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