Melbourne city, Grampians National Park and the Great Ocean Road
So we have been in Australia a week to the day, and we certainly haven’t wasted any time…except the jet lag recovery of course. In the grand scheme of things it wasn’t too bad. The service on the flights was very good (Emirates) and with it broken down into 3 x 7 hour flights it kept the intervals regular; although by the time we arrived at the hostel we were very ready for bed. It took us a good 4 or so days to be fully in the swing of things, and you just constantly have that feeling you get from staying up all night as a rebellious young adult.
We were staying in a hostel in St Kilda, and the first few days we ventured into the main city and locally as well (so we could pop back easily enough for a quick nap when needed, plus its easy to get around thanks to the great tram system).
First of all we visited St Kilda’s beach & pier (where we saw Fairy Penguins of all things)
St Kilda also gives an amazing Sunset…
In Melbourne, we visited the famous Queen Victoria Market; now as foodies this was like going to heaven for us. The smell of the food in the air was incredible, seeing fantastically delicious looking things in every direction….mmm…
We decided to take a day and visit the Melbourne Museum which was fantastic! There was lots of interaction with a lot of the exhibits; no doubt it was designed to keep children amused (which is probably why it worked so well on us)! It also has an IMAX cinema showing 3D documentaries and we saw one about the underwater world. The rest of the museum was brilliant!
Our treat for this city was a guided tour of the Grampians National Park where we hoped for stunning views and encountering some nature; we were not disappointed! We would both highly recommend this tour (if you’re coming close to Melbourne any time soon) – It’s a great day out and gives good value for money with the right tour operator. Part of the trip included the commentary where we were lucky to learn a lot about not only Melbourne’s history, but also Australia.
We managed to get up close to a Kangaroo! 😀 They’re strange but very cool creatures.
On our last day in Melbourne we explored a bit more, enquired about a riverboat cruise but decided not to and instead went for the Eureka Skydeck, which is a viewing level on the 88th floor of Melbourne’s tallest building; the view was breathtaking!
And that concluded our visit to Melbourne city! We both really enjoyed it here. The people were friendly, the food was good (which is the most important thing of course), the city has a lot of history from when Australia was colonised and the gold rush era as well.
Over the next few days we picked up a hire car and our target was Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road and the coast line, stopping in 3 small towns as we go to break the journey up.
The Great Ocean Road was something we had been especially looking forward to for a long time. We had heard nothing but good things and seen incredible photos online, so our expectations were high…Once again, we were not disappointed! The weather started out a bit overcast but really brightened up later in the day.
Along the way, following a recommendation, we stopped at Maits Rest (along the GOR) to visit a rainforest!
The last part of the Great Ocean Road was stopping for the 12 Apostles. They were…well the photos can do the talking.
That sums our first week! Tomorrow we will reach Adelaide in the morning, check in at our AirBnB and begin exploring once again! We will put in information about the rest of the drive on the next blog post.
That’s all for now!
Jake & Ana