I am back from my weekend away in Melbourne. Despite the fact that Melbourne is a major Australian city I had never been there before so I was very interested to explore the city and see what it is like in comparison to Sydney. I was under the impression that the two cities were similar but I found them very different. I thought that Sydney was much busier with many more tourist attractions and generally a lot more to do and Melbourne was more organised and safer with very amazing shops. I appreciate that I was only in the city for three days and didn’t get to explore anything beyond the CBD. I thought that Melbourne was a lovely city and would be a very desireable place to live.
Overall Rydog and I had a fun and enjoyable weekend but the disappointing part was the weather. It rained for the entire weekend and on Sunday it was so cold. As usual I packed inappropriately and only had summer dresses because I had just left the most perfect summer weather in Sydney. I had to buy a cardigan while I was there. On Saturday there was almost no break from the rain and it poured continually so this made it very difficult to take pictures and explore the city. We tried not to let the weather ruin the trip and since we only had three days in Melbourne we visted most of the tourist attractions in the rain anyway. Looking back I’m so pleased we made the most of the situation but at the time I was not very happy about it at all.
Rydog and I stayed at the Intercontinental Melbourne- The Rialto which was so beautiful and stunning. I think the choice of accommodation makes such a difference to a trip. It was a good central location because we explored most of the city through walking. I loved the shops in Melbourne and I have now found a new favourite brand called Dangerfield. We have Dangerfield here in Sydney but it is so much bigger in Melbourne and there were many Dangerfield stores just in the CBD alone. I went a little crazy in there and spent lots of money because I felt like I had found my shop. Even though it was an expensive trip it was worth it. We had been saving up for the trip for a long time and I think we deserve such experiences occassionally. I certainly won’t be spending any more money in a long time now though.
We visted locations such as Federation Square, Sports Centre, Shrine of Remembrance, Southbank, Flinders Street Statition, Parliament House and Bourke Street Mall. We went on the free tourist bus which was very useful service.
I have so many photos from my Melbourne trip so I will divide them into a few different posts.