AFTER six lockdowns and homeschooling in Melbourne throughout the past two years, the Baillie family are keeping to tradition with their annual summer holiday to Warrnambool.
The Baillie's are one of a number of local and expat Warrnambool families who have enjoyed camping in their hometown.
Atti, 11 and Edison, 9, and their parents moved to Melbourne from Warrnambool 11 years ago, but continue to be drawn back to the beachside town each summer. The trip is extra special for Edison who gets to spend his birthday on holiday.
"All our family and friends come together for a big barbecue," Edison said.
The family are staying at Surfside Holiday Park in Warrnambool for three weeks.
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They are the fourth generation in the Baillie family to camp in Warrnambool annually.
The tradition was started by their great-grandfather in 1955, who ran a business at the time. Holidaying at home allowed him to continue working throughout the holidays.
"All our family live in Warrnambool so it's a great place to meet with family and friends from Melbourne and Camperdown and even those from Warrnambool," Atti said.
"This campsite is the perfect place to hang out with people of different ages, go on big adventures and go to the beach."
The siblings said they were excited to spend New Year's Eve with other families at the campsite and enjoyed eating the churros cooked by the families with Chilean backgrounds also staying at the campsite. The Baillie's will also visit the Warrnambool Family Carnival, on the Lake Pertobe foreshore.
The family were also lucky to squeeze in a visit to Warrnambool last year between lockdowns, but were only able to spend a week in the town, spending the remaining weeks of the trip in Narrawong.
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