The first time I went to Melbourne I didn’t like it. Admittedly I had just survived a 2 day train trip from Brisbane via Sydney in the middle of the Olympics. Melbourne itself was cold, grey and wet so it didn’t feel very welcoming and probably most telling, I didn’t really research the city before I arrived so I had no idea what to do or where to go.
Nearly 15 years later, it’s now one of my favourite cities.
It certainly helped that one of my closest friends lived in Melbourne for a number of years so visits to see her definitely opened my eyes to what the city could offer. That really helped when I visited Melbourne on my own in recent years, I had more of an idea of where things were and how to get around.
There is so much to see and do in Melbourne, whether it be the touristy Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, hidden laneways or just jumping on the #96 tram to St Kilda and having some old fashion fun at Luna Park. You can head to Federation Square where there is always something going on, or even a day trip to the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles or Phillip Island for the penguins if you have time. Melbourne really does have something for everyone.
Getting around is easy. In the CBD it is possible to walk pretty much anywhere, which gives you the opportunity to discover those hidden laneways and check out the amazing street art or find an out of the way restaurant. If you get sick of walking everywhere, you are never very far from a tram stop – just make sure you have a myki card if you a travelling further than the free tram zone.
I spent 6 days in Melbourne over the Christmas holiday period and wasn’t short of things do it. I visited the Sea Life Aquarium, went on the Melbourne Star, walked around the streets and discovered some amazing street art and headed to St Kilda for some cake. I also got the chance to head to Williamstown for a great view of the city, Geelong to check out the amazing floating Christmas Tree and Werribee where I visited Werribee Mansion – these three destinations were courtesy of friends who live in and around Melbourne.
I think I love Melbourne because it’s such an ‘easy’ city. By that I mean it’s easy to get around, it’s easy to find things to do, it’s easy to have an awesome time and it’s easy to see some amazing sights. No matter how many times I go back, there is always something new to discover and I love revisiting the things I have done previously.
Below are some photos from my time in Melbourne. For more photos, click here.
View from the Melbourne Star
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Christmas in Melbourne
Melbourne at Night