We love Melbourne. If Melbourne is not known 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 MELBOURNE
Flying in is probably the best option, hehe. There are two airports located in Victoria, the closest one in is Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (25 minutes away from Melbourne) and Avalone Airport (an hour away). I would try to avoid flying into Avalone, unless you're staying in Geelong.
Leon and I once drove all the way from Sydney, passing through Yass and all the country towns between New South Wales and Victoria. It took us 10 hours if the drive is done in one day.
There are days it could be stormy wet or icy cold winds that blew from the Arctic. But that day, on my 3rd visit, it was surprisingly sunny and pleasant.
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. It was a fun day exploring different cliffs and doing different walks.
For the first stop, be sure to head to Gibsons Step. Be prepared to walk down the steep staircase of 86 steps to basically, heaven. I love walking on the sand and that view of the ginormous 12 Apostles was breathtaking.
Stayed over at Port Campbell, a small town off the Great Ocean Road. Had the best fish and chips in town! And that view while eating greasy, oily batter off the takeaway, is priceless :)
Great Ocean Rd & Booringa Rd, Princetown VIC 3269
If you love waterfalls, Melbourne has a cool one in Mount Grampians National Park. It's called MacKenzie Falls.
It's a bit of a drive. But the bushwalking in the park is worth it. Look at the big rocks used for a bridge.
MacKenzie Falls Northern Grampians Rd, Zumsteins VIC 3401
National gallery of victoria
I have never ever been to National Gallery Victory, or better known locally as NGV in Australia. It is one of the best art museums in town. And can you believe that this is my first time visiting NGV? I used to live in Melbourne for a year to study Product Design. For some reason, I never quite made it there.
Anyways, it was a mission for me to see Yayoi Kusuma's instalation. This time, appropriately titled 'Flower Obsession'. Kusuma was one of the featuring works of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, of the NGV Triennial. Her medium was, of course, flowers. In the form of decals. Everyone is given a flower decal (or 3D flower if you come in early in the morning), to be placed anywhere in the installation.
Kusuma's installation is quite big. Think of an entire unit of a one bedroom apartment. The lounge room and kitchen are larger than your usual one bedder. There is even a toilet and bathtub too!
I had so much fun! Highly recommend it to anyone visiting Melbourne.
National Gallery Victoria 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006
There are so, so, so many good eats in Melbourne. I don't even know where to start!
Well, I could be over exaggerating here but I've tried so many dumplings in my young life, this is my ultimate favourite.
Get the Rainbow Gem Dumplings, if you're an adventurous kind. Fresh and tasty, with mouth-watering servings which will leave you wanting more.
For this CNY (Chinese New Year for short), Din Tai Fung is making limited editions buns with cute dog faces. It's so adorable, you have to see it, to believe it.
DinTai Fung is a great place to hang with family and friends. Good vibes for a family get together, having a feast in this festive season.
Din Tai Fung
Emporium, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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.
Think of delicious burgers with equally yummy potato gems. I'm obsessed!
8bit. 8 Droop St, Footscray VIC 3011
ALWAYS ICE-CREAM TIME WITH POPSTIC
Have you ever seen this pretty little edible eats in Melbourne? It's fruity and fresh. It's cute and adorable.
I'm a fan of Popstic ice cream. You can find them at Federation Wharf, a pretty place to hang at Yarra River. You'll get a view of the Melbourne cityscape from below.
My favourite is the watermelon flavour. Mmmm....yumm! You can even order (ahead of time), alcohol flavoured ones. I reckon, Popstic, would make great treats at parties!
Popstic Ice Cream 1-9 Federation Wharf (Next to Riverland Bar), Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000
I'm all about the smoothie. Think of delicious and colourful smoothies. All made with fresh, local ingredients.
I found my favourite smoothie at Darling Cafe. I love the Edison Bulb in particular. It's got guava in it, and that totally had me at hello.
This place is such a darling. Tucked in a quiet street in South Yarra, I was greeted by the lovely staff at Darling Cafe. Everyone is so chirpy and I love the atmosphere in here. And don't get me going with the marble tiles, it is every Instagrammer's dream come true!
To read all about my eats at Darling Cafe, link here.
Darling Cafe 2 Darling St, South Yarra VIC 3141