A Wonderful Weekend In Melbourne

Wondering how to spend a weekend in Melbourne? Then you have come to the right place!

The whole time we spent travelling along the East Coast of Australia (from Sydney to Cairns) people kept asking us, “Are you visiting Melbourne? You must go!” But it wasn’t part of our travel plans. So when came back to spend a couple of months in Sydney, we thought we had better see what all the fuss was about and take a trip! Now on the map, Melbourne really doesn’t look that far from Sydney, but it’s actually a really long way – like a ten hour drive kinda long way! It always amazes me how far away things are here, but I have to remind myself just how big this country is; you can fit the whole of Europe in it with room to spare! We only had a weekend in Melbourne to explore, so we flew there, which only took around an hour and a half! A weekend in Melbourne is just enough time to see the main sites and get a really good feel for what the city has to offer, and if you like London you will LOVE it!!! I tend to prefer less busy places, so St. kilda was more for me than the main city, but more on that later…

So here is how we spent a great weekend in Melbourne!

Weekend in Melbourne – Night 1

Arrive Friday night, freshen up at your accommodation and explore the nightlife!

A super cheap way to get from the airport is the Skybus
, which conveniently parks right outside the airport exit! You can book tickets in advance, or you can buy them at the ticket office right outside the airport. After a quick stop at the hotel, it was time to explore. As all backpackers do, we love finding a happy hour – and even better if it’s a happy hour with food – and even better if it’s a happy hour with MEXICAN food! We found Father’s office during their happy hour 5-7pm,  which meant –  $2 tacos, $1 arranchini and $6 drinks – perfect! We then made our way to
Cherry Bar, which is an awesome rock bar on AC/DC lane, (how awesome is that!) which has live music – it took us a while to find it but when we did it was worth the look!

Fathers Office - Weekend in Melbourne

{ Tacos and arranchini @ Fathers Office }

 

Fathers Office - Weekend in Melbourne

{ Drinks and live music @ Cherry Bar }

Weekend in Melbourne – Day 1

Time to get up early and explore what Melbourne has to offer!

There is so much to do in Melbourne, so get up early to see it all! Wherever you are staying, the trams are great and it’s easy and quick to get around. We stayed between the main city and St. Kilda which was a great location, as it meant we could easily spend a day in each. Our hotel, Mercure Albert Park, was right on the tram line too so it took no time to get about. We booked it at Booking.com. The best thing to do is get a Myki card to travel around on all the trams, but right in the centre of the city journeys are free, but the further out you go you do have to pay. Make your way around the city, stopping at these places…

Breakfast @ Little Mule Cafe

Great little spot off the main streets, that serves a great selection of breakfasts and huge portions! I had scrambled eggs on sourdough with a side of halloumi and it was awesome!

Queen Vic market 9am-3pm

Huge market with hundreds of stalls, ranging from fruit and veg, to clothing and lots of bargains to be had! I got a huge bag of grapes for $1!

Flinders Lane for a cheap on-the-go lunch

Head to this lane and kill two birds with one stone – grab a cheap (but delicious) lunch and take a wander through the famous laneways. Real great selection of food ranging from grab and go sandwiches and rice paper rolls  sushi rolls to sit downs in cosy cafes.

Fitzroy Gardens

Beautiful gardens, to take a stroll through – there’s the fairy trees, waterfalls and James Cook’s cottage to take a look at too!

Federation Square

Federation Square is the meeting square of the city, with restaurants, bars, and events take place here. When we were there it was the Jazz festival and it was lots of fun watching everyone dancing and singing along!

Eureka Sky Deck 

Head to the Eureka Sky Deck for the best view of the city! An adult ticket costs $20, but it’s well worth the view!

Art lanes – Hozier and Rutledge Lane

These incredible art lanes are just iconic of Melbourne and they are so awesome to walk around and get some great pictures!

Hosier lane - Weekend in Melbourne
Hosier lane - Weekend in Melbourne

{ Hosier Lane }

 

{ Fitzroy Gardens }

{ Flinders Lane }

Weekend in Melbourne – Night 2

You can’t miss the sunset @ St.Kilda

Melbourne is definitely a great city to visit, and if you love London, then I guarantee you’ll love it. If you prefer a quieter place with a more beach vibe, then St.Kilda is a great place for you! I loved it here…

Penguins and the most amazing sunset!

Every evening at sunset on the boardwalk, a penguin colony return from the sea, swimming back to the rocks, where the other penguins wait! It’s super cute! There are volunteers around too, who are there for you to ask any questions and check the people are giving the penguins their space! There is a great cafe to go for a coffee/drink with the perfect view of the the sunset. We were super lucky and two dolphins came along while we were waiting – it was such a surprise!

Drinks @ Freddie Wimpoles

Head back to the high street and pop into Freddie Wimpoles for a couple of drinks/ game of pool/ chill out before heading to dinner.

Dinner @ Babu Ji

We headed to Babu Ji for special meal (we ere celebrating our 9 years together!), and had an amazing meal here. It really isn’t your typical Indian restaurant, and there were dishes I’d never heard of before. They have really given the typical Indian restaurant a modern twist and there were lots of healthy ingredients and superfoods used within the menu, like quinoa naan!

St Kilda Sunset - Weekend in Melbourne

{ Sunset @ St.Kilda Beach }

 

{ Penguins @ the Boardwalk }

Weekend in Melbourne – Day 2

Explore more of St.Kilda and head to Fitzroy before home time…

Brunch @ matcha mylk bar

Matcha Mylk Bar is a vegan, eco friendly cafe, that serves some AMAZING food and drinks – I had a purple peanut butter latte, which literally had peanut butter smeared around the edge of the glass! I had the lime and avocado smash on sourdough, with beetroot spheres and a vegan egg; which was made from sweet potato, turmeric, almond and coconut oil – wow!

Espanade Market

Every Sunday there is a craft market along the Esplanade from 10am, which is full of the usual craft stalls and definitely worth checking out.

Head to Fitzroy

Head on the tram and back to the city, and take a walk into Fitzroy for the last few hours – Fitzroy is a really quirky part of the city, often compared to Shoreditch in London.

Rose street artist market 

If you like markets, head to the rose street market, just off the main street, it’s a small artist market, but some amazing things to be found here – really interesting and unique bags, jewellery, art work and all sorts!

Naked for Satan rooftop bar

Finish the day with a drink at the Naked For Satan rooftop bar – you have to walk up plenty of stairs to get there but there’s a great view over the city. it’s meant to be incredible for sunset, but sadly we were back by then!

Back to the airport!

To get back to the airport we took an Uber from Fitzroy which cost us $36. Alternatively you could get the tram back to the city and then get the Skybus back to the airport – this is $18 one way so is the cheaper option if you are solo travelling.

Matcha Milk Bar - Weekend in Melbourne

{ Brunch @ Matcha Milk Bar }

 

Matcha Milk Bar - Weekend in Melbourne

{ Peanut Butter Latte @ Matcha Milk Bar }

{ Market @ The Esplanade }

{ View @ Naked For Satan }

So this his was how we spent our weekend in Melbourne and we had a great time! I hope this is helpful for anyone planning to spend a few days there! Let me know!

Have you been to Melbourne? Do you have any other suggestions?

If you know anyone going to Melbourne, please share it with them 🙂

Check out my East Coast blog too for more Australia travel ideas (it’s paradise!)

Thanks for reading!

The Healthy Backpacker x

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