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This has been our first Queen’s birthday in Australia and it’s been hard to choose something to do as a family as there are lots of events going on, in and around Melbourne. We decided to give a go to the Mornington Winter Jazz Festival, it sounded nice and it turned out to be pretty good.


live performance

We drove to Mornington, not too far from the city, the landscape is beautiful and the town is pretty. We enjoyed a stroll through the different kind of stalls in the Main Street Market, selling different sort of homemade food, clothes, crafts in the town centre. The kids played in a small playground  IMG_8444-001where there was a live performance, they also had their faces painted. Music was in the air and there was also a group of musicians playing in the foyer of a bank!

We also found an interesting piece of history while we were having our peaceful picnic under a tree.


This historic bollard was presented by the city of Westminster, London, England to the shire of Mornington to mark its centenary on 31 may 1993. The bollard originally stood at the head of the steps to the river Thame opposite the millbank prison from where until 1867 prisoners sentenced to transportation embarked on their journey to Australia

We also planned to stop at the local beach but unfortunately it started raining so we’ll definitely go back another time.