Thursday, February 20, 2020

Melbourne To Be Wild

If there's one city in the world where I can enjoy the laidback lifestyle, its sceneries, the accessibility, high quality of living, and experience its unique local culture, it's Melbourne. Unlike its sibling, Sydney, which is now overcrowded and a highly urbanized area, Melbourne offers a character that no other city could offer.

The flight to Melbourne from Manila takes 7 hours and 40 minutes. This time, however, we left Manila past noon. We then arrived in Melbourne at past midnight, and after the long queue at customs, we finally arrived at our hotel at 2 in the morning. My mom and I were dead tired from our trip, and we woke up late.

We stayed at City Tempo located at Queen Street. Our hotel is an ideal location to stay at since it is at the heart of downtown Melbourne. Not to mention that it is so accessible to the free tram zone. Moreover, I didn't like taking long walks because it wasn't really that hot, thank God.

When in Melbourne, here are the places that you should visit:

  1. Queen Victoria Market
  2. State Library of Victoria
  3. National Gallery of Victoria
  4. Shrine of Remembrance
  5. Old Melbourne Gaol
  6. Southbank
  7. Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) - Docklands/Essendon
  8. Bourke Street Mall
  9. Chadstone Shopping Center
  10. Dendy Street Beach, Brighton
  11. Hosier Lane
  12. Federation Square
  13. Flinders Street Station
  14. St. Patrick's Cathedral
  15. St. Kilda Beach

Honestly, despite the lack of views, I still prefer Melbourne over Sydney. It's more laid back here, and definitely cheaper than Sydney where you are required to burn dollars to enjoy. I would love to live here long-term should I have enough resources and vacation leave credits.

I made a vlog about my recent trip to Melbourne and it's already up on YouTube. Just click this link. I hope you guys like it as much as I enjoyed doing it. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite photos taken from my recent visit to Melb.

Russell Street.

Inside 'The Dome' of State Library of Victoria

View from the top.

A typical day at Flinders Street Station

Free Tram Zone is life!

Hosier Lane

Dendy Beach Street

The colorful bathing box houses of Brighton.

The amazing glass roof of Chadstone Shopping Center, the largest shopping center in Australia. But, this is nothing compared to the shopping malls in the Philippines. Rockwell feels.

Waiting for our tram. I love the nature-urban balance of this city,.

St. Kilda Beach

Summer in Australia!

Great Ocean Road Tour

12 Apostles

Loch Ard Gorge

Port Campbell National Park

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