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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Travel - Australia.Sydney.NSW.VIC.Melbourne Aug 30 - Sep 8 2013 - Part 3

Happily... I will end this trip report at this post. It has been a long journey to complete this. Glad that I made it. :)

Upon checking in to Ibis Melbourne's Little Bourke Street. Our 1st meal was... Korean instead. Can't remember the name of the restaurant, but it was just a few blocks away from the hotel. Meal was pleasant, we had soothing feel after having non-rice meal over the past 8 days. I don't specifically crave for rice, but it was fine. We had a walk around Melbourne CBD, took the Circle Tram, half through the town. Circle Tram is free, hence no hassle to wait under the chilling Spring weather. We walked around, near China Town too. Identifying the area, before our last day's street walking.

Melbourne CBD nite scene
Melbourne City Circle Tram
Melbourne China Town
On Day 2, we were out on a full day tour to Great Ocean Road. A Tour With A Difference (http://www.atwad.com.au/). The tour van came picked us up from the hotel. There were headed to Great Ocean Road. Weather wasn't promising that day. Hence pictures were not as nice as expected. I barely remember where I have been, except some forest educational tour, light house, ocean rocks over and over again. Didn't quite enjoy the journey, as compared to self-drive trip. Good thing was, lunch and dinner was included in the tour package. That saved us quite a penny.

Light house
Parrot and Kaola watch
Kaola was the model
Cape Patton
Rain Forest
Giant Tree

Tree hole
View from inside the tree hole
Thick tree log
12 Apostles
Lunch @Hotel
Final day was a free-and-easy self tour around the city of Melbourne. Victoria market was just few steps away from our hotel. Had our morning coffee with simple breakfast. Lunch myself and hubby had a date with my cousin and her hubby. We settled in an Indonesian restaurant nearby, and glad to say food was good! Probably we missed rice and sambal. :) Full write up on Bali Bagus in her post here. Safe me from remembering the place. Nice catch up with the couple.

Victoria Market
Lovely blue sky - A return to Victoria Market
Lunch with cousy - Fried Chicken Bumbu sauce with Rice
Fried Rice
After lunch, our next destination was Eureka Skydeck 88. Unfortunately, the sky turned gloomy in just couple of hours. I have been wanting to visit this place since it built. Remember those good old days when I was peeping it through my colleague's office nearby. View from the top view was simply lovely! One could stay as long as you wish up at the viewing deck, free Wifi available, there's no limit on your stay. You may bring along foods/drinks and sit whole day. Simply awesome. Unfortunately, we do not have much time spent, was there only 1 hour as we need to catch our flight that evening.

Eureka Skydeck
Sunset view from Skydeck
City View betwen Yarra River
Edge Experience
Open-aired Experience
Southbank, at the other side of Yarra River. Has been my work place whenever I need to pay business visit some years ago. Just love the modern structure of it, and most importantly - clean. Nothing much to explore except some architecture and art gallery place. I sat down to have my coffee too.

Lock on the Bridge


Coffee @ Southbank
Along before we headed back to hotel, we had Chinese noodle in one of the restaurant. Good to have home food, but I find it too much MSG. Not to my liking. Before it was too late, I grabbed a Pear Cider along my way walking.

Chinese noodle - Noodle Kingdom
Pear Cider
End of trip report.. which I am able to complete after close to 10 months! :) Lazy butt. More trip reports coming up the way.. till then.