This August marks my 5th year of living here in Melbourne (and in Australia)! During that time I’ve posted about my various excursions within Victoria as well as other states in Australia. But this time I wanted to show the sights closer to home.. in Melbourne CBD. Although not as popular as Sydney, Melbourne has it’s own unique character that makes it just as interesting to explore..
The pictures below are just a few I’ve taken over the course of my stay here.
One of the standard things tourists would do when visiting Australia is to go see the koalas and kangaroos. There are wildlife parks in most of the cities in Australia that offer you an up close look at these popular Aussie animals (I know Melbourne and Sydney have them). But if your only chance to do this is in Adelaide, then head to Cleland Wildlife park. The park is around a 30 minute drive from the CBD.. And while in the area you can go to the nearby Mt Lofty Summit to see views of the city.
It was raining when we went so lots of fog and very cold.. But still not a bad trip as the photos had a spooky/mysterious effect to it because of all the fog.
The nice thing about these wildlife parks is that unlike zoos, the animals are not enclosed in cages. So you can get close to touch the animals in their habitat.
Here are some other photos I took of the animals in action..
For this Easter, we were still a bit tired from our activity filled trip to New Zealand, that we just wanted to go somewhere to take it easy and sightsee at a relaxed pace.
Thanks to a Jetstar flight promo, me and my 2 friends did a 4 day/3 night trip to Adelaide in South Australia. Our only plan.. rent a car, and decide when we get there what to do!
We arrived on Good Friday, when everything was closed and the city was like a ghost town. So we just spent the day walking around the city. Since living in Australia, I’ve travelled to a city in each state, and I found there’s a standard pattern as to what to expect to see (the only exception to this was Alice Springs in NT).
For scenic mountain landscapes, bushwalks, or just for those who want to escape the city life, relax and have nature just outside your doorstep, the Grampians in Victoria is a lovely spot to go to and get away from it all.
It’s a pretty long drive from Melbourne CBD (around 3-4 hours), so if you do decide to go here, it’s best to stay a minimum of one day overnight. For our case we stayed for 3 days and 2 nights in Grampians.
This Easter holiday, me and some friends went to Cairns, Queensland home of the famous Great Barrier Reef! I was so excited to put to use my underwater camera… I had high expectations to the variety of fishes/corals I will get to see.
If you’re in Perth and looking for a quick, relaxing getaway… Rottnest Island is a good place to go to.. either as an overnight weekend trip, or for a daytrip. “Rotto” as known to the locals, is a secluded island popular for siwmming, snorkeling, fishing, surfing, diving and cycling.
To get to the island, you would need to take a ferry ride either from Fremantle or Perth. From Fremantle it takes around 25 minutes to get there, and 1.5 hours from Perth. Be sure to check the schedules of when these ferries depart.. There are a few services available out there, for us we took Rottnest Express http://www.rottnestexpress.com.au/ from Fremantle.
What I love about the island is that although a popular spot for tourists, the island is mostly untouched by commercialization. There’s only a few shops and cafes near the pier, but apart from that the rest of the island is kept bare. Cars can’t be brought to the island and to get around the area you either have to take the bus (the only bus operating in the island), or ride a bike, or walk.
I must say so far in my travels around Australia, Tasmania has had the most scenic driving routes I’ve seen. Both this and the Heritage Highway drive we did boasted some wonderful landscape scenery of the countryside.. Vibrant green fields and hills everywhere that I just had to stop by the side of the road in order to capture what I saw..