An amazing good time in Ashcombe Maze

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What can be more fun than a real life three dimensional hedge maze? Adults and children alike enjoy the challenge of finding their way around the mazes at Ashcombe. Located in Shoreham on the Mornington Peninsula, Ashcombe Maze boasts the oldest hedge maze (over 40 years old) in Victoria and the fragrant lavender and rose mazes are equally delightful and surprisingly more challenging than they might first appear. The Ashcombe Garden Discovery Trail is a self-guided tour that explores kilometers of meandering gardens. Ashcombe Maze is home to acres of Woodland Gardens with a number of features: the Orchard, the Rock Garden, the Scented Garden, the Herb Barrels, the Small Woodland,  the Lily Pond, the Koala Food Trees and Lake Ashcombe to name a few. There are other activities ideal to help fill in the school holidays such as the Great Gnome Hunt where children are armed with a clipboard and a pencil and an answer sheet to record where they find the many gnomes and fairies.

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Ice skating or circus? Why not both at once?

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Get your skates on for lots of fun this spring holidays! What could be more fun than an ice skating rink combined with a big top, clowns, magicians, face painting plus games and prizes? Well, I don't know either, but it's all happening this school holidays at Medibank Icehouse! When? All the extra activities are scheduled for between 11am and 3pm every day in the holidays. And if you haven't learned to skate on ice yet, that's ok, as an experienced ice ambassador will teach you all the basics you need to know in a 15 minute free skating lesson, including how to get moving, how to turn and slow down and also how to fall down safely. All these activities plus skate hire is included in the cost of general admission, Adults $26 and children 6-14 $22. Only five minutes from the city, Medibank Icehouse is located off Footscray Rd, Docklands, and easily accessible via tram, train or car.

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This month we are doing a feature on Business Coaches

The key is shifting the focus onto the skills of leadership, rather than the skills of the leader himself.” “The free online course I’m launching today introduces executives to this paradigm shift, via an easy to implement online program that they can complete in a relatively small amount of time, I’m talking as little as 20 to 40 minutes a week, over just three weeks” said Mr Little. “This makes trying behavioural coaching a ‘no brainer’ because the time investment is so small, and there’s no cost, so there’s no barrier!" At the end of the program participants get a comprehensive debrief to help them identify the key things they learned, and how they can easily implement them and become a more effective leader. To register for the free course, or obtain more information about behavioural coaching or Stakeholder Centred Leadership, visit www.executivecoaching.melbourne https://youtu.be/hmn4Pdr2jXs

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Melbourne’s Luna Park

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Boasting two brand new rides, Luna Park holds the promise of a great day out with the whole family, a sure winner for dusting off Melbourne's winter blues and enjoying the spring holidays. Overlooking the famous Port Phillip Bay, Luna Park has been a renowned family destination for more than one hundred years. With many rides to choose from including the classic Dodgem cars, the scenic railway with great views over St.Kilda and the bay and the two new rides- Wave Rider and Fantasy Flyer, there'll be something fun to do from morning to night. The Park is open during the spring holidays Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 11pm and on Sundays to Wednesdays from 11am to 8pm. During the school holidays take advantage of the family unlimited rides offer for only $149.95 which includes unlimited rides for two people aged 13 and over plus two people between the ages of 4 - 12.

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Great family value at Phillip Island

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Spring is the best time to visit Phillip Islands attractions. With many things to see and do and only an hour and a half's drive from Melbourne, there's a great array of fun and affordable activities to enjoy this spring school holidays. Churchill Island Heritage Farm Churchill Island was the site of the first farm in Victoria and its pioneering history is still evident today. It's a great place to explore some of Victorias heritage and tranquil scenery. You can see the old homestead (listed by the National Trust) as it was in it's day and experience daily heritage farming activities including cow milking, sheep shearing and working dogs demonstrations. See the spring baby animals, meet the likes of Max the Clydesdale horse, Lucy the goose, the peacock, the highland cattle and others as you explore the farm grounds and its gardens which surrounded by the bay, are quite picturesque. During School and Public holidays you can also enjoy a wagon ride.

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National Rhododendron Gardens Spring Colour

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If you and your family love beautiful flowers then head up to the national Rhododendron gardens in Olinda for a visual feast this spring. With a lot of flowers just ready to bloom there's no better way to celebrate the coming of the warmer weather than to spend a day in the Dandenongs and enjoy a picnic on the Cherry Tree Lawn. Enjoy a self-guided tour, strolling through 40 hectares of scenic botanic gardens or a picnic by the lake and take in stunning views of the Australian Alps. Alternatively, there is an option for visitors to the garden to enjoy a 25 minute non-stop guided tour on the Garden Explorer Bus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only from 15 September through to 6 November Exploring the gardens: During the Spring Floral Festival held annually from August to November visitors can enjoy a series of undercover floral displays, including the largest undercover display of daffodils in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Melbourne Aquarium Ice Age Premiere

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If you're after a special movie experience to share with the kids these school holidays then the Melbourne Aquarium has just the thing; Ice Age: No Time For Nuts 4-D is premiering on the 19th of September. Presented in high definition 3-D projection with in theatre special effects to further engage the audience. Chris Kearney, the general manager of Sea Life Mebourne Aquarium stated "We are thrilled to bring this new Ice Age experience to our guests. The high-action storyline engages all the senses with amazing scenes that maximise our in theatre special effects." The Ice Age world continues both before and after the show with a specially themed pre-show area that includes interactive touch screens, photo opportunities and follow up afterwards with opportunities to meet King and Gentoo Penguins in their own Penguin Playground. The 4-D theatre is included in the cost of general admission to the aquarium making it a more affordable option this holidays to enjoy both a movie and the fun of the sea life that the aquarium has on offer.

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What can a Business Coach provide for your Business?

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What is all the fuss about with Business Coaches? If you've found yourself wondering what all the fuss is about with coaches these days and are curious as to why more and more people are hiring these professionals to aid them in their business, we've asked the following questions to help ascertain if they can provide good value, what circumstances and business types are best served by business and executive coaches. If you are new in business or even if you are a skilled veteran, there are going to be difficult situation you deal with that can become obstacles to your success. Instead of getting bogged down when the inevitable happens, why not employ someone to help you in improving your circumstances? By engaging someone that's gained expertise in what makes businesses work and understands what strategies you can use to either turn struggling businesses around or to take advantage of market opportunities more effectively, you not only have a chance to see your business situation from a different perspective, and gaining new insight but also you have all their years of business experience and know-how to bring to bear on developing the best business strategies for current market forces.

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Port Phillip review local

Title: Port Phillip review local. Later Title: Bayside review local Weekly review (Bayside and Port Phillip) Former Title: Melbourne weekly Port Phillip Published: Docklands [Vic.] : Metro Media Publishing, 2012-2013. Physical Description: v. : col. ill. ; 32 cm. Subjects:  Port Phillip (Vic.) -- Newspapers. Australia Victoria Docklands Australia Victoria Melbourne Australia Victoria St Kilda Summary: Distributed in Melbourne suburbs in the City of Port Phillip (Albert Park, Balaclava, Elwood, Garden City,                    Melbourne, Middle Park, Port Melbourne, Ripponlea, South Melbourne, Southbank, St Kilda, St Kilda East,                  St Kilda West and Windsor) Notes: "Delivered with Melbourne's best lifestyle magazine, The weekly review" Merged with: Bayside review local; to form Weekly review (Bayside and Port Phillip) Journal Dates: July 25, 2012-Mar. 20, 2013. Related to: Weekly review (Stonnington and Boroondara) Frequency: Weekly Language: English Dewey Number: 079.9451 Libraries Australia ID: 50028639 Contributed by: Libraries Australia

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Behind the Scenes of the Australian Open

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As I complete my 26th Australian Open (one year of my life has now been spent in this arena), I thought I would reflect on how AP covers this major sports event and how our coverage has evolved in the digital age since my first Open in 1989. It was a time of no computers, no Internet, no Wi-Fi, and we never dreamed of transmitting directly from the camera within seconds of capturing compelling moments with the quality we enjoy now. AP Photographer Rob Griffith sets up a remote control camera before the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Serena Williams of the U.S. poses the trophy after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The biggest change has been the camera, the move from the film camera’s four frames a second to the digital’s 14 frames a second.

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