This is our first destination in Australia. We landed at Melbourne Airport, colloquially known as Tullamarine Airport, is the primary airport serving the city of Melbourne. We flew with Air Asia on 29th March and arrived on 30th March, 9:30am. Rented a car for 4 days with Hertz.
Trip in March 2012 | AUD$1 = RM3.1
Day 1 Melbourne, VIC | 30 March 2012
Since we arrived early, we cannot checking into the hotel yet so we went to St. Kilda Beach. This was our first attraction place we visited. Located in St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) south from the Melbourne city centre. It is Melbourne’s most famous beach.
Melbourne’s Chinatown, is an ethnic enclave in the Central Business District of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Centered at the eastern end of Little Bourke Street, it extends between the corners of Swanston and Spring Streets, and consists of laneways, alleys and arcades. We had nice lunch at Vietnam restaurant around there.
We walked around Flinders Station before heading back to hotel to rest. Since we traveled 8 hours by airplane from KL, we need some rest before long activity tomorrow. Dinner time we just walked to nearest place to eat.
Day 2 Melbourne, VIC | 31 March 2012
Today’s itineraries are driving to Yarra Valley, Healesville, Dandenong Range & Phillip Island.
We start very early before the car free parking is over. You may click here for On-street parking info in Melbourne. Then we ate breakfast outside from Melbourne centre. Then We stop by at Woolworths to buy some snacks.
The Yarra Valley is the name given to the region surrounding the Yarra River in Victoria, Australia. The river originates approximately 90 kilometres east of the Melbourne central business district and flows towards it and out into Port Phillip Bay.
There are many winery estate around Yarra Valley, you just pick the good one and make a stop for winery tour and wine tasting. We Choose Yering Station, located in the heart of the Yarra Valley an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Yering Station offers an unforgettable wine and food experience. Award-winning wines are complemented by breathtaking views, superb architecture and established gardens to make this a Yarra Valley destination not to be missed.
We also made few stop around Yarra Valley for other winery scenery and photographed them.
Next stop was Healesville. Initial plan was visit the Healesville Sanctuary, since we not enough time and rushing to the next destination, we skipped this visit. Anyway, we will be visiting the animals on the next destination in Gold Coast. So, we had our lunch here in Healesville.
We arrived Phillip Island in the evening.
Phillip Island, a popular day trip from Melbourne, lies just off Australia’s southern coast. At Summerland Beach, spectators gather daily at sunset to watch the Penguin Parade, when Little penguins come ashore in groups. The Nobbies outcrop is the viewing site for Seal Rocks, home to a large colony of Australian fur seals.
I aimed for Penguin Parade in Phillip Island. Penguins arrive at sunset every night of the year. You need to checkout their websites to check the penguin arrival time calendar so you can plan your visit.
Unfortunately, no photography is permitted at the Penguin Parade to protect the penguins. We did took few shots without their knowledge after the parade using my small camera. So, the quality of the picture not so good at night. Here, i shared some photos inside the gallery.
Day 3 Melbourne, VIC | 1 April 2012
Last day in Melbourne, we were spent whole day driving in Great Ocean Road. This was the highlight of our Melbourne Trip. Our journey start from Torquay towards Twelve Apostle.
We arrived at Twelve Apostle at sunset. I think we only spent an hour there then we quickly drive back to Melbourne city.
Next destination is Tasmania. Click on it to see the gallery and itinerary.
- City Centre Budget Hotel – Double room with shared bathroom: AUD$252 for 3 nights.
- AirAsia Flight KL to Melbourne: RM656 – included 2x15kg luggage, Insurance & 2xMeals
- Car rental with Hertz: AUD$183.82 for 4 days