I believe body clocks and bodily functions have just about been reset to Australia mode. Although as I type this at 6pm on a Sunday evening, cousin Rich is napping but then again, Sunday afternoon naps are commonplace whether we are in the Northern or Southern hemisphere.
After arriving on the Friday, we did a familiarisation tour led by Steve and former fellow travellers will be surprised to hear it doesn't include any back passage explorations! We also had a lovely sunny day in St Kilda and filled up on burgers from Greasy Joe's. The culinary highlight was probably lunch at Nobu where we indulged on all our favourites and found a few more - mushroom salad and roasted veggies - simple but oh so delicious.
Work beckoned for Steve and I for the remainder of the week and the visitors saw more of Melbourne and enjoyed some sunny Autumn days with temperatures in the mid - high 20s. Friday evening we went to see a magician / illusionist cousin Rich follows on Twitter who was doing a show as part of Melbourne Comedy Festival. Entertaining individual - former Accenture management consultant turned performer with a Chinese backstage crew.
Yesterday we all piled into a green minibus at 7am, made some friends with other people booked on the tour and headed to the Great Ocean Road. The day started off bright but after lunch turned grey and wet. Going onto a beach in the rain with an umbrella is more fun than it sounds! Our tour guide was very chatty and his voice lulled me to nap constantly when on the bus. I've been informed however that his commentary was interesting. We made several stops to admire the coastal scenery, take photos, paddle in the sea, spot koalas, feed birds and eat and 540km later we arrived home!
I think Steve and I would like to do Great Ocean Road again in better weather and probably drive ourselves over a weekend with an overnight stop or two. It was definitely a good idea to do this one day trip as a guided tour though so no one was tasked with the long drive and we could all enjoy it.
So next week we have a trip to Sydney planned, the boys are off to an AFL game, Phillip Island and a day out in the hire car.