Sadly we had to leave the sunny and hot East Coast to head over to Melbourne… Yes that’s right, we didn’t go to Byron Bay (and for those who don’t know what Byron bay is – its a beach location in New South Wales which most people love for the chilled vibe and partying) but the Blues festival goers had bagged all the accommodation months in advance! Booo..
Anyways, back to Melbourne, our first day was a Sunday on Easter weekend which meant loads of shops were shut. Thank God! … But, we were right by Queen Victoria market which is kind of famous in that neck of the woods so we kicked off the day with Rishi’s favourite activity, visiting markets. He did keep me quiet though as we wandered each part of the market, aisle by aisle by stuffing us with some $1 donuts that were piping hot. Yuuummy! Can’t really complain if you’re munching on those.
Having been suitably sugared up, we very naughtily rode the trams into the city center without paying!!! Sounds really bad BUT to our defence, the stupid machines only take coins, so it wasn’t really our fault!
Starting to enjoy getting stuff for free, we took advantage of the free information service in Melbourne (which is reaaally good), to work out how best to capture the sights of this city everyone raves on about! The answer is walk around it, venture to the left, or the right, go down the river or up.. Just explore. And we did. It really is a lovely city with fabulous buildings, funky alley ways and an awesome skyline view at night. We can see why people like the vibe there.
We did really want to check out the bars in Melbourne but that evening we had booked to see Will Anderson as it was the Melbourne comedy festival.. He is really funny, gruesome at times but hey isn’t that what you want from a comedian? .. Boosted by this, we had a slap up meal at… Wagamamas!! Whooo and booked another show with a dude called Reginald who is supposed to be pretty ‘blue’. Totally excited for this hard hitting comedy but were sadly let down. He was sooo crap, never really made a full on joke, seemed like he was just making it up (poorly) as he went along yet the aussie element of the audience were in hysterics! Go figure?!
We hired a car the next day to see this famous Great Ocean Road.. Initially we were actually kind of disappointed, it sooo did not compare to Route 1 on West coast of US. Then we saw the big sights, the 12 Apostles (major tourist numbers), Loch and Gorge, London Bridge and one of our favourites the Bay of Martyrs.
It’s such a spectacular scene to see the masses of rock which were once all part of the mainland be out there in the sea in different shapes and sizes all because of the power of the water. It was nice driving round in a car too, like having our own space and freedom again.. Hmm, although I guess travelling round for 4 months is pretty free too?! Lol
The last day we went to St Kilda, the local beach to see what the fuss was all about. We found a spot at the end of their pier looking out onto the water and boats while basking in the sunshine and reading our books. But the day was not to be so. None of that reading was to happen because it was like going to a mini wildlife show. After watching people feed the ducks, while seagulls tried to steal their food! I know, how mean?! We noticed a couple of penguins hiding away in the rocks behind where we sat! Sooo close and yet so hidden. I was really excited and we took a gazillion photos of different parts of the penguins that could be seen when they peaked out of the rocks.
It totally made my day and I finally got myself to sit back down next to Rish and read… But nooo, it was not to be so. Dolphins swam up super close to the shore and were doing mini in out and jumps in the water. One of the old men who obviously had been sitting out in the sun too long swam in to ‘play’ with the dolphins.. I think he scared them away instead.. But who cares? We saw dolphins, right up close!! Whoo again…
Rish, the big animal lover was overjoyed with our adventure but I became slightly obsessed and wandered back and forth looking for mooore!!! Ooh, actually we saw lots of starfish too but that didn’t quench the thirst to see big hard to find animals!
Unfortunately we were flying to Sydney that evening so had to leave St Kilda’s but did manage to have a lovely lunch in the town centre. It’s such a buzzing place. It has loads of alfresco restaurants and tom, jane and even their cat were out (..translation: There were loadsa people)! Could totally imagine going there on weekends to chill and hang out…
Let’s hope Sydney can top this!
St Kilda’s rocked!