Directions were lousy but we made it to Ballarat!
Trip Start Jul 01, 2010
34Trip End Aug 17, 2010
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Where I stayed
Wyndham Resort Ballarat
Tonight we went out for pizza for dinner and the waitress was from Canada. This was kind of neat as she was returning for a visit this summer (their's not ours). We left her a tip, which down here just seems to confuse people as she came running out to return the money we left on the table.
Sunday July 18
Jeannette and Emma are just about done with their colds and now Ben and I have picked them up. We are suffering a little, but decided today to go to the local wildlife park. I must admit I wasn't expecting much, but it was really cool. Kangaroo's were just about everywhere and you could feed them by hand. We really didn't see much of Ben or Emma after that. Besides getting up close and personal with Roo's they also had Koala Bears that they brought out for us to see up close. They are much more interesting than on TV. They seem very inqusitive and definitely have their own personalities. The girl who brought him out was a little nervous because she hasen't had him out in a while, but he was fine and she relaxed. It seems they are very carefull not to distress the animals in any way as this would be against Australian law. They also had crocodiles, huge tortises, tasmanian devils and many other creatures
Monday July 19
Today we went to a place called Soverign Hill close to Ballarat. It is like Pioneer Village in Toronto, but bigger and based on a gold rush town. It was very well done with many stores and people in costume manning them. It did a great job of showing how these people lived including the Chinese that came over to find their fortunes. We went for a horse drawn carriage ride around the town, Emma and I sat up top with the driver. We also watched them pour a $137,000 gold bar, kind of cool until you find out they do this every two hours.
Tuesday July 19
Today we drove into Melbourne to see the city. It is a large city. Hard to drive in especially on the wrong side of the road with roundabouts. We walked around downtown after parking. There is a river through the downtown which makes for nice scenery. Many historic buildings are everywhere and they are beautiful. We then walked up to the Victoria Market whish is huge. It covers four city blocks and has everything. When we were done at the market we took the free tourist bus back downtown and went to the Aquarium
Wednesday July 20
There is an old mountain range to the south of us called the Grampions which we decided to visit today. Very picturesque views. We hiked to MacKenzie Falls which was pretty neat eventhough there wasn't much water flowing over it. Apparently there has been drought conditions here for about ten years, well not anymore as it has rained three or four times this week (mostly when we were away driving or sleeping so it didn't bother us). When we were leaving the Grampions driving through Halls Gap we saw a baseball pitch with probably fourty wild Kangaroo's on it, so we stopped and took a picture. Sorry about the pictures, but we have to find a good internet connection. Cheers.