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Mount Gambier, Australia – Dec 2015


Mount Gambier was a nice change of view for our journey.  We visited a few caves and sinkholes in the area.

The beautiful Umpherston sinkhole.

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Engelbrecht Cave

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Tantanoola Caves – the formations inside the caves are simply spectacular.

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And of course we tried the famous “blue drink”. IMG_1173

Last but not least the breathe taking Blue Lake by day and night.

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We had a good dinner at The Barn.  Reservation is recommended.

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And a good breakfast at Vanilla Bean Cafe.

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Great Ocean Road, Australia – Dec 2015


After staying at Macka’s Farm for two nights, we began our scenic drive on Great Ocean Road.  We started from Port Campbell, then Peterborough, Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Portland, Cape Bridgewater. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA IMG_1028

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Port Campbell, Great Ocean Road, Australia – Dec 2015


Port Campbell is a small town west of Twelve Apostles, we came here for our meals during our stay at Macka’s Farm.  There are a number of hostels and motels in the town, and a variety of restaurants.

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Macka’s Farm @ Great Ocean Road, Australia


Our 2-nights stay at Macka’s Farm remains to be my son’s most favourite part of our journey.

We took the in-land route from Melbourne and stopped over in Geelong for grocery to make our own breakfasts.  It was roughly a 3-hr drive.  For dinners, we went to Port Campbell which is just about 10-mins drive from the farm.

Macka’s Farm is a working dairy farm and they also keep a number of other animals in their barns.  There is animal feeding twice a day and in the evening you could also try to milk the cows.

We were lucky to be able to see and feed some baby and newborn animals.

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We stayed at lodge 2.

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Jack – a very friendly dog who always wants to play ball.IMG_0929 There are a few Alpacas in the farm and they have only recently bought the Alpaca baby.IMG_0979
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There were also new born buddies that were so tiny and small.

There must be at least 5 or 6 cats living in the farm, plus there were two litters of kittens when we were there.

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And of course we wouldn’t miss milking time.  It was much easier than I thought, probably because the cows have not been milked for the whole day and they were well fed.

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Melbourne, Dec 2015 – Places


I am very behind with my postings, got to get moving before our next Australia trip.


We took over night flight and arrived Melbourne in the morning.  We took SkyBus from airport to the city and then their complimentary hotel transfer.

We stayed at Citadines on Bourke before and we chose to stay there again for the convenience and also their rooms are very clean.

After a quick brunch, we walked over to Federation Square, strolled along the graffiti lanes, and the famous shopping arcades.   Dinner was at Tipo 00, walking distance from the hotel.

The next day was just as relaxing, even though every where was packed with busy shoppers.  Met up with friends for lunch at Queen Victoria Market but a lot of the seafood were sold out by mid-day.  Rest of the day was just (window) shopping and feeling the Christmas spirits.  We also had to pick up our rental car before as they are closed on Christmas Day (some branches do open on Christmas Day but not convenient for us).

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