As I mentioned on my second post “Previous Travels“, me and my family went to Australia. The reason we went was to visit my brother Ell who was living out there after getting offered a job whilst travelling.
In December 2013, my mum dad Ollie and I flew from Heathrow Airport to Melbourne. Three lots of 7 hour flights, stopping at Brunei in between.
When we arrived in Melbourne, we met up with Ell and he showed us around so we could get to know our surrounding areas in the first couple of days. On the 21st the 5 of us had Ell‘s friends car and went along the Great Ocean Road for 2 days.
When returning to Melbourne, we stayed at Ell‘s friends house while they were away. Their house was so nice and they had decorated it all up for us to spend our Christmas there. It was so strange to be spending Christmas in the sun and swimming in the pool out in the backgarden but of course we still had our traditional Christmas dinner with turkey, pigs in blankets and all the trimmings!
There are so many things to do and see in Melbourne, for example we saw Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and the boys went to the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) on Boxing Day while mum and I went shopping and went up the Eureka Skydeck (88 floors high!!) (Photo below of the view)
On the 29th we flew from Melbourne to Sydney for New Years. In Sydney you of course have to go see the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and go along to Darling Harbour. We also went to a zoo and I absolutely loved it. saw the elephants, giraffes, zebras etc.
Again, there’s so much you can do and see in Sydney too like going to Bondi and Manly beaches, going up Sydney Tower. But if you’re ever in Australia over New Years, Sydney is a must!! The fireworks when it struck midnight on January 1st are absolutely amazing! My family and I spent the day (like most other people) by the Opera House and had a picnic, got our seats ready for the countdown in the evening. The atmosphere is so great too!
After our time in Sydney we went back to Melbourne and spent a few days there (to celebrate Ollie‘s birthday) before mum and I then flew back to London. My dad and Ollie were staying out there for another 4 weeks to do a bit of travelling around Australia and went to New Zealand (which I will do one day)
Mum and I had the same flight home, three lots of 7 hour flights and then when we got to Heathrow we then had to get a 6 hour journey coach from there to our home city. Leaving dad and my brothers was quite emotional as it was the longest time we’d ever spent apart from them so there were a few tears when leaving Melbourne.