Accomodation wise, I couldn't recommend any place. I mean, I went traveling for about 2 weeks plus, and it's soo ridiculuos that I would be afford to stay at a nice hotel throughout...I sacrificed a lot on the accomodation, so that I would be able to enjoy myself doing all the activities without limitation!
We (husband, my friends and I) opted to stay at backpackers hostel. But it wasn't too bad. I'm glad we stayed at backpackers cos we got to meet a lot of people from all over the places, and be friends with them. We don't just meet and greet each other, but we cooked, watch TV together and shared stories. The toilet (again..hehe) and the room are well maintained and clean. What I can reccommend you would be a cheap BUT nice places that you can consider to stay in :)
Back to Melbourne, we stayed about 4 days and 3 nights there. It was short, but four days are suffice to cover the town and some of other places nearby.
In Melbourne, public transportation were easily assessable, and quite cheap too. The trams were all over the town. However, we chose to drive since it would be easier for traveling to other places which were quite distance from the city itself. Plus, I ni memang pemalas..hehe
|Car rented from EastCoast Car Rental, as recommended by Nuown in her blog, memang fully recommended! :)|
Let's talk about food, since it was one of my most favourite activities when travelling..haha. Baru je makan lunch, dah fikir nak makan apa for dinner...
Fret not about finding halal food in Melbourne city, you can find it almost everywhere. Even Nandos, and some of their fast food are halal ( but please bare in mind to check on the halal cert which are usually displayed at the restaurant).
I chose Swanston Street (as suggested by few of my friends) to find foods. Along the stretch of Swanston Street, you can find varieties of international cuisine, from Asian to Western dishes. The place is soo happening and you can see crowds day and night.
Soo, where did I eat?
1) Restoran Nelayan
You just have to try out the Indonesian dishes in this restaurant. The varieties of food were unlike those I encountered when I went Jakarta and Bandung last year.
You must must must try their ayam bakar perahu. A grilled chicken with a green chilli paste..sedaap!
2) Es Tellar Restaurant
This restaurant also serves Indonesian dishes, but the menu are a little bit different than the ones in Nelayan. Many recommended me to try nasi uduk. It's basically a coconut rice with chicken soup, fried chicken and chilli paste. Not to forget their nasi goreng kambing :) I love everything kambing..hehehe.
|Nasi goreng kambing :)|
3) Max Branner (Chocolate by The Bald Man)
You people do not dare to leve Melbourne without trying out Max Branner!!. You must try the waffle, don't ask me why..hehe. They are yummy, the best waffle I've ever tasted. Nothing like the ones in Dome, Chocolate Lounge, Haagen Dasz and A&W ;p
|Jaja, you must order this!!|
There were many other places that you can dine in..but I kept coming back to the same. Dunno why. Maybe my throat was soo itchy to eat rice, food that can make me feel full. Btw, our blogger friend, Sha also did her reviews on food in Melbourne and you can read it here.
Where did I go? what did I do?
We arrived in Melbourne from Christchurch in the morning. Due to overexhaustion from the activities in New Zealand, we checked in straight to our guesthouse and K.Oed straight away. By the time we woke up, we didn't have that much of time left. Hence, on the first day we took a stroll along St Kilda beach, a beach near to the city. At night, we head off to Swanston Street. Apart from food, you are able to find lots of surveniors shop there.
|Exhausted...9 hours berkampung at Christchurch Airport...|
|The guys at St Kilda beach|
The following day we drove down to Great Ocean Road, which was about an hour drive from the city. The road is one of the main tourist attraction in Victoria. It traverses green open pastures, beaches and cliffs. You will pass by Port Campbell, Apollo bay, London Arch, the Tweleve Apostles etc. Each landmark has its own fascinating history. You can enjoy the beautiful leisurely drive along the beautiful country road greeted by a vast blue ocean, and you can spend all the time you want for pictures :)
|Mesmerizing view of Port Campbell|
|Was in awe with God's creation|
|Jaja, you must do this pose ok? ;p|
3rd day we went to the zooooo...I was very excited cos it's my dream to meet Mr. Kangaroo and Mr. Koala (once again I'm jumping with excitement like a kid!..hehe). It's my wish to say 'hi' to them, to pat them, and of cos take photos with them.
Feeling pumped up, we reached Melbourne Zoo as soon as it opened...see how semangat I am ;p
Buuuuuttt, they didn't semangat to meet meee!! They all very malas and baring je, very passive tau..sedih je. I got a shock in my life since I've always pictured them happily hopping from one place to another with a baby in their pocket...
|Told ya! Malaskan diorang...|
I guess it wasn't my luck...anyway, there's another 2 more zoos in Melbourne which you can try, who knows you might find a very aggressive ones there..hehe
Night time, I would suggest you to talk a walk along Swanston street and also along Federation square, it's one of many hallmark of Melbourne.
|Swanston Street..these bunch of guys are damn talented|
|inside Melbourne City shopping complex|
The last day was spent for shopping. Melbourne is quite famous with their factory outlet stores. You can find them at Harbour Town and also DFO. I seriously did not buy anything much except some homestuff at Laura Ashley cos they were soo damn cheap. As for souvenirs, you can find it easily everywhere along Swanston Street.
I did not manage to visit Queen Victoria Market, one of the recommended place to go in Melbourne to find cheap surveniors. They did not open everyday, and they have certain opening hours. Since shopping was not my main priority, I didn't feel that sad la sebab tak dpt pegi...hehe.
Soo, any of you who have visited/ stayed/ staying in Melbourne, what else did I missed? Do share...