One thing about me that you won’t know is that I have super hip Grandma who has a ridiculous amount of energy! She loves to keep up with her grandchildren and actually tells us off if we don’t tell her about a new ‘trend’; I like to think I’m the favourite grandchild, but she tells me she doesn’t have favourites 😉😂 Once I went with her and my Grandad to Florida on holiday, and she made us walk around for so long and do so many things in one day that it actually made me sick.🙊
With this in mind, I maybe shouldn’t have been surprised when, after telling my energetic grandparent duo (aka G&G) I was coming to Australia for a year, they booked a plane ticket to join me for some of my adventure! They really are an inspiration to me and have travelled pretty much every corner of the globe (in fact, they’re in Italy on a cruise as I write this), so they are great for travelling advice too. I also enjoy the annual event of seeing the Formula 1 in a different country each year with them, so they’re a very familiar travelling companion to me by now.
Belgium Grand Prix – August 2015
So my G&G joined me in Perth where we first made our way to Alice springs, and oh what can I say about Alice springs… it’s a lovely little town in the middle of the outback of Australia. One of the first things I noticed were, unfortunately, the flies- they’re insane! They land on your face and pretty much everywhere else. The beauty of the place far outdoes that annoyance by, like, a gazillion though, so don’t be put off, and we managed to find a couple of great tours.
West MacDonnell Ranges – Alice Springs
Our next stop was Ayres Rock and, of course, my super energetic grandparents booked us a FULL day sunrise and sunset tour. Yes, that’s right, it meant getting up at 5am followed by a very long day. But we got to see the beautiful sunrise at Uluru which was spectacular and definitely worth it, followed by a 5 hour tour. The sunset tour was (obviously) last, and we got to see Uluru (Ayres Rock) one last time as the sun set, showing off some amazing colours for pictures. To top it off, we were very classy and had champagne and nibbles whilst watching the sunset, though Grandma and Grandad actually went back out for a good old fashioned beer. I think I went to bed earlier than them every night! 😂😂 Ayres Rock also has the cutest, smallest, most adorable airport I’ve ever seen. 😍
If you are a F1 fan and ever get a chance to go to the Australian Grand Prix, I would definitely recommend it. 😍 Just visiting the track and watching the race there made for the best day ever, but the massive cherry on top was getting to meet Lewis Hamilton. I can check that dream off the list! ♥️
Overall we had an amazing time and Melbourne is an incredibly vibrant city. If you love a bit of history on your travels too then I recommend taking a peek at Captain Cook’s Little Cottage; it was really interesting to look round.
In just 3 weeks together, we crammed a different experience in pretty much every day. I’m incredibly grateful to have spent some of my first weeks with two people I love and thought I had left halfway across the world for 8 months, not to be seen until I returned. It was truly special, and they definitely get the award for coolest grandparents ever. ♥️
See you next time! – Explore Jen 🙋
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