Showing posts with label Australia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Australia. Show all posts

November 19, 2013

Vacation Recap: Melbourne Days 4 ~ 6

If you missed my recap on Days 1 - 3 you can see it here.

Apologies for the text heavy post... we didn't take many photos over these few days as we were mainly inside at airports or shopping.

Day 4

Monday we set aside purely for shopping and shopping is definitely what we did. We went everywhere! Starting at Harbour Town which is a must do for outlet shopping, before continuing on to Target Centre, Myer Centre, Melbourne Central and Big W. There was a lot of shopping done so much so we had to make a stop off at the hotel in the middle to drop our purchases to make room for more.

After all this shopping we were pretty knackered so decided room service for dinner and the television was a great way to spend our evening.

Day 5

Our last full day in Melbourne, we chose to have a relaxing day. We lazed in our room until well after 10am, before heading off to do a spot more shopping grabbing some last minute items we were wanting. We also used this time to check out another outlet mall we found (Spencer Outlet Centrewhich just happened to be above Southern Cross Station. We also used this oppourtunity to book our hotel pick up for the following morning to catch the Sky Bus back to Tullamarine to head home.
In the evening we decided to brave the pouring rain and head back out into the city to have a walk around parts we hadn't ventured before and also to check out Flinders Station.
For dinner we headed to an English pub we had found at Melbourne Central, it was cheap, delicious and the meal sizes were enormous.

Apple Cider & Chicken Schnitzel

Day 6

Started at 6am with our alarms going off so that we would be awake and downstairs in time for our 6:30am pick up from our hotel to Southern Cross Station. We caught the Sky Bus to Tullamarine where we were so early our flight hadn't opened for check in. We decided to use this time to go find coffee, earl grey tea and a lemon & poppy seed muffin to share.

Once we checked in we headed straight to customs and the border to access 'air side' where we had a spot to eat for breakfast, grabbed a drink and snack for the plane and had a long browse of the duty free shopping. Other than a couple of family card games based off family board games (Game of Life and Cluedo) we didn't buy anything.

Then we waited and waited and waited... while our flight got gate changed and gate changed and then delayed by an hour before taking off and heading home to Kiwi Land (New Zealand).

November 18, 2013

Vacation Recap: Melbourne Days 1 ~ 3

Day 1

This day was spent travelling to Melbourne, so a lot of time spent in an airplane and airports. 

Once we arrived in Melbourne we navigated our first lot of public transport. We used Melbourne's Sky Bus service to travel from Tullamarine (Melbourne International Airport) to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne CBD. As part of the Sky Bus service, included is a free hotel shuttle which takes you to and from Southern Cross Station and your chosen hotel (or a pick up point nearby). We were fortunate enough to be dropped right at our hotel door. We chose to stay at Grand Chancellor Melbourne, through a deal found on Last Minute an online travel agent.

Once we arrived at our hotel, we checked in, although it was too early for us to go to our room as it wasn't ready. We left our bags in their luggage closet and set out on foot to explore the city, find a supermarket to stock up on things like Soy Milk, snacks, pop (soda) and Earl Grey Tea. It was also a chance for us to start finding our way around the city and indulge in our first spot of shopping.

Once evening came we headed off to Draculas Dinner Theatre for a glimpse into the dark, saucy underworld of a vaudevillian spectacular called Bloodbath. This show was amazing! And definitely not for the faint hearted. It was full of risky burlesque dancing, shock-rock and vampire variety. Draculas as an attraction is definitely a must do!

Day 2
Saturday we woke to gorgeous sunshine and an eagerness to get out and explore the city some more. We managed to do a lot and a lot and a lot of walking (I don't think I've ever walked more than on this vacation). In between all the walking we took in some of the sights Melbourne has to offer.

First up was a trip on the City Circle tram, this is Melbourne's free tram which operates on a clockwise/anti-clockwise loop around the central city distract. Our first stop on the tram was Federation Square where we picked up our MyKi Visitors Pack and a Melbourne magnet. MyKi is the travel smart card that is required when travelling on any public transport in Melbourne. The hubby and I also have this little tradition where we always get a Magnet whenever we visit a new city or attraction together; we also like to collect squashed pennies where ever we go. I also scored a free cosmopolitan magazine from promo girls outside Flinders Station. 

Next we walked across the river and made our way to Eureka Sky Deck. Located on the banks of the Yarra River, Eureka offers 360° floor-to-ceiling views of the Melbourne CBD 300 meters above ground. It is the highest viewing platform in the Southern HemispherWe enjoyed the view and a cup of earl gray tea while up there. 

Various views from Eureka Sky Deck

From Eureka we walked along the Yarra River towards the Crown Entertainment Complex. Here we indulged in silver service Yum Cha (as well as Mocktails) at Lucky Chan, a quick flutter at the 1c slots and  indulging our inner child at the huge arcade located in the complex. I managed to strike it lucky on a space invader game and win 1000 tickets.

From here we walked along the Yarra River towards Melbourne DFO located at South Wharf so that I could buy myself a Guess handbag. This was a particular stop on our trip that was planned for after I happened across the outlet store with an awesome sale section on my first trip to Melbourne in July.
Things we spotted on our walk along the Yarra River
After tiring ourselves out with walking and shopping, we headed back to our hotel to drop our purchases and freshen up before heading out to dinner at the restaurant in the hotel lobby where we indulged in Steak, Hot Chips and steamed green beans drizzled in lemon olive oil.

Day 3
Sunday brought with it fabulous sunshine and the hubby and I's 1 year wedding anniversary. To mark this auspicious occasion we decided a tram ride to St Kilda for brunch was definitely in order.
Us on the City Circle Tram
We brunched at a cafe called Rococo in St Kilda's main street before checking out Luna Park. We enjoyed the fact that Luna Park is free to enter and look around but we were a little taken aback with how expensive the rides are for the few that they have. We did however decide that it wasn't a trip to St Kilda or Luna Park without having a go on the Scenic Railway; a 100 year old roller coaster ride that encompasses the perimeter of Luna Park and gives you views out over St Kilda beach and the park itself. It looks tame, but let me tell you it goes a lot faster then you think.
While at Luna Park we also picked up a St Kilda/Luna Park magnet and of course a squashed penny.

From here we headed back into the CBD on the tram before taking a ride on the wild side.... of the law.... and being locked in jail! As part of a tour of the Old Melbourne Gaol and Police Watch House. This place is full of history dating right back to the times of bush ranger Ned Kelly. The Melbourne Gaol was only decommissioned (is that the right word?!) from use in 1994, it's hard to believe that that wasn't so long ago. It is very interested to read and hear about what life was like for convicts and those accused of crimes in the 1800s & 1900s. 

Us in a cell in the Old Melbourne Gaol

Stay tuned for my recap of Melbourne Days 4 - 6 which should be posted soon. 

November 13, 2013

So Long Melbourne

It's been a great 5 days in Melbourne, Australia but it's time to say goodbye and head back home to good ol' New Zealand.

It's been a blast, we've had loads of fun, had many laughs and taken way to many pictures. 

Overall it has been awesome! I look forward to visiting again.

Make sure you keep an eye out for my recap post/s of my trip :) 

I hope you are all enjoying my travel series, there are a few more posts to come in that series before we start recapping my trip to Melbourne and also my upcoming trip to Wellington. 

November 8, 2013

Bring on Melbourne!!

Currently the hubby and I are somewhere over the Tasman Sea on our way to Melbourne, Australia.

We are heading to Melbourne for 5 days of sun, relaxation, shopping and general merriment that comes with being on vacation. 

This is a little trip to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary. 

Make sure you check out my Travel Series!

November 7, 2013

Travel Series: Things To Do In Melbourne

  1. Melbourne Aquarium - Home to over 10,000 aquatic animals including one of the world's largest saltwater Crocodiles. Melbourne aquarium covers 4 levels. 
  2. Eureka Skydeck - Located on the banks of the Yarra river, Eureka offers 360° floor-to-ceiling views of the Melbourne CBD 300 meters above ground. It is the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  3. Old Melbourne Gaol - Melbourne's oldest prison, historic Magistrate's Court and former Police City Watch House have been around since the 1840's. Famous Australian bushranger (runaway convict) Ned Kelly was hanged here in November 1880. 
  4. Dracula's Melbourne - Australia's longest running cabaret restaurant. They specialise in Vaux De Ville/Burlesque.
  5. Harbour Town Melbourne - Factory Outlet Shopping
  6. Luna Park - Seaside amusement park situated in St Kilda. 
  7. St Kilda - A suburb in Melbourne. This is also where you will find Luna Park. St Kilda is famous for their beach and cake shops. 
  8. Queen Victoria Markets - Historic markets that have been around for over a century. You can shop for everything here from Australia fruit and vegetables, and local and imported gourmet foods, to cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs. 

Have you traveled to Melbourne before? What things or places would recommend people do or see while they are there? Comment below.

August 6, 2013


Way back at the beginning of July (I know I'm slack with this whole posting thing) sister and I went to Melbourne, Australia for a few days.

The trip was kind of a business trip (for her) and a shopping trip for me.

Here are a few photos from our time there :D


Wrapped against the cold, enjoying 
San Churro @ Harbourtown Shopping Centre

Tram in Melbourne 

San Churro!

We did a-lot of shopping

Cake shop in St Kilda - every 
second shop was a cake/pastry shop

T2 Tea Shop - my new favourite place

Yum Cha silver service style!

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