Friday, August 24, 2018

Melbourne 6d5n Road Trip : The Great Ocean Road

A day before we leave Melbourne, we visited
The Great Ocean Road, the world most scenic coastal drives.

Our city view stay with 2 bedrooms, situated at Docklands.
We stay for 2 nights at here, the city view is amazingly beautiful.
For more information about this stay, check my Melbourne Itinerary

We have bought bread and eggs groceries at supermarket which is 7 minutes walking distance from our stay. The homestay is quite convenient as there are few restaurants and pharmacy below the building.

I have made egg-soak-into-the-bread-with-sugar as our breakfast before we departed to Great Ocean.
I never made this before in my life, I learned it from my mom but I never try to make this.
My mom always made this egg-bread (whatever the name is) for me as my breakfast since I was young, I tried it finally in Melbourne.

Thank god that I didn't fail it, the dish can be finish at last. LOL

Back to the topic, we took 3 hours drive to reach the Great Ocean Road
 But you can't miss this place if you visit Melbourne
It is a must visit place in Melbourne. The cool breeze in the air of the Great Ocean Road had waken me up after being slept for 3 hours inside the car.

The first attraction we stopped by was:

Lord Arch Gorge
A favorite stop-off point along the Great Ocean Road, the sheer size of the cliffs and the narrow opening out to the sea amazed everyone.

Walk down a few flights of staircases down to the beach, you will realized that the view of the openings between the cliffs look slightly different in different angles. Interesting.

Continued our journey to the next destination along the Great Ocean Road

The Twelve Apostles 
a combination of 12 apostles - limestone pillars stacks off the shore has made the site a famous spot attraction for tourists. There are 8 pillars left instead of 12 even though it is called as 12 apostles. I think I should visit Melbourne earlier before that as the ninth apostles collapsed since year 2005. 

It left 8 pillars now, don't miss it before the apostles getting lesser year by year. I think I am still the lucky one that still able to see the remaining 8 apostles, sound sad but grateful with what I saw. It took an hour to walk along the walkway to see the pillars in different angles. Of course, we have used majority of time taking the pictures and take turn waiting for the perfect spot of picture taking. The pictures outcome are the proof, no tanned no gain, we stood under the sun for hours to take the best shot of pictures and yes I got tanned because of this gain, yet it is worth thou.

Walk along the walkway to the end of it and you will see the another side of the amazing view.
There are another 2 pillars on the left side of us. Honestly, this is the most extraordinary nature god-made creation that I ever seen. The most memorable day in my Melbourne trip too.

As the day was late after we have finished the walkway of The 12 Apostles, we decided to head back to Melbourne after taking our lunch.
Yes. Carbonara again, besides Carbonara, it is quite hard to find a dish that is suitable for vegetarian. (The restaurant serves variety type of meat burger and steaks)

3 hours of drive return back to Melbourne, we stopped by at a mall which is near to our stay, bought everything that we want before we departed on the next day. In fact, Korea quality of FILA brand is totally different with Australia quality, yet, the shirts are authentic too. Some people may doubt on the authenticity and the quality, especially when they saw the tag of the shirts which written made in china, in fact,  the Fila brand in Australia is authentic. Korea FILA will be super pricey compared to Australia one, but both are authentic, which was clarified by the Australia local.

The last meal and last cook in Melbourne,
I think I have tried my best to cook everything we have bought instead of wasting the ingredients. 

The breakfast on the day we checked out and headed to airport.
Australia strawberry is cheap thou.

Okay, I think I am done with my Melbourne Post and if you ask me that Melbourne or New Zealand again, I will still pick New Zealand as my favorite spot to travel since I am a scenery lover rather than a city lover. Stay tuned on my blog for upcoming Bitch post, oops, should be Beach post. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Melbourne 6d5n Road Trip : Exploring the Melbourne City

The day after visiting the wrong season timing of  Mount Buller,
we drove back to Melbourne City directly from Mount Buller
I am feeling gratitude to my friend who drove for so many hours for return trip
and never complaint a word at all
It is quite touching but feeling guilty as I just sleep inside the car during the whole journey. lol

The sunset in Melbourne is so pretty.

We checked in to YHA Hostel on the day we came down from Mount Buller
It is quite a last minute put off plane for Mount Buller
But thank god that I have been very familiar to YHA during New Zealand trip,
thats why I never worried about the staying YHA in Melbourne
The rate per night is AUD 80 per room and Melbourne YHA is quite happening and crowded compared to YHA in Auckland City. 

For Parking,
There is no parking provided for YHA guest, so what we did was, 
we parked those parking where is belong to public parking which allowed for parking overnight for free but you have to take your car before 7am on the next day or else you will get fine. 

We are quite lucky that we still have eggs, rice and mushroom powder along with us which we bought since the day before at Healesville Town. 
We cooked with everything we have for our simple and light dinner. 
Dont worry about the seasoning parts, YHA Kitchen provides seasoning in the kitchen. 

Having a walk in the city after having our dinner, 
I was quite regret on did not show up at the Victoria Market which open on every Wednesday night.
Remember to visit the market when it is Wednesday in Melbourne City. 

The Tram
I heard it is free and I should have a try to be the tram passenger on the next visit.

Night City View in Melbourne

Since we have to take our car before the time strike to 7am, 
we have a quick breakfast at 7-Eleven which is next to YHA a few steps away,

Eating breakfast in 7-eleven of Melbourne city.

Morning View of Melbourne City

The first place we going to explore in Melbourne City:
Brighton Bathing Boxes, the 82 rainbow-coloured bathing boxes, provided a colorful backdrop, has become a tourist spot attraction for photo-taking. 

 It is just 20 minutes of driving distance to Bathing Boxes from the main city.

Spotted these little creatures' discipline ,
flying in a line following their leader to the destination. LOL

Okay, I can't admit that the picture below is IMBA,
Look at the sunshine behind me,
there is no photoshop touch up in every picture I post
The shine in the picture is by god made nature, beautify the whole picture.

This dog is TALL.
The local love to bring their lovely dogs to come here for beach walk.
You can see different types of dogs playing different types of games, 
running here and there with their host at the beach.
What a lovely scenery at Brighton Beach. awww.

Back to the city after taking hundreds of pictures at Brighton Beach with the colourful bathing boxes.
First, let me take a picture before I cross the road to Hoiser Lane

Hoiser Lane, a lane or pedestrian that those aerosol-wielding artists from around the world have left their creatives at here. 

There is a hidden shop along the lane, it sells SWAG theme items from head to toes. 
The shop is quite big and you definitely will love it if you love swag.

The back lane of the Hoiser Lane,
there were few people lounging around at the back lane
I wonder, are they the one of them who mark the wall.
But anyhow, I did enjoy the day in this artistic lane.

My Carbo Lunch in Melbourne
I can't imagine how the local can eat pasta every single day
I felt bored with Carbonara already on the 4th day in Melbourne > <

St Patrick Cathedral, a historic and beautiful building which situated in the center of Melbourne city, opposite to Federation Square, one of the landmark in the city.

You should visit it and you will definitely feeling amazed with the building structure and design. 
I never see such building like this in Asia before, even in New Zealand. 
That's create Melbourne city.

St Paul Cathedral, a home church for the Anglican and located on Melbourne's busiest intersection.

State Library of Victoria, the oldest public library in Australia and is a magnificent building with the amazing heritage interior design.

The reason I upload this picture is because of the pigeons. LOL
Honestly, lots of pigeons and their faeces outside the library.
I am quite impress with those students who studying outside the library,
they don't bothered about the risk of pigeons faeces at all BUT I DO MIND, seriously.

The beautiful heritage interior design of the library.

QV Mall,  a mall just right next to the public library, you just need to cross a small road between the buildings and you will reach the mall within few steps.

I have visited a sneakers shop in the mall which I called it as SNEAKERS HEAVEN
I guessed sneaker lovers will scream when they saw this.

Surprisingly, spotted Paparich in Melbourne!
Too bad that I have had my lunch or else I will get a try on the food in Paparich
since I missed Malaysia food so much

Flinder Street Railway, is a railway station on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in Melbourne. A heritage railway station along the busy road in Melbourne

It is quite hard to take picture with the tram and the building in one shot, as the traffic is super busy and the people was crossing the road here and there.
But thank god that my friend captured it successfully ! :D

I met a friend in Melbourne, he brought me to dinner at Chinatown.
Till now, I still miss the soup and noodles of the bowl. It taste soooo yummy.
I have queued for 20 minutes with him to get the seat but the queue is worth.

My mushroom and noodles Ma La Spice soup is delicious !

Dragon Hotpot, 一麻一辣 

I am going to post the last feed of Melbourne Trip on coming two weeks
Stay Tuned !

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