Melbourne Two Dayer

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2 days, January 2019, 2 exchange students

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Trip Overview

We (two students studying abroad in Sydney) took a short two-day, one-night trip to Melbourne

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Flew out of Sydney the morning of the first day. After arriving in Melbourne around 10 AM we took a bus into the city to pick up the car that we were renting. After sorting the car out we hit the road and drove a couple of hours to Wilson’s Promontory, a national park with wildlife, beaches, and many scenic views. After seeing some kangaroos and wallabies, hitting Squeaky Beach to hear the sand and get our feet wet, and taking many photos, we got back on the road to head towards Phillip Island, about a two-hour drive. After paying the admission fee (around 25 dollars AUD) and waiting for the sun to set at the Phillip Island nature park we got to watch the Penguin Parade, when all the Little Penguins return to their nests and chicks on the shore after spending the day out fishing in the ocean. Once the parade was over we drove about 10 minutes to a nearby hostel (~20 dollars AUD for a night).


The next day we drove back towards Melbourne where we explored a little more of the city than the day before. We saw some of the sights and poked our heads into a few museums, but our favorite thing, and what we spent the longest time at, was the market. There are hundreds of stalls selling a variety of clothes, toys, and souvenirs, as well as stalls selling produce, meats, and fish. We were able to try kangaroo for the first time which one of the butchers cooked up for us (it is delicious and very sustainable!). After stocking up on fruits and other snacks at the market we got back on the road to drive the Great Ocean Road and see the Twelve Apostles.


The drive was very pretty, but we were not able to spend as much time in the towns along the drive because our flight left that night. After seeing what remains of the Twelve Apostles we had to speed all the way back to the airport in order to make our flight.


Highlights of the trip: Penguins, kangaroos, saw a few seals at a dock we stopped at along the GreatOcean Road, ran into a snake at one of the Apostles


Regrets: We did not map out our trip as well as we should have. If I were to do it again I would do the Great Ocean Road first and leave the market until before the flight so we would not be as stressed about making the flight.

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Time of year

Jan-Mar

Type of Trip

Nature, Combo

Duration

quick getaway/weekend

Accommodation Type

Hostel

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