Christmas in Melbourne, Drinking wine in the Yarra Valley and the Great Ocean Road
With Christmas finally upon us we headed to the Victorian state to spend Christmas with some friends in Melbourne. Christmas day was spent with the traditional bucks fizz for breakfast, followed by a day at St Kilda beach. In traditional Aussie style we cooked up some snags and shrimps on the Barbie and had a game of cricket.
Boxing day for some of us was pretty relaxed, spent watching Christmas movies and visiting Brighton Beach, a beach just like Brighton, with the colourful huts, only there is sand, while others went down the MCG for the Boxing Day test cricket.
Once the Christmas excitement was over we headed out to the Yarra Valley, where our friends took us round some of the wineries, a dairy and a chocolatier. After a day of drinking wine, eating too much cheese and chocolate we headed back for a quiet night in.
Up early the next day we hit the road again, this time to take on the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most scenic ocean drives, or so we were told. They’re not wrong, it was 150 miles of stunning views. Here are just some of the snaps we took of the scenery.
The Remembrance Arch
In the Rainforest
The 12 Apostles.
Loch Ard Gorge
Along the way we stopped at Belles beach, a famous surfing beach with some angry looking waves; the remembrance arch to remember all the returned soldiers that died building the road; Apollo bay, where we stopped for pies; the rainforest; Loch Ard gorge, the 12 apostles; and London Bridge, a natural rock formation that used to look like London bridge until half of it collapsed in the seventies. We also made a stop along the way where the Koalas hang out, so we finally got to see them in the wild along with some Kangaroos! We finished up in Port Campbell for some dinner before making the three hour inland drive back to the city.
Our final day in Melbourne, before we all headed back to Sydney for New Year’s was spent exploring some of the city, having another game of cricket on St Kilda beach and watching the sunset. All in all, it was an awesome Christmas.