Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Family Visit Highlights Part 2

I'm back with more pictures from my family's recent trip to Melbourne! 

So, as usual, we took our visitors down to Phillip Island. This is a routine we've nearly perfected: drive down, stop at the Phillip Island Wildlife Park, eat at Mad Cowes Cafe, visit the Nobbies, and then slowly drive back to the city, hopefully spotting a few wallabies along the way. The trip went pretty much according to plan, except the hand-feeding-kangaroos portion of the day was a bit more exciting than usual. And by exciting, I mean they basically mobbed us and we almost died via kangaroo. I've been to the Phillip Island Wildlife Park more than a few times, and usually, you have to kind of bribe the kangaroos to take any interest in you by placing the food directly in front of their faces. They're particularly uninterested when it's hot or crowded. 

For whatever reason, on this day they were super hungry and the park was basically deserted, so when our group appeared with bags full of food, they eagerly hopped right over. We even got to witness a couple of mini boxing matches between hungry kangaroos. It was pretty entertaining until one of the big guys got a bit carried away and swiftly kicked my dad! Unfortunately, there is no video, but it was pretty crazy. How many people can say they went to Australia and actually got assaulted by a kangaroo?? 

Here's a cute picture of my sister Kathryn posing with the rare obedient roo. 
Kathryn and Hannah with their new friend! 
I brought the selfie stick, of course, but failed to get a group shot in which a kangaroo was actually facing the camera. In fact, I think they were a bit scared of the selfie stick, which worked to my advantage when they became aggressive. 
My dad feeding/fending off some of the bigger guys. I think the one eating out of his hand may be the kicker. They've made peace by this point, apparently! 
I love Kathryn's face in this picture, and how the kangaroo is jumping up for her food. 
So, it was an eventful day at the Wildlife Park! Kathryn and my dad even came away with some battle scars: 
Then it was off to the Nobbies, where we enjoyed relatively warm weather. Pretty much every time I've ever been to the Nobbies it's been extremely windy and pretty chilly, which makes for good waves, but isn't conducive to the leisurely stroll we were able to enjoy on this trip. We even spotted a cute little penguin waddling down to hill toward the water. 

Kathryn soaking up the sunshine! 
Potentially the most awkward photo ever. Not sure why we're single file. 
Dad, pondering. I love this picture! 
Hannah and Kathryn admiring the water. 
Note that Kathryn and I are wearing the same shoes in the picture below. I purchased them earlier this year for $15 from H and M and they're my absolute favorite. Kathryn picked up a pair as well while we were out and about shopping in Melbourne, and she's also a big fan. 
We had an awesome time in Phillip Island and I should note, for the record, that my dad drove on the left side extremely skillfully! 

Finally, just a few more pictures from around the city, starting with brunch at Kettle Black, which my parents really enjoyed. 
Shrine of Remembrance 
State Library of Victoria (notice me, Kathryn, and Hannah on the top floor). 
Kathryn and Hannah's first stop in Melbourne- Ponyfish Island! 
Checking out Level 9 of our building. 
Doing some shopping on Chapel Street. This book is so accurate: dads are the original hipsters! 
Lastly, we enjoyed a fun game of footy! 

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Welcome! I started Laura and Peter Down Under in July 2014 when my husband and I moved from the States to Melbourne, Australia for his job. I blog about expat life, our travels, food, and whatever else comes to mind. Follow along on our adventures Down Under!

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