Out and About

Travel Tales: Melbourne

This post is long overdue! Anyway, if you were following my travels (all within a week) when my family was down here, you will know we first visited Cairns and then Brisbane. We left for Melbourne from Brissy on the morning of the 10th and landed in Melbourne at around noon.

I managed to book a tour to the Great Ocean Road while at the airport for the next morning. We decided against Phillip Island as the tours left around 1 p.m and well, there was no time that day and we wouldn’t be able to check out the city itself if we went the day after the Ocean Road trip.

Took the Skybus from the airport to the city. Had a quick lunch at Hungry Jacks as we had to kill time before checking in at 2. And well, we were hungry.

Walked to the motel. It wasn’t as nice as the apartment in Cairns but well, it’s a motel. What could we expect?

Rested for a while.

Around 5 pm, decided to walk around the city.

Walked down to the Yarra river and got some great photos.

Had pizza for dinner and went to bed early.

Woke up early the next morning as we had the bus arriving to pick up at 7. And let me tell you, a rainy Melbourne morning is COLD!!!!

At around 8:30, we boarded the actual bus to take us on our trip. My sis was kind enough to let me have the window seat. And she promptly fell asleep.

We drove through Geelong and a great deal of greenery before getting on to the Great Ocean Road itself.

Had a stopover for morning tea and lamingtons at this place.

Our tour guide was John…who was very friendly and also managed to embarrass me by mentioning to everyone that I was a psychologist. Good ole Aussie humour.

Some of the views along the Great Ocean Road.

Stopped for lunch at Apollo Bay. Continued along a cold Victorian coastline.

Eventually got to the 12 Apostles. And while it was windy and fucking freezing, the view was just unbelievably amazing!!!

I could totally see why it’s worth travelling all that long to finally see this.

Finally headed back around 5 p.m. and got back to the motel at around 8. Tired. Cold. But still happy.

The next day we were able to sleep in a bit. Went to the Queen Victoria Markets. And boy, are they great or what? I ended up buying a skirt, a leather jacket and a couple of tops. Me. Who doesn’t usually shop all that much!

Then walked around the city. Took the city circle tram. Sydney doesn’t really have trams so it was my first time in one.

Spent most afternoon walking around the city and taking in the sights, sounds and smells.

Left for Sydney early next morning and were back in Sydney by about 11.

I really liked Melbourne but I don’t think I could stand the weather. Winter is way too cold! I find Sydney cold but it’s bearable. Melbourne was windy and cold and despite layers, I was frozen quite often.

That’s pretty much it for my travels. We returned to Sydney and well, I worked a couple of days (previous commitments) and then took the family out to the city for some sightseeing here. And of course, a bit of shopping. And as you guys know, they left last week.

I feel like I’m due for another holiday. But a more relaxing one this time…one where I do nothing at all! 🙂 

Until next time,


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  • Michael Horvath
    2 June 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Australia is beautiful. I spent time in Sydney, the Outback and down in Hobart Tasmania. Someday I’d like to visit Melbourne. Great pics!

    • Psych Babbler™
      3 June 2012 at 2:06 am

      It really is beautiful Michael! I would love to visit Tassie and Western Australia some time myself. I also want to go back to Melbourne and Cairns to do things I couldn’t do.

  • R's Mom
    3 June 2012 at 5:22 am

    Wow! no wonder RD keeps telling me that Aus is one of the most beautiful places he has seen..its awesome

    • Psych Babbler™
      5 June 2012 at 10:43 am

      It is without a doubt! And no, I’m not biased. 😉

  • Lilly
    3 June 2012 at 8:03 am

    Great pictures. I love Melbourne.

    • Psych Babbler™
      5 June 2012 at 10:44 am

      Thanks Lilly! I really liked it too but found it a bit too cold weather-wise.

  • Bikramjit
    4 June 2012 at 10:54 am

    BEautiful beautiful , so this is what I missed as i did not go to melbourne 🙁


    • Psych Babbler™
      5 June 2012 at 10:44 am

      I agree Bikram…it’s gorgeous! And yes, it’s what you missed. Maybe next time? I’m hoping to go back and see more as I have a friend who lives there.