Melbourne & St. Kilda

We had a great time in Melbourne! Unlike the other major cities we’ve visited in Australia, it’s a bit more rough around the edges. But we liked that about it.

Merry Christmas from Down Under
Merry Christmas from Down Under

After we left Canberra, and on the suggestion of a butler who worked at the Hyatt, we stopped half way to Melbourne at a cute rest stop in the small town of Holbrook. It has a submarine in the ground with a little cafe next door.

HTMS Otway at the cute rest stop in Holbrook NSW
HTMS Otway at the cute rest stop in Holbrook NSW
Snapchat from the cafe
Snapchat from the cafe

After enjoying our stop in Holbrook,  we made our way south to Melbourne. It’s located in the state of Victoria, which made the third Australian state we’ve visited so far.

Welcome to Victoria!
Welcome to Victoria!
First view of Melbourne skyline
First view of Melbourne skyline

We stayed in the beach community of St. Kilda, which was only a short tram ride from the CBD.

Sunset at St. Kilda Beach
Sunset at St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne skyline from St. Kilda
Melbourne skyline from St. Kilda
St. Kilda Beach
St. Kilda Beach
Entrance to our trendy hotel Urban St. Kilda
Entrance to our trendy hotel Urban St. Kilda
Luna Park
Luna Park
Time for some laundry
Time for some laundry

We took a touristy bus around, then went back the next day to visit those sights we found most intriguing. Those included the Queen Victoria Market, Chinatown and Lygon Street, which is the Little Italy of Melbourne. Here are a few pics:

Melbourne touristico bus
Melbourne touristico bus
Melbourne
Melbourne
Melbourne's Federation Square
Federation Square
Sunday stroll through the Queen Victoria Market
Sunday stroll through the Queen Victoria Market
Entrance to Melbourne's Chinatown
Entrance to Melbourne’s Chinatown

Saturday night we had a fabulous dinner at Prix Fixe, which is a restaurant that sells ‘tickets’ for dinner. The menu is set by the chef Phillipa Sibley, and while you can add on a-la-cart items like wine, cheese and oysters, the rest of the menu is predetermined. Our menu theme was Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, which featured  Russian dishes with Australian flair. It was very tasty. 

Had a fancy dinner at Prix Fixe
Had a fancy dinner at Prix Fixe
Waiting for the late night tram
Waiting for the late night tram

Again, we had a wonderful time in Melbourne and enjoyed everyone we met there. Next we head down the Great Ocean Road to Mount Gambier.

PS- Google maps did a plug-in update and we’re having trouble updating our map from our iPhones. So hopefully we’ll get that figured out soon.

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