The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Mornington Peninsular Victoria

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 Mornington Peninsular Victoria, I stayed with old friends Helen & Jack on their beautiful 20 acre property in Dromana  & sampled many great home grown wines. The property next door is Stillwater where you can arrange a luxury wedding or birthday celebration.

Here is where it all starts.


Mornington peninsula s a popular holiday destination, famous for its beaches,  wineries & outdoor activities.

Man at work


Here is Jack hard at work.

Here is where we drink a lot of wine.


What a beautiful setting, life is very good here.

Just to prove, here I am with Jack. 🙂


Here we are sampling the product.

I’m with the resident horse

Mornington Peninsular Victoria

What a fabulous sculpture, of course Helen is an absolute horse fanatic.

From my bedroom window.


Quite a different outlook for a city boy like myself.

Lets do lunch


An Aussie BBQ is hard to beat. 🙂

Old friend from the 70s


Here is Jan Graves an old girlfriend of mine from 1974, that’s right 1974, I had not seen her for 40 years.

Jan Graves & Helen Burke


Helen who along with Jack owns this lovely property was my girlfriend in 1982, It has been around 20 years since I last saw her. It was terrific to catch up with these great ladies from so many years ago.

Here are the girls as they used to be

Mornington Peninsular Victoria


Jan in 1974  

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    Helen in 1982

T’Gallant winery.

Helen & I had lunch & a glass of wine here at this delightful winery.


T”Gallant Wine tasting


There was quite a crowd tasting the product.

A butcher who also sells wine.


Red Hill Gourmet Meats & Country Smokehouse

Mount Martha in the background


  Mornington Peninsular Victoria is a fabulous part of Australia.

Mount Martha beach


The Mornington Peninsular Victoria is primarily a local tourist region, with popular natural attractions such as the variety of beaches both sheltered and open-sea and many scenic sights and views. Other popular attractions include the various wineries, mazes and the diverse array of water sports made available by the diversity of beaches and calm waters of Port Phillip and Western Port. Most visitors to the peninsula are residents of Melbourne who camp, rent villas and share houses or stay in private beach houses. It is known simply as “The Peninsula” to locals and Melburnians alike, giving rise to the expression “going down the peninsula”.

The iron horse


What a great garden ornament, Helen loves her horses.

Wonderful catching up with old friends


It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since I last saw Jan.

Helen & Jack were great hosts.


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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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