Melbourne was the first stop of our four and a half month trip, in January 2018. We stayed with a friend just outside the city, near Prahran, so it was a perfect location for doing things in central Melbourne and going out on Chapel street. These are some of the things we got up to…
Eureka Skydeck 88
Awesome skyscraper with 360 views over the whole of Melbourne. Costs $21 to go all the way up to the top. It is super high up and I am terrified of heights so I did panic a bit at first! We spent about half an hour walking around the whole thing, checking out the amazing views.
St Kilda festival
Australia’s largest free festival, only held once a year, on a Sunday in February. It’s basically a massive street party where people drink in bars and pubs that spill out onto the road. There’s a huge main stage with the coolest artists getting the crowd going, and loads of amazing food stalls. The only downfall is that it’s illegal to drink outside in public areas, like the street, so you can only drink in licensed shops or bars. So you can’t bring your own, and they are very strict about this. To get around this, we bought some cans of cider and sneakily poured them into slushies from Seven Eleven – genius idea. I haven’t been to many festivals but I think it would take a lot to beat this one. We partied all day, dancing in the street, and carried on into the evening.
A famous alleyway in central Melbourne known for its awesome street art, making this city part of the global urban art scene. The colourful walls make for perfect photo opportunities, very popular with tourists and selfie-sticks.
A massive outdoor covered market with all the fruit and veg you need, and lots of random useless stuff like tacky Australian souvenirs and clothing.
St Kilda beach
Not the most scenic of beaches, but it’s just an arty area south of the city centre. Better for cool cafes and restaurants, and walking along the seafront rather than actually swimming.
National Art Gallery of Victoria
A huge museum filled with lots of contemporary art exhibitions. Even just the building itself is impressive with cool water features.
A bit further out of the city, about 20 minutes by train, this is probably one of Melbourne’s best beaches. Famous for its strip of cute, colourful beach huts, that are rented out by nearby residents for about $200,000! It’s a fairly long beach, with clear water and soft sand – pretty decent for a city beach (just not as nice as the ones in Sydney). We went there on a really hot day in February when it was about 38 degrees celsius, needed the water to cool down!
Beer festival in Abbotsford Convent
In a suburb just outside Melbourne’s CBD, Abbotsford Convent holds various events and exhibitions throughout the year. We went to the Brewers Feast, quite small but a cool day festival that has lots of food stalls and beer/ cider tents, and free cider tasting classes that we made the most of and drank quite a lot. A live music stage provided chilled entertainment throughout the day, including a burger eating competition! We went for our friend’s birthday and it was a lovely day out.
A nice way to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city is to explore the Royal Botanical gardens, a large park you can stroll through, with lakes, ponds, and loads of different types of plants. There were some pretty cool cacti – I love a good cactus.