Melbourne is a fun city. We’ve been fighting a little bit of jet lag but our sleep seems to be back to normal after week 1. We’ve enjoyed ourselves a lot despite it!
On Sunday we travelled into Melbourne proper and checked into our 45th floor Airbnb. It was fun staying so high up and it meant we could cook a few nights. Monday was a bit of a write-off, we explored central Melbourne a little and ate some food but then had an early night because we were tired and cranky.
On Tuesday we went for a walk into South Melbourne and ended at The Lume which is hosting a celebration of First Nations art and music. It was really well done; laying in a room surrounded by amazing projected art was what we needed after traipsing around in the heat.
After work time we met up with Leigh, an old colleague who moved back to Melbourne a few years ago. It was great to see him and we shared a few drinks near our Airbnb.
On Wednesday we had booked tickets to an open lecture at Melbourne University (on colonial debt). We spent most of the day hanging around that area, visiting Tokyo Lamington and Melbourne Museum. After the lecture, we went to the European night market to taste some Australian interpretations of European food – some great, some confusing.
On Friday we got up earlyish and walked the solar system into St Kilda. It was a beautiful day to walk along the beach, especially when interspersed with good food and drinks.
We spent the evening at Luna Park, checking out the world’s oldest continually-running roller coaster, then ate bottomless pizza and cocktails.
Aside: I swear 90% of the bar staff and waiters in Melbourne are British or Irish.
On Saturday we did absolutely nothing, deservedly.
Today we picked up our hire car and left Melbourne. We plan to drive up the coast over several days to visit Sydney. The coast road is supposed to be beautiful and we have motels booked in a few of the picturesque little towns on the way.
We took a fairly long detour to Hanging Rock where we enjoyed a picnic at the summit, then started the ~5-hour drive to our first motel.
Wildlife spotting tally:
Puffer fish: 1
Parrots: 20+ (stopped counting)
Australian Magpies: 20+ (stopped counting)
Kangaroos: 7 dead, 0 alive (roadkill is no joke here 😓)