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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Australia Day 2018 - Queenscliff

Happy Australia Day! The first mini-break of 2018. Complete with our new car - hello shiny red Holden Colorado - you have big "boots" to fill. 

Headed off early, destination Sorrento to catch the Ferry across to Queenscliff.  Searoad Ferries sail between Sorrento and Queenscliff and take around 40 minutes. Tick off the list! 

Great experience and we were very lucky to be joined by a group of friendly bikers on their annual charity ride for The Hayden Butler Foundation.  Hayden aged 20, was a former Melbourne Storm youth player who  relocated to Queensland and committed suicide on Australia Day 2015. So each year since, this group do the around the Bay ride and his mum joins them to raise funds for suicide prevention and awareness. Good Stuff.

Great house in Queenscliffe, large and near the beach.  Hot weekend, so what else to do but pop the bubbles, put on the air-con and relax! Oh and of course, fire up the BBQ - it was Australia Day after all.

Saturday, Aitana and I paid a visit to Fort Queenscliff.  This coastal artillery fort still operates as an Australian Army base and therefore to visit we had to do the 1.5 hour tour.  Our guide was great and we heard a bit about life at the barracks between 1860 and 1946.  Very interesting and the views across the bay are gorgeous.  Another tick off the list.

All aboard the ferry - including Lola
The Blues Train.  This has been on the list for ages and today was the day! The Blues Train has been rolling since 1994 on the Bellarine Railway. After some dinner, we set off in Carriage B.  Some of the scenery along the way is lovely and with some fantastic music and plenty of bubbles it's a fun night.  After each stop, you move along to the next carriage that has a different performer.  All up, four carriages including the dancing "party" carriage.  A very hot night, but fabulous.

Sunday dawned and it was obviously going to be another very hot day. However, we had spotted the market and had high hope that we might find the.......Giant Spring Rolls. And we did! Yum. Breakfast sorted, it was time to head home.  Geez, 43 degrees as we drove through Werribee.

A great weekend away.

The Blues Train - bubbles and water

B always wanting to steal the mike
In search of giant spring rolls


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