After a quick flight from Adelaide to Melbourne at the end of June, we arrived on a Saturday evening in Melbourne and made our way out to our new apartment in St.Kilda to meet our new housemates and see our home for the next few months! We were not disappointed as the apartment was lovely and so were our new housemates Deirdre and Paul – a young Irish couple. We were on the sofabed for the first week until the other couple moved out and we took over their room. The apartment is a good size for 2 couples, and has a lovely balcony with views of the marina & a Barbie – looking forward to the warmer weather 🙂
The following day, we got sorted with our monthly tram tickets – myki, familiarised ourselves with Melbourne and Jen’s work location & done some food shopping 🙂 Starting a new job with Medibank, a private health insurer and knowing only 1 person was daunting but everyone was and still is lovely, and very welcoming! Fortunately after 1 day David found a job too, in Camberwell, bit of a trek to get to but he soon got the journey down from over 2hrs to under an hour once he mastered the tram and train system! From speaking to other backpackers we feel we have been really fortunate to have found jobs so quick in Melbourne.
Over the first 2 months in Melbourne, we have tried to do touristy things each weekend in order to make the most of our time here! A few weeks back we went to our first Aussie Rules football (AFL) game at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground)! The tickets were a bargain at only $30 each. Off we went one sunday afternoon, not knowing much about the game and wrapped up warm. The stadium is the largest in Australia and the 11th largest in the world, and has a capacity of around 100,000! The atmosphere was amazing, and during the 2nd half we were lucky to join friends of Aunty D’s who had tiptop seats with an even better view of the game & Craig was able to keep David up to date with the rules! All in all a great day out, and a must for your time in Australia.
Another weekend we took a day trip out to Geelong, about 1 hour by train from Melbourne and only $8 return with our mykis. We spent the day walking along the promenade, had a nice lunch by the sea, viewed the The Baywalk Bollards (timber painted sculptures reflecting local history and identities) and visited the home of the Geelong Cats football team. Dare I say we managed to miss 3 trains this day!!
As Jen had celebrated her last birthday in her 20s this week, we had planned a night out with Deidre & Paul, our housemates after the trip to Geelong! We kept it local & went to Veludo & Big Mouth in St Kilda, where we drank too much, boogied, spent too much, & had sore heads the next day! We didn’t do presents since we are travelling but I got Jen a lovely cake from one of the bakeries in St Kilda.
Over the other few weeks in Melbourne we have walked the famous laneways, and streets lined with street art including the well-known Hosier Lane and visited the Shrine of Remembrance with another girl we met at Parkrun.
Visited the Melbourne Aquarium where we meet up with a former work friend from Belfast who was over visiting family. The aquarium is well worth a visit, sharks, penguins, crocodiles…a lot better than the one in Sydney I thought. You can also dive with sharks here, but apparently they have their teeth removed!
Delicious cupcakes at Little Cupcakes on Flinders Lane – this place is tiny but amazing! You can grab a drink and a mini cupcake for about $6, well worth a visit if your in the city. We have visited a few times already 🙂
went to the Fitzroy Projection Festival
Took a walk around the city at night & got some class shots
watched the free Winter fireworks in the Docklands
Walked to Brighton Beach and the infamous bathing boxes where we watched the sunset. Another must on the list & we plan to go one morning to watch sunrise!
In August we went to see Wicked in the beautiful Regent Theatre after getting cheap tickets on lasttix … the show was amazing & well worth the $75 ticket!
Went to Federation Square and the DreamWorks Exhibition with some of David’s relatives who live in Melbourne & Canberra
At the end of August we visited the Victoria market winter night market, which is on every Wednesday evening over winter! we visited twice as it was so nice and the first time we forgot our camera! The market is much bigger than we are used to in Belfast, and provides a variety of arts and crafts ranging from homemade candles to artwork, and foods from around the world, including soup served in a bread bowl, pies, fish n chips (highly recommend the barramundi), Hungarian Goulash, different types of Asian food, carvery, Mexican…the list goes on. There is live music on, and places to sit or stand and enjoy the atmosphere! Also worth a mention are the deserts, such as our favourite Crème brulee and strawberry & nutella crepes! They also have a summer night market, so I would recommend checking out if this is on when you visit Melbourne and if so pop along for good food 🙂
Evening runs along the beach to St Kilda pier and back, 5km parkrun at Albert park on Saturday mornings and generally loved living in Melbourne! It’s no wonder it has been voted the most liveable city in the world again!