I stayed at the Melbourne Cup Bed and Breakfast at the AltoHotel, located in the center of the city and a short stroll to Southern Cross for quickconnection to Flemington and Caulfield. I woke up to a full, delicious breakfastcooked to order!
I began my trip by learning about thehistory of Melbourne. I jumped on theCity Circle Tram and visited theOld MelbourneGaol, Victoria’soldest prison(it even housedthe Infamous bushranger,Ned Kelly!) Afterwards, I stopped by the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens to see the reconstructed Cooks Cottage – the childhood home of Captain James Cook, one of the first European navigators to chart the east coast of Australia.
In the afternoon, I visited the Melbourne Museum whichshowcases Australian social history, Indigenous cultures, scienceand the environment. It is located adjacent to the World Heritage listed RoyalExhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, and home to IMAX Theatre Melbourne.Major features of Melbourne Museum include “Celebrate Victorias local Koorie culturein Bunjilaka” and the Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
Dinner time… there seems to be more restaurants in Melbourne than days of the year. It was difficult to choose between the dizzying array of world-class chefs, creative world cuisine, and ethnic eateries.Melbourne has a very eclecticspirit and many unique barspepper the city’s streets andlaneways. Nightspots can befound up a flight up stars, down alaneway, on a rooftop, or in anorchestra pit.I even learned how to do theMelbourne shuffle…
I even had the chance to go to the Melbourne Festival, one of the worlds leading artsfestivals and Australias premier celebration of art and culture from around the worldheld each. Each Festival brings an unparalleled feast of theatre, dance, music, visualarts, film and outdoor events to Melbourne each October.
The Spring Racing Carnival is a world class event showcasing thoroughbred racing and entertainment at its finest during three months across Victoria.The traditional Boxing Day Test atthe MCG is the most anticipatedcricket match each year in worldcricket.
The Three Sisters, sandstone rock formations – one of the best-known attractions in the region!The BlueMountains isa mountainousregion located inNew South Walesand bordering onSydney’s metro area.The area begins onthe west side of the NepeanRiver andextends Westward asfar as Coxs River.
Jamison ValleyKatoomba Falls A bushwalking, wilderness expedition complete with camping, canyoning, rock climbing, mountain biking, photographic safari, and four wheel drive experience…
The Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon TourismFestival of Walking, October 8th-15th, located throughout the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area, was a celebration ofthe beauty of nature, the health and well being benefits ofwalking, acknowledgement of Aboriginal custodianship and culture andhomage to the history, heritage and conservation of the region.