Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Jul 23, 2004 - Arrived in Melbourne
Here I am on the other side of the world! After two incredibly long plane flights (one from LA to Auckland and one from Auckland to Melbourne), we finally landed. I had a bit of a rough start: two hours before we left for the airport I had a fever of 100 and felt pretty terrible. But the long flight wasn't too bad - 12 hours but we each had our own TV screen (I played tetris on mine) and they even handed out little eye masks and socks for sleeping. We flew Qantas, by the way. In Melbourne, Alyssa and I waited for Hilary and Alison's plane...Jump to full entry
Jul 23, 2004 - a safe landing!
greetings from down under! let me say how glad i am to be here! after a LOT of stress (and 2 long island iced teas) about my flight being over sold and the possibility that i might not make it on the flight at all, i am happy to report that i have arrived down under! at 11pm they finally handed me a boarding pass for my flight which left at 11:40pm. i had been at the airport stressing since 7:30 so it was a huge relief when they called my name. in true fashion to the summer of fun brought to you by the letter B, i was Bumped up to Business...Jump to full entry
Jun 25, 2004 - Australia! Melbourne!
Melbourne - Australia! So cold! As everyone had told us, it broke our hearts to leave the furnace that was Bangkok. How could we miss 37deg heat, and near 100% humidity, and near permanent damp patches? It's remarkable how fast one forgets. Melbourne was 12deg and raining - bit like home really - and it nearly killed us stone dead. Fortunately, Mike and Kirsten were on hand to help us through the dark, first days. Taking us to the very cool Esplanade hotel for beer and grungy rock. Mike then blotted his copy book by failing to arrange an...Jump to full entry
Apr 2, 2004 - Melbourne, last stop in Oz
There was a bit of a convenient traffic jam when we arrived in Melbourne allowing us a couple of photos - which was nice. Next day we got the tram into the city and after a bit of shopping (gortex jackets for new zealand/south america) we had lunch by the river. This was really nice after a month of eating instant noodles. Then we went to the National Gallery of Victoria for a Carravagio exhibition (very cultured) and later on visited Sarah's old boss, Lloyd and family. They took us to a basketball game to watch the Bulleen Boomers which...Jump to full entry
Mar 3, 2004 - Greetings From Oz...
!!! GREETINGS FROM OZ !!! hello!! having a good time in oz at moment-cannot really remember the weekend apart from the shit grand prix but hey hadnt slept since friday night! aj and phil have been showing us the sights (clubs,bars,beach)etc, so naturally im tired! Grand prix was cloudy, a bit nipply and schumacher dominated the race and won-bastard. St.Kilda is cool-british pubs,footie and stella! doesnt taste as good as back home but at least we got the weather here! off to the bellum on weekend for yet another messy one and then we will...Jump to full entry
Mar 1, 2004 - Melbourne/Phillip Island
Slept in until almost 9:00 today and that was nice. Called Larysa about 10:00 and we agreed to meet at 11:30. I was uncharacteristically late but she was good about it and we went to find some lunch. After some pizza we agreed to go to the Rialto Tower, the tallest building in Melbourne. Took some good pictures but, more than anything, got a good perspective of the city. Went back to her hotel, made a reservation to go to the Penguin Parade (more on that later), and then headed (via the train/subway) to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)....Jump to full entry
Feb 28, 2004 - Melbourne
The plane ride was uneventful but not very restful. I was still sick (though I hoped on the uphill slide) and so was Larysa. Unfortunately, I knew that I would not be able to check into my hostel until noon though we were arriving at 6:25 in the morning. We lucked out, though, as after a funny experience with the cab when we got off the airport shuttle (we jumped in a cab to take us to the hotel and when we told him where it was he got out, got our stuff out of the cab, and pointed about two blocks up a side street to the hotel) Larysa was...Jump to full entry
Feb 5, 2004 - Port Cambell and Lorne
For our final day on the Ocean Road we left Port Campbell stopping at the formations we hadn't yet seen. These included 'Thundercave' and 'The Blowhole' named due to the noise made as the waves crash through them. As we drove through the Otway National Park we took a detour to do a 2km treetop walk, one of only three of its kind in the world. At its highest point you are 50 metres up amongst the trees. This was great fun, as the walkway swings in the breeze. Heading back to the Coastal Road we stopped to have our picture taken by a...Jump to full entry
Jan 5, 2004 - On to Melbourne
We had arranged to re-locate a camper van for a company for a fee of $25 a day. This gave us until 3pm on the 5th Jan to get the van to Melbourne. In the morning we went to see the show re-enacting the events on the evening of Ned Kelly's last stand. This was good fun if not a little cheesy. The show is owned and run by a man whose Grandmother used to work for the Kelly family. After this we left Glenrowan for the 2 hour drive to Melbourne. Upon arrival we spent a couple of hours catching up on e-mails before we were met by Andrea at...Jump to full entry
Nov 18, 2003 - Evening departure for Melbourne
On this day we packed our bags, then met our friend at "Someplace Else" for lunch. This is a restaurant at the Sheraton Hotel that we frequent whenever we are in Hong Kong. It a very interesting Pub and on the front of the place there is a plack that says "On this place, in the year 1879, nothing happened". Cute! Then we finished our packing and went to the airport on another bus in the afternoon. The driver of this bus was a novice compared to all of the others we had ridden with. It took forever to get to the airport, but fortunately we...Jump to full entry
Nov 11, 2003 - Moving On to Mildura
Hello again. Just a little note to let ye all know that we are heading off into the wilderness tomorrow night. Mildura is our destination, 555km away, and our journey starts at 9.45pm and finishes sometime around 7 next morning. We are staying in a hostel which should be fun. The bloke running it said he would look for work for us so fingers crossed(we need the money). The weather is starting to finally pick up here in Melbourne with lots of blue skies and endless sunshine. Hope it's not too miserable over there. The place we are going to...Jump to full entry
Nov 3, 2003 - Story of the rest of "The Great Sporting Weekend"
Good morning from Melbourne. It's been a bit of a hectic weekend for us out here with the Compromise Rules and the rugby and the racing on tomorrow. It's been great, but I think we might need most of this week to recover. Our friends came down from Sydney on Thursday and we met up with them for a few(too many) and struggled home on Friday morning not feeling too well. We went to the game on Friday night which was brilliant and met up with Ronan and Caroline at The Joint after which was class. Another struggle to get up on Saturday, but it...Jump to full entry