A Few Days in Melbourne

The day finally arrived! I have been helping plan three family trips since October, and the first family member arrived in Australia last week. My Mom and Aunt Chris were slated for two weeks in April. My dad and sister will spend two weeks with us at the end of May. And John’s family – a total of seven…

1 year ago

A Few Days on the Great Ocean Road

One of the things we knew we had to do when family arrived was go road tripping down Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, touted as one of the coolest road trips in the world. Even though a direct trip would have taken less than ten hours, we saved two nights for the Great Ocean Road because of the sheer number of sites worth seeing along the way. The main attraction is the Twelve Apostles – of which there are not twelve, nor do geologists think there ever were…

1 year ago
Our VW Transporter Campervan parked along the Great Ocean Road

A Month in a Van

John and I just bought a van. A 1998 Volkswagen Transporter with 400,000km on it (roughly 250,000 miles). It’s scary and exciting, and we have no idea what to expect. We’re currently driving from Sydney (where Mom flew out) to Airlie Beach, Queensland (where Dad & Rachel will fly in). Originally, we’d hoped to take the long way around…

1 year ago

Melbourne Must Do: Penguins & Sunset at St. Kilda Pier

Last Friday night, we spent the evening at St. Kilda Beach & Pier, just south of the city center. We spent our first two weeks in the more residential part of the St. Kilda area, so we knew we had to make time for exploring the commercial/tourist center. And we picked the perfect night to do it – the sunset was gorgeous. Everyone – kids, fishermen, city employees, everyone – had to stop and admire the pink…

2 years ago

Melbourne Day Trip: William Ricketts Sanctuary

Today we went to William Rickets Sanctuary, a tiny part of Dandenong Forest National Park. We were excited to learn that this magical spot is accessible by public transportation! So, after some minor public transport difficulties, we arrived at the sanctuary. William Ricketts was an Australian artist who…

2 years ago