Melbourne is ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world. And honestly, I prefer to stay here longer if not because of the tight schedule. We arrived at Melbourne airport in the middle of the night after 14hrs of flight from Manila. Compared to Sydney, Melbourne weather is much colder. So prepare to bring your coat or windbreaker if you’re coming in April or May.
Coming from a third world country haha, I find it fascinating to see self-serve check-in kiosk in Melbourne Airport.
Our usual form of transport is Uber as we have a senior citizen with us. Another form of transportation is the tram line which is free. As long as your within the city center of Melbourne. Another form of public transportation is getting a Myki card if you want to go outside within the city proper.
Where to stay? There are a lot of hotels you can choose from if you want to stay in the vicinity of the city. We booked ours in the Victoria Hotel which is just minutes away from the city proper.
The room is equipped with toiletries, coffee and tea sachets, water bottles are not regularly replaced tho. Good thing they have a warm shower which is important I must say in this weather. And television with Netflix connected on it, fun! Room is very spacious too and cleaned every day.
You can also request in the reception area to reheat your to-go food. Or you may order on their bar situated on the second floor. The confusing part of the hotel though is our way to the room. We have to pass by two different elevators. Make sure to remember which room you’re located at haha!
And since the hotel is just within the city proper, we just need to walk around the district to explore the central. There are near cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops you can check on.
Make sure to check out the known landmark in CBD which is the Flinders Street station. Known with the phrase “Meet you under the clock” is both stunning in day and night. Flinders station on weekdays is swamped with *-collar jobs, so make way for them to avoid nuisance hehe.
As you crossed the pedestrian from Flinders, you’ll spot the beautiful St. Paul Cathedral, an Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne.
As you walk more around the CBD, you’ll get by the bridge where the Yarra River is on sight.
Another must see in Melbourne is the State Library Victoria. Making it one of the oldest libraries in Australia and the first free library in the world.
Another best thing to do is to take a street art tour at Hossier Lane. Graffiti on all walls and even trash cans.
Another free thing to do is to visit the National Gallery of Victoria. Located in Federation Square, NGV is Australia’s oldest and largest art museum. Fees apply to special exhibitions.
I’ve compiled some video shots we’ve got during our stay. Watch it here:
We’ve missed other interesting places but hope to get back and explore more. Have you been to Melbourne? Share your experiences too!