Family Holiday Part 3 – Churchill Island Heritage Farm

My favourite part of our visit to Philip Island was Churchill Island Farm

We arrived at lunchtime and grabbed a bite to eat before we went off exploring, sadly while we were waiting for our lunch we missed the ride around the farm but we saw the rest of the activities which run one after the other.  First we saw a cow being milked.  The kids weren’t real keen to have a go!  Next we watched a couple of sheep being shawn.

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After that we watched the man doing some whip cracking.  He was fabulous, what a true Aussie character!  Daddy even had a go!

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We explored the historic buildings and watched the dogs rounding up the sheep.

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Just as we were about to leave I realised we hadn’t seen the Highland cows that were all over the advertising material.  The cows paddock was on the outside of the entry gate, I’m glad we looked around or I would have missed them!  They are so cute!!

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We finished the day off with ice creams on the beach and some thong throwing for entertainment!

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Family Holiday Part 2 – Philip Island, Cowes

After our quick visit to Hastings, we kept driving to Philip Island to find the holiday house that I booked via airbnb in Cowes.  The house had 3 bedrooms, two toilets and heaps of space, it had everything we needed and more, it was so relaxing.  As we drove over the bridge at Philip Island we noticed heaps of custom old cars, we didn’t know but there was an awesome car show on the same weekend we arrive….

Day 1: Relaxing

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Day 2: Kustom Nats

At the race track we found hundreds of custom cars, it was so great checking them all out.  It was fun watching them drive round the track (not that quickly so they didn’t bottom out).  There were also stalls with vintage style dresses etc which were really nice but I refrained!  I bought a cute tea towel.

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After checking out the cars we drove toward Pyramid Rock and checked out the view.

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Day 3:

The main street of Cowes featured a cafe and collectable shop that I wanted to check out.  We had brunch here and then wandered the shop which had some really cool stuff

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After brunch we headed to A Maze N Things

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We had a game of mini golf, walked the maze which was tricky and frustrating for some, but it was an enjoyable afternoon, it filled in a few hours for the kids.

Then dinner by the waters edge where we saw some more cars and the kids had a play at the park.

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Family Holiday Part 1- Ocean Grove and Beyond

My poor neglected blog, I do apologise for the lack of posting.  I have been flat out catching up on photos from December through to now, and I’m still not on top of them all!

I thought I would start by posting a small selection of the photos I took while we were away, I will do it in parts as it’s going to take me a while to put it all together!  So to start off we began our journey by boarding the Spirit of Tasmania, we travelled with two other families which made the journey so much more enjoyable to go with friends.

The kids loved it, I didn’t sleep all night but that’s just me!  We departed the boat at 5.30 the next morning…..not so great when you have little ones so the first stop was Maccas for breakfast! What else was going to be open?!!

We spent some time camping in Ocean Grove and did a few day trips around the area.

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Bells Beach, the famous surfing beach.

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Torquay….it was so windy this particular day, which probably didn’t help all the bushfires that were happening further down the coast, which limited us going too far.  We visited a few more places, Geelong Vintage Markets, The Mill Market (fabulous) Geelong City, Barwon Heads, Queenscliff, but I only took my phone for those trips so I didn’t take as many photos as I could of.  I have a habit of just wanting to leave the camera alone when I’m on holidays, but that is not always the best idea!  Perhaps I will do a phone post at the end.

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We did a lot of eating, the boys had haircuts, did a bit of window shopping (didn’t really buy a lot) I must mention two shops that were really great and worth visiting if you are ever in Ocean Grove.  The first is Kyo, a trade wharehouse importer of amazing goods from China, Japan, India and Argentina, it’s a little hidden away in an industrial are but the shop is HUGE and my daughter and I  loved it.

The other great place we visited was a lovely coffee shop called Hello Birdie, honestly the best coffee shop that caters for families that I have ever been to.

After our stay in Ocean Grove we boarded the Ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento, that was a short but pleasant enough journey which began our long car drive.

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We passed through a town called Hastings…

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but I’m afraid Hastings didn’t have a lot to offer, so we kept heading toward our destination…..(Part 2 to follow)