Melbourne 2010 – Part 2

Continued from here and a long post with lots of photos ahead!

The next day we drove to Spring Vale (Little Vietnam) for delicious Pho at this tiny Pho restaurant just opposite Spring Vale Shopping. I bought a lot of other makan-makan too but no time/hands to take photos! 😛

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Next, it was a long drive (almost an hour) to the south, Mornington Peninsula where we visit Sunny Ridge strawberry farm…

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This was what greeted me when I entered the store…

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For $12/tray, they are dirt cheap! Too bad I can’t finish them or able to make jams with them, else I would have gotten a tray too! They are very ripe so must be consumed within 2 days.

Very unfortunate that it was already end of the season so we can’t go for the ‘U-pick’ at the farm and have to settled with buying those boxed up ones and enjoying them at the open cafe. We  ordered some cappuccinos and a big double scoops of strawberry sorbet too to enjoy with the strawberries.

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The strawberries were sweet but according to my friend, those sold during summer are even sweeter! I bought 2 punnets of their premium strawberries on sale which cost $9/box (RM27) of 500g. A little on the expensive side though… Before leaving, I went to the shop again and took some pics of stuff sold there… everything strawberries of course!

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After which we went for wine tasting across the road…

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On the way back, we stopped by Aurthur Seats where we get to see great views of the bay from Murrays Lookout…

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We wanted to go for gourmet burgers in one of the restaurants in the city but it was closed when we arrived so we settled for Hungry Jack (Burger King) instead. The burgers tasted so good! 😀

It was a tiring day and we rested early as we will be on a long drive to Great Ocean Road the next day!

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We started early (woke up at 6.30am) but still left the house at 8.40am! It took us almost 2 hours to get ourselves and the kids ready!!!!

PiggyBeng did not use the road which most people will use when driving to Great Ocean Road. Instead he used a shorter way but more winding through Colac. Well, it was not exactly winding but the drive was rather boring with nothing much to see except wide and never ending fields on both sides. Luckily the weather was good with clear blue sky.

We arrived shortly at Port Campbell after noon and we checked into Portside Motel which PiggyBeng booked online.

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There are a total of 10 units and ours was unit No.9…

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It is a fully self contained motel, meaning we have everything in there (kitchenette with microwave and fridge, shower, ironing, and etc…) except contemporary sofas. I caught a chill during the drive so we rested and had our lunch in the room before we embarked into the town for some photos taking. Then we drove to where the 12 Apostles is…

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We actually went to a few smaller viewing points before we arrived at the actual destination. The weather was fantastic that day so there were lots of people.

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And here is the magnificent ‘rocks’ called the 12 Apostles….

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Well, a lot of people said that it has less than 12 now but I did not make a count how many were actually there. The sun was just too strong and you can’t really do much when you have a baby with you visiting places like this! 😛

For some rich people, seeing these rocks though the the bird’s eye view is better but that will cost a hole in the pocket! Yes, helicopter rides are available with minimum $100/pax for a few minutes of views and thrill!

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Next we drove to the other side of the road and visited a few more famous rocks along the way and one of them is this London Bridge…

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The sun started to set around 5pm and we actually went all the way to Peterborough but that place is so ‘dead’ that we decided to head back to Port Campbell. We tried looking for food but only found some unappetizing fish & chips… with the amount of chips that could last us a whole year! *bleah~*

Initially we thought the room has only 1 queen and 1 single bed so both myself and PiggyBeng was scratching our heads on how to sleep since there were 4 of us. Then while playing with Baby G on the queen size bed, I noticed something under the single bed…

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Hahaha… yeah, there was another mattress hiding under the single bed! Darrius was so happy that he quickly ‘booked’ it! The best thing was, beside a a/c-heater, all the beds have electric blanket under them so it was so warm and cozy!

We ‘tried’ to get up early the next day but still not able to get ready until almost 10am! We took a leisurely breakfast and bathed the kids before packing up and checked-out. There was no bathtub so Baby G has to bath in the basin!

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That morning, weather was not as good and was a little gloomy. PiggyBeng wanted to return to the 12 Apostles site again to take more photographs before we bid Great Ocean Road goodbye. When we were there, it started to drizzle and turned heavy for about 30 minutes. There was a China couple who had wanted to take their wedding photos were dampened by the rain which in the end they have to leave without even a shot! The group actually came all the way from Sydney!

We took the forest way back to Melbourne which was an even shorter route according to PiggyBeng. The roads were winding but it rained all the way so it was rather cooling and Darrius enjoyed looking at the wipers! This his current obsession! 😛

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About Angeleyes

Daily bites of a full time mom searching for a space to rediscover her potentials in her roles as a mom, wife and an entrepreneur.
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0 Responses to Melbourne 2010 – Part 2

  1. Paik Ling says:

    The London Bridge “broke” the year I was in Melb – so much hoo har over it!! Baby G looked so cute in the basin. You make travelling with kids sooooooooooo easy……although I know it probably wasn’t!

  2. michelle says:

    The ice-cream looks delicious. :P~~~

  3. jazzmint says:

    wah…that super huge ice cream!!!

  4. Dropping by to say hi.. Strawberries are so in abundance there and the pic of 12 Apostles.. simply breathtaking..

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