I visited Melbourne in July last year so this is basically a review of what I saw and what I thought about it.
Firstly my husband, son and I all went to Melbourne Australia
last year to visit family, namely my husbands grandmother and grandfather, who emigrated out to Australia
from Wales many many years ago.
I actually loved Melbourne airport, you walk down from the plane to emigration (you fill in your visa on the plane) a very nice aussie checks your passport and documents and sends you down the ramp to collect your luggage
, you then walk through customs out to the main termial and the exit.
What you have to understand about Melbourne is that it's nothing like England
, these people live beside highways that are basically four lanes or more. For every right turn on these roads, you have an undertaking lane so that the traffic doesn't get backed up behind the stupid git who wants to turn right at rush hour (not a bad idea). And if you want to go into the centre of Melbourne (where the airport is) you have to pay (like london congestion charge).
I love Melbourne shopping, firstly because you can shop anytime, for example, I am all ready at 11pm on a thursday night to get into my PJ's when Auntie Di (also a welsh come aussie) knocks on the door and asks if Nan
and I are ready to go
to K-Mart for the sales, into the car we pile and we don't return until 2:30am laden with shopping bags.
Also the parking spaces at the shopping malls are huge, no backing into a space drawn round a mini out there people, possibly an army tank was used to measure the space needed for a car to park.
The shopping malls over in Melbourne normally have at least 3 floors, and Knox City happens to be my favourite because they not only have a kids play area
at the far end (which is free!) but you can take a car shaped trolley to walk around the whole shopping centre with, which keeps the kids entertained. This is also free but you have to hand your driving licence
over to customer services
in exchange for a token to get the trolley out. they then return your licence when you return the token.
Everything is extremely cheap in Australia, and Melbourne love to have sales, I kitted out our boy for the next 3 years whilst we were over there and I didn't pay more than 7 dollars for trousers (about 2.50) which were all billabong and Mango (aussie designer).
The Great Ocean Road
Now after about a week, hubby and I got a bit bored with the shopping (I know a GIRL being bored with SHOPPING!) and we hired a car for a week and set off down the ocean road, we visited the 12 apostles (12 naturally formed pillars in the ocean carved by the sea) there were only 5 left when we visited, which was a few days before one collapsed. This was absolutely awesome, If you don't see beauty
in naturally carved objects it's not worth stopping, but for those of you that do, take a good quality camera
with decent film, the colours in the rock were amazing, and with the power of the blue sea, the pictures we took were gorgeous.