Monday, 25 July 2016

Winter in MELBOURNE 2016- Day 6

We woke up at 8 plus in the morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of kangaroos. However, still no signs of them. Bumble bee Justin is disappointed so he ended up helping me to wipe the window and he is pretty good at it.

Bumble bee busy at work
Hardworking boy..

I am done! Cutie with his coconut hair!
Jaclyn woke up and both of them went out to the sun deck to see if there is any kangaroo come hopping... None :(

Love the view from the deck...
We had breakfast and left at 10.30am for Gibson Steps Lookout. It is a mere 5 minutes drive from where we stayed. 

Instead of driving to the next lookout @ Twelve Apostles, we decided to be a little bit more adventurous. We did the Great Ocean Walk of 2.2km to Twelve Apostles with the kids...

The Great Ocean Walk

And we reached!
Daddy detour back to drive the car over so that we do not need to walk back. Meanwhile, I got us a sausage roll and coffee. While enjoying our sausage rolls, lots of birds came flying around us. They wanted some food as well so we fed them with the bread we bought couple of days back.

Twelve Apostles <3
Weather is getting better, sunny and warmer!
And we have reached the Twelve Apostles. The view is great, really as good as it is in the picture or maybe even better when you are there! 

* I read couple of reviews commenting that the view at Twelve Apostles is less magnificent than the rest of Great Ocean Road but I beg to differ. I think Twelve Apostles is totally the highlight of The Great Ocean Road. Must not be missed!

Little boy boy!
Cute duo.

On the way back to the visitor centre, the kids are so high. Started singing and drawing all the attention from the other visitors! These two are really adorable...

Singing time...
After a scenic visit, we drove to Port Campbell for lunch at the Twelve Rocks Beach Bar. It is already 1pm and we are pretty hungry after the walk.

Beef with rice.
Pizza for the kids..
After lunch, we continue taking in the sights...

London Bridge!
Postcard worthy photo!
The grotto...

The Grotto...
Some wild flowers...
We then headed back to the house at 3.30pm for the kids to nap.

The weather had been great for the past few days, much better than when we are in Phillip Island... I manage to go out to the sun deck to enjoy the breeze and the sun with a cup of espresso.

Chilling with a cup of espresso.
Jaclyn woke up much earlier than Justin and we went nearby for a stroll... 

Postcard- London Bridge in 1990 compared to now..
Cute post box ...
Little poser...

Lovely sunset...
We are supposed to go for a evening walk after the kids nap but Justin is not feeling too well. So, we had to abandon the evening walk plan. 

For dinner, we had a simple home cook food.

Stir fry potato, egg and sausage. Simple meal
Heat up the pepper marinated beef I bought from groceries shop .
Did some colouring and chill for the rest of the night...


I am going to side track a little to talk about this Papaw Ointment. I have heard so much good review about it and I have finally experienced it for myself its wonder. Justin got scalded when we were in Phillip Island and after a couple of application with Papaw Ointment, he had gotten better. This ointment is definitely a good ointment to bring along for "just in case purposes". Can be used for insect bite, nappy rash and even burn.
Papaw Ointment

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Winter in MELBOURNE 2016- Day 5

We had a great rest at the holiday park cabin. It is a wonderful stay. The next morning, we woke up early at 8am as we wanted to see if there is any koalas on the trees (was not able to see much as it was almost dark already when we reach).

Morning walk while searching for any signs of Koala 
Mummy, where are the koalas.....while sister goes "Koala.... where are you?"
Unfortunately, we are out of luck. No koalas to be found on the trees anywhere. We did see lots of birds though...

So, we went back to the cabin, had breakfast, shower and checked out at 10am.

We went back to the road leading to Grey River as we managed to spot a koala on the tree yesterday night. The same koala is still sleeping, looks so cute like a fur-ball!

We passed by Cape Patton Lookout and we stop for a bit to enjoy the scenery.

Next stop is Apollo Bay. There is a huge playground so the kids went and play.

Happy - back from the playground.
For lunch, we ate at Sandy Feet Cafe. The food is amazingly nice and warm.

Love her smile
and her funny face
The 2 cheeky one..
Seafood hot pot as it is called- mussels, scallop, squid and prawn in this delicious and slightly spicy sauce, served with bread
Fried rice with egg and chicken
Stir fry chicken
Water is complimentary at the cafe. The meal is good, very yummy! 

After lunch, I bought some beef and cauliflower at IGA Express as there is not much convenience store or restaurant near our accommodation tonight.

We found this huge koala, lets cuddle!
Kids had ice cream. I wanted to but after tasting a few flavours, nothing cause my taste bud. It is award winning, by the way.

Dooley's Ice Cream- apparently award winning
By 1.15pm, we are on our way again. We detour we wanted to see Otway Lighthouse but it's entrance fees are quite pricey. We thought it is free and we can just pop by to have a look. But at a price of $19.50 for adult and $7.50 for the kids, we decided to give it a miss. So, ended up detour for nothing.

Since we did not get to see the actual lighthouse, i took a photo of the postcard.
and some broken ship that is displayed at the entrance.
*Tips- if you do not plan to pay to go in, then don't bother detour. One could really see nothing from the front door. Not even a glimpse of the lighthouse. We saw many tourist went in and checked out the entrance fees and then left. 

We drive through Great Otway National Park and reach Apostles Rest (21, Old Post Office Road, Princetown) at 3pm. We will be staying here for 2 nights!

We are here!
The nice balcony which I love sitting there while sipping my coffee in the evening!
The house is really nice, I totally love the view! It has a fully equipped kitchen, heater in individual room, extra duvet for winter, washer, dryer, iron, espresso machine, rice cooker, hairdryer and basically everything you need for a holiday stay. 
Optus line is good here too, so one could stay in touch with loved ones back home!

We settled in and while it is still bright, we went to Port Campbell (15 mins drive away). Kids went crazy chasing the seagull (seems like their favourite activity this trip).

Time to chase the seagulls
Port Campbell
Taking in the view

I love my brother
Jumping, jumping!
Jump, jump, jump!
We wanted to eat at Port Campbell before driving back but dinner is only served 5.30pm onwards. So, we bought a cupcake instead for the kids and went home for home cook dinner.

Kangaroos have been seen visiting the house at dusk and dawn so we wanted to come back and feed them. Unfortunately, no kangaroos to be seen!
We are waiting and nothing :(
For dinner, i make some stir fry noodle.

After dinner and shower, kids tried on their new pyjamas!

There is lots of DVR and books at the house. The kids watch movie on TV and I chill with a book while hubby used his laptop to work! Time to rest!

Day 6- Highlight of Great Ocean Road @ Twelve Apostles!