Hi all, it has been a while since our last post on Sydney.. Been busy a bit.. Anyway, before things get busier let’s move on to our Melbourne trip.
We arrived at Southern Cross Station, sharp 7.30am after 10 hours “suffering” on the train. By the way, the ticket price is AUD184 per 2 person and seats were better than the bus. Melbourne was cold at that time but we managed to find our hostel after were given direction by the Information Desk.
It took us half an hour to get there (without big backpack, probably 15mins). It was so convenient from the station to our hostel. Our hostel, Elephant Backpackers is strategically located opposite the famous Flinders Street Train Station. This building is like an icon, if your heard people say “Meet me under the clock”, that’s the place. After check-in (AUD65per night), we as usual without a second delay… mulakan episode Jalan-Jalan di Melbourne. Tapi one thing that we really have to salute them is their hospitality..bukan MAS je ada hospitality.. What I mean is you can ride on the Shuttle Tourist Bus and City Circle Tram for FREE! Woohooo! For shuttle bus, everyday except Christmas from 10.00am till 4.00pm, it stops at 14 tourist spot, including the famous market, Queen Victoria. That’s the first stop we went, for Anna shopping ler..but kat sini a bit pricey than Sydney. Nasib baik dah beli banyak kat Paddy’s Market, Sydney. Tapi besar dan banyak giler barang diaorang jual.. Faizal dah cair dah..dengan stall movie poster dia…
After that we took a ride on City Circle Tram, which operates from 9.30am till 6.00pm. Apalagi turun naik turun naik tram la…That day we had lunch at Lords of Fries (okayyy?). It is actually a take away kiosk that sells strictly vegetarian meal that comes with lots of fries.. kenyang nye ya amat.. sampai boleh simpan untuk dinner la… Tip on saving cost: Normally for breakfast, we buy he..he... a big loaf of bread plus butter & jam, because most hostels don’t provide breakfast.
Since our hostel located in the city centre, it really saved us a lot on transportation. Swanston Street is just round the corner which fills with variety shops and malls, eating places, entertainment and even a university. RMIT University (does it sounds familiar?), the theater building and state library among the old buildings around. Di kiri kanan Swanston Street, ada lagi jalan-jalan yang famous for shopping such as Bourke Street.
One more thing yang best duduk kat sini, makan senang jugak la.. ada dua restoran Indonesia (they said 3), Es Teller and Nelayan, lagi satu tak nampak pun. Kalau jalan-jalan di Swanston Street ni, memang dengar bahasa Indonesia je pun…
Lagi satu, malam pertama kami kat sana, Katy Perry buat konsert kat Forum Theater, which we missed it. Ticket sold out la.. Opposite Forum Theater is Federation Square, which also opposite Flinders Station.. so can you guys imagine how close we are in the city centre? Federation Square also known as Fed Square is a "must". Besides its most controversial architecture, it remains as Victoria’s second most popular tourist attraction.
Today, the weather even worst, raining and cloudy the rest of the day.., we went to Chapel Street, where there is a market called Prahran Market. Even the market sells all sort of fresh product but the variety still kept me entertained. Along the Chapel Street, there are so many “independent” shops and their own local brand. One of them is Bardot (heard of them before?). To get to here, you have to take a train or tram to South Yarra Station/Prahran Station, where I believe the area for Malaysia Hall, Melbourne. There is one famous mall called, Jam Factory. By noon, we headed back to city centre, continued with our city tour. In Melbourne, there are many back alleys and arcades that connected to each other. Next to our hostel, there is a lane, Degraves Street where it connects to everywhere.. I just found out there's a cupcake shop next to the hostel..Yahoooooooo!!!!
One thing that we really excited is from the hotel we can just walk to almost everywhere around the Central Melbourne. We walked to Parliment House, Treasury Garden (I love this place), State Library of Victoria, Immigration Museum, Melbourne Aquarium (we didn't even have time to go in) and the best part is the famous Yarra River is just 5 mins from the hostel, where you can hop on the boat for Yarra River cruising. We had wonderful lunch at Es Teller, AUD15 for 2 person. Emmm, enak banget!
For shopping area, Swanston Street, Bourke Street and Queen Victoria are our choices plus back alleys and their cute arcades. There is one music store on the basement that Faizal really loved it!, called Basement Disc. Lots of rare stuff plus it's cozy and cool environment (click here for more info). Don't forget to get a glance at AC/DC Lane (even there is nothing around here, except for smoking area), but if you're AC/DC fan, it is a privilege to be here! Aha! There is one tour where you can visit to all Graffiti area, which we did it on our own. One of them is Union Lane. But to tell you the truth, kat Melbourne ni, vandalisme boleh tahan jugak la.., tapi still they provide them specific area for expressing their creativity, which I should salute!
Kalau nak ikutkan 3 hari 3 malam kat sini memang tak cukup, tapi prinsip kitaorang kalau tak sempat nak pergi semua tu..maknanya nak pergi lagi la..he..he...
Yes, It's Sunday in Melbourne. So we decided to buy Sunday Saver Metcard (AUD3.10each), where you can go basically everywhere on tram, bus and train. You guys wanna know where our first destination on that Sunday? The most talkabout beach, St. Kilda. It took us about 15mins by tram..Unfortunately, the weather wasn't good, it's like four season in a day. Kejap hujan, panas, sejuk, panas balik...windy macam-macam la...Tapi yang paling dahsyat sekali angin kat sini la...Punya lah kuat, both of us had to hold each other while walking..takut2 melayang.. Nak ambik gambar pun bergoyang-goyang..Diaorang kat sini rileks je..mungkin diaorang ni semua urat dawai tulang besi kot... Kitaorang ingat nak ke flea market diaorang every Sunday, tapi tak ada because of the weather. Kalau ada, banyak lah..payung2 terbang agaknya...Kalau you all ke sini, jangan lupa ke Acland Street area for window shopping...and Luna Park for a roller coaster ride.
Another shopping area that we would like to recommend is Harbour Town, located at Waterfront City. Kat sini banyak factory outlet kind of store. Kat sini, hujan tak berhenti, tapi kitaorang belasah je..maklumlah dah sampai.. Lepas tu kitaorang sambung lagi shopping kat Bourke Street sebab kat sini ada music store yang best, JB Hi Fi and Target. Kalu nak ikutkan banyak lagi shopping mall kat sini cuma tak sempat nak masuk semua.. David Jones & Myer, Australia on Collins, GPO, Block Arcade, Royal Arcade antara yang kitaorang sempat pergi...
Lagi satu, kat sini susah nak sesat..sebabnya Info Tour and City Ambassador ada kat mana-mana tourist attraction. So kalau rasa dah tak tau mana nak pergi just ask them! With that kind of hospitality, no wonder Melbourne is famous for tourist around the world. We don't mind to be there again!
One more thing that we would like to share with you guys here is, since Day 1 to Day 11 (so far), no one..i mean no one wear their mask on, even though Melbourne used to be the most infected area in the world. I guess is not how much the masks cost, how many schools are closed and what type of vaccine we should take, IT'S ALL ABOUT MINDSET. It's how they educate their people and how their people take seriously on personal hygiene, and the most important is to take this responsibility together.
Hmmmm.....sad....happy.... Fantasy is over and going back to reality that bites. Today we'll be going home, nothing much we can do because our flight is at noon which means we have to go to the airport quite early.. We took a short ride from our station to Southern Cross to take the Airport Shuttle. You know what? Before 7.00am, all trains are free, SEE?! Nak balik pun still ada free gift.. The airport shuttle service from the Southern Cross Station (Skybus) is round the clock, so doesn't matter what time you need it, cost only AUD16 per person. We're off to Melbourne Airport, check in our heavy bags (almost 30 kilos) and waited to go home..
Even we're excited to see our families back home but the experience, fun, long journey and unpredictable weather have gave us something that money couldn't buy. I think it was priceless....
* Hmmm, semua orang nak tau budget kitaorang kan?
RM2860 (theme park+food&drinks+transportation+admission fee+misc)
Total: RM6760, RM3380 per person for 12 days!