Exploring Melbourne - Weekend Getaway
When you have the chance to get away from your everyday life to experience a change, go for it. I recently took a quick weekend trip to Melbourne to escape Sydney. Nothing was planned to see or do, but Melbourne is a place of ever evolving culture and arts. There is always something new to experience.
The Oaks on William Street -
Located within close proximity to all the popular attractions of Melbourne, The Oaks on William Street is the perfect location. You can upgrade to an apartment with a park view that is totally worth the small cost.
The studio apartment was fitted with a handy kitchenette, not that it got used on this stay, but is worth knowing in case your budget doesn’t allow you eat out in Melbourne’s delicious restaurants every night.
The room was a nice clean, relaxing space after a long day of walking around the city taking in all the sights.
- Getting from the Airport into Melbourne is quick and easy when you travel with SkyBus from only $36 return for an adult. The ticket is valid for 3 months from the date of purchase which is helpful if you’re going for more than a quick weekend trip. The buses come every 10 minutes so you won’t be waiting long.
- Getting around Melbourne couldn't be easier with most popular attractions in walking distance and Melbourne’s well known trams at your doorstep. If your looking to travel within the CBD area the trams are free, so feel free to jump on and jump off as you please as you explore the endless attractions Melbourne has to offer.
Things to do:
- Artvo - The District Docklands - Experience the artistic world with you in it. This amazing exhibition on display in Docklands is well worth checking out. On our visit we spent two and a half hours wondering around. The exhibition is for all ages so if you would like to try and avoid the uncontrollable kids always in your photos, start from the middle and work your way back around. It’s hours of fun and laughs.
- Walking along Melbourne's South Bank - When in Melbourne it’s always nice to take a night walk along the riverside to see the amazing nightlife Melbourne has to offer. Over the 5 years Melbourne has expanded its riverside restaurants with a huge section to choices all while admiring the stunning skyline above and water below.
- DFO South Wharf - Calling all shopaholics this is your shopping destination. With outlets from just about every clothing brand, trust me when I say there is a good deal to be found for everyone in the family. Leave plenty of time in your schedule to browse the racks in each store to discover your bargain.
- Queen Victoria Markets - Queen Street, Melbourne - A must visit for anyone going to Melbourne is the Queen Victoria Markets. An iconic location in the heart of the city that brings fresh food, veg, delicious cheese and mouth watering fresh cut meat everyday (except Wednesdays) to Melbourne city. On the weekend walk the alleys and alleys of clothing and novelty stores. Follow your nose and entice your tastebuds with tastes of different cultures with the food street stalls.
- Hosier Lane - Hidden in a side street across the road from Federation Square, it’s a colourful laneway dedicated to the expressive form of graffiti art. Explore the laneways during the day and at night to experience to different feels within your photography. The sometimes overcrowded laneway is a perfect photo location so just wait till the crowd moves on.
Places to eat:
- Pastuso - Peruvian Restaurant - ACDC Lane -
Have you ever gone to a restaurant, looked at the menu and thought, I have no idea what to order? Well don’t worry Pastuso has a Feed Me Menu, La Seleccion Del Chef. Essentially for $65 per person you let the chef present you with a mix of the best dishes on offer.
On our visit the dishes consisted of:
Quinoa Hummus - Toasted golden quinoa, hulled tahini, dill oil and sun dried Peruvian chilli dust with quinoa crisp.
Peruano - Ruby red snapper cured in lemon juice with caramelised sweet potato and cancha.
Pastel De Choclo - Sweet corn cake with whipped feta, black garlic, baby corn, asparagus, spring onion and alfalfa.
El Pollo - Bannockburn 1/2 chicken, smoked and roasted with a traditional spring onion, lemon and lime salsa
Yucas - Fried cassava chips with spicy rocoto mayonnaise
Ensalada Invierno- Red Kale, silver beet, crispy shallots, roasted garlic and mustard dressing
Algarrobina - Peruvian panacotta caramelised white chocolate
There was more than enough food to fill two people and a whole Peruvian family.
The taste of each dish will blow your mind, with spicy, sweet and sour dishes, you get a wide taste of what Peru has to offer.
Bookings are essential as seatings are only 2 hour time slots.
- The Quarter - Degraves Street, Melbourne - Waking for breakfast can sometimes be boring but not in Melbourne. With a huge selection of cafes open to feed you with delicious food, you won’t go wrong if you tried somewhere different each day. The Quarter is located down one of Melbourne most famous cobblestone narrow laneways. Pick from the menu of heart warming foods while relaxing and sipping on your morning coffee, enjoying a casual conversation with friends and family. The cafe has friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere.
Jetstar - https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/home
Oaks on William Street - https://www.oakshotels.com/en/oaks-on-william
The Quarters - www.thequarter.com.au
Pastuso - www.pastuso.com.au
ArtVo - www.artvo.com.au