MELBOURNE ‘the place to be’

Into my fifth day in Melbourne today. This city is so cool. The mixture of cultures, events, foods, museums, and places to see could keep you busy everyday for a couple of weeks.

Flinders station
Flinders station
Hosier Lane - street art
Hosier Lane – street art
Hosier Lane - street art
Hosier Lane – street art
Hosier Lane - street art
Hosier Lane – street art

Yesterday a group of us from the hostel headed over to St Kilda, a suburb just outside of the free tram zone of the CBD. St Kilda is located right on the beach. The main street stretches down the back of the esplanade sea front and is full of buzzing cafes that serve up the most incredible cakes and pastries, along with a variety of boutiques and eclectic shops. It reminds me very much of Brighton here. Along with the cold, windy, grey weather it’s definitely likened to an English seaside town.

St Kilda beach looking over to Melbourne city
St Kilda beach looking over to Melbourne city
The oldest theme park in Australia
The oldest theme park in Australia
Penguin spotting on the beach!
Penguin spotting on the beach!

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Bloody freezing on St Kilda beach
Bloody freezing on St Kilda beach
The amazing famous cake cafes
The amazing famous cake cafes
Looks like an advert for the cake shop!
Looks like an advert for the cake shop!

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I feel much more settled in the hostel now. People seem to be more open with becoming friends, and I have met a great group, all from Europe, which three of them I have planned a road trip with. We leave Thursday to take the Great Ocean Road over to Adelaide, taking around two days to see the Grampians national park and the twelve apostles. Where we will then stay overnight in Adelaide to prepare for our long stretch up to the centre of Australia, Alice Springs and Uluru. It will be a tough journey, taking the risk of driving in the outback with nothing around but bush for days, and the possibility of hitting a roo, camel or cow. We have rented a camper van for 21 days where we will end in Cairns. Back to the heat and to my brother!

Family for the next 21 days!
Family for the next 21 days!

This journey never really appealed to me at first, being a country girl I love the greenery, and the thought of seeing nothing but desert for days wasn’t my sort of thing. But seeing as I am in Australia and most of the country is made up of the desert and bush I feel it would be silly not to, and it will be an experience of a life time. So here we go. It is very unlikely I will have signal to blog or even update anything for the majority of the journey so I am making this my last post for a while.

I guess I could liken it to my overland trip I did in East Africa, obviously minus the extreme cultural difference and the animals. But we shall see. It will be interesting living out of a small camper van with three guys!

So this will be my home for the next 21 days: http://www.jucy.com.au/vehicles/Jucy-Grande-long.aspx

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