Thursday, March 14, 2013

our day in Melbourne

Did you know that you can actually camp in Melbourne? Neither did I. But it seems you can, in a relatively pleasant caravan park just 9km from the city. Overshadowed by one of those giant electricity poles merely metres away, I joked that it was our Eiffel Tower view.

We had promised Luca a visit to the Eureka Tower, and it turned out to be the highlight of his trip. I was the only one who had been to Melbourne before, and that was many years ago, so it was an entirely new experience for everyone else.

We nervously caught the tram in (where I spied a young woman knitting, and wondered if she had a blog), got lost many times (and we must have really looked lost as a kind lady approached us and offered directions), stumbled upon interesting buildings and laneways, strolled along the river and Luca got to see his tower. A little weary at the end of the day (especially considering I carried Violet and Daniel had the nappy bag full of everyone's drink bottles), we happily stumbled upon an unassuming little Italian restaurant where we ate the most delicious handmade ravioli ever.

It was quite an experience. For those of us that live in the country, it is so far removed from our everyday reality, but an exciting and interesting place nonetheless. With great coffee.

We quite like Melbourne.


  1. Lovely to see photos of my capital city, we live in the dandenong ranges - hopefully the weather wasn't too hot - we have had such a heatwave here xxBrenda

  2. I love city breaks now that we live in the country. The last trip we went on the most exciting thing for Tom was riding on the escalators, bless him! xo

  3. Wow, sounds like you had a great time! I live right in the city, so chances are we walked past each other! I love Melbourne, but i imagine it would be quite daunting to come here and not know your way around!

  4. Yep. Love good old Melbs.
    Isn't it amazing how as soon as you enter a city or town you can feel the vibe of the place and straightaway you know if it's somewhere you are going to love or hate?
    That's what happened to me 24 years ago when I went to Melb. from Qld. Loved it immediately.
    And I never went home.
    (but now things are on the turn - from Melb. to country Vic - now back to QLD - it's nice to have a little bit of variety! Not too much though or I'd go bonkers).

  5. We Have great coffee in Melbourne, glad you enjoyed your stay here.

  6. It's so lovely to see you and the kids in the city when I'm so used to seeing you in your lovely country surrounds. Bet they loved the experience. I love living in the country but I do love a good city fix every now and then - we lived in Port Melbourne for 2 years before kids. Was fun. And yes, I have to agree Melbourne does the best coffee :-D

  7. I love Melbourne, I like it best of all the Aussie cities (and I'm not just saying that being Vic born and bred lol). It is a lovely city to get lost in.

  8. Lovely to see your holiday photos. We are off to Tasmania in April, so am inspired by seeing you out and about, and impressed with your camping. We are not campers, the thought of fly-drive plus self-contained accommodation is more than enough for me to worry about. hoping to find some lovely small towns as you did ...

  9. Looks like you all had a fun and full day. I bet your arms were tired!

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