Dec 2, 2018

Hidden Museum - RAAF Museum

RAAF Base Williams, Point Cook Road, Point Cook


Tel: (03) 8348 6040

Open Tuesday to Friday 10 AM to 3 PM. Saturday & Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed Monday's. Interactive flying displays are conducted at 1 PM on Tuesday's, Thursday's & Sunday's.

The RAAF Museum, Point Cook is the birthplace of the Australian Flying Corps and the Royal Australian Air Force, the second oldest Air Force in the world.

The museum includes special exhibitions, a Heritage Gallery, Training Hangar, Technology Hangar, external displays, restoration projects and interactive flying displays.

Then there's Hangar 180 an absolute must-see for any plane tragic. Hanger 180 is home to a CAC Boomerang, Catalina, GAF Pika, GAF Jindivik, Hawker Demon, Avro Cadet, DH84 Dragon, CAC Sabre, Dassault Mirage 111 an Iroquois UH1 helicopter and a Cessna Bird Dog.

Cyber Issues - Keeping children safe

In this digital age, it is important for parents to remain aware of the following terms and the potential harm that can result.

Digital Footprint  The word used to describe the trail, traces or "footprints" that people leave online.

Geo-location software  This type of software is used to identify someone's IP address, which can reveal which country they are in - right down to city and post code, organisation and specific location.  Lots of devices today also equip with GPS.  It allows the software to pinpoint the exact location of the device.

Hacking  The act of someone who breaks into computer and network systems and performs something destructively or illegally.

Identify theft  A crime in which an imposter obtains key pieces of personal information, such as driver's licence or passport details, in order to impersonate someone else.

Phishing  When emails are sent from fake email addresses in order to deceive individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

Sexting  The sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages.

Inappropriate content online  Any online content that is considered inappropriate, offensive or illegal for young people to have access to. This includes, but is not limited to, content that depicts violence, crime, racism, extremism, and sexualism.

Hidden/Decoy apps  Applications that look harmless, however are designed to 'hide' content such as photos, videos, and/or text message.

Social Networking Sites (SNS)  Online Platform that allows users to create a profile/account and interact with other users via the same platform, such as Facebook.

Spam  The sending of unsolicited commercial electronic messages via emails (a form of spam is 'junk mail'), instant messages, or SMS. 

Grooming/unwanted contact  Actions deliberately undertaken by someone (most commonly an adult) with the aim of befriending and establishing an emotional connection with a child, in order to lower the child's inhibitions.

Cyber bullying  Occurs when technology is used deliberately and repeatedly to engage in hostile behaviour to harm someone.

Online gaming  Video games that are either partially or primarily played through the internet or computer network.

Screen time  The length of time spent using a device such as computer ,television, games console or mobile device.

Trolling  Internet slang used to describe a person who deliberately antagonises people online, with the aim of starting arguments or upsetting them - most often done anonymously.

Dec 1, 2018

Hidden Museum - Polly Woodside Melbourne Maritime Museum

Lorimer Street East, Southbank

Tel: (03) 9699 9760

Open 10 Am to 4 PM Daily except Good Friday and Christmas Day
Entry costs Adults $16, Concession$3, Child $9.50 Family (2A2C) $43 Family (1A2C) $30.

The Polly Woodside Melbourne Maritime Museum is centred on the restored 1885 clipper ship the Polly Woodside which is displayed floating in Melbourne's original dry-dock dating back to the 1870's. Exhibits are housed in historical wharf sheds and include 3000 maritime artefacts and 10,000 photographs.

Nov 30, 2018

Hidden Museum - Australian National Aviation Museum

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12 First Street, Moorabbin Airport

Tel: (03) 9580 7752

Open Monday to Friday 10 AM to 4 PM
          Saturday & Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM
          ANZAC Day 1 PM to 5 PM
          Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Entry costs Adults $10, Concession/Pensioner $7, Children $5, Under 5 years FREE, Family $20.

The Australian National Aviation Museum was founded in 1962 by a group of dedicated volunteers and today houses a unique collection of Australian made aircraft, including the oldest surviving Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation built aeroplane, a Wirraway A20-10. There's a Mk21 Beaufighter, one of only two surviving Australian made variants of the type and the oldest surviving Beaufort Bomber, currently undergoing restoration.

The museum has 34 aircraft on display, everything from a Victa Airtourer, to a Fairey Gannet and Dassault Mirage jet fighter.

Nov 28, 2018

Hidden Museum - HMAS Castlemaine

Gem Pier, Williamstown

Tel: (03) 9397 2363

Open Weekends and Public Holidays (except on days of extreme heat – over 36°C) 
Entry costs Adults $8, Children 4 – 16 years $4, Families 2A2C $20, Children under 4 FREE.

One of 60 'BATHURST' Class vessels constructed in Australia HMAS CASTLEMAINE was built at Williamstown and launched on 7th August 1941.

Built primarily as minesweepers, the BATHURST Class ships performed armed escort duties, troop landings & resupply and engaged in anti-submarine warfare. Armed with anti-aircraft guns, depth charges and a QF-4 Inch deck gun CASTLEMAINE operated with a crew ranging from 70 to 100 and was officially designated an "Australian Mine Sweeper".

HMAS CASTLEMAINE saw service in the Pacific & Indian Oceans, the China Sea and northern Australian waters. She sustained minor damage in numerous enemy actions and at the end of the war was dispatched to Hong Kong to participate in the Japanese surrender.

Lovingly restored and cared for by dedicated volunteers CASTLEMAINE is a monument to the courage of hundreds of young men who served on her and many other vessels of her type in the defence of the nation during World War 2.

Nov 26, 2018

Hidden Museum - Ian Potter Museum of Art

University of Melbourne, Parkville


Tel: (03) 8344 5148

Open Tuesday to Friday 10 AM to 5 PM.
          Saturday & Sunday Midday to 5 PM.
          Closed Monday
Entry is FREE

The Ian Potter Museum of Art houses the University of Melbourne Art Collection, over 14,000 works making it the largest University collection in Australia.

An eclectic assortment of art in all media the collection includes classics, international indigenous works and European art dating from the early 19th Century to the present day. 

Nov 25, 2018

Hidden Museum - Fire Services Museum of Victoria

39 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne

Tel: (03) 9662 2907


Open Thursday & Friday 9 AM to 3 PM
          Sunday 10 AM to 4PM.
Cost of entry is Adults $10, Children $8, Concession $8, Family $18 and National Trust Members $8.

The Fire Services Museum of Victoria is housed in perhaps its finest exhibit, the original headquarters of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) on the corner of Gisborne Street and Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, sometimes also referred to as the Eastern Hill Fire Station.

Home to one of the largest collections of fire-fighting artefacts and memorabilia in Australia, the museum aims to preserve and showcase fire-fighting equipment from Victoria, Australia and the world.

Nov 24, 2018

Hidden Museum - Melbourne Tram Museum

8 Wallen Road, Hawthorn

Tel: (03) 9819 6447


Open Saturday's 11 AM to 5 PM
Entry by gold coin donation.

The Melbourne Tram Museum showcases the history of trams and the contribution they've made to life in Melbourne since 1885 in the most authentic tramway museum in Australia, the heritage-listed Hawthorn Tram Depot.

The depot was built for the Hawthorn Tramways Trust and opened in 1916 as a three storey building housing offices, amenities, a four road tram shed and the electrical substation that provided traction power to the tramway.

The museum is home to 21 trams ranging from a Melbourne Tramway & Omnibus Company cable tram and trailer to a Yarra Trams Z1 Class #81 which entered service in 1978 and was finally retired in 2006.

Hidden Museum - Victoria Police Museum

637 Flinders Street, Docklands

Tel: (03) 9247 6354

Open Monday to Friday 10 AM to 4 PM
Entry by gold coin donation.

The Victoria Police Museum contains collections of artefacts dating from the 19th Century to the present day, including the largest collection of Ned Kelly armour in Australia – two full sets of original Kelly Gang armour.

There are Police uniforms & equipment, convict registers and prison records, confiscated weapons, a bomb disposal robot and forensic evidence from some of the States most notorious crimes. The museum provides an amazing insight into our Police and crime in Victoria.

Nov 15, 2018

Glamping (limited time only)

Found a couple of sites with the opportunities to enjoy the nature in the wild.

Wilderness Retreats

Located at Wilsons Promontory National Park, Cape Conran Coastal Park and Buchan Caves, Parks Victoria's Wilderness Retreats offer visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature while staying in high comfort, low impact, safari-style tents.

Each Wilderness Retreat has timber floors, covered timber decks with chairs and tables, a fridge and a queen-size bed complete with a plump doona and fresh linen.

Glamping in Victoria

Nature lovers looking for an extra touch of comfort can now go glamping in two Victorian National Parks with Parks Victoria’s glamping trial now on.
Based in Mount Buffalo National Park and Lake Eildon National Park, this is a unique opportunity to go glamping in some of Victoria’s most stunning and remote locations.
The fusion of glamour and camping has been a hit worldwide, so trialling the experience in Victoria’s National Parks to connect more people with nature and the outdoors is an exciting opportunity for visitors.

Aug 4, 2018

Houses that think: Are smart homes really a smart idea?

I saw this article on the ReNew and it's quite interesting (and sad).  Knowing that these smart devices use little power when standing-by, but I was not aware of that adding them up would come to such a scale. 

http://renew.org.au/articles/houses-that-think-are-smart-homes-really-a-smart-idea/?mc_cid=7c8d83438f&mc_eid=d4d61202f4

Enjoy the read.  Think twice before you commit to smart home.

Jun 15, 2018

Merlin Annual Pass SALE NOW ON. Get access to SEA LIFE, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre and many more!




Dive into an adventure at one of our four SEA LIFE Aquariums, discover Australia’s big Aussie 5 animals at WILD LIFE, take selfies at Madame Tussauds Sydney, enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye, play and learn at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre PLUS much more!

Annual Pass $65 per person.

Jun 5, 2018

The Psychology of Money

Just want to share a thought with everyone.  I read this article today and this piece grabs my eyes:

A key use of wealth is using it to control your time and providing you with options. Financial assets on a balance sheet offer that. But they come at the direct expense of showing people how much wealth you have with material stuff.

 from http://www.collaborativefund.com/blog/the-psychology-of-money/