Good bye Melbourne …for now. What a great last week we had. Many adventures and our last week with our niece Olive and nephew Easton.
Steve and I took our three boys and little Olive on a grand childrens trip of Melbourne city. We realised two adults and four kids under 5 dont actually cover that much ground too quickly. We began with a train trip and I dont know about you but my kids love any form of public transport and would spend all day transport hoping if I would let them. For those visiting Melbourne with kids the public transport set up is amazing, it is a kids transport wonderland. Trains, buses and the my kids favourite The Tram. There is a tram that does a loop of the city, this is free of charge and you can hop on and off as you please.
The kids loved all the art work and paintings in the lanes and spent quite some time checking them all out and asking questions as to why they were there and who did them and what they were there for?
The Pancake Parlour
The Pancake Parlour was the kids reward for making it around the city without more than the odd grizzle. Pancakes all round and by the end not a scrap was left. A really kid friendly place to enjoy a great pancake. The staff were extremely helpful, colouring in for the kids and all in all lunch with four kids was a very pleasant experience. For those with kids you will understand that pleasant dining experiences do not always go as planned.
Steve and I managed to take advantage of family in Melbourne and had a really great night out on the town. I definatly dont have it like i use to but we gave it a shot and we had one of the best meals Ive had in a long time. Cookie, an asian influenced Bar and Restaurant in Swanston St, is not one to be missed on your next night out. The bar staff were very friendly and attentive and made a gun cocktail. The food was spicy and full of the most amazing flavour I have ever experienced. We dont get many nights out so to have such a great one, hats off to the staff at Cookie.
The Spirit of Tasmania
Goodbye to Melbourne and hello to Tasmania. I asked the boys on the way to the ferry were they a little bit excited and Xavier said Im not a little bit excited Im a lot excited, bless him. That sumes up the boys love of The Spirit of Tasmania. The wait to get on was a little long and tedious with three kids jumping out of their skin in tow. I would recommend taking a few car activities to entertain the troopsas this took about 1 1/2 hours. The room was great, tidy and the boys bagsed the top bunks, I would definitly get a port hole as the kids loved watching the outside world, a little extra cash but money well spent. The food left a little to be desired, nothing flash but reasonably priced as kids under 5 eat free with an adult. There was a kids play area and kids movie on so plenty to keep them busy for an hour or so until their little eyelids could take no more. I would highly recommend this trip for any family it has been a major highlight for all.
We were all very sad to say good bye to the Fullwood family. Xaviers trip on The Spirit of Tasmania was the most excited I have ever seen him. Wentworth is learning how to behave at restaurants. Mak is just getting bigger by the day. Steve is looking forward to the Tasmanian adventure he has a list as long as his arm. I am back camping so stay tuned to see how this goes, fingers crossed. We are now in Tasmania, we wand your recommendations on where to stay, what to do ,where to eat and anything else you can offer us…
Until next week….xoxoxoxoxoxox