After spending an adventurous 5 days up at the reef and rainforest, we took a three hour flight down to Victoria to spend some time in Melbourne. To us, this was one of the coolest and hippest cities we've ever been to (Montreal and Austin are also on that list). If we ever moved to Australia, we would totally live in Melbourne.
All photos personal.
|Melbourne at night, from 55 stories up at the restaurant Vue de Monde|
- Lanes & Arcades Tour
|Mr. M got a panorama of this incredible mural|
|Beautiful and intricate street art|
|More cool street art|
|We found an Ankh! This symbol has been special to us ever since the day we met. I also got Mr. M ankh cufflinks as a wedding present|
- Wine Tour in Yarra Valley
|Fabulous weather for a day in wine country|
|This was the last winery we visited and we ordered a case of their Pinot Noir to be shipped back home|
We stayed at the Hotel Lindrum, a really nice, modern hotel. There are a ton of amazing restaurants in Melbourne, so we went on a food frenzy while in town. And luckily for us, we were within walking distance to quite a few of them! Our most elaborate, indulgent and most expensive meal of our lives was at Vue de Monde. We had to make the reservation a month in advance and decided to do the Degustation menu, which consisted of 14 courses of (very) small plates. The chocolate souffle we had for dessert was to DIE for. The cost of this meal was insanely expensive--about half of what we pay for a month's rent. But if there is one time to indulge in the finer things in life, it's on your honeymoon ;) Needless to say, we have been on a strict budget since returning from our honeymoon and have been cooking MANY meals at home.
|Chin Chin, the best restaurant in Melbourne!|
|View of the Sydney Opera House from our hotel room|
|A drink with a view!|
- Sydney Pub Tour
I was still getting over my cold from New Zealand so the tour guide was kind enough to introduce me to a whisky hot toddy, claiming that it would kill the germs. It must have worked because I finally felt normal again the next day (and slightly hungover lol).
|Checking out some awesome pubs and having kangaroo pizza for the first time|
|Showing us where unfortunate soldiers used to get "Shanghai'ed" back in the day. So of course we had to pose in one of the cells. Scary!|
- Wildlife Tour
|After searching for hours, we finally got to see two koalas. It was truly amazing to see them eating and traveling in their natural environment|
|This is a gigantic wombat hole--these animals basically look like huge hamsters and dig these massive holes. Underground, they have an intricate network of holes where they can hide from predators|
- Sydney Bike Tour
|Riding over the Harbour Bridge; upper right, across the water with the bridge and Opera House in the background|
|The upper images are from our ride through Hyde Park; lower photos are from the Botanical Gardens|
- Surf Lessons at Bondi Beach
But after a grueling two hour lesson, I finally managed to stand up on my board and road the wave all the way to the shore. I had NO idea surfing was so incredibly hard and such a crazy workout--definitely have a newfound respect for surfers!
|We snapped this photo while having lunch at the Icebergs Sports Club, right before our lesson|
- Watching a show at the Sydney Opera House
|This is what's up on the stage before the show starts|
|Mr. M enjoying a glass of champagne during intermission|
We stayed at the incredibly gorgeous and luxurious Shangri-La hotel in The Rocks (a really cool part of Sydney). I'm just realizing now that I didn't take any pictures of our room :( But here's an idea of what it looked like.
|Similar room to ours at the Shangri-La / Image via Agoda|
|Inside Guillaume et Bennelong|
|View of the sunset at dinner|