48 Hours In Victoria

Trip Start Oct 10, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
The Greenhouse Backpacker Melbourne
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Friday, April 8, 2011

Flying from Sydney on Friday evening I arrived at the airport in good time. I had spent all week packing my bags, deciding what to keep for the next 5 months and what to give away. Even with all this careful planning I still managed to be over my weight restriction by 8kg, I found out at check in. Tiger Air had strict restrictions of baggage limits (or money making) so i accepted the charge of $166 to carry my excess weight. I sadly had to chuck some things at the airport to get the weight down.

So after a delayed flight, i arrived into Melbourne city at 2 am, as opposed to my planned 11.35 pm arrival. Still, I ventured out into the city after checking into the greenhouse Hostel and dumping my bags in the dorm. I met up with an old college friend and her fiancÚ we spent the rest of the night (or morning?!) catching up in some very late night bars. Melbourne, I am now aware, can definitely be a party city.

Next day, no time to be wasted on sleep, I went straight out to explore the city. After walking down a few side streets and lane ways I knew I had began to really like this beautiful city. The sun was shinning, locals and tourists where out and about drinking coffee, socialising and
enjoying this Saturday morning. The contrast of old architecture and new contemporary designed buildings was very interesting to see. The city is well kept, with wide tree lined pedestrian walkways, public spaces and parks, I think the old and new works well.

Melbourne is a very artistic city, boutique shops and vibrant graffiti walls in lanes, a collection of art galleries, museums, exhibitions and festivals to keep everyone occupied. Melbourne reminds me of a mixture between London's historical buildings and contemporary atmosphere and
also Brighton's creative, hippy and relaxed vibes.

The layout of the city is very well planned, my hostel being perfectly central I was free to see the city at ease. Free trams and buses for tourists make the city accessible although all the main attractions are within walking distance.

I met with my friend Caitlin for coffee and lunch, having much to catch up on we wandered the streets in the afternoon in search of a second hand bookshop. This is a pastime we enjoy together. We had spent many a happy hour in Sydney's bookshops. By dusk my lack of sleep had caught up on me so I returned to my hostel. I was fortunate to have some lovely room Mates. I made friends with a German girl who I hope to stay in contact with. She is going to work as an au pair for a celebrity in Geelong.

Sunday I took a day trip down the Great Ocean Road, along the way stopping at famous spots such as Torquay Beach, Bells beach (where they where setting up the rip curl pro surf competition), 12 apostles, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge, Apollo Bay as well as a cool temperature rainforest, Koala spotting and many beautiful view points. The highlight of the day was taking a helicopter over the 12 apostles. Although the weather was not good, I still had the best view over the cliffs and rock formations named 12 apostles. There are not 12 rocks, only  8, they are formed by years of sea corrosion against the cliff side causing the soft limestone to erode and make caves, than archers which than collapsed leaving the stacks isolated in the sea. Originally the site was known as the sow and piglets but changed to the 12 Apostles for
tourism purposes. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and made a good trip for everyone even in the rain and wind. 

That night I repacked my bags and headed off to Avalon airport, to find I had turned up at the wrong airport. One hour and $100 later I got to the Tullamarine Airport by taxi. In time for the flight, which was delayed.
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I am very thankful for haring this blog because it gives a good experience for a well designed city. The contrast of old architecture and new contemporary designed buildings was very interesting in Melbourne. This city is well Deigned, with wide tree lined pedestrian walkways, public spaces and parks

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