It’s been two years to the day since I embarked on a trip to Australia for 5 weeks, and what an amazing 5 weeks they were. To mark this small anniversary I’m going to attempt to give you all trip information, in a few parts and in as much detail I can remember!
One of my besties lives in Perth and there was absolutely no way I was going to that side of the world without setting eyes on her. Thankfully she met me in Melbourne which is where it all began…
We’d booked in at The Ritz in St Kilda – now, don’t go thinking thats fancy, it was a backpackers hostel! However as it was kind of a mini-break / weekender for both of us we booked a private room with twin beds. Once we’d dumped our bags we descended on the Beachcomber Cafe for food before hitting the beach for my first dose of real sunshine in months.
That night we checked out 29th Apartment in St Kilda for some grub before my jet lag set in and I just knew I had to get forty winks.
On day two I was a lot more refreshed and with it so it was time to explore the city, and what better way than on bikes supplied by Melbourne Bike Share; think London’s Boris Bikes but with helmets also supplied!
We cycled into the city and once we’d docked our bikes the first thing we came across was the Southgate Love Lock Bridge – sadly all the locks are now removed (for safety reasons apparently) so I’m super happy we saw it in all its glory.
We continued deeper on into the city to explore, grabbed a spot of lunch, rode a tram or two then found a big open space to revel in the views, followed by a visit to the Shrine of Remembrance. That evening it was time to eat some of the calories we’d burned off cycling and walking around, so we headed out to Little Bourke Street for dinner, which is Melbourne’s Chinatown. For after dinner drinks we sought out some bars round Federation Square.
Day three comprised of more exploring around the city, hitting the shops and a pre-birthday treat, in the form of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate at Chokolait – yum!
To try and walk off some of the chocolate we headed back to St Kilda to spot a Penguin or two down at the harbour, sadly with no success. We also popped our heads into Luna Park and found a street market where I bought, what I call, my Australia ring 🙂
In the evening, once we’d recovered from our chocolate comas, it was time for our final meal, this time we chose Italian cuisine at a lovely little place in Carlton, in an area they call Little Italy.
The following day when it came time to say goodbye to the bestie I was sad she couldn’t continue on the trip with me but knowing she’d be back in the UK that Christmas meant I didn’t have long to wait until we’d be reunited once again!
Melbourne ended up being my favourite city in Australia…it reminded me of London, but friendlier, warmer and having a beach so close by in St Kilda, what else would you want? I would most definitely return to Melbourne in a flash.
Find the second instalment of the Australia Trilogy here…all about what I did in Cairns, and down to Magnetic Island!