In February we spent 2 weeks in Melbourne, Australia on our first long distance holiday with Zack. It was 30% work and 70% leisure for me as I had to manage a trade conference in the city for 4 days.
Traveling with a toddler who is not eligible for a seat on the plane is a huge disadvantage. Yes, we saved money on his air ticket, but he was too big for a bassinet, and too uncomfortable sitting on our lap for the 8 hour flight. He also wasn’t at his 100%, which made the trip going rather challenging for both David and I. We both barely got any sleep, juggling Zack between the both of us, and trying to keep him as comfortable as possible. We were so exhausted
After a tiring 8 hours flying, we arrived on a very windy morning into Melbourne airport and our good friends Joanie and Gavin played host during our entire stay. This city has always had a special place in our hearts as this is where I met my husband David we have since been (and still on) one of the best journeys together.
We had the first 2 days for leisurely activities and we signed up for a Yarra River cruise. Even though we’ve both lived in Melbourne before during our uni days, we’ve never really done any of the touristy activities–so we thought hey, never too late to go now!
We also had time to wander around St Kilda beach, and little Zack just couldn’t stop chasing after the seagulls!
During the 4 days I had to be in the city for work, we moved out of Joanie and Gav’s place and moved into the Intercon. Zack took over our bed:
We took the opportunity to hangout in the city, including a trip to the Melbourne Zoo, and some of the lovely playgrounds in the CBD.
We headed back to St Kilda beach again and had a superb seafood dinner at Claypots too. David even brought Zack to Richmond’s Ikea! We also got our Chinese food fix in good ol’ Chinatown. On our last nite at the Intercon we had time to head over to Queen Vic market for the annual Suzuki Night Market where we got our hands on some roo and croc. Wouldn’t say it was great and wouldn’t say it was bad. Ok ok lah. The gelato was heaven on earth tho!
Our last day in the CBD we concluded with some massive cocoa overdose at Kokoblack before moving back to Joanie and Gav’s crib in Mitcham.
The weekend came and we road tripped up to Mount Dandenong on a rainy Saturday morning for scones at Miss Marples Tea Room. One word can only describe Miss Marples–fabuloso. It’s such a lovely quaint little cafe with the best scones i’ve ever had in my life. Ok maybe cos i haven’t had much scones in my life but Miss Marples’ scones are the bomb. Really.
Sunday. Yum Cha day. We headed back into the city for some mean dim sum @ Shark Fin Inn with Joanie and Gav. Somehow this trip is turning into an eating fest. (And it was because at the end of the trip i had gained weight!)
On Valentine’s Day, armed with Joanie’s trusty GPS and driving Gav’s car we road tripped down to Mornington to check out the Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary. Boy oh boy, this was an even better encounter with the animals as compared with the time we spent at Melbourne Zoo. Zack got to feed the wallabies (which i was so terrified of!) and we even saw a couple of koala bears real close. There were lots of kangaroos lazing around and we were able to get really close to them. Zack the brave boy even touched a snake!
We continued our drive around wine country and headed up to Arthur’s Seat for a view of the countryside. Last stop on the road trip was to Sunny Ridge Strawberry farm for a super sundae. I also picked up some really juicy strawberries which i transformed into yummy chocolate dipped strawberries shared with Joanie and Gav for our post dinner snack.
We also took some time to do some shopping and catch up with old friends. All in all we had a great time and we can’t wait to go back again!
Thanks Joanie and Gavin for having us and taking good care of us during our time there. Greatest and bestest pals evarrrrrr!
(In front of Joanie and Gav’s crib)
(On our way back there was a vacant seat so Zack got his own space = more comfort for him and mommy and daddy!)
NEXT TRIP: Mommy’s solo trip with Zack to HK