Dandenong Ranges National Park

As a bit of a change of pace from all of these stunning beaches our hosts were taking us to, we instead spent a day away from the coast and high up in the hills in the Dandenong Ranges national park.  Or at least I think that’s what the forest was called, Vic was doing all the driving that day while Ariana was in school.  At any rate, the trip was basically like stepping onto the forest moon of Endor; none of us had ever seen trees like that before.  The scale of it all blew us away, and even the adults seemed tiny in comparison.

Afterwards we swung by the tulip festival which was taking place nearby.  It was a cute tulip farm that opens to the public in the spring to allow you to tour the flowers and if you’re particularly keen (like Flynn( you can even take a tractor ride!

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Blairgowrie Beach

Finally, a proper beach day for Flynn.  The weather was perfect and we brought everything we needed.  Well, except for a swimsuit for the little man…

Not to worry! A quick trip to the local pharmacy and dad was back with a pack of swimsuit diapers and we were good to go!

Flynn had a fantastic time splashing in the water, building sand castles, stomping on sand castles, throwing sand and scooting around on a boogie board!  Not to mention playing with Ariana and just generally looking cool in his sunglasses.

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Flynn Visits Sorrento

We had a quick outing to the nearby village of Sorrento and while Robert and his family were running some errands we took Flynn down to the beach.  Because you’re basically only 5 minutes from a beach wherever you go it seems.  It was a windy, chilly day hence the total lack of beach attire, but the little man had a great time picking up shells and chasing sea gulls.

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Rye’s Beach #16

Robert and his family have an incredible beach property just outside of Melbourne in an area called Rye.  In what seems to be a recurring theme with them, this property is also only a few minutes walk from the beach as well.  This particular beach (thoughtfully named “Beach #16”) was a bit more wild than the previous one so there was definitely no going into the water on this trip but we had loads of fun playing in the sand and racing the surf.

I think you’ll agree that Robert and his family are extremely fortunate to live in such an amazing part of the world, and we’re incredibly lucky to be able to visit them!

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Flynn’s First Beach Visit

As part of Flynn’s big trip to China to visit family, we also “popped” down to Australia to visit my good friend Robert and his family in Melbourne.  They live in an incredibly enviable location just a couple of minutes walk from the beach, so on one of the first days there we did that walk.

It was early spring in Australia so the evenings were a bit on the chilly side, so the little man was a bit more bundled up than you’d expect for a visit to the beach.  He had an amazing time nonetheless and giggled at the shifting sand beneath his feet while laughing as it slipped between his fingers.

We couldn’t stay long as the sun was setting and the chill was starting to bite, but it certainly wouldn’t be our last visit to the beach while we were in Australia.

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