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