#1423 Melbourne – home for the next 10 days

Taxiing to the hotel.

Melbourne looks like a combination of Dunedin, Christchurch and London. It’s a city on the make – every which way you turn, new buildings are going up and construction sites are being developed. Those were my initial impressions on the journey from Avalon Airport to Southern Cross Station then onto our hotel in South Yarra. It’s my first time in the city and I’m pretty sure I’m already in love. Katherine and I are staying at this brand-new baller hotel called The Olsen – our rooms are filled with coffee table books, Philippe Starck furniture and bottles of water that cost $7 a pop. I’m not going to lie, I feel a little bit like a movie star (albeit one who can’t afford to drink the water in his room). This will be our home for the next two nights before we move to the Westin – courtesy of the City of Melbourne. We’re in town for the Spring Fashion Festival!

Photos below.

Melbourne’s tallest building.

Our hotel for the first two nights.

Bikes for hire, outside our hotel.

The coat-hanger on my room’s door.

View of the swimming pool from my room.

Me and Katherine in my room.


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  1. Julay says

    Welcome to Melbourne! Hopefully the weather doesn’t freak you out.
    Brunswick St. Fitzroy, High St. Northcote and Lygon St. Carlton are the places to go for a bite, a drink and a shop. If the weather permits it that is. :)

  2. Tarina Heart says

    Melbourne is such a wonderful city. Check out the Tim Burton Exhibition at ACMI. If you have time, go to Chadstone Shopping Mall. Apparently it’s the largest mall in the Southern Hemisphere, plus the first GAP has currently opened there too! Exciting!!

  3. rebecca says

    melbourne is my absolute favourite city ever – there are so many cool little side streets with amazing shops and places to eat tucked away. something for everyone – so jealous!
    if you have time, check out madame brussels (named after a woman who owned brothels) on bourke st – it’s quite hard to find, but oh so worth it…has an outdoor rooftop courtyard area – the staff wear tennis outfits and they serve cocktails in massive pitchers!

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