Melbourne known for its coffee, funky street art, relaxed vibe and for its temperamental weather changes! We spent five days exploring Melbourne and its friendly atmosphere.
Before we arrived in Melbourne I had a few ‘bucket lists’ that I really wanted to do; one was to visit the 12 Apostles and the other was to visit Philip’s Island. We decided to change our itinerary as the weather was not on our side and there was just so much to explore in Melbourne itself.
City Circle Tram
Traveling in Melbourne is fairly easy you can get the City Circle Tram which is a “hop-on, hop-off” service that takes you to the main sights in Melbourne including; Federation Square, the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House, and the Princess Theatre and the best part, it is free 🙂 If you want to travel outside of the centre then you need to buy a Mika card which costs 5 AUD and top it up as you travel.
Funky Street Art
We spent the first day discovering the town center and visited Hozier lane (opposite Federation Square) where you find some of the best funky street art. If you like street art there are tours that are run by street artists: Melbourne Street Tours. You can also check out Keith Haring mural, Caledonian Lane, Croft Alley, Rankins Lane. For a bite to eat we went to Hawker Chan one of the most reasonable Michelin starred restaurant and tucked into some great street style food.
Collingwood Childrens Farm
The next day we decided to visit Collingwood children’s farm, what is nice about this farm is that it’s very interactive and you get up close with the farm animals. You get a chance to actually be inside the fields of the goats and sheeps. There are also children’s activities happening during the day and the day that we went it was the feeding of guinea pigs so the children got to hold the guinea pigs whilst learning about what they eat and how they live. There is also a delicious farmers café where you can enjoy fresh healthy food. We absolutely loved the scones with clotted cream and strawberry.
Saint Kilda and the Penguins
As it was my husbands birthday I had planned a fun evening at Luna park in Saint Kilda but unfortunately it was closed probably because it was the cold season so just check your times before you go there! Nevertheless it did give us a chance to discover Saint Kilda which is really a beautiful place to visit. You can take a nice walk on Saint Kilda Pier and if you’re lucky in the evening after the sun sets you might even get a glance of some penguins. We finished the evening with fish and chips and indulged ourselves in some tasty cakes on the famous cake street. We loved Saint Kilda so much that we returned the next day to take a morning walk. For lunch if you like dumplings then do make a stop at ‘I love dumplings’. We were lucky to get a seat right next to their big kitchen window so you get to see all the action close up of how the dumplings are made.
The next day being Mother’s day I decided to take the kids out to the zoo and let my husband catch up on some work. TIP If you go on the weekends the kids have free entrance so we took this opportunity and headed out early to spend the day at the zoo. Our early actually ended up being the afternoon but we still got a good few hours at the zoo. There was also a temporary dinosaur exhibition which the kids loved plus lots of different animals to see. We actually ended up being the last people in the park and I really wanted to see the Tigers being the only person we actually got some amazing views of the Tigers. I was a little bit worried that maybe the zoo gates were closed and we would have to spend a night at the zoo. Maybe that would have been cool 😉
Other Places to Explore
There were so many more places that we wanted to visit but we did not have time or either the weather was not on our side. Here is a little list of what else you can do to enjoy your time in Melbourne and around.
If you have good sunshine make a trip outside of Melbourne to visit the 12 Apostles it is a beautiful ride along the Great Ocean Road coastline. Take time to enjoy a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens; there are also free guided walks or self guided audio tours. If you like markets you could also visit the Queen Victoria Market, it may be closed on Mondays and Wednesdays. If you want to venture out a bit further and have access to a car then I would have also visited the Healesville Sanctuary where you can see Kangaroos and Koalas. The Cardinia Resorvoir Park and Puffing Billy Railway.
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