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2 days in Melbourne

2 days in Melbourne

Originally we planned 4 days in Melbourne but because we got sick we only left the hotel for 2 of those 4 days. While we missed out on a few things I wanted to do, we still had some fun times and great food in Melbourne.

Free Walking Tour

The first thing on our Melbourne itinerary was of course a free walking tour. We went with I’m Free Tours again, the same company we used in Sydney. As (almost) always, it was a fun, informative tour with lots of good recommendations.

Lane Ways

Though we only got to check out a few, the lane ways in Melbourne are fantastic. We had some delicious breakfast in Centre Place and also lunch at a different restaurant there.

ArtVo

ArtVo is a really cool museum/art gallery where you get to be part of the exhibits. It’s a really fun place to spend a couple hours and take lots of silly pictures, see below 🙂

Star Observation Wheel

The Melbourne Star is in the same complex as ArtVo, there was almost no one there so we thought why not. We got our own cabin and one spin takes around half an hour. There was a free audio tour playing so we even learned something.

Melbourne Museum

Our guide from the free walking tour highly recommended the Aboriginal Exhibit “Bunjilaka” so we headed over to the Melbourne Museum on the free tram. I’m not a big museum fan but this one was really cool. I really liked the Science & Life Gallery with a blue whale skeleton and the dinosaur walk. The “Bugs Alive!” part was super disgusting (but well done) and gave me shudders.

Kangaroo Island to Melbourne Road Trip

Kangaroo Island to Melbourne Road Trip

After Kangaroo Island we took 4 days to drive over 1,000 km to Melbourne with many pretty spots on the way. The weather wasn’t the best but we still had a good road trip.

Day 1: Kangaroo Island to Hall’s Gap (580 km)

Our road trip started with a big travel day. We drove to the port, took the ferry and then drove 580 km to Hall’s Gap, which is in the Grampians National Park. By “we drove” I mean Thorben did all the driving 🙂

Day 2: Grampians National Park to Port Fairy (160 km)

In the morning I sent Thorben to hike up to the Pinnacle by himself while I was busy sleeping in and coughing.

After he got back we drove to different lookout spots where you never had to walk more than a kilometer for a pretty view. We did the Boroka Lookout, Reed Lookout, the Balconies and MacKenzie Falls. The weather wasn’t the best, I’m sure it’s even more beautiful when the sun shines

In Port Fairy we walked along the beach to a lighthouse and if it wouldn’t have been for the wallabies we saw it might as well have been Spiekeroog (a tiny island in the north sea) 🙂

Day 3: Port Fairy to Apollo Bay (200 km)

Day 3 was when we drove the most famous part of the Great Ocean Road and hit all the major scenic viewpoints including the Bay of Islands, the Grotto, the London Arch, Loch Ard Gorge and of course the Twelve Apostles.

Day 4: Apollo Bay to Melbourne (200 km)

The last stretch of the trip wasn’t too exciting. We wanted to stop at some beaches and surf towns but it was drizzling most of the time. We did however make a stop at the Great Ocean Road chocolaterie and got some goodies 🙂

Australia, here we come!

Australia, here we come!

Tonight, we’re getting on a plane to Sydney and then we’ll travel around Australia. Here is what our trip will look like:

Our 3 week Australia itinerary

  • 4 days in Sydney with a day trip to the Blue Mountains (if the weather is good)
  • 2 days in Adelaide
  • 1 day drive to Cape Jervis
  • 3 days on Kangaroo Island
  • 4 days road trip to Melbourne with a stop at Grampians National Park and a drive along the Great Ocean Road
  • 2 days in Melbourne
  • 4 days in the Red Center to see King’s Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  • 2 more days in Melbourne

On the map you can see what distances we’ll cover:

That means this blog won’t be updated for a while but lots of pictures and more details will come when we get back 🙂