Deb & Roger’s YB Travel Adventures to Melbourne Australia 2011
In 2011 we were visiting my daughter in New Zealand and decided since we were so close that we would visit our friends in Perth on our way to Bali. And on the way we planned to visit Melbourne. In May we left New Zealand and flew Jet Star to Melbourne.
We had an uneventful flight and arrived in Melbourne safe and sound. Their mass transportation system is amazing and we were able to take a bus to the city which dropped us at the train station. From there if you needed a ride to your hotel, they provided it at no charge. But our hotel was within walking distance so off we went.
Winter was already arriving and it was a cloudy day with definite hints of rain, but thankfully the clouds contained themselves until we were safely secure in the comfort of our hotel, the Pension. For the next three days we layered with as many warm things as we had and set out to explore the city. And it is such an easy city to get around, you can walk just about everywhere in the city center. Or, take the free tram that goes around the city. Which also connects with buses and the subway.
Sydney reminded me of a tropical Seattle, and Melbourne of Boston, or another NE city. Sophisticated yet casual with lots do in the way of museums, and the arts. The older architecture mixed with newer more modern buildings. And a really relaxed atmosphere. But it was cold, and rainy the entire time we were there. And while that did not keep us from exploring, it certainly would have been more desirable if it had been warmer. We enjoyed our time there, but looked forward to getting to sunny Perth.