First stop in Melbourne here I ended up setting up base was in St Kilda. I had been told this is where most of the travellers base themselves and I think they were right! I immediately loved the relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The beach isn’t amazing but good and handy all the same and a run along it in the mornings is nice.
I was lucky enough to get a job on the second day on Acland Street in a falafel and juice place. So it took me a while to get around Melbourne between work but I jam packed my days as usual! 🙂
In had a lot of reunions here with old school friends and people I.had met while travelling. I was extremely lucky to be brought to so many cool places. The 1000 steps, Chandon winery, outdoor cinema, Chinatown, Victoria Markets, Ballarat, The Ocean Road, all by people living here and knew the areas. I couldn’t have asked for more!!
What I loved about Melbourne is there is so much to do, day and night. All surrounding suburbs have so much to offer without going into the CBD. I was blown away by coffee and rooftop bars in Fitzroy, frozen yoghurt in Balaclava and op shops and bazaars on Chapel Street. Not to mention the amazing graffiti that’s to be seen around every corner!
The CBD itself still offers a lot. Again lots of graffiti covered alleys, quirky and interesting cafes, delicious food and huge choice of bars. I got my salsa fix in and visited the art gallery and strolled around the beautiful Botanic gardens. But there’s still so much more to see!
I think I would definitely live here over anywhere else in Oz just for the sheer variety. I got to work at a beer fest in Ballarat, run by the beach, drink on a rooftop bar and watch the tennis in Federation square all on a regular weekend. Ofcourse it’s Australia so it’s crazy expensive and there is so much more available to do for the working, nonbagpacker but I think I did well on a tight budget. (Free food in work helped!)
I only had to do one organised tour because I had so many generous people offering to bring me places. I went on a tour to Philip Island. Parts of the tour were definitely time fillers but I had a great day and the penguins at the end are an amazing sight to see!
I think it’s pretty clear I loved Melbourne. My time in Bass hostel, especially my time in Barkley Hotel and my final stint in a college student house made me feel young again! 😉 I loved every minute and the roadtrip in a relocation camper to Sydney just put the cherry on top!