What I wear in Melbourne

If someone tells you the weather in Melbourne is crazy, it’s true. I experienced autumn, spring and summer during my 1 week trip.

I will try to find the links of the clothes and include them below. As most of them are old purchases, they might not be available anymore. Hope you like my style and enjoy reading…

Day 1: Arrive at Melbourne at noon. Exploring the city (Rod Laver Arena)

IMG_1672_meitu_1Comfy airport attire

Shirt: ASOS Jacket: Uniqlo Jeans: Zara

Day 2: Markets visiting – South Melbourne Market and Queen Victoria Market. Followed by free walking tour

IMG_1753_meitu_2Before the free walking tour

Shirt: Zara Jacket: Uniqlo Jeans: Zara

Day 3: 14 hours at the Great Ocean Road

IMG_1794_meitu_23 layers of clothing but still feeling cold. Saved by the morning hot tea

Inter Jacket: Primark Outer Jacket: Uniqlo Jeans: Zara

IMG_1863_meitu_3At 12 Apostles. Feeling the afternoon heat

Shirt: Uniqlo Jacket: Uniqlo Jeans: Zara

Day 4: Yarra Valley Boutique Wineries Tour. Exploring little lanes

IMG_1930_meitu_4Feeling hippy at Hosier Lane

Shirt: Cotton On Jacket: Uniqlo Skirt: ASOS

Day 5: Birthday!! Free Melbourne Town Hall Tour. Spent the whole day by the beach. Ended the day finding penguins

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Shirt: ASOS Dress: ASOS

Day 6: Puffing Billy

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Shirt: Uniqlo Jacket: Primark Skirt: ASOS

Day 7: Outlet Mall Shopping Day

We were too busy shopping hence no outfit photo for the day.

 

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2017 Recap

Recapping my holidays for 2017.

March 2017

Family trip to Seoul. Since it was a family trip, we did not do much. I have never been to Nami Island and wanted to bring my mum there. However, we didn’t manage to wake up in time. People normally wake up at 4-5am in order to cover most of the locations. A mental note to self to visit Nami Island the next time I visit Seoul.

May 2017

Wine tasting around South Australia. We spent 1 week at South Australia, visiting Barossa Valley, Kangaroo Island and McLaren Vale. We had lots of wines, plenty of barbecue and gained lots of weight. I really gained 10kg after the 7 days though no one believe me.

July 2017

The year is not complete without a beach holiday. We decided to try a new location, Krabi. I tried out snorkeling and I really love it but I’m not impressed with the parasites in the sea. The number of parasites in the water will depend on the season you go and the beaches you visit. If you have high tolerance to bite and itch, I guess it will not be an issue.

October 2017

It’s my birthday month and I always try to have big plan in October. I am lucky enough to spend my birthday in Melbourne. We tried many touristy stuff and explored some unconventional things, i.e. visiting the townhall and penguins sighting at St Kilda beach. I will be back maybe with my sister or my family.

November 2017

A quick holiday to end the year. We love Bangkok for the cheap and good food. I don’t think we did lots of shopping this time round. But the good food is enough for us to come back for more.

5 holidays in 2017. Not the most number of countries I visited within a year but I’m happy with how things are being planned out – holidays every 2-3 months. Looking forward to all my holidays in 2018.

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The Amazing 14 Hours at Great Ocean Road

Can you enjoy the best of The Great Ocean Road without going on a self-drive? Yes! We did. On a day tour with Go West and here’s what we did…

We started the day with a morning tea by Torquay Beach. Great for people who missed breakfast due to the early pick up.

IMG_1795_meitu_1The spread. Cakes with hot coffee, tea and chocolate

IMG_1794_meitu_2The hot tea saved us from the cold

IMG_4987_meitu_3The start of the Great Ocean Road

IMG_1793_meitu_4Wefie by the beach

IMG_4990_meitu_5Stunning view. Different shade of blues

IMG_1815_meitu_7Lunch at Kafe Kola along Kennett River

IMG_4996_meitu_8Kolas spotting near Kola Kafe

IMG_5003_meitu_6Continuing our journey after lunch

IMG_5005_meitu_10A walk at the Great Otway National Park after lunch

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IMG_1820_meitu_9A short stopover at Apollo Bay for toilet break. And for us, an ice cream break.

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IMG_5076_meitu_1Loch Ard Gorge

The gorge is named after the clipper ship Loch Ard, which ran aground on nearby Muttonbird Island on 1 June 1878 approaching the end of a three-month journey from England to Melbourne. Of the fifty-four passengers and crew, only two survived: Tom Pearce, at 19 years of age, a ship’s apprentice, and Eva Carmichael, an Irishwoman emigrating with her family, at 19 years of age. Pearce was washed ashore, and rescued Carmichael from the water after hearing her cries for help. Pearce then proceeded to climb out of the gorge to raise the alarm to local pastoralists who immediately set into plan a rescue attempt. After three months in Australia Carmichael returned to Europe. Four of her family members drowned that night. Pearce was hailed as a hero, and continued his life living until age 49.

The arch of the nearby Island Archway collapsed in June 2009. The feature now appears as two unconnected rock pillars. They have since been officially named Tom and Eva after the two teenage survivors of the Loch Ard shipwreck.

IMG_5070_meitu_6Location of the wreck

IMG_5049_meitu_4The Razorback

IMG_1850_meitu_9Gibson’s steps

IMG_5087_meitu_1At Gibson’s steps, you will be able to view the two of the Apostles from beach level. I was too lazy to walk down so I took the photo from the steps.

There was a short stopover in a small town for dinner and we reached our hotel at around 9 plus. For people who don’t drive, I highly recommend joining this tour.

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Being a kid – Puffing Billy

What is Puffing Billy? Puffing Billy is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century old steam train is still running on its original 25 kilometre mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.

Will an adult enjoy the ride? Absolutely!!

Puffing Billy is located in the Dandenong Ranges, 40 kilometres or one hour east of Melbourne. We took a train from Melbourne City and it took us slightly more than 1 hour to reach Belgrave.

IMG_2005_meitu_1Welcome to Belgrave

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IMG_5240_meitu_3Hello uncle! We know we took many photos but I don’t think we are the worst.

IMG_5247_meitu_4Ready to depart. A mummy and her baby sending us off.

IMG_5251_meitu_5Crossing the timbre bridge

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IMG_5259_meitu_6Our views

IMG_5270_meitu_8We reached the first stop over. The friendly locals sending us off.

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IMG_5284_meitu_10Preparing for our 2nd half of the journey

We had 30mins to explore the Emerald Lake Park at Lakeside Station before we hopped on to the next train to Gembrook.

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The Emerald Lake Park has BBQ facilities and picnic tables making it an ideal place to relax alongside the lake. Unfortunately, it was drizzling the whole morning so we didn’t manage to explore far.

IMG_2022_meitu_16Continuing our journey through the forests

IMG_2029_meitu_17Passing by a small town

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IMG_2069_meitu_24The final station – Gembrook Station

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We had around 2 hours to walk around and had a light lunch before we head back to Belgrave station.

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We chose to travel from Belgrave to Gembrook (return journey) and the whole journey took us about 5 hours. The puffing billy website gives very clear instructions on how to get there and what are things you can go at each station.

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The Hardware Société

IMG_5128My favourite breakfast place in Melbourne.

To be honest, I didn’t go to many cafes. Out of the few that I went, this is definitely my favourite. Strongly recommend and I will be back when in Melbourne.

IMG_1942Simple layout yet with its own character

IMG_5126_meitu_1The coffee area

IMG_1944The kitchen. Chefs busy at work satisfying our tummy 😛

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Time for the food….

IMG_1950Starting the day with a cup of coffee is a must. My choice for the day was cold drip.

IMG_1952Baked Eggs – Un. Scallops, cauliflower puree, leek, crispy jamon.

This is a must try! I’m not an egg lover but I’m in loved with it. The eggs are done to perfection – soft and fluffy. If you are not a seafood lover, there is another option. Baked eggs – Deux. Chorizo sausage, potato, piquillo peppers, queso mahon, toasted almonds, aioli.

IMG_1951Lobster Benedict. Lobster, citrus hollandaise foam, soft herb, bun noir, 64 degree eggs.

You can check out the menu here but I noticed it was slightly different from the one that I had.

Location: 120 Hardware St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

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How I spend my birthday

No fancy buffet lunch this year but I was blessed with a good weather to carry out all the plans for the day.

Starting with a wonderful breakfast at The Hardware Société. The breakfast was so good that I will be doing a separate post on it.

IMG_1952The famous baked egg. Must try!

Address: 120 Hardware Street Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

After a heavy breakfast, it was time to follow the itinerary planned. First stop, Melbourne Town Hall.

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The town hall provides free tours to visitors to learn about the architectural, social and political significance of this impressive 19th century building. You will get to experience the grandeur of the wood-panelled Council Chamber, stand on the portico where the Beatles waved, sit in the Lord Mayor’s chair and view the richly carved Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ, the largest grand romantic organ in the southern hemisphere.

IMG_5131Photos were only allowed to be taken at some areas of the Town Hall.  A photo of the Lord Mayor’s chair.

Unfortunately for us, there was an event held at the Auditorium on that day hence we were not able to see the organ up close.

Where to book: Melbourne Town Hall Tour

Next off, Bright Bathing Box. It was really easy to get there, just hop on to Train 32 from Flinders Street Railway Station and alight at Brighton Beach Railway Station. Veolia!

IMG_1967No worries of getting lost. There were many of these signage along the route.

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IMG_5137_meitu_5Finally catching a glimpse of the bathing boxes

Get ready for photos flood…

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If you ask me if I have a favourite, my answer is No. All the boxes have their own character and I like them all.

Website: Brighton Bathing Box

Next on the plan, St Kilda Pier. This would be our last stop and we had plenty of time. Hence, we decided to walk there. It took us around 2 hours to cover the ~7.5km. We did stop along the way to take photos and take mini break.

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And we finally reached!

IMG_5176_meitu_11St Klida Pier

You must be thinking what is so special about St Kilda Pier that we walked 2 hours here. There’s the reason why…

IMG_1992_meitu_15Hello Mr Penguin!

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I had a scenic birthday and I totally enjoyed. Thanks for all the well wishes 🙂

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Updates

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I admit the main reason was due to my laziness but I have been busy with work, falling sick and planning for my holidays. I’m back now!

There are still tonnes of posts on my Adelaide trip which I will be getting them up. However, I would like to share on my latest trip first and slowly post the remaining of the Adelaide holiday.

Stay tune…..

xoxo

 

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