Thursday, 2 August 2018

Melbourne In Photos

I've put together my favourite photos, that I took from my week in Melbourne. A few of them you might have seen on my Instagram (Click here to follow me on Instagram). They were taken around South Bank, Hotel Room (Crown Promenade), Hosier Lane, Chadstone, Docklands, St Kilda, Shrine of Remembrance and Royal Botanical Gardens. I like the ones from the hotel room facing onto the Crown Hotel. The Crown Hotel building changed colours at night, so it looked really effective in the photos. 

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Things To Do For Free In Melbourne

 I couldn't find much information online on "things to do in Melbourne", besides the Sofitel Hotel (Toilet With A View). I read about Eureka Skydeck, where you pay $22 to see Melbourne skyline from the 88th floor. I have visited New York a few times and been up Empire State Building, Top Of The Rock and One World Observatory . They were nice to see, but it's just different angles of the city. So why pay $22 to go up a building, when I had an amazing view from the hotel room and I visited the Sofitel Hotel (Toilet With A View). I don't think a really went anywhere that you had to pay to get into, except Old Melbourne Gaol and Neighbours Tour. So am going to share the things, I did actually do.  

Sofitel Hotel (Toilet With A View)

Am going to start with the one I found online, the view from the Sofitel Hotel on Collins Street. I found soo many websites mention this, so I wanted to see the view myself. The view is amazing, never mind the fact you're in a toilet. You have to take the lift to the 35th floor and you might aswell take advantage of the free toilet too. A lot of places charge to use the toilet.

Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane is a tourist magnet. Whenever I walked by Hosier Lane, it was always over crowded. The street art of Hosier Lane actually kind of goes in a kind of square. I spotted one section quiet, so I took advantage of it and done a quick pose. I like how the photo turned out, the background people look like they are meant to be part of the photo haha.     

Walk along the Yarra River

The Yarra River is pretty at night, to walk along and seeing the buildings all lit up. If you have someone like my mum taking your photo, expect some photos with fingers across the screen. I think this was about the 10th photo, standing like this haha.

Docklands

The Docklands is a nice place to go for a walk. I went during the day and at night. It's nice to see in daylight, but it's also nice to see all lit up at night. If you look in the distance, you can see the Melbourne Star.

Bus to Chadstone

I saw an advert at Melbourne Visitor Centre, for a free bus to Chadstone Shopping Centre. The advert stated you can book at the information desk, so we booked the first bus at 9am the following day. We got there at 10 mins to 9 and the bus driver said the bus was full and come back in an hour for the next bus. I ended up going to Woolworths and getting a drink, then headed back to the bus pick up. It might be a free bus, but it's first come. Don't bother booking at the Melbourne information centre. I did spend $150 on makeup at Sephora and Mecca Maxima, also a plastic Lego cup from the Lego Store (the Lego cup, was a gift for someone). So it wasn't really a free thing, but the bus was free. 

Visit Etihad Stadium

I was walking by Etihad stadium, looking at it and staff said you can go up stair and see the stadium. I didn't think you'd be allowed to, unless something was on. The staff at the stadium seemed so laid back, which was nice.

Take a Tram

I personally preferred walking round the city, but my parents seemed to like taking the tram. One night after visiting the harbour, my mum made us do a whole tram route on the old tram. They are only free within the "free tram zone", but you get what you pay for.  

Walk to St Kilda Beach

So it depends if you are a walker, or not I walked to St Kilda beach and it took around an hour and a half. It was so easy to get to. It's basically a straight path down and when you're near, there's signs for St Kilda beach. Luna Park is at St Kilda beach, which I would have loved to have went to. However I already planned to visit Luna Park in Sydney, as I was heading to Sydney next.    

Royal Botanical Gardens

I walked round the Royal Botanical Gardens and through the Australian Forrest walk. Well I was in Australia after all. I love how the photo look Autumn, with the leaves on the ground. It was actually really hot. I guess it was Australia's Autumn, as their seasons are the other way round from what am used to here in the UK. Autumn in the UK, you need a jacket.

Shrine Of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is like a never ending walk, from the main road. They have the list of countries they were at war with and all the museum type things. If you're into history you'd enjoy the Shrine of Remembrance.

 Is there anything I missed out ? I hope you found my ideas and what I done interesting. 

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Higher Ground | Melbourne

I came across Higher Ground, when I liked Too Paddock Cafe on Instagram and Higher Ground showed up in the "suggestions for you" section. The description said it's run by the same crew, as Top Paddock. I looked on google maps and it was only 20 mins walk, from the hotel I was staying at and I planned heading near that way. 

I decided to stop at Higher Ground for lunch, so I used google maps to find Little Bourke Street. I couldn't see any numbers or higher ground, yet it was telling me to turn right and saying "you have reached your destination". I stopped and looked around and couldn't see any building saying Higher Ground, so I walked further up then it was telling to to turn right and right again. I ended up back on Little Bourke Street. I walked on the other side of the road, that I originally walked down and there was a small sign on the building saying Higher Ground. I actually walked by it first time round, as I couldn't see any sign across the building.


I walked in and was asked how many people for the table, I replied just me. Then I was given a table and menu. I did actually look at the menu online, so I knew what I wanted. I noticed a lot of places in Australia have sourdough in their meals, so I was curious what it was like.   

I ordered :

Mixed lamp fry up
Egg plant purée, fried eggs, barberries, smoked yogurt, pine nut dukkah, sourdough

And an iced chocolate.



I am one of those fussy meat eaters, but Higher Ground set the lamb presentable that it looked edible. All I can say about sourdough is dont try eat it on its own, but it's actually really nice mixed with the lamp and egg. The meal and drink came to $27. People said to me food and drink in Australia is expensive, but I honestly thought Top Paddock and Higher Ground was reasonable price.