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Friday, August 31, 2018

Melbourne Holiday - Aug 2018 (Day 2)

Good Morning Day 2!  Woke up all rested and ready to go.

First stop - Farmers Market in Creswick.  

Artisan Breads 

Buying Jam 

Check out this huge lovely dog! 

Random shot with a vintage car 

Our main attraction for the day was Sovereign Hill. Website description :

Sovereign Hill is where Australia’s history comes to life! It’s just like stepping back in time - from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold and it’s yours to keep!

Family ticket for us was AUD 144.
My parents opted not to go as they were not so keen a gold town plus they wanted to rest.

An entire town was re-created! 

Amazing level of detail 

Candleshop and even an Undertaker Shop 

Huge tower 

Giant boiler room to fire up the machinery 

Marching Soldiers 

Ladies in Period costumes 

I wanted a photo too.  Found another gentleman

Family photo

Had our little tea break of coffee and donuts 

Took this photo at one of the houses - 3 old ladies by the fireplace! 

Played old style bowling at this wooden bowling alley 

We attended a school session too  
Almost 45 minutes. I was surprised Erin bravely put up her hand and answered 4 questions. 

Class in progress.  

Erin got an A for her writing  :-) 

Candle making demonstration 

Can take photos in period costumes too
We didn't opt for this. Somehow Asian faces and European style period costumes don't go, I think. hehe. (plus it was expensive! )

Horse Ride
Erin was keen but we said no as it was AUD 17 per person.  RM 200 for 4 of us for a 10 minute ride?NOPE! 

Panning for Gold

 Took a photo of these 2 ladies
A horse carriage passed by when we were posing.  The old lady pointed and said "ah, my grandaughter is on the carriage".  Hehe...they really play their character! 

Working an old-style water pump 

Elyssa in an old style bonnet  :-) 

We left the place around closing time at 5pm. There was really a LOT to really explore in the little town.  We probably covered about half only.
Our take on it? The girls didn't really appreciate the "old stuff details" that much.  Hubs and I were fascinated with the re-creation. Actually,we were pretty blown away.  But I wasn't so pleased that many of the mini attractions were chargeable, after us paying about RM 450!

After Sovereign Hill, we did another round of grocery shopping at Coles.

Dinner on Day 2
Pan-fried fish fillets, Oven baked pork ribs, Salad and Soup.  

At the dinner table 

Took a night walk around the resort after dinner.  Love our nightly super cold but absolutely refreshing walks.

--- End of Day 2 ---

Melbourne Holiday - Aug 2018 (Day 1)

Hello, hello again to my little blogspot space. I have a mission this long weekend - to update all my Melbourne holiday posts. Getting older d.... better pen it down before I forget the details  ;-)   
Well, even with minimal writing, at least photos in sequential order then. So here goes.

Day 0 and 1 
Everyone woke up all excited!  I went to work in the morning as usual, attended a company event in the afternoon (my whole team went up on stage to collect our award. whoo hoo!) and then took the train to KLIA around 7pm.  Met up with rest of family at the airport, all ready for our 10.30pm Air Asia flight.  

First We-fie of the holiday, while waiting for our flight. 

Flight itself?  Bleah.... I keep telling myself NOT to book night flights but still end up doing it every single time cos of the costs.  Only Elyssa slept well while the rest of us fidgeted through the night.

We arrived at Melbourne around 6+ in the morning.

My parents
This photo turned out so nice!  Quickly snapped this while we were waiting for our car rental. 

For this trip, we booked 7 nights at Sebel Creswick Forest Resort about 1.5 hours from Melbourne airport. Used our Marriott vacation club points again.

Fooling around while waiting for Check In

Finally got our keys! Happily went to check the place out. Our Marriott points have never disappointed us.


Bathtub.  No doors! 

Mama at the kitchen

Girls at the living room.
Photo taken from second floor

We all took a short nap. ZZZZzzzz.  It was nice to be able to sleep lying down instead of being in a seated position!  Then went out to get groceries.  I love grocery shopping in Australia!  

 Happily stocking up

Dinner on Day 1
Roasted chicken, sausages, pasta, bread, salad and soup.  Popped open a bottle of wine too. 

Getting ready to eat 
Oops, little girl started eating already. 

Went out for a short walk after dinner.  And then tv and rest.
Always an easy day on the first day.

  ----- End of Day 1 ----