My favorite things we did in Melbourne were the Rock Climbing gym and the Virtual Reality. The rock climbing was a little different from the one we have at home. Daddy and I both had to tie in so that he could control the belay. My first couple tries I was a little scared. By the end though, I was climbing to the top.
We liked the city, but daddy had us walking everywhere. We didn’t really want to go to the (Victoria) market, but we were glad we did once we got there.
I really like being ma’s roommate. She lets me do anything I want. We wake up early and she lets me read while she gets ready. Each morning in the hotel, we’d go down for breakfast and hot chocolate while mommy, daddy, and Emily slept. Most of all I like to be with her.
I liked playing with Zara and Chloe and making up dances with them. I liked watching them jump on their horses and playing with thier little dogs, Wally and Cilla. Herding the cattle was fun because the cows were scared of me and we could chase them in any direction we wanted.
We found out that they call bed covers doonas, a horse’s blanket a horse’s rug, ketchup is tomato sauce (it is pronounced like tamato), bathing suits are called costumes and their chickens are called chooks. Their school bus had seat belts and a TV.
We rode horses one day. I rode one named ovation. He was very stubborn, way more stubborn than Crooks the most stubborn horse at our barn at home.
Then we went to Bribe Island where we met Lee and her husband [Gordon]. Lee took us to the dog beach and then her thong tree where she hangs flip flops from dogs all over the world. (they call flip flops thongs). Then we went canoeing and took a boat ride in their motor boat.
Then Lee took us to the Australia Zoo where we got to hold lizards and pet snakes and birds. We got to go into the meercat’s pen and feed them and let them climb on our heads and shoulders. One of the meercats even fell off of Emily’s head. Then we went to the croc show and watched two men show us things about the crocodiles.
My favorite thing that we did in Uluru was the Camel ride because I love to ride horses. Everyone was telling me how different it was from riding a horse, so I had to try it out. I was expecting it to be fun, and I loved it. I just like being on animals.
I also really liked the 6-hour tour on our first day. The guide was really nice and we got to eat wichety grubs. I liked them, but I was disgusted that i was eating a bug, so I only had one bite.
At the resort we learned about dot art. It was fun to learn what the symbols and different color dots meant. Overall Uluru was really great, but there were too many flies and roaches
At the Taronga Zoo, I liked feeding the Wallaby, holding the Feather-Tailed Glider and petting the Echidnas.
The Vivid lights on the Sydney Opera House at night were pretty and I found a fun new phone case at one of the booths. I also liked our three bedroom apartment on the 29th floor in the city.
In the Blue Mountains, I liked going on our family hike. The kids room at the Fairmont hotel was fun to play in, especially the mirror maze.
We arranged for most of our family touring in Australia through Southern World. We enjoy exploring new destinations by all methods of travel – cruising, touring, or on our own. The thing we like best about private custom tours is that we can collaborate with and design our experience exactly the way we want, under the expert guidance of a trusted local operator.
With mom in meetings for our time in Melbourne, we don’t have any scheduled tours planned until we arrive in Uluru. Even though we didn’t have anything organized for a few weeks after we arrived, Southern World was kind enough to send an abundance of local touring options we could explore on our own during our first couple of weeks in Australia. The information was all waiting for us when we arrived in Melbourne, especially nice that we didn’t receive it at home and have one more thing to pack.
There are several options for cruising around the perimeter of Australia – Large ship, small ship, expedition. The cruises are a great way to see the sections of the country you may like to return to at a later date. With as long as it takes to get to Australia from the States, we recommend also organizing some pre-or post touring to explore some of the interior of the country as well.
Taking a tour with a small group provides the opportunity to experience the sites of Australia with other like-minded travelers on popular pre-designed itineraries.