We love Melbourne. If it's not for it's insanely good food and cafe culture, then, I would nominate the amazing views of The Grampians and Twelve Apostles, which are only a few hours drive away.
In this journal, I'll be sharing all my favourite things to do when Melbourne, including my top places to eat and snack, and day trips that you can do when in Melbourne.
GETTING TO BYRON
Flying in is probably the best option, hehe. There are two airports located close to Byron, the closest one in is Ballina Airport (20 minutes away) and Coolangatta Airport in Goldcoast (45 minutes drive).
Leon and I drove all the way from Sydney, passing through Newcastle and Central Coast. It took us 11 hours if the drive is done in one day. But this time around, we stayed in a cute AirBnb place in Forster. Thus, breaking our journey up into two days. There are lots of gorgeous beaches and lookouts with lighthouses which one can stop along the way.
Oh, 12 Apostles you, moody kind of beauty. This will be my third visit in 10 years, and there are days it could be stormy wet or icy cold winds that blew from the Arctic. But that day in 2017, it was a different story. It was sunny and pleasant in an autumn's day.
Just a 3 hours drive from Melbourne (we totally avoided the dizzying scenic route and opted for the countryside haha), the 12 Apostles did not disappoint. The park entry is free (yay!) and there are many stops which are minutes drive away from one another along the 12 Apostles. It was a fun day exploring different cliffs and taking bush walks to ...
For the first stop, be sure to go to Gibsons Steps and be prepared to walk down the steep staircase of 86 steps to basically, heaven. Cheesy, I know, haha. I love walking on the sand and that view of the ginormous 12 Apostles was breathtaking.
Stay over at Port Campbell, a small town off the Great Ocean Road, for the best fish and chips in town! And that view while eating greasy, oily batter off the takeaway, is priceless :)
The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
8bit. is dope
If you love burgers and you grew up in the 80s playing 8 bit kind of games like the ancient Donkey Kong and Pacman, then, this place will bring you loads of good childhood memories.
8bit. 8 Droop St, Footscray VIC 3011
Only 14 minutes drive from Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads is my favourite place to swim, eat and shop. Beautiful beaches and river just right next door to each other, who wouldn't love Brunswick Heads? Come here in summer and join the locals, paddling with their canoes or chilling out in their unicorn floats, in crystal clear water.
YAMI IS YUMMIEST
It truly is! I crave for Yami at Brunswick Heads everytime I'm in town. It's worth the 14 minute drive from Byron Bay. Delicious middle eastern wholesome food with possibly, THE BEST falafels and hummus in Australia.
Well, I could be over exaggerating here but I've tried so many falafels in my young life, this is my ultimate favourite.
Get the Falafel Pocket if you're going solo. Fresh and tasty, with generous servings which will leave you wanting more.
The Share Plate is the bomb (as seen in image). Jampacked with flavours of tahini, babaganoush, Israeli salad, tabouli, salsa, mushrooms, pickles, olives and pine nuts. Served with pita bread.
Yami is a great place to hang with family and friends. Good vibes where you can chill and head for a swim afterwards in the crystal clear Brunswick Heads River nearby.
2/1 Park St, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
ALWAYS ICE-CREAM TIME WITH POPSTIC
Have you ever seen this pretty little edible things in Melbourne?
Shop 1/16 The Terrace, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483