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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD May 17th 2018

Surprisingly chilled out place. Coffee culture and good food. Diverse.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD May 6th 2018

Back on the train for our return trip to Melbourne, headed for our second house sit. This one would be a short term stay, looking after some animals while their humans went to a weekend birthday celebration. The train ride was more crowded than the one going up to Wandiligong, people who seemed to be commuters coming into the city for business. The train rides have all been comfortable. They even have a little food kiosk where you can buy meals and drinks for your trip. We caught another train at Southern Cross Station that would take us to our final destination at Taylors Lakes. We had met up with the homeowners the previous week while we were watching the sheep at Hoppers Crossing to discuss feeding routines and general house rules while we were at ... read more
Chocolate Heart Attack
Flinders Street Station
Chinatown

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD March 8th 2018

Melbourne is the second most popular city in Australia and Oceania and it is easy to see why. With the CBD (Central Business District) in the centre and the city spanning out it all directions Melbourne really does have everything. Before Europeans arrived in the area it had been occupied by three Aboriginal tribes: Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung and Wathaurong. The area was an important meeting place for them as it was a source of food and water. The first European settlement was established by Colonel David Collins in October 1803 near Sorrento but the ground wasn’t suitable for farming so the settlement moved to Tasmania in February 1804. It was another 30 years before another settlement attempted to stay in that area. In May and June of 1835 John Batman claimed to have purchased 600,000 acres from ... read more
St Patrick's
Dolphin Fountain
The city

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD January 17th 2018

After another sleepless flight, we finally arrived in Melbourne on Friday morning. However, our backpacks missed the transfer and were still in Singapore. On the bright side, we didn't have to carry our backpacks to the hostel. Thanks to some nice people, we could go to the ACMI (TV/movie museum) with a clean, borrowed shirt, smelling like borrowed shampoo. Our backpacks were delivered at the hostel on Saturday late in the evening. It was an experience that gave a whole new meaning to backpacking for us and definitely made me value my belongings more. Melbourne is lovely. There's skyscrapers everywhere but it has beautiful churches too. It's actually this contrast that makes it so pretty. The night after we got our luggage back, we immediately used that opportunity to dress up fancy (alright I'll admit, fancy-ish ... read more
Flinders station
Lui bar (skybar)
View from our spot at the skybar

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD July 2nd 2017

One of my Mothers' day presents this year was High Tea at Melbourne's awesomely historic Windsor Hotel. Since 1883, the Windsor has served over two million afternoon teas. The hotel is located in Spring Street, across the road from Victoria's Parliament House and the Old Treasury Building. (Side note: if you ever get the opportunity, pop in to the Old Treasury Building. The displays tell the story about Melbourne's journey from the first white settlement, in 1836 through Victoria's gold rush of the 1850s and on to becoming reportedly the richest city in the world in the late 1800s. They best things about the Old Treasury Building? Firstly, it is totally free to visit, and secondly, being able to walk on floor made up of gold ingots (under perspex) with a ticker tape style display announcing ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD April 11th 2017

Early AM and again at the airport for a flight to Melbourne. The hotel room is a rooftop apartment, which sounds luxurious, but is very old and near the noisy train station. However, this space allows for complete privacy and it is clean and safe. After 45 days of continuous exploring and 28 different hotels, we are a little tired and in need of a rest, and time to recharge our batteries. The inter city train system here is state of the art. The trains run on time, are clean and in pristine condition and there are lots of them. The Auzzies are extremely proud the rail cars are built here in Victoria by a company called Bombardier! Can you believe that? The downtown trams are free to all, and will take you to the Queen ... read more
Hard not too!
Lots of small streets and alleys - coffee & beer everywhere!
Spanish Paella! Had to give it a go!

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD April 10th 2017

Last weekend, my daughter and I spent a wonderful 24 hours in Melbourne. It was all planned around Saturday afternoon’s Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Pixar concert at The Arts Centre’s Hamer Hall. The music served as a narrative to the abridged versions of Pixar’s many animations which were projected behind the MSO. Until we went in to The Arts Centre, Melbourne was experiencing an Autumn day right out of the box, fine, sunny and 27 degrees. When we left, 2 hours later, Melbourne had showed it’s meteorological split personality, torrential rain with a bit of flooding and about 14 degrees. We went back to our hotel to tidy ourselves up before a bit of a wander about the CBD. The Rendezvous Hotel in Flinders Street has a great location, beautiful historic foyer and really nice, modern ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD December 30th 2016

We didn't stray too far from our hotel today, but that was always the plan for our first full day in Melbourne. If Albert had his way, this would be every day, but I've insisted in coming days we go a little further and do some day tours, which I am looking forward to. Most of today was spent next door at The Strand - the giant shopping centre in the centre of Melbourne. We left around 9:30, but due to the holiday period, most shops weren't open until 10. The big stores like Myer were open, and shops on the street, so we wandered there for a while. On the other side of our hotel is a 24/7 post office, which is the most convenient thing for me ever. I have been a member of ... read more
Our Kit Kat creation
Our personalised Kit Kat box
Myer Christmas window display

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD December 29th 2016

We left Canberra at approximately 8am for the long journey south to Melbourne. Although it's only about a six and a half hour journey, rest stops and torrential rain hindered what started as a pleasant trip. Of course, we knew we'd have to stop a few times along the way, but we didn't anticipate so much rain that we could barely see the car in front of us. I must say, I am very thankful for not driving on this trip. Albert was the lucky one who had to brave it. If it works, I'll post the video I took as we entered Melbourne. Streets had patches of flooding and I was on look out for giant puddles. In the end, we made it safely to our hotel. We are staying at Somerset on Elizabeth, which ... read more
First ball of Renegades vs. Scorchers
On our way to Melbourne

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD November 18th 2015

After working horrendous hours earlier in the year, Steve's boss insisted he take a couple of lieu days owing and ASAP, so we grabbed a cheap fare over the Tasman (first time on Qantas since the 2008 incident) to have a long weekend in Melbourne. As a couple, we haven't been to Melbourne before and as neither of us could remember much of it from our previous individual trips so long ago, it was like visiting for the first time. The Qantas flight was great - actually very impressive with a full meal and movies to watch for the same price as Air New Zealand (wtf?). We grabbed the last airport bus into the CBD and then a taxi to our hotel - The Mercure Melbourne on Therry Street. It was located right across from the ... read more
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