Day 6: September 5th, Monday
Today was our last full-day stay in Melbourne. We initially did not have anything planned for today but it turned out to be an activity-packed day. The night before, Mei yiyi suggested we go for the Puffing Billy train ride to Emerald Lake and have a picnic there. We thought that was a great idea and agreed.
This morning, right after breakfast at home, we took a 60-minute drive to Belgrave, where the Puffing Billy train station was situated.
|At the entrance of Puffing Billy|
|This is Puffing Billy, Australia's favourite steam-engine train... a train that REALLY goes chugga-chugga choo choo!|
|Boarding the train from Belgrave to Emerald Lake... Mei yiyi did not take the train with us. She drove to Emerald Lake and met up with us there later|
|Everyone sits like this on the Puffing Billy! However, when the train moved, I chickened out... yikes!|
|Since everyone really sat like this (also encouraged by the conductor), daddy and mummy decided to try it too... it was FUN! :D|
|I finally got the courage after watching how daddy and mummy enjoyed it... and decided to give it a try but not without daddy's hand near me for that added security. The train moved rather slowly so it was ok.|
|The train travelling across the countryside|
|Daddy and mummy also had a short chat with the conductor, who later plopped his hat on my head|
|At the Emerald Lake station... the choo choo train ride took about 45 minutes. We were "reunited'" with Mei yiyi and Alyssa here.|
|Doing the "stop, look and listen" action|
|The picturesque Emerald Lake that greeted us|
|Picnic time! Mei yiyi prepared some sandwiches and fruits from home. She also bought some muffins, doughnuts and spinach quiche from a town nearby|
|While we were enjoying our picnic (lunch), guess who came to say hello? Ducks! Alyssa and I had fun feeding them with bread|
|These two love birds (crimson rosella) were seen kissing and pecking each other on the tree right above our picnic table too!|
|And then one flew over to politely "ask for food" from us... so we gave it a grape|
|After lunch... more energy to chase ducks!|
|Walking to the playground with Alyssa|
|Can't get enough of playgrounds!|
|More pics of the beautiful Emerald Lake park|
Mei yiyi also drove us to the Dandenong Ranges National Park which was nearby. Unfortunately, both Alyssa and I had fallen asleep in the car so daddy and mummy just got down for a quick walk...
|Standing among these tall trees, daddy and mummy felt like elves ;)|
|They also heard a loud and unsual sound and when they looked up, they spotted a kookaburra!|
On the way home, we dropped by Knox City Mall... our holiday is not complete without a mall trip haha!
|While daddy and I spent some time wandering on our own, mummy went to the departmental stores and supermarket for more shopping!|
|Kiddy rides! I'm still a baby at heart although I've already outgrown these rides physically. See, I wasn't able to squeeze my long legs into the ride anymore!|
|Again, I had problem cramming myself into this teeny-weeny shopping cart buggy!|
Later in the evening, we had our very last dinner at The Pancake Parlour. It was Koo-kong and Grandaunt Carol's treat again. We enjoyed their company very much and couldn't thank them enough for being such wonderful hosts.