Category Archives: Victoria

On my last weekend in Melbourne I got to catch up with a friend. I’d travelled with her during the summer in Europe. Then I was her guide and now the roles were reversed. I let her plan the whole day and it turned out to be a fantastic way to end my time in Melbourne. We started our day with brunch in Elsternwick, at Penta. Wooow! The food was so pretty and colorful, standing out against the grey interior. I saw the some works of art coming from the kitchen and couldn’t choose what to eat. My friend Michelle pointed out the most famous dishes and we decided to share the nutella panna cotta and the waffles with beef cheek and eggs benedict. It was sooo good! Satisfied and with a full tummy we drove towards the Mornington peninsula. We stopped for a coffee along the way and strolled…

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Melbourne is a city with plenty of things to do, but it’s also got many places around it that make a great day or weekend trip. Wilsons Prom is about a 3 hour drive from the city and thus I was reluctant to go out there just for a day. But then again… what if it’s stunning?! I found a company that wasn’t too expensive and signed up for a Monday in a long weekend. Man, I wish I could have gone for the entire weekend! I had to get up at stupid o’clock to get into the city for the pick up point. The organization was terrible and we had to wait for our guide for over half an hour! When she finally showed up, we had a long drive out to the national park. But, it was so worth it! First I climbed up Mt. Oberon, together with…

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A couple of months ago I did a surf camp in Morocco. It was an amazing experience, but also a realisation that I’m not exactly a natural. So what better place to have another practise session than Australia. Unfortunately there are no surf beaches in Melbourne, but in just 2 hours I can get out to Torquay by public transport. Torquay has a fantastic hostel: Bells Beach Backpackers. It’s not too big and has a great atmosphere. There is a big living room with well equipped kitchen and I felt straight at home. From the moment I walked in, I connected with my roommates and in the evenings I ended up playing cards or talking to them until we all fell asleep. Torquay is famous for surfing, with Bells Beach being the top surf spot, where the competitions are held as well. This weekend wasn’t the best weekend for surfing. On…

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Browsing on Bookme, a website with discounted activities, trying to find something to do for the weekend, I came across rap jumping. So on Sunday morning I went into the city to walk off a building. I was greeted by a young guy who told me to wait until everyone had arrived. Once the whole group was complete, we got the introduction, making sure that everyone knew what they’d signed up for. We then took the elevator up and took the last stairs up to the roof. There we got harnessed up and got told about safety. Our harness was put on backwards, because we needed a belay loop in the back. After all, as opposed to abseiling, in rap jumping you descent the building facing forwards. The young guy who had greeted us went down first to show us how it was done. He casually walked down. Well… maybe…

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After spending the week indoors at the office, it’s great to get out on the weekends. It’s especially great when the weather works out too. It wasn’t really warm, but the sun was out and the clouds in the sky showed no sign of showers. I needed to clear my head, so Intook a train out to Brighton Beach and started walking along the Bay Trail. The trail goes on and on around the Port Phillip Bay. I just picked a section that was easy to reach by public transport. You can choose to bike or walk the trail, so I went on foot. For parts of it you walk on a shared bike & foot path, but on foot you can also go down to the water or follow small sandy trails through the vegetation. I wasn’t very far from civilization at all, with a road running very close…

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This weekend I went into the suburb of Abbotsford to visit one of Melbourne’s heritage buildings: the Abbotsford convent. At the moment the former convent is a place where art meets health and where locals come in the weekend for a bite to eat and to relax in the surrounding park. In the 11 buildings of the former Convent of the Good Shepherd you can find pop up shops, restaurants, art spaces, rooms for events and there is even a school in there. During the week, it’s where people work and during the weekend, it’s where people come to enjoy themselves. But this wasn’t always an enjoyable place. The place started as a ‘gentlemen farmlet’, but was soon sold to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. Started by four women, the convent grew to be one of the biggest Catholic complexes of Australia and housed over 1000 women at its…

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Not many people have gardens in the big cities. To get some green into the CBD and give people a chance to get their very own piece of green, Melbourne has come up with a great plan. In the heart of Melbourne you can find these crates with little veggie patches and gardens. You can rent one and take care of your own public piece of garden. On the concrete of this parking lot you can see little bumble bees. Now that’s endearing!

The Great Ocean Road is best done when the sun is shining and the temperatures allow for a swim in the ocean. However, since summertime is limited, I ventured onto this scenic road in autumn. The wind was strong and cold and I was dressed in jeans and lots of layers. The night before I’d met my travel companions. Via an ad on Gumtree I had found two girls who were travelling from Adelaide to Melbourne in a campervan. German Sanja and Belgian Lila had been driving around for a while and I joined them for this trip, together with another German, Kässy. After doing some shopping and a hot chocolate in Hahndorf, a long trip along the highway started. On our way to the Victorian border there wasn’t much to see. The sun had started to set when we reached the mountains of The Grampians. While I would have…

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As a tourist you are always a bit lost. Every new city raises the same question. Where is the hostel/hotel? How does the public transport work? Where can I find a map? Different cities have different ways of providing you with the necessary information. In my opinion Melbourne is a good example of a tourist friendly city.

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The door shuts and there we are. We laugh nervous laughs, but then the lights go out. I imagine everyone is still looking around them with a little smile on their face, hoping they will know soon what’s going to happen. But we don’t see anything. The only ray of light comes from a roster in the bottom of the door. I don’t even see the girl sitting next to me. After about 3 minutes we are bored and one of the ladies decides to bang on the door screaming and laughing: “Let me go. Let me out!” The prison guard doesn’t think it funny and orders silence. Then we hear the door unlock.

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