in passageways, another thing you can do at Mount Gambier Engelbrecht Caves is to explore its historical and geographical features.

Lake Bonney

Another eye-catching spot you should definitely check out while in Mount Gambier is Lake Bonney. Located in the Limestone Coast and surrounded by the Canunda National Park, this spectacular lake is one of the biggest sources of freshwater in Mount Gambier Australia. Its major highlights include magnificent limestone cliffs, impressive coastal dunes, beautiful land area, and many other natural features that you won’t find elsewhere in Mount Gambier.

It is common to find people surfing or snorkeling in the area. Don’t forget to take your camera because you will see a lot of things to tell about when you speak with your friends about this visit to the mount.

To Wrap It up

There you have it – seven great attractions if you don’t know what to do in Mount Gambier.

Are there any other beautiful places in Mount Gambier that deserve more attention than they’re currently getting? Please drop your comment below and let us know!

 

About the Author

Kevin Fein has been traveling for more than 14 years. His trips have mainly been to Australia and Europe. You could call him an adventurous, as most of his trips were usually targeted towards tourist locations and places with a lot of sightseeing spots.

Although he’s currently residing in Australia, Kevin chose to go wherever his imagination takes him.

 

 

 

How to Pack Like a Travel Blogger

Do you want to know how to pack like a travel blogger? Quick, easy and packing light? Less experienced travellers usually fall into the common trap of stuffing their bags with everything they think they might need, but often forget some important item. That usually leads to frustration, because the problem is most typically noticed when there’s no place where the particular item can be bought.

Those people who have this problem envy travel bloggers and wonder how they can travel so much and still carry everything they need. The secret lies in the fact that the more you travel, the better you are at packing and in following the tips of more seasoned travellers. So, what is it they recommend, based on their experience?

Bring a Daypack

One of the first things you need to put on the list is a daypack, compressed and stored in a main backpack. You need it for day trips, hikes or even weekend getaways, where you only carry things that are absolutely necessary. With so many daypacks to choose from, your only concern is likely to be the amount of money you’re happy to part with. Some more fashion-conscious ones will also try to match the style of their daypack with the clothes they usually wear on a trip.

Carry a Multi-Tool

You definitely want to bring along a multi-tool, such as the famous Swiss Army knife, which you can use for opening cans, bottles, nail clipping and cutting food. However, make sure you put your multi-tool in your checked luggage otherwise security will take it away. Still, the functionality of such tools allows travellers to reduce both the size and volume of their luggage by option for these practical solutions.

Bring a Bag for Wet and Dry Items

No matter where you go, you’ll be exposed to the risk of getting wet to a certain extent. In case that happens, you need to protect your dry clothes and electronics by using a wet/dry item. This is particularly useful for towels that can’t get dry before you your departure or swimsuits.

Record your Memories

No matter how focused you may be during your trip, there’s no way you can remember every adventure you had. That’s why it’s vital you take something to help you record your memories but won’t require a lot of your attention in terms of handling. A logical choice is a gadget, such as a fantastic GoPro HERO action camera, that can provide high-quality videos and pics of your travels.

Bring Earplugs

Though they might not be an obvious choice, earplugs are highly recommended by frequent travellers because of their ability to help deal with crying babies, snorers or simply people having loud conversations close to you. You want to be rested as much as possible once you reach your destination and there aren’t many items that can help you with that better than a pair of good earplugs.

Carry a Water Bottle

Since you need to keep yourself hydrated at all times, it’s very important that you have a sturdy, reusable water bottle that you can refill and reuse many times. You’ll not only avoid buying plastic water bottles, but you can also benefit from some bottles’ ability to filter water using UV light or some other method.

Wear Dark Clothes

Unless you’re travelling to some sunny and hot destination, experienced travellers recommend wearing darker clothes, because all the stains and spills that are bound to appear will not be as noticeable as they would be if you wore white, for example. That would also mean packing fewer items of clothing, which is another benefit of listening to seasoned travellers.

It goes without saying that there are many other tips for packing like a travel blogger, but you have to start from somewhere, right? So, consider the destination, the length of stay and other vital elements and start making a list well before you embark on your journey. It’s through the experience of travelling that you’ll find what you need to bring on your next trip.