before our time in melbourne, we spent several days on hamilton island! i shared photos already from our day at whitehaven beach, but the rest of our time on the island was great as well. it felt relaxing, as we finally felt adjusted to the new time zone and mostly just went to the beach each day, and then the pool with the kids! they could not get enough of the pool this trip. going under water without plugging their noses and also really working hard on their swimming! both eleanor and samson were really starting to swim on their own by the end of our time on the island which made me so happy! living in new york, i feel like that is one of the skills we aren’t as up to speed on with them. so it was exciting to see them anxious to learn and pick it up so quickly!
josh did a bunch of research as we planned our stay on which island might be best for us. we were really happy with hamilton because it felt very family friendly. it’s a super tiny one, so you can rent a golf cart as your car if you’d like, or just walk everywhere. we rented a golf cart, which was so much fun to drive (especially on the opposite side of the road!)
this is samson holding his breath in the pool. seeing how long he can do it is one of his favorite games to play! it’s a screenshot from some of our video footage, because i didn’t take any photos of the kids underwater, just a little video. i’m almost done compiling a video from our entire trip to australia, so i’ll share it soon! some of the best footage from our trip is on the video, in my opinion. the underwater footage is so fun.
some really good fish and chips!
conrad loved the fresh veggie and fruit juice!
this ferry named samson was so cool! samson really got excited to see his name on the boat, and i was pretty stoked too! haha!
the kids were incredibly brave! i love their faces here!
i am blanking on this crocodile’s name, but he was decades old and crazy ginormous. we were able to get a good look at him because he swam up to us all quiet and calm. very freaky, for sure.
i haven’t taken the kids cameras in yet to get their film developed. but i can’t wait. they always get really into taking pictures on our trips, so i’m excited to see it all through their lens. we got them waterproof cameras too, so they were able to play with them in the pool!
in case you can’t tell, this is eleanor and conrad kissing.
trying our very best to hold it together in a restaurant setting in a different time zone. this meal was hard. lol. we ate in shifts while the other one walked conrad outside and it was just all around exhausting. not a highlight at all of our trip, but the photos are cute! ;)
i adore this photo because samson was so excited one afternoon to get into the water he ran straight in with his t-shirt still on! we were all like, samson! your shirt! and he started laughing so hard as he ran back out of the water to take the soaking wet shirt off. haha! such a great moment. his enthusiasm for the pool was incredible.
her freckles here make my day!
we had the best pizza for lunch on the island at manta ray! so good infact, we ended up having it once more for our last meal as well. i never knew pumpkin on top of pizza would be delicious, but it was crazy good. if you go, you must get the herbivore! it’s delicious.
i have a few more photos to share from snorkeling at the great barrier reef, and a few more from our time in sydney as well! thank you for indulging me as i share a recap of our trip to australia. it was such a dream, it hardly even feels like it happened sometimes.
ME: my black one piece swimsuit, birkenstock sandals. sunglasses are celine (bought in store and can’t find online.) JOSH: blue beach hoodie from jcrew (old) and swims trunks. ELEANOR: pineapple swimsuit (rash guard top), and mara hoffman rash guard suit (old, unavailable online.) SAMSON: striped t-shirt (sold out, but similar here), swim trunks. CONRAD: rash guard top (old) from polarn o. pyret. all the kiddos sandals are teva’s.