Great Ocean Road

Today we drove on the Great Ocean Road. We saw some sights and lookouts like the 12 Apostles, the Grotto, the Arch, Bay of Islands, and some pretty angry waves and wind. The wind was coming in from Antarctica and it was strong so sometimes I would have to hold on to something. We had some pretty good views of the ocean today on a winding road like big waves and surfers. It was very rainy and windy day so that made it less fun but we powered through it. When we got to our hotel we hade dinner, wrote posts, and then went to sleep. I will get some pictures tomorrow for this post. Tomorrow we are also going to Cairns up in Queensland. It will hopefully be a beach like vacation. That is all for now.

                

Phillips Island and Port Campbell  

Today we got up at a reasonable time to go on a walk. We walked on the beach for a while then went to a rock formation. When we came back to the beach on our walk we stopped to throw rocks in the sand. It was fun throwing the rocks then running away when the tide came. After our walk we drove for about 5 hours. The drive was long so we had a Frozen sing-a-long!!!!!! We missed Eva and Carter while we were singing Let It Go. When we got to Port Campbell we went to a look out place called London Bridge. Next we went out to dinner and it was pretty good food. Finally we went back to are hotel and I am writing this. So we have had a good day today and I am tired now so bye.            

Phillips Island

Today we got a car and drove from our hotel in Melbourne to Phillips Island about two hours away. When we got to Phillip Island we could do so many things I didn’t know what to do.  We finally did pick to go to the chocolate factory. At the chocolate factory we bought different kinds of candy to try. After we were done at the chocolate factory we went to a place called A Maze’n Things. At A Maze’n Things there was a gravity room, a mirror maze (by far the best and funniest), another maze, and the shirnking room. In the mirror maze you would bump in to mirrors, have to touch people to know they are really there, and sometimes you would talk a mirror instead of a person. Next we went to the shoreline of the island and saw waves crashing on rocks and we also saw Seal Rock where a bunch of seals would lay down. We got to see wild wallabys it was cool to see. Then finally we went to go see one of the coolest things ever. After that we saw Penguins!!! They we’re waddleing up from shore to there borrows. It was so cool, the penguins were about one foot tall!! We did name a few of them there names were… Bub, Jub, John, Rob, Fred 1, Fred 2, Bob, The Family 3, and the Kitty Paw Brothers. After we were done watching the Penguins we went to the grocery store because if we get dinner from there people like it better always. I hope you guys are doing fun things too. Miss you guys lots. 

          

This is a picture of a postcard because you could not take pictures of the Penguins. 

  

Relaxing!!

Today we got up around 10:00!! How is that you are probably wondering, well we went to bed around midnight. That was probably part of it but the other part is a mystery. After we finally got out of bed and went to the pool of course!! We went to the National Sports Museum which talked about the Olympics,  Austraila sports players, and Austraila’s sports. It was really interesting reading about the people in the Olympics. Another one of my favorite things about that museum is the hands-on exhibit. In the exhibit you could do bike races, archery I thought of you Jake :), cricket, and other fun sports things. After we were done at the museum we had a good dinner then relaxed. I will get pictures up later for this post sorry about not having them up now. 

  

Elizabeth July 26, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

A Zoo?? That’s Right

Today we went to the pool which was fun as always. There was three separate pools in the room so we got to check it out. We finally started going to the zoo around noon. At the zoo we saw a lot of the same animals like Koalas, Kangaroos, and Emus. We did see some different animals to like Hippos, cool colored birds. Two cool thing that happened today is that when we went by the Tiger cage he growled, it sounds really cool. Another one is that Sam made a couple friends like the one in the pictures. Then when we came back from the zoo we went to the pool again!!! With my dad this time because he is done working!!! We had a nice relaxing night by watching Grease the movie this time though. I figured out to comment back so I can talk to you guys!! That is all for now bye. 

                

Sea Life

Today we went to the aquarium but before we get to telling what we saw. We started the day off by swimming in a new pool, the pool was really nice and big. When we were done in the pool we started walking to the aquarium. On our way we stopped and lit a candle at Saint Paul’s Cathedral which had a big memorial service before we got there. When we were at the aquarium we saw fish of course, crocs, starfish, sharks, jellyfish, stingrays, penguins, and other cool stuff. When we came back from the hotel we played family basketball. After family basketball we had the same meal pretty much as last night but with my dad this time. Then we went good night. Happy Birthday Grandpa Mike love you. Miss you all.

              

Melbourne

Today we started by going to the pool. It was our last day at this out door pool so we were at the pool for a while. After we finished playing at the pool we walked all around the streets of our hotel. While we were walking we saw a band playing it was cool to watch. In every city there is an Elizabeth Street so I took a picture. Finally we we went to the Airport, waved good bye to Brisbane, and took of on our filght to Melbourne. When we got to Melbourne we watched some TV, had the best meal since we left on our trip, and waited for my dad to meet us. When he got to the hotel we told him about our adventures then went to sleep because we were tired out.

         

Elizabeth July 23, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Today we started the day by going to the pool :)!!! Then we went to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary it is one of the highlights in our trip so far I think. At the sanctuary we saw Tasmanian Devils, Birds, Platypus, and Emus, (not my mom’s favorite those Emus) last but not least we saw Kangroos and Koalas. Today was different then just seeing Kangroos and Koalas we got to…. Wait for it, we got to pet Kangroos and hold Koalas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so cool as you could probably imagine!! It is amazing to be able to do stuff like this because it is so fun!!!!!!! Anyway missing you all at home. Miss you Eva, Carter, Tia, and Jake plus everybody else of course. Bye

                      

Adventuring in Brisbane

Today was our first day to explore in Brisbane so we started the day of with (you know it!!) we started of the day by going to the pool!!! At this hotel there is an outdoor pool so it is a little chilly but different and cool. After swimming we went to a grocery store and got some breakfast and while we were eating a band was playing a couple song like Clocks (my piano song!!) Then we went to a beach and played in the sand, got lunch, had hot chocolate, and we were having just an amazing time. Next we went on the “Wheel of Brisbane” you could see the whole city from up there. After that we walked around the Botanic Gardens (we have walked in a Botanic Gardens in every city) it is fun though because there is cool trees, plants, birds, and other animals. We played at a lot of parks too, there were cool slides, climbing walls, and swings . There are very nice parks here and a lot of them. Then we started walking back to the hotel, but we stopped at a store and Samantha got a stuffed animal, I got a bag, and Mark got a boomerang. Following that, we got to the hotel to meet my dad so we could go out to eat. After dinner we walked back to the “Wheel of Brisbane” with my dad and went on it again (but this time it was free and it was at night) so it was a little different from a looking out perspective. Finally we went back to our hotel and went to bed, because that was a full day. Good night 🙂

              

Elizabeth July 21, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

Brisbane!!!!!

Today we went over from Wellington to Brisbane!! We are going to be in Brisbane till Wednesday afternoon. Sorry I do not have any pictures 🙁 I did not take any pictures today because I was on the plane for a lot of the day. It is a lot warmer then Wellington and it is not raining 🙂 (it rained everyday in Wellington.) Samantha is happy to have two stuffed animals which makes everybody happy. We are about half way through our trip and we are missing you guys at home very much. Australia has a lot of the same stuff as home but it is still a different country so that is why we are exploring it. Having fun hopefully you guys are at home too.