Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Sunday, November 29, 2009



Mileage: 8505 kms
Cool overcast day about 17 degrees, improved to a lovely afternoon in Melbourne.

Trying to avoid the toll roads, mainly because we had not investigated how to pay, made the journey across the city to Kath's sister's house at Ascot Vale tricky. We got a good tour of Toorak, Melbourne's elite suburb and admired the gorgeous mansions and landscaping.The trams make road conditions hard for visitors but with our Tom Tom GPS and after a few wrong turns we made it in time to catch a ride into the Victoria Markets with Annie. We enjoyed some snacks in place of lunch and the lamb borek was the best!!!!

The van fitted snugly into the driveway and with sunny days for the duration of our stay we had no need to plug into power but relied on the sun to keep everything running on solar. At Annie's it was full house, so we slept in the van and made use of the kitchen and bathroom.

Melbourne is a great destination and you hardly need to leave the city precinct to keep busy and entertained.  

So we left the van at home and made use of trams and our walking shoes and had a real adventure exploring the laneways and arcades of the city; these places were old and obviously upgraded to include stylish shops, busy cafes, bars and galleries. 

The city seemed alive and busy 24/7 attracting all ages and types.

At Federation Square (loved the building!!), we spent many hours at the ACMI (Australian Moving Image Centre) but could not take in all it offered in one visit and we especially enjoyed the Australian art on show at the Ian Potter Centre.



Federation Square is a very modern area with a huge Visitors Information Centre and venues and galleries galore!


After a couple days dissecting the city we followed our individual district maps and tramped the streets of Carlton, well mainly Lygon street with everything Italian; coffee and pizza at Tiamo was perfect for lunch.  

                                                   Exploring the streets of Fitzroy: Smith, Johnston, Gertrude and Brunswick tested our fitness and commitment but after locating the Monsieur Truffe café from our must-go-to list we succumbed to the best chocolate cake and coffee we had found so far. With renewed energy we completed our exploration of the area and finished the day with a Turkish pide. We really loved this eclectic and busy area with so much to see


Why no shopping in Melbourne, Australia’s shopping capital? Well we have everything that we need and have no room in the van!!!!

It was fun catching up with Annie and Freya, and really experiencing the city; the only sour note was that we were still trying to sort out our Telstra account and spent 2 one hour sessions in their store. Yes we have joined the long list of Telstra bashers/haters and no! the situation was not solved as promised, by the head honcho and we were disconnected a week later! That’s enough, it is a long ugly story and may not yet be over.

While in Melbourne, we called up "Obrien’s Glass" who come in their mobile van and repaired a small chip on our windscreen. We are not sure how we got the chip but were advised that it is very important to fix them asap to prevent cracking.

On our last day we drove through Richmond and the Vietnamese and fashion discount area to “Get Wines Direct” warehouse to top up our wine cellar and spent some hours walking around an old favourite for us: St Kilda. 


As it was a lovely sunny day, the shore restaurants were busy; people were sunning themselves on the sand and walking the boardwalk. This was a nice way to farewell Melbourne as we headed to Bay St to board the ferry to Tasmania and meet up with Mick and Ulla and the two red heelers, Ernie and Bertha.

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