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Travelling (Overseas) With A Toddler & A Kid - Horror or Fun??

by MayTM
Posted on 26 November 2015

Four months ago, my husband and I were planning for a family yearend trip. So far, we have been taking the kids on holidays to no other than beach destinations in and out of Malaysia and the kids loved every bit of it, even more especially after they had learnt how to swim. In fact our recent trip to ClubMed Cherating was a blast for the kids!

As we have a 5yo and 3yo, somewhere kid-friendly was our main criteria for a destination. Moreover, we are travelling on our own (no helpers). I personally wanted to try somewhere away from the beach. So, we narrowed it down to Hong Kong (as they have Disneyland there), Japan (Disneyland too, but main language is in Japanese) and Australia (heard good reviews from people who travelled there with young children). I wasn’t too keen on Australia as our currency was not exactly in our favour.

Before we decide, we ‘consulted’ our little ones, on which would be their preference; Disneyland or the Australian zoo?? To my surprise, they chose the latter!

So the research began, I was reading up and collecting information on places of interest for children. It was also helpful that I have friends and family friends who reside there. Choosing which city to go was also another challenge.

Finally, we decided on Sydney and Melbourne. I’d been researching on places to stay, to visit etc….lots of planning i.e. places of interest, admission time, area surrounding the hotel…  As we planned to move around on our own (following a tour would be tough with 2 young children), I had to make plans ahead. Literally, drafting our own itinerary.

As I am writing this piece, we are already back from our trip with lots of fond memories!

Australia was great, the weather was superb. It was end of Spring when we arrived so walking around in cool weather was simply perfect. The places of interest and the helpful people were absolutely amazing. Generally, the people there are ever willing to give an extra hand and give way to people with strollers.

In Sydney, there is this huge play area at Darling Quarters (nearby Darling Harbour). The kids loved the ferry and cruise around the Harbour area. Taronga Zoo was well organised and we managed to cover most of the area. The Powerhouse Museum was as organised as well. It is similar to a science centre; older children would be able to relate more on the exhibits. Nonetheless my kids loved the exhibits there. It was a fun learning experience. We grabbed a couple of souvenirs at Paddy’s Market for decent prices and our kids were overjoyed with their new kangaroo and platypus soft toys. We had good fresh meals at the Sydney Fish Market. The oysters were absolutely fresh and succulent! We simply chilled out near the park by Watson’s Bay and enjoyed a full city view at the Sydney’s Sky Tower.

As for Melbourne, we took a day tour on the Puffing Billy, had a warm fuzzy lunch by the winery, yummy gelato at the Yarra Chocolatiere and had a guided tour of the Healesville Sanctuary (got up-close with the Red Kangaroos, emus, platypus and koalas). The day tour was quite comprehensive. If we have the chance to visit Melbourne again, we’ll definitely take a train to spend our own sweet time at those places. We also managed to visit the SeaLife Aquarium, spent some time at the DFO South Wharf by Yarra River. We learnt how to take a train to Brighton Beach where the famous colourful bathing boxes are located (those boxes are basically storage space for surfers). Apparently these boxes can cost up to a million dollar! Well, the difference with this beach was, we had a sunny day, but it was pretty cold! Nice feeling by the beach; cooling air with sunny sky!

That kind of sums up our trip. It’s definitely a place to go with children, we can’t wait to be back! Here are some pictures to share our happiness:

Play area at Darling Quarters (water, dry, sandy area)

Ferry ride to Taronga Zoo

Clear sunny sky at Taronga Zoo

Powerhouse Museum

Sydney’s Sky Tower

Puffing Billy - Old Steam Engine Train ride at Belgraves, Melbourne

Hanging out by the train

Emu feeding, Healesville Sanctuary

Penguins at SeaLife Aquarium, Melbourne

Collingwood Children’s Farm - Lovely Sunday morning

Brighton Beach’s bathing box - 25min train ride from the city

Brighton Beach, Melbourne


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