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Published: August 7th 2009
Another song for the title this week, cos as you may have guessed, we made it to Melbourne!! woohooo. After a quick flight South East in the tiniest plane ever (free morning tea too, bargain - idi I already mention that?) Stef's ozzie cousins picked us up and took us to their home in Endeavour Hills on the other side of the city.
We spent the day catching up and planning our week, Ross had his hangover kip and since we were too late to book the official Neighbours tour, found the locations for Erinsborough High and Ramsay Street. Stef's auntie cooked up our first (of many) feasts for dinner then we settled down with a beer to watch footie on tv in preparation for the next day.....
...which was Sunday and when I gained another year. Off we went to Ramsay Street which was guarded by a formidable security guard. He didn't mind us taking pictures though and I got to touch Paul Robinsons letterbox and stood on the Parker's driveway! The street, Pin Oak Crescent is quite small really, but its strange how familiar it is. Only disappointment, no Dr K. 😞 So next was the school which is
really a Language school. It's not too familiar but if you look closely it does resemble Ernsborough High. Unfortunately the sign wasn't up but I doubt they film there too often. Next stop was the city, to the MCG stadium for AFL Essenden Bombers versus Richmond Tigers. We were rooting for the Bombers cos Stefs cousin, Katrina is a fan. Her other cousin was a Tigers fan which made for some good old fashioned rivalry. Our seats were right behind the posts which meant whenever a goal was kicked, you had to watch for the ball landed on your head! We had a few near misses where beer ended up in other peoples laps, etc. The bombers lost in the end but it was an excellent game, a couple of fights and great atmosphere among the 40,000 fans!
Another evening, another feast and we planned the next day, a 3day camping trip down the Great Ocean Road. Stef's uncle, Ian had a trailer tent-type thing which we hooked up and set off South East on Monday heading for the coast, through Geelong, home to the AFL team The Cats. First stop was Anglesea, I think, home to a lot of
a theatre in St Kilda
thats the neighbours tour bus parked outside. We stopped hoping to see DR K, but it was irish Connor doing it, who we've already met! rubbish
surf comps and McDonalds where we had brekkie, mmmmm. We then headed West along some fantastic roads with beautiful scenery. It turn out to be quite cold and wet at times but it all contributed to the great photos we've got of the rough ocean. We camped at Port Campbell and it only took us 2 hours to set up the tent! Luckily Ian had a gas lamp and heater so we warmed up quickly and cooked a wee feast. The nights were pretty chilly, but nothing I imagine compared to New Zealand next week! So we got to see all the major sights, the 12 apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. On our way home we passed through Ballarat, famous for its gold mines and home to not much more than a Beamish-type museum and McDonalds. :D
Stef's auntie met us at home with another great meal and we decided that the next day we would head into the city-centre. We spent the day in Melbourne, got a tram to St Kilda for a quick pint and spotted non-other than the Neighbours tour bus, being led by Conor! Who we had alreay met in Sydney. We took a
photae at the seaside then went back into the city for a pub-lunch. We also found the Neighbours gift shop which was a bit of a disappointment but I managed to get an offical postcard, wwooooooo.
So on Friday we left Melbourne, sad to say goodbye to our new family but hopeful we'll catch up again in Australia or even Scotland. I have never been so well-fed in 9 months and I reckon have put on a few pounds. On the plus side I probably look a bit healthier for mum coming over!
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