Melbourne - March 2020
At the beginning of March I embarked on what would become my only overseas holiday of 2020.
We flew with Qantas from Christchurch to Melbourne, service and food was great, entertainment not quite as good as Air NZ. We also upgraded for $30 each to exit row seats.
On arrival into Melbourne we picked up our rental car with Hertz and headed for our 3 night trip down Great Ocean Road. As our flight arrived at 3pm we stayed in Torquay for the evening at the Wyndham resort. The resort had a large pool and was right next to the beach. as it was raining we drove into to town to go out for dinner at 'The Real Thai Cafe' , where we had the best yellow curry I have ever tasted (and I love my curries).
The next day we headed south, watched the surfers at Bells Beach, stopped in Lorne for lunch, checked out some light houses and water falls, before making our way to Apollo Bay to stay at the Best Western. For dinner we tried out the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse which was a great spot for a hearty pub feed.
The next day we checked out the Twelve Apostles, it was a little drizzly but still visible and super popular despite border restrictions starting to take place. A very cool stretch of road with plenty of rock formations to stop and see.
The next day we headed down to Port Fairy which is a quaint little fishing town - the town itself reminded me of Geraldine. After a traditional Italian pasta we stayed at a local motel before making our way back to Melbourne.
We try to head to Melbourne every couple of years so that my partner can go watch the pro WakeBoarders at the Moomba Masters. The Moomba Masters is a week long event which is part of the Moomba festival held in March every year along the yarra river.
While we were in Melbourne, we did some shopping, went out to Phillip Island to see the penguins and most excitingly I went to the harry Potter and the Cursed Child play - If you're a Harry Potter fan, I highly recommend you go see it (once it resumes). It's long , there are two parts that go for about 2.5 hours each. So perhaps not so good for kids under 12, but great for adults.
After a great week away we headed back home only to go into lock down 2 weeks later. Very great full we manged to get in one of our planned holidays for 2020, I know others weren't so lucky.