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Australia – Melbourne

Home of Australian Cricket, Aussie Rules Football and a lot of family.

rain 22 °C

After 7 months of travelling, we were looking forward to our time in Australia with the chance to relax a little, not pay for accommodation and catch up with plenty of family and friends.

Our first day we decided to combine spending time with family as well as getting out and seeing some of our own country. We were staying with Tanya’s sister Bel, Tanya’s mum was also on holiday in Melbourne and my Auntie Tess and her partner Sam were in town on their trip around Australia so we arranged to head out along the Great Ocean Road with them all. The weather was typical Melbourne summer weather... rainy, windy and generally crap, but it didn’t stop us from having a good few laughs and a picnic down at Lorne

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We had a big family gathering with Tanya’s mums family with 5 of the 10 siblings present and accounted for. It was another good day spent with all the family

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The following day we headed out to Ballarat, the scene of the fist gold finds to spark the Victorian gold rush and later the civil uprising of the Eureka Stockade. We had intended to look around for a while, but by the time we got a few things sorted in the morning and got out there, our train was due to leave in 30 minutes. A quick walk up the main street to get some snacks for the train and we were heading out of Ballarat as fast as we had arrived.

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I went into the city the following day to meet up with Ash, a friend that I used to work with back in Perth whilst Tanya had a girlie day out with her cousin Catherine. I hung around Federation Square and Flinders Street Station while waiting for him and then we went out for some lunch to chat and catch up on what has happened over the 8 years since we worked together.

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After a great couple of hours reminiscing and catching up Ash asked what I had planned for the afternoon. Given I hadn’t thought that far ahead, he suggested heading out to the MCG for a tour. Taking the advice I walked along the banks of the Yarra River on what was turning out to be a nice day after the morning rain.

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The MCG is an imposing stadium, even from a distance. Also the history and relevance to Australian sport make it a must visit for any sport fan. Location of the traditional Boxing Day Test in cricket, the Grand Final match for Australian Rules Football (AFL) and the 1956 Olympics, I have seen it so many times on TV! (well not the Olympics)

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I paid the $30 entrance fee which got me on a tour as well as entry to the National Sports Museum. The tour was great taking us onto the ground, through the stands, into the change rooms and up into the members long room. All really cool to see, impressive and interesting. Like with all other stadiums i have been too though, I think they always look bigger on TV than in real life. However being able to accommodate over 100,000 people it’s the biggest i’ve been into.

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A great tapestry in the stadium depicting the 150 years of the MCG

After the tour I went for a quick look in the National Sport Museum which is housed in the stadium. I got stuck in there for longer than i was expecting when i found the interactive section. Clearly designed with kids in mind, it has a bunch of sports games to play which had me kicking, shooting and throwing for a few hours. The pick of the bunch was a handball game (AFL) where you had to hit different scoring targets in 1 minute, kicking for goal with a big screen playing your shot going through goal after the trajectory and speed is registered through a tracking device, Soccer penalty shootouts and a cricket game of picking up the ball and hitting the stumps to run out a player. All games using screens, hit pads and holes it was great even for bigger kids like me.

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Not an actual game area just part of the museum here.

On the final night in Melbourne, we had a BBQ around at Tanya’s Uncle and Auntie’s place and the family which was another good night of catching up and telling stories.

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We were out to the airport in the morning and getting excited to see more friends and family in Perth.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Daniel – Great to be able to have the time to see so much of the family whilst still on our big world tour. Loved going out to the MCG, where the national sports museum was quite possibly one of the best things of the entire trip :-)

Tanya – Oh how nice it feels to be at home, well almost. I haven’t seen my sister in years so it was so great to catch up and see where she lives. It was very much a family holiday and I’m so grateful to all my relllies for travelling from further to come and see us.

Posted by dbgomes 21:03 Archived in Australia Tagged australia round_the_world

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