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.