I regret not spending more time in Melbourne. We only had 2 1/2 days there. It was a packed agenda that left us with little time to explore the city. We heard the food was amazing, but didn’t have enough time to dine at a nice restaurant. We had such a great time in Sydney that I had low expectations for Melbourne. And to be honest, I was a little disappointed. The city has a more industrial feel. There were highrises being built left and right. On the plus side though, the city is easy to get around using public transportation. They also have a free bus system that will take you around the city center. Their harbor wasn’t as great as Sydney, but still nice to stroll around.
One of the reasons I wanted to come to Melbourne was to see the brightly colored beachside bathing boxes. It was an easy 30 minute train ride to Brighton Beach. However, it was a little difficult to find the spot when we got off the train. There weren’t any signs leading to the beach, but we spotted another couple who looked like they were trying to get to the same place as us and we decided to follow them. After stalking this couple for about 15 minutes, we finally got to the beach. I admit, it was a little underwhelming, but I was glad we found it. Some boxes were more elaborate than others, but each had it’s own character.
We didn’t plan on going to the Australian Open, but when in Rome, right? We were able to buy a grounds pass for the evening. This was my first time watching a live tennis match. The grounds were amazing. It was way bigger than I had pictured and felt like a mini Disneyland for adults. We were able to watch the Isner vs. Ferrer match. Unfortunately, the American didn’t win, but it was still fun to watch.
Great Ocean Road:
Now this was the number one reason I wanted to come to Melbourne. I signed us up for the Sunset Tour of the Great Ocean Road. It took about 2 hours to get here to the start of the Great Ocean Road, but it was totally worth it. The Great Ocean Road is about 150 miles start to finish. I’m not entirely sure how much of it we were able to cover. The drive reminded me of driving along the coast of California. As we made stops along the tour, the views kept getting better and better. The real gem was the view of the 12 Apostles. They were giant rock formations in the ocean formed by erosion. The photos do not do it justice. We had a hazy evening, so we didn’t get to see the sun set, but it was still a sight to see.
I recently returned from an amazing two week trip to Australia. It was a very last minute, unexpected trip, but I enjoyed every second of it. Australia wasn’t on the top of my must go places, mainly because of how long the flight is. But the opportunity arose and I couldn’t say no. I was going to blog while I was there, but I was enjoying my time away way too much!
We traded New York’s first snow storm of the year for 90 degree weather and sunburns. If you’re there during the summer, don’t underestimate the sun. Australia doesn’t have much of an ozone layer, so you burn…FAST. By day three, my forehead was already peeling -_-
I absolutely loved Sydney. I was convinced that original hipsters are from Australia. Walking around Sydney felt like walking the streets of Williamsburg. Let me just say, Australians know how to make coffee. Don’t even think about looking for a Dunkin’ Donuts while you’re there. I don’t think I ever saw a regular American coffee maker.There’s no such thing as getting a “regular coffee”. Everything was made using an espresso machine. I was so impressed I wanted to buy one and have it shipped back home. I quickly discovered that the skinny flat white was my go to drink. Fun fact- Toby Estate’s originated in Australia.
The food in Australia did not disappoint. They pretty much had every cuisine that you could ever ask for. Asian Fusion seemed to be very popular since Australia is so close to Southeast Asia. They also mastered the art of brunch. They’re avocado toast game was on point. The food was so good that I’ll have to write a separate post about our favorite restaurants.
Beaches. Another win for Australia. We walked miles to beach hop along the coast, but it was worth it. The water was a little cold, but I couldn’t resist taking a dip in clear, blue water. Take a look at that beauty…
Sydney’s harbors were also fun to explore. They had a bunch of places to enjoy the sights and grab a drink and snack.
Australia is also known for their wildlife. We visited the Taronga Zoo and the Featherdale Wildlife Park. Both were great! Taronga is great for views of both animals and the city. But, the Featherdale Wildlife Park was equally as fun because you got to interact more with the animals. We got to pet koalas and kangaroos. We weren’t able to take a trip up to the Great Barrier Reef, so the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium had to make do. I have so much more to say about Australia, but this will have to do for now. Stay tuned!
This probably won’t be of any interest to anyone, but I need to publicly write my 2016 To Do List or these things will never get done.
- Sign of up for swimming lessons
- Take a few sewing classes
- Complete necessary workshops and apply for a provisional school social work license
- Get a physical and dental exam
- Read more
- Declutter and get ready to move out in a few months
- And of course, keep blogging
For some reason this list seemed a lot longer in my head.