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For our 9th wedding anniversary, I surprised Craig with a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. I booked us in for a twilight climb. It was $213 per person which sounds kind of expensive but all the money goes towards the upkeep of the bridge. There are cheaper options, such as a day time climb or an evening climb but I thought dusk would be the best option as you start climbing during the daylight and by the time you return it was dark. It was in November and daylight savings had started, therefore making sunset later at approximately 8pm. Our climb commenced at 6.30pm which ensured we were out on the bridge by 7.30pm.

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Over the weekend Keira & I had a quick snappy visit to Sydney to visit Keira’s friend Bella. We flew in at 8.20pm and flew out next day at 5.40pm. We departed from Melbourne’s second airport, Avalon. Avalon Airport is approximately 40mins from the CBD towards Geelong. The airport services between 4-5 flights a day but only runs between Melbourne and Sydney. I am unsure why the airport only services Sydney.

In Sydney we stayed in a hotel in Goulburn Street. My friend has time share & we stayed at one of their Sydney locations. It was well located with an easy 5 min walk to Hyde Park, World Square & Museum Station. Keira and I go up to Sydney a couple of times a year to visit Bella but usually stay with them at their home. This was a bit of a novelty for the kids to stay in a hotel together.

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Over the June long weekend, I was lucky enough to snag my brothers holiday house at Gough’s Bay. Gough’s Bay…… I can hear you all saying.   Gough’s Bay is a lovely little town on Lake Eildon about 20 mins from Mansfield. Why is it the perfect place, because it has the best of both worlds! In summer you have the lake, great for boats, water ski’s, skiing, swimming, fishing & anything else you can think of.  Then during winter its 40 mins drive to the nearest snow fields, Mount Buller.

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We had our last buffet breakfast in our usual table looking out to the lagoon & a quick swim in the lagoon pool before packing & heading back to the airport.

Our breakfast table

The view.

Our breakfast view

It was a wonderful experience & I just loved the Great Barrier Reef, I would recommend everyone to go up there at least once in their life’s. When flying back home to Melbourne, the pilot took off from Cairns airport & went straight out over the Great Barrier Reef & followed it down the coast for a good half hour. I had my nose stuck to the window the whole time & managed to snap a couple of good photos.

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View from the plane, awesome.

 Views from the plane, awesome.

Like the other trip I went on without the kids, all I could think was how much the kids would have loved it there! Maybe next time we will take them with us!

Until next time, keep traveling.

This morning we headed into Port Douglas to buy some gifts for the kids and my mum & my sister for looking after the kids whilst we were gone. We found there wasn’t much in town to buy. There was souvenir type gifts & that was really it. We walked onto the marina & looked in the shops there, not much was different from town & they were all similar prices. We went to the Mirage Marina & had lunch & a couple of drinks then headed back to the resort to  spend a couple of hours in the pool.

View from Skase's Bar on the Marina

The view from Skase’s Bar at the Marina

Beer o'clock at lunchtime!

Beer o’clock at Skase’s

That evening we decided we couldn’t go home without having eaten at Nautilus. Many people we had spoken too had advised this is the best restaurant in town, we couldn’t miss out on that.  Nautilus is an outdoor restaurant set in tropical gardens surrounded by palm trees. When entering it feels like you are walking along the beach, it has a fine dining atmosphere in an outdoor setting. Its a pricey restaurant but we felt with the surrounds & exceptional food, it was more than worth what we paid. Wine list is extensive & pricey.

After dinner we went to the Courthouse Hotel which had a live band. We listened to a few songs then headed back to the resort on the shuttle bus they have running between the resorts town.

Home tomorrow 🙁