As my semester abroad came to a close, I decided that I wasn’t quite ready to leave Australia yet. My friend Natalie and I planned a final trip to end our adventure: Melbourne. Melbourne is an awesome city in Victoria, Australia that we had heard so much about over our time abroad. After saying tearful goodbyes to the other friends I had made at Bond, Natalie and I set off to our final destination. Learning how to use the public transportation in a new city is always a bit tricky, and Melbourne was no exception. They have a convenient “free tram zone” where you can ride the trams that criss-cross all over the city for free. Outside the zone, you have to use a Myki card to pay. After asking several different people for directions, we made it to our hostel, Melbourne Space Hotel. After grabbing a bite to eat, we were exhausted and went straight to sleep.
The next day, we met up with a friend of Natalie’s who lives in Melbourne. She was so happy to show us around her hometown, so we got started right away. She brought us to hike an awesome waterfall, brought us to eat fish and chips at a local place on the beach, and showed us a small peek of the Great Ocean Road. She drove us around to see some more of the suburbs around Melbourne, all of which were beautiful. We also took a drive through Lorne, which had lots of beautiful houses on the cliffs of the beaches. The next day, we decided to do the full Great Ocean Road tour, one of the most popular tours in Melbourne. The coasts are full of intricate rock formations and beautiful cliffs, so we were really excited to see the sights.
The Great Ocean Road tour is a must-do activity if you’re ever in Melbourne. We were even lucky enough to see wild koalas and kookaburras! Kookaburras are birds native to Australia, infamous for their “laugh.” We stopped by a lighthouse to eat an awesome lunch they provided for us before we were back on our way. We saw so many amazing rock formations like Loch ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles. I saw some of the most beautiful sights of my life on the tour.
The next day we decided to explore the actual city of Melbourne since we had not yet done much of that. We had breakfast at a quaint cafe and walked around the unique streets of the city. We quickly discovered that Melbourne is a city full of culture and diversity, which I truly appreciated as a New York City girl. Melbourne is also famous for its street art, so we knew we had to make a stop at Hosier Lane. We saw tons of really cool paintings and artwork all over the buildings, streets, and even trash cans in the alleys. We stopped at multiple stores and bookshops, just enjoying our time in the city. Melbourne was hands down one of my favorite cities I visited over my time in Australia and I would highly recommend you visit if you have the chance!