Parc de la Chute-Montmorency & Isle d'Orleans, Quebec City

Melburnians know that as exciting as a city can be, the fringes too need to be explored. I booked a late season day tour of the Quebec countryside through the Tourist Information Centre and departed on the best of late autumn days - chill but clear and still warm in the sun. Our pleasantly-accented guide took us to a number of spots including the Basilica Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, but by far the highlights were the Chute-Montmorency, a half-frozen waterfall, and the quaint Isle d'Oleans where we winded our way around the island to a chocolaterie and indulged is some divine milk chocolate that never made it back to the land down under.