So I just wanted to take some time to give you guys an idea of what we got up to in Melbourne, Australia.
We spent about 7 days there, and we were staying in the suburbs (Croydon area) with friends for the duration of our trip. We were lucky enough to be able to drive around, and be taken to a lot of places outside of the city which are worth seeing in the outside areas of Melbourne.
I totally understand that this may not be easy for anyone who is predominantly visiting the city, and may not have access to a car whilst visiting… however, if you do have a chance to stay in the suburbs or visit some of the outside areas then I’d like to share with you where we visited, as we have some awesome days out.
Yarra Valley is an area with lots of different wineries and attractions. We went for lunch at a brew house with a restaurant called Meletos. It was beautiful and delicious. We shared some pizza and fries, and the guys also had a taste of various ciders that were available. The pregnant one of the group, aka me, had a freshly squeezed apple juice which was absolutely amazing – it was literally like a squeezed Granny Smith apple.
We then finished up at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Yep, my idea of heaven. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I LOVE chocolate. Lemme tell you, their chocolate was delicious. They have some chocolate drops for you to try as soon as you come in, a big bowl of milk, white and dark chocolate drops. The white chocolate may have been the best I have ever tasted. It was hard to not just put my face in the huge bowl.. I feel that would have been frowned upon LOL. After looking at all the delicious chocolate treats they sold, we sat down for an ice cream. I had a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream… now I am very fussy when it comes to chocolate brownie – I have very high expectations. This brownie was not only HUGE but it was also delicious! Craig had a huge Chocolate Honeycomb Sundae and polished it all off.
I would definitely recommend a visit here if you can get to Yarra Valley and enjoy Chocolate.
Healesville Sanctuary is also about an hour from Melbourne CBD, also just by the Yarra Valley area, and it is a small animal sanctuary full of only Australia animals
I absolutely love it here. It has a lot of walk through areas where the animals can just roam around, and sometimes you’ll be lucky enough for them to be real close to you! We managed to feed a wallaby which was really cute! And they have Koala’s which are just gorgeous, I could sit and watch them for ages (even though they barely move)!
There are a lot of animals you can see such as Koala’s, Kangaroo’s, Wallaby’s, Tasmanian Devils, Emu’s, Dingo’s and Platypus. There are keeper talks at specific times, however we found that a lot of the staff are always happy to talk to you about the animals in the area you’re in if you have any questions, and they have an awesome bird show.
Prices are roughly $38 for adults and $19 for children.
If you enjoy seeing animals, and want to specifically see a lot of Australian animals, then this is definitely a great place to visit.
Mornington Peninsula is an area south of Melbourne CBD along the coast. There are lots of beaches, view points and walking tracks that you can stop at. We spent some time at one of the beaches, and it was stunning. We also took a small walk down a path to a rocky area which had a beautiful view.
It’s honestly a beautiful area to spend the day, moving from beach to beach and taking small walks to see amazing views.
We took a drive from Croydon up to Mount Dandenong, stopping in some really cute little villages along the way – as we drove up and up the mountains.
I love taking the drive up here because it just feels like somewhere completely different, as you wind up the roads between the trees, little villages pop up with the cutest little shops and cafes.
One of the little towns we stopped in was Sassafras, which has this gorgeous tea room called Miss Marple’s Tearoom. We didn’t stop in there on this trip but I have visited there before and it’s basically the cutest little tearoom with tea and scones – proper English ha!
We continued driving up to SkyHigh Mount Dandenong. We drove up here to show Craig our friends wedding venue and have some lunch in their restaurant. SkyHigh is a reserve that you do have to pay a small amount to enter and walk around their grounds, but it is beautiful. There are beautiful gardens you can walk around, and the view of the city and the rest of Melbourne is pretty amazing.
Melbourne CBD (Central Business District):-
We spent a day in the city and it was so much fun! We got the train into Flinders Street Station which is Australia’s oldest station and one of the main transport links in the city.
If you like street art make sure to walk around Hosier Street and the other lanes around there. I loved this area. There were so many amazing pieces of art to look at, and so many good photo ops! Plus a few good shops too!
Next was one of my fave things to do in any city, visit a tall building with a good view. In Melbourne, this is the Eureka Skydeck 88. 88 floors up, you can get a great 360 degree view of the city – it really is beautiful. They also have this mad lift type thing, which takes you out of the building so there is nothing but glass beneath you. I did fancy this but there was a long wait for it, so it’s on my list for next time!
Another great way to spend some time in Melbourne is at Crown Melbourne, the casino. Not just a casino, but also a hotel, food court, arcade, restaurants and shops.
Lastly we spent some time along the Yarra River, stopping in some bars for a drink and also having dinner at a seafood restaurant called the Waterfront.
It was my third visit to Melbourne, but it was my husbands first and he absolutely loved it. It is definitely one of our favourite cities we have visited. It just feels like it has everything in close proximity.
I’m sure there is a ton of other amazing things to do in Melbourne, so please let me know in the comments below what else you enjoy doing, or if you have visited any of these places!