Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia(Sydney being the first).
We looked forward to Melbourne because of the Great Ocean Road. Self-driving travels can be so satisfying! We are chill and relax tourists so we don't usually rush our travel itinerary. Sometimes we will just sleep in late and skip the morning plans. So flexibility is important for us ;)
We were in Melbourne for 6 days. So do expect more photos :)
Photography gears - GoPro 3, Sony NEX F3 with 16-50mm OSS, Nikon D600 with Nikon 17-35mm f2.8 & 50mm f1.8.
Our Hotel stay for the first few days!
Waiting for the city circle tram. It's free and our hotel is just 2 stops to the city centre!
We spent our day 1 easy at Artist Market at Rose Street and city centre by tram.
The market is pretty small. You can probably get it done within 20mins if theres nothing that interest you.
Back to the city centre.
Bourke Street is a popular pedestrian shopping street filled with locals, street buskers and tourists.
There are also a number of shopping arcades(sheltered shopping street) around the area. This is the Royal Arcade.
Street busker that I thought can only find in Europe.
GPO actually stands for General Post Office. It is now converted to a shopping mall.
Graffiti walls in city centre.
St Paul’s Cathedral. Beautiful interior and architecture.
The Flinders Street Station is also a piece of work. It stands out from the commercial buildings on its background. It serves the entire metropolitan rail network.
Dinner at Chinatown. We had steamboat!
We began our self-driving on the second day to Mornington.
First stop at Peninsula Hotspring. Do make a reservation. They only allow a certain number of people at one time.
Come early and you can secure a spot at the Hilltop Pool.
Next stop Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm. We didn't go strawberry picking, we just got some fresh enormous strawberries off the shelf.
A peek at the beach.
The famous colourful bathing house.
Back to the city, The Shrine of Remembrance.
Fresh strawberry from Sunny Ridge for supper.
We started our third day early checking out and went on the Great Ocean Road!
There were many shopping villages that you could use as rest stops or meal stops. We got our coffee doses at Anglesea Shopping Village.
Feel free to stop somewhere which is safe to rest and enjoy the view.
My dream house.. overlooking the ocean.
Our meal stop. Address - 46B Mountjoy Parade, Lorne VIC 3232, Australia.
Enjoying the good weather. We lunched at the park instead of the restaurant.
Campsite that we passed by.
Spot the wild koala bear!
Our visit to the 12 Apostles.
The stunning view of the ocean became a norm on the Great Ocean Road.
Our stay for a day before we continue on our journey.
Dinner at 12 Rocks Cafe & Beach Bar. Food is great with a view of the sunset.
Before we called it a day.
Continuing our trip to The Arches in the morning.
Last site at Loch Ard Gorge before our jouney back to Melbourne City.
Our hotel stay near Chinatown. We planned this thinking we might be craving for asian food!
Right after we drop our baggages.
Retail therapy at Melbourne city centre and the ice cream van that never fail to show up.
Making sure the size is right.
Nice hidden bar under the bridge.
It's good experience riding in the city with the cool weather, but the uphill almost killed us! Anyway we made it back near our hotel ;)
Simply love bruschetta!
A popular narrow alley filled with cafe and bars at Centre Place along Flinders Lane.
This is the entrance to Centre Place alley.
Queen Victoria Market! A must go! It's huge. With a huge variety of stuff. Well liked by locals and tourists!
Ferries Wheel at Harbour Town. Outlet shopping!
Weekend market outside harbour town.
We had BBQ at Sura Harbour Town. Awesome food and it's almost empty when we were there.
Found this when we dropped our car outside our hotel before heading to the city centre. Free parking!
Dinner at city centre before we ended the day.
First stop today to Werribee Zoo! Werribee Zoo is an open range zoo and they will drive you into the field where the animals lived. In that way, the animals are not caged within a small area. Even though you may not see the animals as closed up as you wish, it's good to know they have the freedom to roam around.
High alert when they spotted us from afar.
Next we drove to Fairy Park.
The awesome view at Fairy Park.
We started to feel out of place. Felt like it's more for family with kids ;)
So we didn't stay long :) and we left to the city to return our car and spent all our AUD before our flight the next time!