Monday, October 21, 2019

Melbourne - Day 4

24 Aug 2019

Considered as my last full day in Melbourne, I got a little lazy although it was considered as a free-and-easy trip.

Had hotel breakfast and headed out for a morning walk in Carlton Garden.




Took the city tram to The District Docklands for outlet shopping at Fila and photo-taking of The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.



Had lunch at Nando's and the warm sun was shining behind me.


I chanced upon Chinatown and a graffiti wall.




I had another round of lunch at Shujinko which is pretty famous in the area. I had the Shujinko gyoza and Shujinko ramen. I wasn't exactly hungry thus I couldn't finish the gyoza and had to takeaway for dinner.



It was only late afternoon and I decided to roam the streets to see what else I could buy with the AUD I was left.

Dropped by Target and ended up shopping for Paw Paw and organic tee for myself. Went to Mecca again to get Lanolips and Go-To Lip Balm.

Below are my loots for the day.



Bought an egg mayo bread roll from a bakery at Melbourne Central station as an add-on for my dinner. The coin is to justify how long the bread roll was.


This solo trip is the first but won't be my last.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Melbourne - Day 3

23 August 2019

I bought my ticket from Klook to join the Go West day tour to Great Ocean Road.

From Ibis Melbourne Central, I walked to the nearest pick-up point which is at Somerset on Elizabeth. The pick-up time was 7:30am.

The tour guide Ryan alighted at each pick-up point to greet us and marked our attendance. Gladly everyone were on time so we set off earlier than expected which was fantastic.

The first stop was Torquay where the surfer's brand Ripcurl was born. Ryan shared the history with us although we didn't visit the store.

We alighted at Torquay Beach which was so serene and we had our morning tea nearby.



We also alighted at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch which is a must-take-photograph spot.


We were travelling comfortably in the tour bus that I kept sleeping although I had the sea view on my left most of the time.

We past by a town named Lorne where there are plenty of eucalyptus trees and very likely there are wild koalas in there.

We alighted near Kennet River hoping to spot wild koalas but we only managed to see parrots.



We alighted at Apollo Bay, another beautiful beach. I am missing the view already.



We had lunch on our own cost and I picked Fish and Chips from Apollo Bay Seafood Cafe. Not as good as Tommy Ruff Fish Bar, I must say.


I was still early and decided to walk around.



So much like a squirrel's tail

We continued our journey to Melba Gully State Park. We had a small hike in the ferns to see the waterfall.




Finally to the ultimate stop where the 12 Apostles are. As it was already late afternoon I realized that it was difficult to capture with good lighting even with my Huawei Mate 20 Pro.





Before they disappear further, you should see them.


There are 3 different routes when you are at the park so be sure to explore all 3 if you have the time.





At about 5pm, we were on the way back to the city and had a stopover at Colac to grab dinner. I was surprised that their McDonald's is pricier than Singapore's.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Melbourne - Day 2

22 August 2019

As it is another free and easy day for me, I headed to Brighton Bathing Boxes.

At Melbourne Central Station, I bought the myki card at AUD 6 and top-up AUD 10 which is enough to travel for 1 zone for 1 day. The maximum that you can get charged is AUD 8.80 if you only cross 2 zones in 1 day.

Form Melbourne Central Station, I took the Sunbury line to Flinders Street Station and transfer to Sandringham line to get to Middle Brighton.

While walking from Middle Brighton to Brighton Beach, I saw beautiful landed properties.



After about 10 mins, I have finally arrived at Brighton Beach.










I got to warn you that the wind during winter is not joke. My hands were numb and I couldn't stay by the beach for long.

Time to get lunch at Tommy Ruff Fish Bar at Elsternwick. I picked the battered flake - gummy, chips and Tommy's super salad.

The salad was refreshing with the pomegranate dressing, chips were normal but the flake was good. It was quite a portion for me to finish it.


My next stop was to St. Kilda's Pier to do penguin-spotting.

The cold wind was just as bad as at Brighton Beach, oh my goodness.



Time for you to spot the penguin



I considered lucky enough to be able to spot 2 penguins before sunset. Not forgetting, the 2 black swans.


It was getting late and I couldn't brace the cold longer and decided to head back to the city.

I bought 2 sushi rolls at AUD 2.50 each from Sushi Sushi. Yes, my dinner was this light.


Back in hotel to enjoy me time.