21.09.2007 - 24.09.2007 0 °F
Like Sydney, I had been here before But since this is one of the best cities in the world to live, i was still looking forward to it. To compare Sydney and Melbourne is what people do alot in OZ. The way i see it, is that Sydney focuses on buisness and Melbourne focuses on People. The city is geared up to being people and tourism friendly. There are free trams. One circles around the central core of Melbourne, whilst the other is a tour tram, taking in the major sights.
On Saturday I arranged to meet an old friend at Belgian Beer Garden. He's been in Melbourne for a number of years. So i was looking forward to catch up and find out what was the best places to go to from an insider. Shame he didn't turn up. Still, the Belgian Beer garden (St Kilda Road) is a pretty damm good place to spend the afternoon lot of different beers and mainly European. Later, I was fortunate to get tickets to the War of the Worlds concert. The show has an amazing Holographic computer generated image of a young Richard Burton narrating the story. Its not long before you actually start believing it is him. It's strange, that the hologram recieved a larger applause than any of the cast (including Jeff Wayne himself).
The following day, Sunday, i took the short tram ride to St Kilda. This is where i stopped last time i was in Melbourne. Thankfully it hasn't lost its charm, although it is more busy. The main street is still lined with cafe bars which were all packed. The previously closed Luna Amusment Park, which is a 60's style looking amusment park was now open and rammed. Also being Sunday (best day to go to St Kilda), the local art and craft market were strung along the prominade. Most of the stalls were pretty good and different to the usual tat you'd expect from a sunday market.
Monday was a chill out walking day, taking in a few parks, the massive war memorial, a view from the tallest building in Melbourne and a couple of exhibitions.
On tuesday I travelled on a tour down the Great Ocean Road. this is a long day trip,(about 15 hrs) but some of the best coast line you would see in all in the world, the hightlights being the Appostles and London bridge. Whislt travelling down the road if you have a keen eye you can see Koalas in their natural habitat.
Wednesday was another packing day, and another flight this time to Perth, where i am meeting up with friends Chris and Anna for a couple of weeks.
Melbourne has changed a bit, from when i visited last time. But it hasn't lost its cosmopolitan image. The restaurants (especally the ones within the Crown casino) are exceptional and the side streets lined with cafe bars are a great place to hang out. I can't say a bad thing about the place. (OK the weathers not as hot as Brisbane or Cairns).