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Family Holiday Part 5 – The end of the Journey

We packed up the car and began our journey home….my husband failed to tell me till we were a few hours into the journey that he thought the ute was making a strange noise.  I had wanted to visit Brighton Beach on the way through to the ferry. It was about 1.30-2 and we hadn’t had lunch yet so we made a very quick stop to have a look at the beach boxes, take a few quick photos and jump back in the ute in search of food.

We found lunch and also received a text message from the Spirit of Tasmania that our boat trip would be delayed and we wouldn’t be able to board until 8.30pm (earlier in the week a freak storm hit Melbourne and broke the bridge for the cars to get on and off the boat) .  We had quite a few hours to fill in.

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We decided to visit Ikea.  I have wanted to for so long and it seemed a good place to go for a few hours, and to be able to get dinner before we left was also helpful.  On our way driving to Ikea, my husband said he wasn’t sure if the car was going to make it :0

We kept going anyway and we wandered around Ikea and tried not to think about the possibility of being stranded in Melbourne and missing the boat.

The whole drive from Ikea to Port Melbourne was nerve wracking, and but the time we got there and were further delayed (e.g. waiting hours in line to board the ship) I had a giant migraine.  It was past 11.30pm before the kids and I boarded.  We went straight to bed.  The next day the ute barely started, we drove off the platform and had a friend with a trailer waiting to take us home!!

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So as usual life didn’t quite go to plan, thankfully the ute was an easy fix and it was quickly back on the road again and I am now wishing we were back on our holiday as the rain has finally arrived!

Family Holiday Part 4 – Mmmm Coffee The Philip Island Edition

The temperature was forecast to be over 40° so we decided to visit The Nobbies Centre, take a look at the Antarctic Journey which is a new attraction (and nice and cool) and have a look at Seal Rock.  The Antarctic journey had interesting facts, experiments and a cool room that simulates the temperature in Antarctica.  We spent some time looking around and then thought was that it? Till we realised there was another side to the exhibition which had giant tv screens with beautiful filming and imagery and a virtual screen where you can appear next to animals.  That was a hit with the kids and they spent quite a while jumping around next to invisible animals!!

We took a walk around the rocks but the heat and walking was getting to my youngest so we stopped to have a rest.  We ended the day with a burnt bbq and tried to sleep through the heat.

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After the hot day came some rain.  We headed to the Koala Conservation Centre.  As far as the attractions went this was probably the least favourite as we quickly walked round the boardwalks, and couldn’t really get very close to the Koalas for a very good look. Also the rain  made us return to the car sooner than we would have, if it had been fine.  We decided to go find some afternoon tea, I had spied a coffee shop down the main street in Cowes and went to see if it was open.

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Introducing Molly Moo & Tilly Bear

You can probably see why it caught my eye….all the vintage goodness.

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There were games for the kids to play while we had a coffee and the kids had milkshakes.  Just look at that napkin holder! LOVE

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Sadly we visited on our last day so we only got to go once 🙁 but the coffee was delicious and loved the atmosphere of the shop.  Highly recommended.

As it was our last night, I had wanted to try and catch a sunset but unfortunately it didn’t really happen. Still got a few photos anyway!

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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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