Having been to Sydney earlier this year, I didn’t expect Melbourne to be mind-blowing or anything.
I was so wrong.
Some background: We actually planned to travel to Taiwan, but because we had scheduling problems (I was working and she would leave for Sydney first), we decided that we would go to Melbourne and take a road trip down the Great Ocean Road! That was sort of just decided within a week, and I was really quite excited about it in the lead up.
Now, Let’s go to Melbourne!
Melbourne was quite a ride away, so while I was in the air, I took a short nap. However, as the sun rose, I couldn’t help but disobey the seatbelt sign and snuck over to a window to catch a quick shot of being above the clouds!
The flight landed 15 minutes earlier, but customs was pretty strict so I was stuck in line. Australian airports have this new system which tries to recognise your face by comparing it to the passport. But because I have a beard now, the machine rejected me and I had to wait in line like every other person.
Okay so first things first: If you’re in Australia, you should totally go get an Optus SIM. It’s perfect for all you Instagram and Facebook users who love to share your vacation snaps as you go. It’s awesome because it…
- Costs $2 a day (GASP!)
- Gives you 500mb of data everyday (!!)
- Has unlimited text and calls in Australia
I picked mine up at Melbourne Airport, and had very steady 4G/3G across most of my trip.
Now that was settled, we made our way by SkyBus into Melbourne City ($18 per person).
We were dropped off at Southern Cross Station and decided to wing our way to our hotel. Now, if YOU’VE just arrived via SkyBus at Southern Cross Station, look for the SkyBus Hotel Transfer Counter. That will take you to to any hotel in the city, free of charge.
Our first stop was this highly recommended Space Hotel! It’s really near the CBD, and surrounded by food. Just look at the view it has from the rooftop!
Since we landed on a Sunday, we wanted to walk through the city and hit a few Sunday markets. Along the way, we got lost in some of Melbourne City’s mesmerizing architecture.
If you’re in Melbourne city on Sunday and have an hour to spare, go to Fitzroy and take a walk through Brunswick Street until you hit Rose Street. That’s where you’ll find the famed Rose Street Artist Market.
You’ll find art, hand made jewellery and all sorts of creative work there.
Rose Street Market
60 Rose St
60 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
Open Saturday and Sunday – 11.00AM to 5.00PM
Of course, we got hungry from all that walking! The great thing about Melbourne is that there’s always a great cafe just down the street. This was also true on Rose Street, because we chanced upon a very cool place called Grace Cafe. It’s this small cafe, just along Rose Street. You’ll know it’s Grace Cafe when you see a row of chairs outside with people sitting there facing the street. So awesome.
We definitely left satisfied. If you’re in the area, pop by for fantastic single-origin coffee and a great lunch.
76 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
Open Monday to Sunday – 7.00am to 4.00pm (Sat and Sun 8.00pm to 4.00pm)
Surprise! It’s a Festival!
Okay, I didn’t even know what festival we stumbled into. I think it was a Latin American celebration. The place was swamped with people and smelt of barbecue. We saw paella and pork, and heard the sounds of Latin Guitars. I was overwhelmed, to say the least.
No post-edit effects here. The smokiness was from the barbecues being fired up all along this street.
What a Day…
Before we knew it, the sun had set. We had to get up super early the next day to get a head start on everyone else. After all, The Great Ocean Road beckoned and we weren’t about to miss its call! Until then, here’s a sneak peek of the next post to whet your appetite…