From one experience into another. Where I was last weekend surrounded by amazing nature, this weekend street art and trams catch my eye. I’m talking about Melbourne, Victoria. A wonderful adventure filled with heaps of sights, food and excitement. Keep on reading to get to know the whole journey!
Let’s just make this blog post simple and easy by describing my adventures day by day. On Thursday 3 a.m. my friends and I are woken up by the sound of the alarm. Although it is very early, everybody jumps out of bed immediately and gets ready to start this amazing first day of our Melbourne adventure. We get to the airport where we have breakfast and spend time relaxing before our flight departures at 7:00 a.m. Within no time we arrive in Melbourne and have checked into our hostel. We stay at Europa Hostel situated at Queens Street, a modern and affordable hostel that appeared to be above my expectations. The rooms were convenient, modern and clean as well as the bathrooms (as clean as hostel bathrooms can get). The staff was very nice and accessible almost 24/7. After a quick fresh up our stomachs are growling so we head out into a nice looking alley to get some lunch at Sun Moth. The atmosphere here was very calm and modern with great healthy, interesting food. When our appetite is satisfied we head out to explore the actual city.
First up, the street-art lanes where we are astonished by the creativity the city brings about. After checking out some of the most popular lanes, like Hosier Ln and AC/DC Lane, we make our way for some drinks at the Yarra riverbank. Our second stop of that afternoon are The Botanical Gardens. An astonishing place to wander around and enjoy the nature while soaking up some real oxygen. To end our day well, we decide for our third stop to get some delicious yet cheap dinner. Delhi Streets it is, an Indian restaurant where you can get amazing street food for low prices. In total, our kilometre count for that day was around 19, so as soon as we got back to the hostel, everyone was ready for a good night of sleep.
And necessary it was, this good night of sleep, because the next day after breakfast we decide to go to The Queen Victoria market. An amazing place within 10 minutes walking from our hostel where we explore a huge amount of rubbish and souvenirs, but also tasty and cheap fruits, vegetables, bread, sweets and many more products. I could have strolled around the market for at least 2 more hours, but we have to stick to our plan. With a tram we go to another part of the city for an amazing lunch at Urban Projuice. This wholefood café and juice bar is the perfect place for healthy and instagramable looking food. The manager was very friendly and the food tasted heavenly.
To help our digestive system a bit, we walk back to the CBD to catch one of the Old City Circle trams for free, and enjoy some sunshine in a park. Before going to St. Kilda Pier we change into something a little warmer and then it’s time to relish in a breathtaking sunset while penguins come out to accompany us. This combination is perfect to finish off every day in my opinion.
On our third and last day, we went to The Greath Ocean Road with a tour group. The first sights from the van are amazing and I just can’t stop looking out of the window. We get out at a few stops and then go into the rainforest where we spot wild koalas. Lunch is enjoyed at a lighthouse with amazing views. From there it’s time for the highlight of the day: The 12 Apostles. It was a little busy, but so worth it to see this wonderful piece of nature. After this we have one more stop along the coast where we head out to do some tracks and explore the beach. At 8:00 p.m. we are back in Melbourne and grab a delicious hamburger at 8 bit. That night, we again get up super early to catch our flight back to Sydney. While writing this, I’m looking back with amazement on an awesome trip.
Just like last week, this journey went by within the blink of an eye. But it was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I’m incredibly happy to be able to explore this part of the world and am enjoying every minute of it. More adventure is yet to come and that during Christmas! If you want to keep updated on my everyday life here in Sydney, or somewhere else in Australia, simply check out my social media!