MELBOURNE

After an interesting 5 weeks living in a campervan we were very excited to move onto Melbourne, Australia with the luxury of living in a flat again and the freedom of showers whenever we wanted! We had 2 relaxing weeks in Melbourne over the Christmas and New Years period.

WHAT WE DID

City Centre

Shopping

We went to Central Shopping Centre and The Emporium for both Christmas shopping and the boxing day sales (maybe avoid doing this on boxing day it is so busy). They are right next to each other and both huge, having everything you could need. They’re right in the centre so combine it with a stroll through the streets. 

Parks

Just over the river is the beautiful botanical parks and the war memorial where you can explore the rooftop for free for some great skyline views.


Street Art

Melbourne has lots of small quirky backstreets full of artwork and graffiti. We spent a few hours just walking around to find them all.

River Front

A lovely vibrant area full of beautiful architecture and vibrant bars and restaurants.


Saint Kilda

Beaches

Miles of sandy beaches with views over the city and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat.

Acland Street

We were staying right next to this street and we loved it! Endless places to eat and drink and plenty of cuisines to choose from right next to Luna Park. The iconic amusement park which has been open since 1912! If you like fun fair rides this is the place for you. By chance you might stumble upon the St. Kilda Sunday Market. Full of arts, crafts and delicious foods to buy.


Penguins

Right on the end of the pier live the Fairy Penguins! Go at dusk to see them coming onto the rocks for the evening and night. Well worth seeing while in St Kilda but don’t expect to get very good photos as they don’t arrive till it’s dark!

NYE Fireworks

We chose to head to the Pier to watch over the city fireworks for New Years. The whole beachfront had a great feel that evening and (even though probably bias) I definitely think it was the best place to see the fireworks explode over the city skyline!


WHAT WE LIKED MOST

The City Vibe

We took this as time to really relax and enjoy the festive period. The two areas we explored had such a great, vibrant, exciting and welcoming feel to them which made us feel right at home. It’s a great place to go and simply walk around to see what you find and love!

Christmas On The Other Side Of The World

Although extremely strange to experience Christmas with 30 degree heat and sunshine we loved the time relaxing, exploring, and of course eating lots of food (from ALDI!!!)

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

St. Kilda Beach Water Pollution

Unfortunately, the whole time we were there the beaches at St Kilda had a water pollution warning so swimming was prohibited which meant we couldn’t enjoy the beach to it’s full potential!

Tips & Tricks

Free Tram Zone

Once within a particular zone within the city centre the tram services are free to use which is a great way to get to see more of the city.

Get There Early For The Penguins

Luckily, we arrived early (around 8.30pm) and chose our spot to wait around till it was dark. However, we then noticed when we left around 10pm that there was a very large queue of people waiting to get to see the penguins! Especially if you have children – that is a very long and late night wait so make sure you’re there early rather than later.