It has been nearly 2 months since I went to Melbourne for the first time. I don’t know why it has taken me this long to post it here on the blog. Thankfully my Melbourne memories is still fresh in my mind and I can still share my experience with you all.
I took so many photos from my trip so I’m going to split it into a few parts. This first part is my overview of Melbourne and what I got up to first. I did do a lot of shopping and eating too but I’ll save that for another post.
The reason we went to Melbourne is my partner got sent there for work and I tagged along for a short holiday. While he was in training, I had the city to myself.
We stayed at Glen Waverley which is a suburb towards the east of the city. We were there because it was close to my partner’s training location. Although it is not close to the city, our hotel was near the train station so I jumped on the train on the first day and headed to town.
And I was in for an adventure…
And also Federation Square. The modern architecture of the buildings in Fed Square is quite a contrast to the heritage qualities of the surrounding. It is a great hub though. People were hanging outside and watching sports on the big screen.
Some alleyways are also covered in cool artwork.
Since my partner was working, I wandered around town by myself and although I had no one to talk to, it was quite nice and peaceful in a way. I had all the time to myself to shop and absorb the surroundings.
For my first full day in Melbourne city, I did not have a map with me nor did I have data on my phone to have Google Maps. I basically left my passport in the hotel as I didn’t want to lose it and when went to buy a sim card from Optus, I was told I need that for identification so I roamed around without any way of contact with my partner and I was 40 minutes away from where we were staying.
It wasn’t the brightest idea but I made it back in time to our hotel without any trouble. I conquered my way around Melbourne like a pro! Haha. I just walked and walked until I found the shops I wanted to check out. I did do a bit of research before going so I had a vague idea where things were too.
All my walking led me to Melbourne Central. It is a large shopping centre with a train station underneath. I did not expect a brick building inside a huge shopping centre with a magnificent glass cone-shaped ceiling. It was crazy busy but I had to stop and take in the scale of this place.
I spent my first whole day around the city mainly shopping. I found H&M, Zara, Uniqlo, Priceline, David Jones and Myer which were all close together. I didn’t take heaps of photos as I had too much bags at the end of the day and I was exhausted.
Eventually, I found my way back to Flinders Street Station and waited for the train back.
Our bathroom had this nice mirror too. We had a great time and the hotel staff were nice. I wish they had a spa pool though and not just a pool because the water temperature was still too cold for my liking. I took advantage of the sauna instead.
The biggest plus about our hotel was it’s connected to Century City which has restaurants and a movie theatre. We were surrounded by food places! We were spoilt for choice and we didn’t even bother with room service because we had so much options within walking distance. It was also nearby a shopping mall called The Glen. That is where I dashed off when I got back from town to buy myself and my partner sim cards.
I highly recommend getting a sim card in Australia if you need data on your phone. International roamin is incredibly expensive and not worth it in my opinion. I had $10 on my Vodafone account when I left NZ and I used that up when we were in the car on the way to the hotel from the airport.
If you’re only there for a few days, check out Optus. I got a sim card from them which I thought had the best deal. For $2 a day, you could get 500mb per day with text and calls. With my partner and I, 1gb a day was enough to hotspot on my laptop.
That’s about it for my first Melbourne post. We were there for a short period but I tried to cram in as much as I could. It was an exhausting few days but I wanted to explore. If you want to see more, check back in a few weeks time. I’ll also share my shopping/haul from my trip very soon.
If you’ve been to Melbourne, let me know what your favourite place is. I’d love to know so I can check it out on my next trip. I want to go back so badly!