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Mar 20

January 2017: Melbourne Trip Report

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Day 1:

After checking into our hotel (Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne), we walked to Queen Victoria Market which is located just 2 minutes away.

Karen @ Victoria Market, Melbourne

Victoria Market is a fantastic place to do some souvenir shopping as well as trying out different ethnic cuisines. In addition to souvenirs, they had a variety of shops such as clothing, fruits and vegetables, artwork and handicrafts.

Victoria Market, Melbourne

Gozelme in Victoria Gardens

After having some delicious Gozelme at a Turkish shop, we decided to do some late afternoon sightseeing.

Melbourne Flinders STreet Station

All the trams in the Melbourne CBD are free as designated by the free tram zone. Therefore it won’t cost anything as long you get on and off from the tram within the free tram zone. A lot of tourist attractions of Melbourne are within this zone.

Karen and Mom @ Flinders Street Station

We took a tram to Flinders Street station and then walked across the street to Federation Square, one of the most busy and happening places in Melbourne.

Karen @ Federation Square, Melbourne

After walking around Federation Square we walked to nearby Alexandra Gardens and then part of Queen Victoria Gardens.

Yarra River by Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne

We walked for quite a while in Alexandra Gardens along the Yarra river.

Mom @ Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne

Mom doing Melbourne Sightseeing by City Circle Tram

After seeing Federation square we took a tram to St. Patrick’s cathedral. The building looked impressive from outside.

Karen @ St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

After doing our sightseeing for about 3 hours we went back to the hotel.


Day 2:

We started our day 2 by taking the tram to Shrine of Remembrance which is outside the free tram zone and so we got ourselves a Myki card.

Mom & Dad @ Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne

Melbourne skyline view from Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance has a very nice gallery in its basement which illustrate in detail about the sacrifices made by Australians during the two world wars.

Mom @ Docklands, Melbourne

Next we took a tram to the Docklands. We walked by the water back to the tram station while enjoying the summer weather.

Karen @ Docklands, Melbourne

After resting in the hotel for a couple of hours in the evening we took the tram to St. Kilda Beach. Since we were planning on seeing some penguins after dark, we decided to get into Luna Park nearby to kill some time and watch some people. However, this park is mainly for children (and their parents) so we quickly got bored here and walked to St. Kilda beach which is very close to it.

Luna Park Entrance

Karen @ St. Kilda Beach, Melbourne

It was extremely windy in St. Kilda beach which meant lot of people doing windsurfing.

Lots of people wind-surfing at St. Kilda Beach, Melbourne

Karen @ St. Kilda Pier, Melbourne

St. Kilda Pier @ Melbourne

We did not want to wait till too late and walked to the penguin observation area of St. Kilda Pier.

Penguin observation area @ St. Kilda Pier, Melbourne

Penguin @ St. Kilda Pier, Melbourne

We did not have to wait till sunset to see a couple of little penguins out and about on the rocks.

Another little Penguin @ St. Kilda Pier, Melbourne


Day 3: 

This was our last day in Melbourne and me and Karen spent the morning doing some souvenir shopping at the nearby Queen Victoria Market by our hotel.

Karen @ Victoria Market, Melbourne

Victoria Market Food Court, Melbourne

After lunch, me and dad took a tram to MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) to watch Australia play Pakistan in a one day match. Mom and Karen spent the afternoon doing more souvenir shopping at the Queen Victoria market.

Posing by Pakistani fans @ MCG before Australia – Pakistan match

Dad @ MCG for Australia – Pakistan one day cricket match

After having an early dinner in downtown Melbourne, we took an uber to drop my parents to the airport while we stayed overnight at a hotel near the airport. We flew out early next morning to Los Angeles thereby concluding this amazing and memorable 12 day Australia – New Zealand trip.

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