So we finally did it – we brought all 5 of our little ones on an adventure to Melbourne.
When I was planning this, I told the husband that it was nuts to even attempt it and he was like, “yeah it’s definitely nuts but it’s going to be so fun!” and the man has a point. In deciding if one should attempt something crazy in life, always consider how fun the endeavour would be and in this case, totally worth it level of fun.
If there’s one place to attempt a first trip with 5 kids, Melbourne would be it. It’s incredibly kid friendly and everything was very seamless and fuss free.
After a red eye flight in to the city (the two babies slept almost the entire way there), we picked up a minivan from the airport and drove to our Airbnb in Docklands. So far, so good.
We spent our 6 days in Melbourne doing a lot of this.
Holding a bag of food near the deer and making him wait because we know how important it is to take photos of food before eating it.
Walking next to what appears to be the hind legs of a deer.
Feeding guinea pigs.
Patting crocodiles. Yeah, no, there’s no way this baby is patting the crocodile even though it’s clearly not a real crocodile. She was all “haha, I’m just going to pretend to want to touch it and then run away because eww so gross.”
Patting more bunnies.
Okay why in the world is bunny fur so ridiculously soft?? These kids could pat bunnies all day.
And also just casually standing around looking all dapper next to bunnies; so dapper, in fact, that the dude at the back was shocked like “I had no idea one could look this dapper standing next to a bunny.”
Talking to sheep.
Learning to count sheep.
Having to explain to the alpacas why the hay was all gone.
The alpacas weren’t pleased. They were like “there are three of us against the three of you and I like our odds” and the boys were smart enough to make a hasty retreat after a quick discussion. They know not to take on annoyed alpacas unless you’re prepared to get spit in the face. Nobody pfffttss like an alpaca pfffttsss, I mean, these guys know how to make their displeasure known.
Although alpacas are so adorable. Look at that fluffy, cuddly face. I’d risk getting spit on any day.
And this little fawn? It was totally giving me bambi eyes the whole time and I might have thought about bringing it home.
Looking at the kids having so much fun with all the animals was such a treat, and for a brief moment, I considered it. Maybe having a different life, one with wide open spaces and farm animals and bundles of hay and little bunnies. I told the husband about it and as the words were coming out of my mouth, I started to laugh because who am I kidding? I wouldn’t last a week as a farm girl.
Apart from spending time with all the animals at the farm and the zoo and the parks, we also sat on our favourite steam train, dear old Puffing Billy.
This little daredevil baby loved having her head dangle out of the window as the train was rumbling down the tracks. For days after that, she was still talking about how “Hayley sit train and put the head outside SO FUN!!”
There were also some tree climbing adventures, some museum adventures, some penguin adventures, some playground action adventures, and a little bit of walking around the city but mom this is so boring adventures.
All in all, this trip went as well as we could have hoped, which is to say, very well indeed.
And my most favourite part of all was having a whole week just doing fun stuff together with all these babies and watching them love on each other.