We fell in love with this place, can’t recommend it enough.
Getting from the airport is really easy; just one bus called the skybus which is $38 return and takes you to southern cross station which a has links to everywhere. That night we went to stay with our friend Emma in docklands, we were so excited as we hadn’t seen her since the summer when she left the UK. This was in the free tram area from southern cross so easy journey, although the tram took a while to arrive.
Here we will mention some of the things we did in Melbourne :). There’s so much to do I’m sure you will find way more than what’s in our list but have a look!
Firstly, getting around; We would advise walking or using the public bikes (work the same as the boris bikes). These are the cheapest, easiest and most fun ways to get around. If you are unable to walk/bike, get Ubers, they’re really not too expensive. For eg it cost us $10 from docklands to Fitzroy. The free tram in the CBD is really good but other than that we found the trams a bit of a pain, they’re pretty slow and not too reliable. Also the myki cards are $6 and non-refundable.
On our first day we rented the bikes from docklands and cycled to St kilda beach. Such a fun cycle 🙂 it took us about 45mins. We then spent the day on the beach at a bar and had pimms and a pizza…pricey but tasted good! It was $30 for a jug and $20 for the pizza. There were loads of kite surfers but no-one swimming. We found out later that you can’t swim after there’s been a lot of rainfall (which there had been) so the water was dirty.
That night we went to Fitzroy where we were staying with Nick and George in their flat for the week. Thank you so much for having us:). We had the best week and it was so great to see you both, we loved our family dinners!
NYE! This is pretty exciting for us spending New Years on the other side of the world, seeing 2017 12 hours before all our family and friends back home. We had such a good night; going to Ems flat with her good friend Naomi and having drinks and the best cheese/ meze spread! We then got a taxi to South Yarra river and watched the fireworks from there, great fireworks Melbourne but no countdown or music! After the 10min display we went to the casino for some more drinks.
On New Year’s Day, feeling slightly ropey, we headed out on our Great Oceam Road trip: see the separate post for info.
As most people probably know if you’ve heard anything about Melbourne, it’s well know for its bars, cafes and restaurants. During these couple of days we sampled just a few. Below is a pic of a coffee and croissant we had in Milk Jamm on Smith st. The coffee was great but the croissant (Nutella) was sour…watch out!
Other places we went were Shoubu, well just me and George because Danielle was sick so had to stay home :(. This was a lovely little Japanese place also on Smith St. And George very kindly treated me to some great udon noodles! Thank you 🙂
One afternoon we met up with Lou who showed us Naked for Satan which is a really fun rooftop bar with great views of the city. Extremely popular hence the crazy prices, but it’s worth one drink. We shared a cocktail jug which was $48,,better than the $56 for the house bottle of white!
After this we went to Marquis of Lorne which is a locals pub (also has a rooftop) and not too bad on the prices. I offers half price ‘tinnies’ from 1800-2000 everyday and On Tuesday’s they do a $16 steak and chips but apparently gets really busy so get there early. I’m sure there are more promotions we don’t know about so check it out.
We met up with Fi at the pub and then went for a wander around, being shown nice little bars and restaurants. One with a whispering gallery on Brunswick Street, and a crazy ice cream parlour where they make the ice cream to order (strange combinations so we opted out). We went for dinner at a nice Vietnamese place ‘Pho La Que Basil leaf’. The portions were huge! After dinner had pudding (ice cream) in the Italian area, Lygon Street, a short walk away from Fitzroy…it’s a nice area to walk around, full of Italian stuff if you can imagine that in an Italian area!
Next day we met up with Lou near where she lives in… about an hour walk from Fitzroy. It was good to go up this way as there’s a bit of a hill to climb you can get a really great view of the city. We went to a pub for lunch, not the one Lou wanted to take us to but that was closed. Note*if you’re ever in Melbourne for Christmas/New years time, loads of stuff takes a long hol and closes so look into it if you’re excited about a specific place.
After dropping Lou off at work we went to go meet up with Ems. Every Wednesday during the summer there’s a night market at Queen Victoria so we decided to go there. We mainly ate and drank, there were loads of yummy food stools and sangria bars. The market is pretty cool and as well as tonnes of food/ drink to chose from there’s also clothes/ stuff and live music. Really nice atmosphere:) (super busy).
Wombat state forest road trip! Check out the other post where we’ve written more.
Sad times as this meant saying goodbye to everyone. We had such a good time here and cant wait to come back again :).
Before we left we had one last Melbourne special; George took us to a great little cafe where we all had an ice cream coffee from a trailer. Defs recommend this place, very cute.
We want to say thanks so much to Nick and George for having us, Lou, Fi and Ems for showing us around town and Anne and Tony for showing us the forest. It was the best week! Xxx
Now onto Sydney…