Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Our Melbourne Holiday.... ( Part 1)

We've Been on Holiday to Melbourne....

Wow, what a whirlwind week.

We had planned this holiday to Melbourne about 3 months ago. Everything was organised and I only had a few things to do the day before we left ( last Friday). Friday morning and Paul and I woke up with the vomits.... OH NO!!!!! We think it was food poisoning from some takeaway we had while the boys stayed and Ma & Pa's house.
We spent the day in bed thinking we would have to postpone by one day so we could recover. In the meantime the boys just had to fend for themselves. They ate lots of sandwiches.....

Saturday morning and we felt just ok. We thought about it and decided to head off. I had to do a rush finish to the packing and off we headed down the highway. By lunchtime we were feeling alot better and looking forward to the rest of our holiday.

The first night we were at Albury. It was freeeezing. The boys had travelled really well with no technology ( computers, tv, phone)
The second day we went to Glenrowan to the site of the infamous shootout with Ned Kelly and the troopers.

Then we headed west across Victoria to Shepparton, Bendigo & down to Ballarat.

Shepparton was a huge surprise. It is a huge food bowl. If it can be grown, it is grown here on mass. There were miles of fruit trees, tomato plants and cows. Unfortunately being Winter there was nothing on the trees but they still made chocolate from the milk from the cows...yum.....
In town we found a park with heaps of fibreglass cows with artwork on them. Archer had to have his photo with all of them.

Bendigo. We were only passing through Bendigo but if you are here you have to stop at Bendigo Pottery. OMG. It was awesome. Of course I had to get something from here. Just a little something...

Next on to Ballarat. It's such a beautiful town. The historic buildings are amazing.
We stayed in a lovely Big 4 holiday park. We would love to come back here one day.
It was still freezing. I think we chose the coldest week of the year to travel.

The next morning we were up early to have a look around Ballarat. We found the best kids park that I've ever seen. It was huge.

It was on the banks of a lake that was used for the rowing for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Sovereign Hill is a must if you are in Ballarat. It is an open air museum showing how life in the Ballarat Goldfields was in the 1800's. There is heaps to do here.

Coach rides

English 9 pin bowling

Gold panning

Gold pouring demo

Climbing high above the town

We had a great time but we had to head off after lunch. My sister Monique and her family were meeting us in Melbourne.

More Melbourne on the next post....
Leanne xo