Magical Melbourne!

This entry is for the Visit Melbourne contest organized by Tourism Victoria and Indiblogger.

Check out these wonderful videos. You are sure to fall in love with Melbourne!

Our fifth-anniversary special Australia sojourn would always remain an unforgettable memory for both my husband and me. Months of meticulous saving, careful planning, itineraries worked to perfection, and the final result – a gorgeous, fun, exciting vacation, to one of the world’s most awe-inspiring countries.

Melbourne had been our first stop, and thus our first peek of this magical land. Even though we landed almost in the middle of the night on a Friday, the buzz of the city was unmistakable. The cafes were still full, people were walking the streets without a care in the world, and it looked like evening was just setting in. We were in love with the city at first sight!

We decided to walk to MCG the next morning from our hotel, which gave us a great opportunity to view this gorgeous city. We walked by the Yarra river, stopped to photograph the tiny boats, looked at the majestic high-rises, the super clean roads, the friendly people and the golden winter sun that made everything glitter.

The MCG tour was fantastic for me, but a dream-come-true for hubby who is a self-proclaimed cricket buff. It was understandably exciting for him to touch the ‘holy turf’, look at the dressing room and dining space of his childhood idols, and learn a lot of fun facts about the grounds. At the end of the trip, his love had grow, not just for Melbourne but for cricket as well! A ride around town in the free tram only served to strengthen the love.

But it was only about to get better. A lovely scenic drive (which made it impossible to fall asleep even though we were dog-tired) later, we reached Philip Island, the most-looked-forward to part of the Melbourne leg of our journey. This island is home to the Little Penguin species, which spend the day in the ocean looking for food, and with nightfall, trot back to their burrows. It was impossible to not fall in love with these delightful creatures. All I wanted to do was cuddle a few, but obviously, that is not allowed, nor is photographing them, so we had to be content with going awww at the mere sight of the tiny little penguins.

They say, save the best for the last. Well, that’s what we did. The next day was devoted completely to the Great Ocean Road. The drive along the butter-smooth highways was a pleasure, but it was nothing compared to the sheer awesomeness of the view and the gorgeous photo-stops on the way, especially the Loch Ard Gorge. Wherever we looked, it was brown and dazzling sapphire blue. Imagine majestic mountains on one hand and sweeping stretches of blue water on the other, with a smooth, winding road between the two for miles and miles and miles. The pretty little town called Apollo Bay was perfect for a lunch stop. The final destination, the Twelve Apostles – limestone stacks rising off the sheer waters – was definitely what dreams are made of, and in our case, the stuff that dream-come-trues are made of. It is a classic example of how unspoilt and breathtaking nature can be when it sets its mind to the task.

Delicious lunches at Federation Square, hours of people watching, marveling at the amazing street art, and just strolling the nooks and corners of the vibrant city with frequent stops for delectable coffee and sandwiches – were the other high points of our trip.

By this time, we were in love with the city enough to consider settling down here for life. But unfortunately, that was all the time we had to drink in the beauty of Melbourne. We eventually ran out of days to explore its endless facets but definitely didn’t run out of enough things to fall in love with.

For my readers:

Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?

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5 thoughts on “Magical Melbourne!

  1. After watching all the videos, I like to visit ‘Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm’.
    I’m fond of strawberries and I have a special liking towards farms cause I love the silence and the fresh air. The green scenery is also breathtaking. So I fall for that place.

  2. Nice post. And pretty well explained. I absolutely loved the way you described the places in detail. Your post gives me a feeling that I’ve been there in Australia for myself. Of all, I would like to go and experience the hot air balloon ride. Would be an awesome experience, that too one, memorable for an entire lifetime.

    – Ranjith (http://www.alightheartedtalk.com)

  3. It’s an awfully difficult choice, but I think I would pick MCG. I grew up watching my cricket idols’ glorious wins in this lush green stadium and it has been a childhood dream to touch, as you rightly said, the ‘holy turf’. I am sure it would give me goosebumps to walk the corridors where my ‘Gods’ walk, and take a tour of the museum of cricket memorabilia. I would love to actually watch a match here if possible, but if not, even just visiting this place is sure to make my day!

  4. Interesting Post
    After reading your post and watching all the videos
    I feel I have stepped into a kaleidoscope called Melbourne
    Where Vistas of experiences would unfold one after another
    The nature lover in me is enticed by the thought of watching the penguin parade.
    Traveling though the great ocean road, soaking up the freshness as the breeze ruffles my hair gets me in the mood to pack my bags for Melbourne.
    But before I can move ,Puffing Billy whistles and invites me for a ride. The kid in me jumps with joy at the thought of visiting Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
    Even before I can deside on the list of places that I would like to see in and around Melbourne.
    What’s that noise that I hear ?
    Oh its loud cheer from MCG as the cricket world cup 2015 is about to kick start.
    So many plces to see and so much to do.
    I am thetimetraveler ( http://goo.gl/wdXDzu ) and I have decided … Melbourne here I come ( http://goo.gl/RvUCQf )

  5. Given a chance to visit Melbourne, I would absolutely make a run for Eureka Skydeck 88..Imagine the view of the city from such a great height of over 300 metres and while you are suspended in air in a glass box!
    This is an experience not to be missed and I hope I get a chance to visit Melbourne and go explore Eureka Skydeck 88 soon 🙂

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