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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.


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


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



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!!


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


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.


Bells Beach, the famous surfing beach.


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.


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.


We passed through a town called Hastings…


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

Vitamin Me – Here I come

Are you lacking in Vitamin Me? I know my Vitamin Me levels are down.   How can I tell you ask?  I just looked in the mirror, and my hair is  fuzz, I have chipped toe nail polish, and my eyebrows have gone haywire.  With three kids at home on school holidays, I have barely had time to look in the mirror, and now I wish I hadn’t!

Vitamin Me time does not really exist for me at the moment, and that’s ok, my time will come when all my children are grown and I can have a holiday on my own, but for now Vitamin Me time includes Family time.

If I was able to have some Vitamin Me time I would jump on the Queensland Holidays website and find a secluded resort in the Whitsundays, but as I would have to take the family, we couldn’t go past the Gold Coast.

Can you imagine the trouble I would be in if I went to Queensland without going to the theme parks?

The last time I went to the Gold Coast I was 15 years old,

Movie World 

Movie World Gold Coast

Cuddles with Bugs

Movie World

A trip to Ripley’s would be a must, I’m sure my boy would be intrigued to know that I am extreeemly short.

Tallest Man - Ripley's Believe it or Not

My attempt at photography back when I was 15, Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe



Wasted half my roll of film trying to get those dolphins!


So if you are in need of some holiday Vitamin Me time, and to update your travel photos like I do,  head over to the Queensland Holidays website and browse the extensive list of places to visit.

Excuse me now while I go plan my future holiday.