Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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
Oct 27, 2004 - Stormy Weather
First day was a general mince round. Obviously it's much bigger than the 2 other Oz cities we've done before and a bit overwhelming for just that reason. The apartment is fab though, very stylish and part of the same chain (though more downmarket) as Johno stays in in KL. Tueaday we explore some other areas and do a walking tour. We also do the Art Gallery. Ground floor is aboriginal art and it is, frankly, pish. Laura is so bored that she goes and sits and reads the guide book, people watching the Melbourne Fashion Week freaks who are set...Jump to full entry
Oct 17, 2004 - Welcome to Australia
We arrived in Melbourne at 5 in the morning on the 16th andmycousin and Uncle were waiting at the airport to meet uswhich was nice. Ever the optimist I got off the plane in t-shirt and shorts expecting great weather and a continuation of the heat we had experienced in SE Asia. How wrong I can be....it was absolutley freezing (probably not as cold as England but colder than we had become accustomed too in Asia). After a quick nap my cousin took us for a drive round part of Melbourne and, most importantly, Ramsay Street where I was shocked to...Jump to full entry
Oct 14, 2004 - Melbourne
Melbourne and the unique culture of Australia Our time in Melbourne was an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to visit old "haunts". Melbourne is cold in September and October, and although the sun can be hot during the day. As with our last visit, we were colder here, than anywhere else. Houses are not insulated. If central heating is in place, it may have the heat registers on the ceilings, and work only intermittently, and the floors tend to be quite cold - taking your shoes off in the house, as we didin Japan,, results in...Jump to full entry
Sep 18, 2004 - Up and away!
Finally on the way. Very exciting - and scary too. House sold, settlement Oct 8. Sorting (sort of) complete - take with us, store (for later need in ?unit), give to kids, sell (not much there, apparently we have a lot of 'junk'), op-shop (frequent visitor), rest into skip. Off to Shepparton first. Very good and helpful Noel at GV Caravans is going to service van, replace window broken during our last visit, and modify water system to let more through - the helpful 'pressure reducer' fitted manages to reduce all bar high pressure to zero.Jump to full entry
Aug 30, 2004 - Heading for New Zealand
Hey people, just killing time in the airport in Melbourne. Had a major near miss at check in. When we went up the girl asked us did we have a Visa to come back to Australia cos Air New Zealand wouldn't let us fly without a visa to come back. Thoughts of suicide and jumping off cliffs crossed our minds as plans were about to go up in smoke, but luckily we got past this obstacle. Dude at the ticket desk printed us out a fake itinery for returning on the 2nd of september which got us out of a big hole. PHEW. Anyway, Paula is eating a cake...Jump to full entry
Aug 8, 2004 - Travel Rash
After five weeks of outdoorsy fresh air and exercise, I get home and the contrast couldn't be greater - I'm holed up at a desk in a front room of my house staring at a computer screen. Melbourne is cold, and no matter what I do I can't get myself thoroughly warm, except in the shower - my shower, I love my shower. Perhaps because of the sudden change in climate, or the imminent onset of some rare tropical disease, my skin has broken out in a fine rash. I love my whole house too, modest as it is, and I love Melbourne. Everything is clean and...Jump to full entry
Jul 23, 2004 - a safe landing!
greetings from down under! let me say how glad i am to be here! after a LOT of stress (and 2 long island iced teas) about my flight being over sold and the possibility that i might not make it on the flight at all, i am happy to report that i have arrived down under! at 11pm they finally handed me a boarding pass for my flight which left at 11:40pm. i had been at the airport stressing since 7:30 so it was a huge relief when they called my name. in true fashion to the summer of fun brought to you by the letter B, i was Bumped up to Business...Jump to full entry
Jul 23, 2004 - Arrived in Melbourne
Here I am on the other side of the world! After two incredibly long plane flights (one from LA to Auckland and one from Auckland to Melbourne), we finally landed. I had a bit of a rough start: two hours before we left for the airport I had a fever of 100 and felt pretty terrible. But the long flight wasn't too bad - 12 hours but we each had our own TV screen (I played tetris on mine) and they even handed out little eye masks and socks for sleeping. We flew Qantas, by the way. In Melbourne, Alyssa and I waited for Hilary and Alison's plane...Jump to full entry
Jun 25, 2004 - Australia! Melbourne!
Melbourne - Australia! So cold! As everyone had told us, it broke our hearts to leave the furnace that was Bangkok. How could we miss 37deg heat, and near 100% humidity, and near permanent damp patches? It's remarkable how fast one forgets. Melbourne was 12deg and raining - bit like home really - and it nearly killed us stone dead. Fortunately, Mike and Kirsten were on hand to help us through the dark, first days. Taking us to the very cool Esplanade hotel for beer and grungy rock. Mike then blotted his copy book by failing to arrange an...Jump to full entry