Trip Report: Australia (part 13) Around Melbourne


British Airways First Class Lounge O’Hare
Cathay Pacific First Class ORD-HKG
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing First Class Lounge HKG
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class HKG-KUL
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Around Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KUL
Malaysia Airlines Business Class KUL-MEL
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
Australia Open Day One (2nd round of tourney)
Around Melbourne
Great Ocean Road Excursion
Australian Open Day Two (4th round of tourney)
Park Hyatt Sydney
Sydney Opera House Tour
Bondi Beach
Qantas Domestic Business Lounge SYD
Qantas Domestic Business Class SYD-BNE
Qantas Business Class BNE-LAX

Around Melbourne

There were two primary ways that we got around Melbourne:

Flagstaff Gardens

Across the street from our hotel was the Flagstaff Gardens which is a nice green space in the middle of Melbourne.  The park has a lawn bowling field, netball and tennis courts as well as a playground for the kiddo’s.  We went for a stroll through the park one morning after breakfast.  This is a great spot for a picnic or to go for a jog.  The park is 18 acres large and in fact is the oldest park in Melbourne established in 1862!


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Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere.  Its about 18 acres and again was just down the street from our hotel-Radisson Flagstaff Gardens.  The market is huge and diverse! You can find just about anything here.  Plenty of souvenirs and clothing along with a large food market as well in which you can buy plenty of fresh produce.

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Shrine of Remembrance War Memorial

One of the stops on the hop on, hop off bus tour is the Shrine of Remembrance.  It was built as a memorial to all Australian veterans that served in World War II. When we arrived there was some sort of ceremony just ending.

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Royal Botanical Gardens

Right next to the Shrine of Remembrance is the Royal Botanical Gardens.  This is a very large area of landscaped gardens consisting primarily of native Australian plants and vegetation.  We walked through the gardens for 1-2 hours on a peaceful and sunny Friday afternoon.

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The City

There were several stops on the hop on hop off bus in which we hopped off for a bit just to walk around and see the different areas of the city!

Flinders Station

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Yarra River

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Yarra River



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Street graffiti 

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Notice all the wires above the street for the electrical tram system

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Australian Open flags in the heart of the city as the tram moves down the tracks

My wife had a taste for greek so we stopped at Stalacities for what turned out to be a great meal for cheap (well cheap for Melbourne).

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All the pictures above were from the Friday before Australian day weekend and it was a busy time in Melbourne.  We got to see quite a bit of the city in several hours and enjoyed amazing weather while in Melbourne.  I encourage anyone to get out there and see what’s available. There is so much more that we didn’t get around to.  We debated checking out the Mornington Peninsula but just ran out of time.



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