We hurried off to Newcastle after work on Friday to make the most of the Canberra Day long weekend. The boys were very excited about visiting The Australian Shark and Ray Centre which was a fantastic experience despite the exorbitant entry fee of $45 each.
Jack and Sam were very brave about venturing into the water on their own. William decided to take caution and feed the sharks and rays from the edge.
While the boys were kept busy with a babysitter back at the hotel we ventured out to Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley for The Eagles Concert. We had the most fantastic weather for the outdoor concert and Juliette treated us all to the Hope Estate luxury hampers for dinner.
The Eagles under the stars were just amazing. Their music has certainly stood the test of time and they were definitely the coolest 60 year old men around. It was a shame the evening was tainted by a drunken guy who sat next to Stu and was eventually dragged off (because he couldn't stand) by the police. The seats were already a bit too close for comfort but as soon as he was gone we had plenty of room.
We ventured out to the Brokenwood winery and enjoyed a tour the next day. The boys were not the slightest bit interested but kept each other amused throughout the tour.
We explored the Majors Lane Smokehouse Cafe for lunch and were amazed with their beautiful platters of smoked meats.
The wine country views were all stunning.
The pool at the Crowne Plaza was perfect and the boys enjoyed their sunset swim. William asked if they could stay until midnight.
The juice machine was the highlight of the buffet breakfast and then we were back in the pool of course.
After a long week and huge weekend it was just lovely to sit by the pool for half of the day while the hotel staff bought out water and lunch. What a treat! Even Stu was relaxed.