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.
|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|
|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.