Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Feb 3, 2007 - A Night in Melbourne
What's to say, I landed at 10:00 on Saturday night, checked into a downtown Backpackers at midnight, and was on route to the airport at 9:30 the next morning for a 12:00 flight...which I made in PLENTY of time...I'd learned my lesson in Mauritius! However, while I was at the airport in plenty of time, but had a bit of a scare when checking in. When the agent checked my passport, it came up "Not allowed entry into Australia." You might not think that would be a problem as I was leaving, but since my return ticket from NZ was back to...Jump to full entry
Feb 1, 2007 - Great Ocean Road!!
Now we're cooking !!! Ok, well as per my last entry I left Sydney to meet up with the lads from Asia for Melbfest, the Asia reunion. So met up with Neil, Luke, Tom, and Craig from Vietnam, although Mad Toad couldn't make it which was a shame, but probably a good thing as the lad is a bad influence. Anyway, stayed in the CBD in a pretty naff hostel actually, although as it was so big we had a massive room all to ourselves which was quite cool. As always you can never get away from home, I was sitting in our hostel bar and could swear the...Jump to full entry
Jan 30, 2007 - Melbourne
After fours day in Sydney we boarded an overnight train to Melbourne. Apart from exploring the city and it's environs we were off to renew an old friendship with Peter and Maggie Hunt. Richard had been best man at their wedding 31 years ago, after which they had moved to Australia. It had been many years since they had had any contact. It turned out to be a delightful three days during which Peter and Maggie proved themselves to be kind and generous hosts. Strangely, Peter and Maggie had been reviewing their wedding photos only a few days...Jump to full entry
Jan 30, 2007 - Melbourne Here I Come!!!
Well what a splendid time I have had in Melbourne. Melbourne is situation on two rivers about 10 miles from Philipps Bay and about 20 miles from open sea. Therefore like Perth it has built up slightly in land on a river - with sea nearby. Like Johanesberg it developed - at great speed from Iron Age to 20th century in about 5 years in 1860's as a result of gold. The difference is that Melbourne had very few indigenous population when the gold seekers arrived - and it would appear invested far more of the spoils of the gold rush into the...Jump to full entry
Jan 27, 2007 - Happy Australia Day!
Well arrived back on wednesday (24) and after a very long night on the boat headed to friends to spend the day vegging and having some lunch with Dave. Spent the night chatting with Peta before finally crashing after limited amounts of sleep over the last couple of days. Thursday was another relax day with some shopping and then a movie marathon with Peta! it is good to catch up on movies once and awhile! Friday - the day we were all waiting for! A vodkatrain reunion with all of us celebrating Australia Day. In typical aussie fashion with a...Jump to full entry
Jan 26, 2007 - Melbourne, Australia
We took a Virgin Blue flight from the Gold Coast airport to Melbourne. Virgin is a great airline. They send e-mail reminders the day before you fly. The planes are all new and comfortable. One flight we took (from Sydney) was cancelled, but they phoned me well in advance so that we could reschedule for a couple of hours later. Impressive. We went to the Mornington Penisula wine region. Angela, a girl we met in Vietnam who lives in Melbourne, drove us there. We tasted some wines and had lunch. The wines were OK, but my favourite Australian...Jump to full entry
Jan 19, 2007 - Melbourne and Erinsborough
Anne and I flew from Sydney to Melbourne and spent 4 days in the city, staying in a giant mansion-converted-into-a-hostel- it was so big I was able to have a shower in a different part of the building every day. Melbourne is a really cool city with plenty to do, lots of good shopping and plenty going on- we grabbed tickets for a day at the Australian open. Fortunately for me Anne went to ask if there were tickets available after I told her she'd be making a fool of herself if she did, as they were sure to be sold out- of course they were...Jump to full entry
Jan 17, 2007 - Melbourne
Arrived in Base backpackers St Kilda Melbourne at around 4 in the afternoon. Nice hostel, seems to have a good vibe. Met Darren, Paul and James in bar 18th Went to the gym during the day, which was rather grim, preventing me from doing anything particularly interesting. Tom unexpectedly turned up, and stayed in Cooee backpackers. In the evening went along to the hostels karaoke night and hung out with with Darren, Paul, James, Ellie and Lisa. 19th Most of the day it rained, which apparently is rather unusual as Victoria is gripped by a huge...Jump to full entry
Jan 16, 2007 - Guess Where???
So some of you may have already realised that I made the bus in Sihanoukville, and made the flight from Bangkok to Melbourne for a few relaxing days at the Australian Open Tennis. Do you know that feeling like you're missing something? Like you've left something behind (other than my iPod)? You're not quite sure what it is, but the feeling keeps nagging at you day after day. Welcome to my world... And then I get an email from Lauren asking if I can come back and travel around Asia with her. I'd love to, I know that, she knows that - but I'm...Jump to full entry
Jan 15, 2007 - Suites and Sporting Superstars!!!!
We've landed in Melbourne and picked up our hire car for the next portion of our journey. Janet had the forsight to get directions to the hotel form the girl on the AVIS desk, (to avoid repeating the Sydney fiasco!!)but as it turned out Melbourne is a much easier City to navigate by car. Our hotel (we decided to treat ourselves) The Grand Hyatt - reputed to be Melbournes best! Our first impressions at the check in desk had us worried - two guests at two positions arguing with reception staff! We stood and waited. Eventually another member...Jump to full entry
Jan 9, 2007 - Flying off to Melbourne!
Well after the busy day on Thursday in Sydney sorting out my travels for Australia, I flew down to Melbourne on Friday afternoon. After a quick flight, about 1 1/2 hours, I landed late in the afternoon and was picked up by Peta, an old friend from my Edinburgh days! Was off in my first car journey of Australia, stopping for a slurpie (yummy haven't had one of those in years!!) before meeting up with friends Sharon and stopping at Dave's for a lovely BBQ. It was definitely a good night as it was a nice hot 36 degrees. It was definitely an...Jump to full entry
Jan 8, 2007 - Melbourne, VIC
MELBOURNE \ CHRISTMAS \ CRICKET - Sunday 24th December to Friday 29th (Days 57-63) Arriving late the previous evening we met up with Jim & Karl who we were to share an apartment with for next 7 nights in Melbourne, and headed straight for the Turf Bar, official HQ of the Barmy Army for a PINT (none of your schooners-short measurers stuff). Gill and I spent Christmas Eve looking around Melbourne centre and getting those last minute presents, and some decorations for the apartment. (Jim and Karl spent it drinking-a theme that was to repeat...Jump to full entry