the second part of the trip involved a visit to Wanaka before stopping overnight at the Lake Hawea Hotel. The actual lake itself (Hawea) is located in the Otago region at an altitude of around 348 metres. The lake itself is named in Maori and is thought to be named after a local tribe, however, at the time no information was available as to the actual meaning of the name.

The Heide Museum of Modern Art is a fantastic gallery and garden in Heidelberg, Victoria set on approximately 4 - 5 acres. It consists of an Art Gallery, Cafe and extensive gardens which are fantastic for taking the family to on a lovely day out.My trip was with the family, including two little children (<1 and 3) and it was a delightful day, we brought along the picnic rug and enjoyed a day on the grass (in the shade) before exploring the gardens with the kids. My personal favorite was the stunning kitchen garden which contained a wide range of plants that were wonderful to

The Little Wattlebird, also known as the Anthochaera chrysopthera is a medium to large honeyeater found in various regions of eastern Australia (from the Meliphagidae family). This specific bird was found in Upper Beaconsfield flying in and out of the flora. The little Wattlebird has a lovely call (seen calling in the first image) and is one of my favorite birds, but can be a pain to try and capture in action.Because the bird is fairly fast and rarely stay's in one place the images below had to be taken using a faster shutter speed, again using the Auto-ISO function of my digital camera (Nikon D5300)