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Published: April 26th 2010
Melbourne at night from the Eureka tower.
We were very excited for Christine and Simon’s arrival and we were like children in the airport arrivals hall. As soon as we saw them it didn’t feel like we last saw them 10 months ago, it was so good to see them. They stayed at Simon’s uncle’s house (who lives in south Melbourne) for their first night before picking up a little britz campervan the following day.
We had a few days to explore Melbourne before starting our journey along the coast to Sydney. We tackled most of the main things we wanted to do in the city on one day starting with the Melbourne Aquarium. We saw a huge range of sea life from sharks to stingrays, and even a penguin enclosure. We really enjoyed watching the penguins; they had their weekly weigh in, followed by the morning feed. We also managed to see a feeding session in the so called giant fishbowl with divers feeding massive stingrays and sharks.
We went up the Eureka tower which is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere and we also paid a visit to the Melbourne Gaol. We learnt all about Ned Kelly and other famous Australian
The four of us out for dinner in Mallacoota
outlaws even saw where Ned met his fate in 1880. We managed a night in the Yarra valley as well before heading south and we visited the renowned Healesville wildlife sanctuary. Simon and Christine loved it as it was their first time seeing Kangaroos, wallaby’s and Koalas. They even got to feed some kangaroos which they were really excited about. We were all invited to Simon’s uncle house for a BBQ on our last night in Melbourne, the food was fabulous and the company great too.
We left Melbourne behind us on and made our way south to Wilsons Promontory National Park where we chilled out for two nights. It was Christine and Simons first time properly camping out with us and we could tell that they loved it already. We went for a long walk along the beach one afternoon which was just a stone’s throw from our campsite, played a bit of ball, even took a dip in the sea. We were also lucky enough to have a wombat wonder through our camp on one of the nights, not to mention a few possums that decided to join us in the toilet block at night time.
Melbourne city from the top of the Eureka tower.
The following three days we made our way east towards New South Wales. We had a night along the 90 mile beach at a great free campsite, and a further two nights at Mallacoota which is a very small village just before the border to New South Wales. The weather was a little blustery but that didn't stop us spending a few hours down by the beach. We were of course the only ones there. Spot the Foreigners! The boys by this time had brought body boards so they spent most of the time in the sea, meanwhile myself and Christine exerted ourselves by soaking up a few rays. Whilst we were down there we also went out to dinner and picked a great restaurant right by the sea. The food was fantastic, and the wine even better.
Our next major stop was into New South Wales at a tiny little town called Mollymook which is just next to Ulladulla. Stephen and Christine's second cousin lives here and we stopped our journey for three nights to spend a little time with John (their cousin) and Jenny, his wife. They have a beautiful two storey home overlooking
The Six of us in Mollymook
the sea, they live upstairs and downstairs there is a garage, a storage room and a fully contained one bedroom apartment. This is where we stayed. Our first night we had a great BBQ that John and Jenny cooked which was accompanied with many glasses of wines with the big patio door wide open, we could smell the ocean as the sun set, and we had a lovely evening with fantastic company. While we were in Mollymook John kindly took us on a tour of all the local beaches. They really do live in a beautiful part of Australia. We were also lucky enough to see the local town's Easter parade. Stephen and Simon even managed to fit in a game of Golf with John too at his local golf course. It really was a great few days.
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