Sunday, November 11, 2012

Finally, Melbourne

June 27 - July 4, 2005

Finally, 5 days after leaving Brisbane, we were on our way to Melbourne. After taking a bus in Canberra we were dropped off at Cootamundra where we were to catch a train bound for Melbourne.
It was already dark when we got to the city where my wife's sister picked us up and drove us to their place in a suburb about 1 hour away from the city. We were to stay there for about a week.

Since my sister-in-law and her husband had to work, we were left to ourselves to explore the place. We spent most of the time going to the mall and around the neighborhood in the suburb. Every now and then, we go to the city via train. Since the bus going to the train station is not that often, we usually hitch a ride in my sister-in-law's car who also goes to the city to work.
Federation Square

Flinders Street Train Station

Somewhere in the city where we did a lot of walking
Queen Victoria Market. Good for buying fresh produce and souvenirs
Having lunch at the QVM food court

Fruits, fruits, and more fruits
During the weekend, we went to Phillip Island to watch the penguins go back to their nests after a whole day at sea. Unfortunately, taking photos were not allowed since the flash might scare the penguins.
We had to wait till it gets dark for the show to start
nope. koalas don't grow this big

the second best thing to photographing the penguins
One time, my wife's sister took the day off to accompany us to the city. There are two types of free rides within the central business district: the loop bus and the tram.

Yarra river is to Melbourne what Brisbane river is to Brisbane

taking the free tram ride to sight see around the CBD
Alas, a week had passed and we had to return to Brisbane. Again, we had to take an overnight trip via train back to Sydney, where we were to catch another train back to Brisbane.

But before returning, we had a day to go to the famous Bondi Beach because our train to Brisbane leaves Sydney in the late afternoon.

Note: This blog is based on our 2 week travel by train/bus in 2005 from Brisbane-Blue Mountains-Canberra-Melbourne-Sydney-Brisbane and the events are based on memory. Some omissions may have been inadvertently made.

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