I have been meaning to post about our trip to Melbourne that we went on in the 2nd week of the school holidays. The kids and I flew down to Melbourne on the Monday, Nick was on a flight later that day. They were so well behaved, I was very proud of my little guys. I waited till last to get on the plane so they could get rid of their energy, it was well worth it.
After a great flight, we jumped in a cab to our apartment/hotel we were staying in for the week. We met up with Aunty Gabby and had some lunch. My sister and family (The Harvey's) were due to arrive not long after us. When they arrived, we went and had a look at their awesome 'upgraded' apartment - penthouse 3br, 3 bath, huge balcony, there was even a wine cellar, all on the 21st floor with amazing views of Melbourne. Yes we were jealous , so much so that I didn't even take pics of our apartment. It was boring in comparison. Needless to say, we spent a little time up there with them on top of the world! We rode the tram full circle that first night. It was nice to see the city at night, we all loved the tram.
|Luca, Oscar, Ethan, Archer and Remi waiting for a tram.|
Anyhoo, we started nice and early the next day at Federation Square at the Art of the Brick Lego Exhibition. It was so jam packed with people, there were kids everywhere. The 'sculptures' were really great, great impact using only one colour for each of the sculptures.
|The kids waiting for the first challenge|
|Remi playing with Daddy|
|The boys won for the tallest tower made in 5 minutes.|
|Luca won when his car went the furthest. (He was helped along by a heavy pre-made car top that he found)|
|Luca's winning design|
|Flinder's Street Station|
|Old trams still going|
At the end of Day 3, we had seen SO much of the city, our feet were tired and the kids were going crazy being indoors. The next day was Leanne's Birthday, after a quick trip to the Police Museum (to see Aunty Gabby) we jumped on a tram to St. Kilda.
First stop in St. Kilda, Luna Park! It turned out to be a beautiful day The kids went on a few rides each. Luca almost died on the Dodgem Cars - he was a little small for the adult size ones. It ended in tears! He opted for the Carousel for his second ride - a bit slower paced.
|The most fun for us grown up's were the crazy mirrors, we spent ages taking pics of ourselves in front of them - what a giggle!|
|A quick stop to look at all the cakes on Acland Street - believe it or not, we didn't even buy one. It was Leanne's Birthday too|
St. Kilda Pier
Melbourne City from St. Kilda Pier
We were trying to spot some fairy penguins in the rocks, Leanne had the camera ready to go.
After some shopping at the Outlets, we walked back to Docklands and had dinner out with Leanne, Paul and the Kids (Happy Birthday Sis!). We had a really great time in Melbourne City, we will be back.
The next morning, we were both off in different directions. The Harvey's were driving back home to the Hunter Valley (which they did in 1 day - crazy!) and we were off on the train to Geelong to stay with Nick's sister on the farm for the night.
The boys had SO much fun with the dogs, goats and horses. The goats were following them around - so sweet.
After lunch we went to Werribee Open Range Zoo. We went in a safari vehicle to see the animals in large paddocks. It was a great adventure.
During the school holidays, the Zoo was open on Friday evenings.
After dinner, we went and roasted marshmallows, danced in the disco and enjoyed the cold night air. We had so much fun.
The next day after breakfast, we flew the kite and spent some time with the animals again.
After a BBQ lunch, we were headed to the airport and flew home to Sydney. We had a f a n t a s t i c time in Victoria!