Oh, hello again Australia. We’re very exci……Let’s be honest. At this point of the trip, all of the traveling was starting to wear on us a little bit – some more than others.
We loved New Zealand and were sad to leave. Just about everywhere else we went we were going someplace completely new, so you weren’t sad to leave because you had something new and exciting to look forward to. Not here, we were back to Australia…Not to say we didn’t enjoy Australia the first go around – we loved it too. I think we had just hit a travel lull.
Still, the show must go on. Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia (4.25 Million people) and is the capital of the state of Victoria. It was the biggest/most prominent city for most of Australia’s history, but only in the last 40-50 years has Sydney surpassed it.
The cities are similar in many ways, though I think Melbourne has a more “hip” vibe (for lack of a better term). Melbourne also lacks the iconic landmarks that Sydney possesses. Basically, Melbourne plays a Chicago or San Francisco to Sydney’s New York.
Sorry for my absence posting lately…Between all the driving, managing the pictures, and keeping up with the planning – I’ve fallen behind.
Here are the pictures from Melbourne. There are not that many, as we were only there for 3 days and did not take a whole lot of pictures. I’ll try to upload some below; I know there have been some problems with opening up pictures on the site. I’m not really sure why that is, but I’ll try to look in to it. Though as always, it is best to view the pictures on the smugmug site. Here is the link:
Hi everyone! Sorry for the retro review yesterday. We didn’t get home from dinner until kinda late and, honestly, I didn’t feel like doing a post. We were only in Melbourne for three nights, and they went by really quickly! We are already on our way to the Great Ocean Road! The Great Ocean Road is a coastal drive will lots of things to do along the way, plus some beautiful places to stop and take pictures. At least that’s what Justin in telling me. Most of the time I have no clue where we are going until we get there!
Anyway, back to Melbourne……..
Yesterday, we spent some more time walking around the city (although, I REALLY didn’t want to leave the hotel room). We intended to walk to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Unfortunately, we never actually made it there. We saw some of the park, but it was so hot and sunny that I could literally feel my skin scorching…….oh the lucky dermatologist who gets to see me after this trip…….!
Well, we left New Zealand today. I doubt that we will ever see a place again that is so naturally beautiful. We truly loved our time there.
We flew Air New Zealand from Queenstown to Melbourne. The flight was about 3 hours long and uneventful. Justin edited some pictures while I took a nap and watched The Office and Parks and Recreation.
In Melbourne, we are staying at The Park Hyatt. Justin warned me that we may not get some of the “perks” that we got at the other Hyatt properties because his diamond status expired a couple of days ago, although he knew that we were booked for the base level suite. Well……move over Tokyo and Sydney, we have a new hotel front runner! Somehow, we got upgraded several levels, and we are staying in the “ambassador suite!” This place is crazy! It is about 1800 square feet with a huge living room, giant bedroom, kitchen, guest bathroom, enormous walk-in closet, and ridiculous master bathroom. I spent the first several minutes jumping on the bed. I’m pretty sure that’s what most of the guests in this suite do, right?