Our latest road trip was to Victoria. Our first big trip with 2 kids. We bought a dvd player to use in the car, so Thomas had something to watch on the way. Our first stop was Ballarat. Due to a concert in town, we all had to sleep in one big room, so it was a challenge to get Thomas to sleep. He stayed up until 10pm! Anyway, the boys were eventually all asleep and snoring, so mummy had her own concert to listen to.
Next day we drove straight to Melbourne zoo, where we met with friends Raquel and Jeff. They have 2 kids, who are the same age as ours. We enjoyed the Zoo. The older kids (Thomas and his new friend Archer) played and ran a lot. The zoo has some different animals and different exhibits compared to Adelaide zoo so it's really worth a visit. We especially liked the seals, tigers and elephants. But Thomas was disappointed there was no "snappies" (crocodiles) or "bustwoods" (Bustard...it's an Aussie bird...don't ask). The apartment we had in Melbourne was a good size and 2 bedrooms (yeah!). Tom loved having his own room and 2 big boy beds to choose from.
Next day we visited the Aquarium. We had to see the "sharkies" first, otherwise Thomas would not be satisfied. Although a week later the thing he talks about most are the sea horses ! Alex liked the small tropical fish the best. He tried very hard to catch them, but lucky for the fish, they were behind glass. After the boys were nice and tired from the aquarium mummy got to go shopping at the Southwharf DFO (factory outlet stores) for new clothes. And Papa got a coffee. Poor Papa.
The next day it was time to leave Melbourne and drive towards Lake Eildon, about a 100 km’s northeast of Melbourne. A big 3 bedroom house was waiting there for us with an outside spa bath. Or a small swimming pool if you are Thomas' size. On the way there we visited another animal park, Healesville Sanctuary, to give Thomas another run. His favourite animals there were the emus, koalas and platypus. We spent 2 nights in Eildon. We did some short walks and drives. Mama wanted to see the views and Thomas just wanted to throw rocks into the water.
Next stop was Bendigo just for one night. A lovely bigger town in the gold fields area. A very nice cottage we had there. We took a walk to look at the nice buildings in town and find a playground. Francois and Sandra climbed the observation tower at the park.
Next morning we drove towards Horsham. As usual Sandra found some wineries to visit on the way, in the region known as the Pyrenees. Not much to see in Horsham itself, but it's a good place to break up the long drive back to Adelaide.
Thomas had a double bed all for himself, and thought this was the best fun ever. Alex wanted to sleep in the big bed as well next to his big brother (just look at his face on the picture). But he had to spent the night in his travel cot.
Last day, the long drive back to Adelaide; Thomas was ok for most of the drives. He liked the tv in the car, but after a while he would get bored and we had to put up with “I want to get out” 'til we stopped at a playground to give him a run. But in general, he did really well. Alex slept most of the time in the car. He seemed not to be bothered by the long drives, and even when he was awake, he was just watching Thomas or playing with his toys.
Now we’re back in Adelaide again, and of course we are already dreaming about our next trip……See below for some photo's of the trip.