Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Family Holiday Part 1 - Melbourne

After months of keeping this family trip for hubby's 50th birthday a secret Friday 15th April finally rolled around, we woke up way too early and set off....finally our destination would be revealed....

At about this time the girls may have cottoned on that there was a plane trip involved!!!  And the fact that Melbourne was our destination was revealed.

Miss 7 had never been on a plane and Miss 11 last flew when she was 3 years old so there was excitement all around!

Thankfully it was smooth flying....I had my concerns given that I was at the doctors at 10pm the night before our departure with Miss 15 being prescribed antibiotics for an ear infection :-0

We dropped our luggage at our accommodation in Melbourne and headed out for lunch and local sightseeing!

It didn't take long for the girls to cast their eyes on Spencer Outlet Centre.....in fact it became a daily destination in the time that we were there.  So many bargains....and I'm pretty sure the girls found them all.

A short walk up the road for the best Chinese meal....ever!!!!  So good in fact that we may have headed back the following night for some late night spring rolls :-)

Our accommodation had an indoor pool with an amazing views. It was impressive by day....

And even more so by night....

A trip to Melbourne is not complete without a tram trip and a visit to the Queen Victoria Markets so that is where we headed on Saturday morning.

It would be some 20 years since I last visited Melbourne and the Queen Victoria Markets and I still love the markets as much as the first time that I saw them.  

The girls loved the markets too....Miss 7 couldn't resist these cute little dolls!

And let's just say it was lucky we brought extra luggage for purchases made!

Sunday rolled around and we took a tram to Docklands to wander around.

It was a great place to stroll along looking at the market stalls and eating ice cream!!

It was also a great place for Miss 18 to get out her camera and have a play.

With all this shopping, markets and photography we decided to add in an activity for hubby, after all it was his birthday trip!!  So off to the AFL we went.

Did you know that each quarter of an AFL game goes for 30 minutes....then add in the quarter time breaks and the half time break....and you have one long game.  But they do have the best roast beef rolls there so all was forgiven!

Sadly our three nights in Melbourne had come to an end and we packed up ready for Part 2....and another surprise for hubby and the girls!!

Stay tuned for Part 2....it is pretty awesome even if I do say so myself!!

Linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT


  1. What a fabulous birthday surprise and trip to Melbourne! I can't wait to see what part 2 of the trip entails!

  2. I'm so impressed you kept it a secret but it looks like it was totally worth it!

  3. What an adventure! It looks like you guys had so much fun. As for that pool - gorgeous!!!

  4. Yeah welcome to my home town. Vic market is such a great place to go and I love to eat and eat and eat there. Yes, footy can be a long game, especially if you are not really interested but then i would be checking out the great athletic bodies in front of me - lol. Looking forward to part 2 #teamIBOT

  5. How you kept it a secret I'll never know Veronica - you sneaky one!! Bet the footy was awesome!!

  6. We were in Melbourne at the start of the year and had a great time. I love going to the markets but usually can't drag my other half there!!

  7. What a great trip. I was in Melbourne years ago and went to an AFL match, it was great fun.


  8. What a wonderful weekend you had! Looking forward to reading part two.