Week 9, 10, 11….Too Many Weeks to Mention!

Too many weeks to mention

So after an extended break we’re back. It’s been an intense Christmas and January, Kat’s been in busy season and Jonney has just been busy ;), which has meant we just haven’t had  time to sit down and blog – I hope you can forgive us.

Anyway without boring you with thousands of words about each day of our holiday and the weeks we have missed, we thought we would surmise by sharing 12 things we did over Christmas/New Year and let the photos speak for themselves.

1) Yarra Valley 

We toured the vineyards of the Yarra Valley to buy the Christmas stock, some cheese from the local dairy and get Matt Yeates’ Christmas present obviously. But the trip’s highlight came at the local Chocolate Factory which had bowls of free, all you can eat chocolate – enough said.

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Overlooking the vineyards - pre wine
Overlooking the vineyards – pre wine
It lies...
It lies…
Molten chocolate….more more more more chocolate
Molten chocolate….more more more more chocolate

2) Surfing 

We’ve regularly been making a pilgrimage to catch some huge tubes* at Rip Curl’s home Torquay. *small waves

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Penguins, penguins lots of penguins.  We were lucky enough to go on a private beach tour where we were only 10 of us in total. We watched 100s of penguins walk literally metres in front of us – and helped save a really injured mum who couldn’t get to her babies to feed them.

Penguins (you can't take pictures yourselves in order to protect them)
Penguins (you can’t take pictures yourselves in order to protect them)
With our outfits designed to make us look like 'rocks'
With our outfits designed to make us look like ‘rocks’
Unbelievably excited. Siobhan's dreams come true.
Unbelievably excited. Siobhan’s dreams come true.
Penguin brew.
Penguin brew.

4) Mt.Dandenong Christmas Eve 

Family Christmas Eve dinner atop Mt.Dandenong with stunning views over Melbourne. Perfect. We went for a walk up the famous 1000 steps, raced around a maze (competitive anyone?), and then sat and enjoyed dinner including kangaroo steaks as the sun set.

The hiking crew (minus the parents)
The hiking crew (minus the parents)

 5) Great ocean road 

Although the 12 Apostles has become the standard postcard image from Victoria, why wouldn’t it be? It’s so picturesque and road trippin’ 600kms in two days down this road was bliss.

Anglesea Lighthouse
Anglesea Lighthouse
Gorgeous beaches the whole way along the road
Gorgeous beaches the whole way along the road
The 12 Apostles in the afternoon light
The 12 Apostles in the afternoon light

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Snake season!
Snake season!
12 Apostles first thing in the morning
12 Apostles first thing in the morning
Rainforest walkways
Rainforest walkways

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES 6) Sydney 

Great views of the Sydney fireworks. Amazing hospitality – we were well and truly looked after by friends of friends of friends. It was incredible and more than we ever hoped for. We also walked the famous coastal walk from Coogee beach to Bondi beach on New years day in the sunshine. Beautiful

A view that doesn't need describing
A view that doesn’t need describing
Amazing amazing fireworks
Amazing amazing fireworks
Our view from the 18th floor of an apartment block  for new years
Our view from the 18th floor of an apartment block for new years
MIDNIGHT!
MIDNIGHT!
New friends - well taken care of for New Years Eve  - Verve on tap!
New friends – well taken care of for New Years Eve – Verve on tap!
Coastal walking
Coastal walking
Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach

 7) Sydney bridge walk 

We booked this probably 6 months in advance as it is SO popular. Kat was terrified but the 3 hours flew by. The views were stunning.

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8) The run that wasn’t a run 

In 1967 Australian PM Harold Holt went for a swim in the sea at Portsea but never returned and this was the location for a family 8km run on first weekend in January. But strong winds and rain meant the race was cancelled hours before. Picture tells a good story.

Trying to evidence the strong winds
Trying to evidence the strong winds

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9) Melbourne Stars 

Cricket at the MCG and watching Brett Lee get smashed for 19 off 6 balls in the second Super Over in Big Bash history. No more needs to be said – Amazing!

Seeing stars in our eyes
Seeing stars in our eyes

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10) Rosetta 

Jonney has continued to work hard at Rosetta and has served Berdych, Federer and Billy Connolly in recent weeks. Mum and dad also treated us on our last night and took us for amazing 5 course dining experience. Spoilt rotten!

 11) Australian Open 

Mark ‘Bondy’ Bond came to stay and we hit up the AusOpen twice for some action. Mark and Jonney saw Murray and Ferrer in action but it was more about the beers that day tbh. Kat and Jonney then watched Berdych’s quarter against Tomic and caught Nadal, Djokovic and S.Williams all in practice.

Serena warming up.
Serena warming up.
Nadal
Nadal
Djokovic
Djokovic

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12) Cinema 

We have had a couple of unique cinema experiences whilst here. An open air cinema in the botanical gardens and fully catered Gold Class seats for our four-year anniversary. Tough to decide which one we preferred.

I pressed a button and they brought me wine…what more could you want!
I pressed a button and they brought me wine…what more could you want!

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Hope that gives you a good feel for what Christmas down under is like and some ideas for travelling. To finish here are some cute pictures of koalas we saw in the wild.

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