First 2 weeks we've stayed in St Kilda, it's a little beach town outside the city centre of Melbourne. The weather hasn't been that great to begin with but has since picked up enough to get a little sun burnt :) St. Kilda is quite social with numerous bars and restaurants along the peer and down the streets. Locals sit out at all hours of the day having a coffee or a beer...if only we could afford such luxury! At night if you go down to the peer you can see the penguins come on to shore, they are very sweet to watch waddling on the rocks but make the strangest noise like a pig being butchered.Haaaa
The city centre itself is beautiful with lots of different shaped buildings and palm trees along the tram lines. Its shaped like a grid so it is fairly easy to find your way around. There are some gorgeous gardens to look at and many museums to explore. We took a walk along the riverside and there are often street performers on the weekends. The Richmond cricket ground is located in the centre to the left along with the MCG which we unfortunately did not have chance to go and have a look around. On a Wednesday night there is a famous Night Market in Victoria Street which is basically a huge indoor market festival type thing with lots of food and drink to gorge on whilst you look around the stalls. Live music is played to add to the atmosphere, this is just an all-good wednesday evening for friends and family to enjoy.
On Sunday we went to Healesville Santuary which is a little outside of Melbourne but well worth the tram/train and local bus trip to get there. It's only got animals and birds that are indigenous to Australia which is interesting to see in their natural habitat. We saw platypuses, tazmanian devils, wombats, birds of prey, reptiles, emus, pelicans, kookaburras but best of all are the koalas and kangaroos....we even got to feed the red kangaroos which was amazing!!!!!
Of course you can't go to Melbourne without going along the Great Ocean Road! We took a trip down with some freinds and hired a car and drove down to the Coast and stopped off at Torquay, Bells Beach, Anglesea and Port Campbell to see the 12 Apostles. The coastline views are amazing to see, such clear water and perfect sandy beaches. We did the trip in just one day and watched the sunset at 9.00pm whilst looking at the 12 Apostles. Along the way down we saw some koalas and kangaroos again crossing the roads and making nuisances of themselves on the local golf course! :) All in all it was a fab day and trip especially if you can get a car and the sun is shining all day.
We are leaving Melbourne on the 17th December to start our Oz Experience bus tour, the first trip is Wilson's Promontory which is a National Trust Park which will again have lots of breathtakinbg views and walking trips to explore. We will be here for afew days before we head off again......