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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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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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