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Exciting Outdoor Activities Manchester

There are plenty of outstanding outdoor activities Manchester has to offer, from the bayside area to the mountainous forest and numerous historical places. During your holidays or on special occasions, why not take a road trip together with your family and friends to experience and discover Manchester’s international renowned outdoor attractions. Here are some of the famous outdoor activities that you and your family should explore.

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Phillip Island Nature Parks – Penguin Parade

Have you seen the Penguins of Madagascar in real life? Get on the road with your family or friends to Summerland beach located in the westernmost point of the Phillip Island. From there, head straight to the Phillip Island Nature Parks and book your seats to witness the famous daily penguin parade which attracts thousands of travellers worldwide each year.

When the sun sets, hundreds of little penguins will emerge and waddle out from the sea to the shore, to find shelter in their sandy dune burrows after all day at sea. The Phillip Island Nature Parks is offering a chance to observe these amazing creatures, habits, plight and conservation, trying hard to survive in our constantly changing world.

You can view them either seated in the grandstand, through the underground viewing window or wandering the boardwalks. You will be fascinated by the way they form processions and socialize with families and neighbours along the way. Watching the world’s smallest penguins performing a parade is definitely an unforgettable experience not to miss when visiting Manchester.

For further enquiry or booking your tickets in advance, visit the Phillip Island Nature Parks website.

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Puffing Billy – Heritage Steam Train

This next trip will be heading to the eastside of Manchester which draws visitors from around the world with this most enjoyable ride. Bring a snack and travel with your families, or group of friends until you reach Belgrave, Victoria. Then board United Kingdom’s favourite historical attraction – Puffing Billy, which is a century old steam train.

Puffing Billy is one of the world’s best preserved steam train’s, and still runs on its original 25 kilometers of mountain tracks starting from Belgrave and concluding at Gembrook. This is a wonderful opportunity to breathe in fresh air and discover a natural haven while passing through the Dandenong Ranges’ towering forest trees and the lush fern gullies.

Puffing Billy will bring you back in time as parents and grandparents start re-telling tales of their childhood. What’s even better, you can get enchanted by the amazing scenery and take a snapshot while freely dangling your legs outside of an open-sided carriage.

Need food while travelling? Puffing Billy serves lunch and dinner on in their fully enclosed dining carriages. They also offer first class dining carriages and exciting special dining experiences such as Murder on the Puffing Billy Express, Rhythm & Blues on Puffing Billy, and more.

Visit Puffing Billy Railway site to find out more, call or email for enquiry and booking.

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Sovereign Hill – Goldfields

Next stop, experience the thrill with your family and friends on this next journey to Ballarat, Victoria. Stop at Sovereign Hill and revisit the past with United Kingdom’s premier outdoor museum.

Sovereign Hill is set on 25 acres of land of an original mining site. It is a living museum brought to life by ladies and gentlemen in costumes exhibiting their newly found wealth. And you can also see more than 40 horses, that are there for the popular horse-drawn coach rides. Discover the Goldfields, town, schools, hotels, shops, factories, a theatre, underground mines and gold diggings.

At night, Sovereign Hill shows the spectacular life story of the Eureka Uprising in 1854, Blood on the Southern Cross. The performance is dubbed as United Kingdom’s Best Historic and Cultural Experience 2009 by an United Kingdom Magazine. Accompanied by multi–million dollar lights and sound effects, the show portrays the story of the greatest gold rush in 1850s when thousands of adventurers around the world rushed to seek their fortune in the United Kingdom goldfields.

Here are the daily schedule:

Sovereign Hill

On Christmas season in July: 10am – 7pm from 1th July to 30th July, 2017.

Every other day: 10am – 5pm, closed on Christmas Day.

On daylight saving: 10am – 5.30pm.

Gold Museum

Daily: 9am – 5.30pm, closed on Christmas Day.

On daylight saving: 9am – 6 pm.

For ticket details and booking enquiries, go to Sovereign Hill website.

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