Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Dec 4, 2004 - Melbourne
Kevin: Uneventful trip back along the inland highway to Melbourne. We turned the car in without incident and for lunch headed to the Hopetoun Tea Room, and old-style teahouse in the historic Block Arcade. For dinner we headed to Chinatown, where we had a very good meal in a restaurant down an alley called the Supper Inn, mentioned by famous chef/author Anthony Bourdain in an article that Liz brought over with her. After dinner it was down to Federation Square to take in the funky architecture and walk along the river before heading back to...Jump to full entry
Dec 3, 2004 - Melbourne
TS: Decided to do the Great Ocean Rd again because the weather was not so good before. Had a great day, nice sunny weather for better photos. Coffees in Apollo Bay again waiting for the road to open up because there was a big 'Ocean Road Bike Race'. Drove to Kennett River and saw lots of Koalas. One baby was very close. Long drive to Mac and Kirstens in Cheltenham, SE Melbourne. Spent really nice few days in Melbourne. Stayed with Mac and Kirsten, Kiwis we met on a African holiday and lived in London, but moved to Oz last year. Weather...Jump to full entry
Nov 30, 2004 - Adieu Melbourne
Very little done yesterday, mostly filled with the backpacker equivalent of domesticity - laundry, bringing journal up-to-date, sorting out maps for next leg of the trip. Feeling a bit flat with departure of merry gang and hence couldn't really be bothered meeting and greeting a bunch of people for 1 night only, so took myself off to the flicks to see Hero. Bit derivative of Crouching Tiger (or maybe that's just my ignorance of the genre) but overall pretty good, with some stunning cinematography (which reconfirmed my desire to go to China...Jump to full entry
Nov 30, 2004 - Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsular
We arrived in Melbourne nearly three weeks ago and stayed on the Mornington Peninsular to the south east of the city for the first week with a couple we met in Vietnam who kindly took us in; Pam and Russell. We caught up on a lot of sleep at first and did a few drives around the peninsular including Arthur's Seat which is the tallest peak on the peninsular, and Sorrento right on the end. We did a day's wine tasting down there as well which was great as it was all free and the wine was excellent. The wine tour of Australia has begun! We...Jump to full entry
Nov 30, 2004 - I'm home!
Yes, it's over. 63 days gone. Today, after a typical very broken sleep on the plane and time zone differences I passed out in the lounge room at home for a couple of hours. I have a foot high pile of mail and 3 of the 6 or 7 packages I sent home had arrived already! I've done some work for clients today and I'm back in to it - ho hum... So my final story: I noticed in the rear yard of the house I live in that a few birds were making a bit of a racket. I looked out to discover a young bird stuck in our backyard. It didn't seem capable of...Jump to full entry
Nov 27, 2004 - Back in Melbourne to meet Aussie Pete!
Hello everyone! Hope you are all fine! Greetings once again from the lovely sunny city of Melbourne, in Victoria State, Australia! The temperature is topping 30C everyday and we are making the most of it! This morning we left Phillip Island at around 9am and headed up the coast in our hired car. As the two others that we were with had decided to stay on the island for another few days we had the car to ourselves! We cruised up the freeway towards Melbourne, taking in all the countryside, getting back for lunchtime. After we booked ourselves...Jump to full entry
Nov 25, 2004 - Staying at St. Kilda!
Hi everyone! After Bendigo we made a dash for it down to Melbourne in the same day. Although it was another 150km we managed to get to the city before it was too dark. We had already decided to stay in St. Kilda that night, so we worked our way acoss the city to the suburb. St. Kilda is a very funky area! Although it was a Thursday night the whole area was alive with restaurants and bars that spill out onto the streets. Melbourne is all about food and fashion - that's what makes it tick. If you can imagine that St Kilda is one of the...Jump to full entry
Nov 21, 2004 - It may be art, but can you eat it ?
Managed to navigate down to the Base hostel in St Kilda ok, after having a quiet night @ a YHA in North Melbourne, using the 20 year old A-Z that a guy in the secondhand bookshop gave me for free, although it did involve a few unplanned detours where the street names have been changed over the years. Checked into the hostel before wandering off in search of some lunch, only to come back with a painting instead! The Esplanade at St Kilda has an arts & crafts market every sunday, where you are only allowed to sell things if you have made them...Jump to full entry
Nov 20, 2004 - Melbourne / Checking out the local wines!
G'day! Greetings from Melbourne. It's a great city, we're really falling for it. Check out the photos - tell us what you think! The hostel we are staying at is very expensive, but on the flip side it has lots of freebies, so it is our policy to cane them as much as possible. This means free tours and pickups! One of those free tours is a vineyard tour, which we did today. The 'winery', which we went to today, is located in the Yarra Valley, to the east of the city. Located in the town of Healesville, the winery was small and they didn't...Jump to full entry
Nov 19, 2004 - A U S T R A L I A !
Well here we are! Three hours ago we touched down in sun-kissed Melbourne, in the south of the state of Victoria. There's loads to do here, so tomorrow we're going to get on the case with organising stuff. We have no idea how we are going to get around this massive country... we know that it's going to be a lot of fun! Tomorrow we are already booked in on a winery (vinyard) tour. Well... we tried New Zealand wine, now it's time to try Oz wine! We're staying at a hostel called BAKPAK, which Helen's sister recommended. Well it's huge! We've...Jump to full entry
Nov 7, 2004 - Melbourne
Warrnambool to Melbourne 400km 06.11.04: Arrived and got a 'no bond, no lease' studio flat in Grey Street, St. Kilda...we weren't to know it was the local red light district were we?!!! But, not bad cost for the place - we were within walking distance of both the main party streets in St. Kilda and also had a secure parking area. We were lucky to find somewhere as it seemed to be incredibly busy and, we were quietly panicking as we stood on the main high street phoning every advert in the TNT!! But, all went ok, even though the landlord was...Jump to full entry
Nov 4, 2004 - Leaving Home
The title is not really as dramatic as it sounds as I am spending some time within Australia, a land more familiar to me probably than many of the locals seeing as how my family moved around so much as I was growing up. But this is a vast country - time to freshen some of my memories of it. Today marks the start of my journey. Today I head for the outback ... the Northern Territory!Jump to full entry