I was so looking forward to writing this post after my first time in Melbourne and now I’m even more excited after having spent more time in this amazing city and having a completely different experience. Melbourne will always have a special place in my heart and will always be one of my favourite places in Australia, I hope I get the chance to go back before my visa comes to an end!
My first trip to Melbourne was after first arriving alone in Australia. I flew into Sydney for my first three nights, purely as the flights were cheaper into Sydney, then flew straight to Melbourne as I had heard so many good things about it. As I was still so new to this travelling solo idea it took me a couple of days to get settled in or to wander too far from my hostel, but even on my first few days where I felt a little lost and nervous I could tell I would fall in love with Melbourne.
Within my first couple of days I started to make friends and that obviously made the whole experience better. I met a couple of guys from Ireland who I came to be good friends with and spent the most of my time with them. They had arrived around the same time as I had so it was great not only meeting people in a similar situation but who were also new to the city and wanted to explore! We spent a lot of days wandering around different areas of the city and checking out some of the must see spots. We were fortunate to be staying right in the CBD near Flinders Street Station so it made getting around a lot easier. We also spent a lot of time pigging out on cheap vegetarian food which I especially enjoyed!
Whilst in Melbourne I was able to meet up with a friend I had made when visiting the Whitsundays which was awesome. He was great and had been living in Melbourne for some time so he made a wicked tour guide! He lived in St Kilda so I spent a lot of time there which I absolutely loved. St Kilda is such an amazing area being right by the beach and having such an amazing vibe. It was definitely one of my favourite spots in Melbourne, coming very close to Fitzroy!
I only stayed in Melbourne for around three weeks before deciding to head up north and try to sort out my regional work to get my second year. Although it was short I had an amazing time and absolutely fell in love with the place. It’s easy to see why its considered the most liveable city! I was able to stay in Melbourne a little longer on my second visit staying there for around a month and a half and it was even better than my first experience.
I arrived a few days before Christmas as I had planned to meet up with my friends I had made in Cairns. I was so excited to see them all again as a few months had passed by since I had last seen them. We arranged to all meet on St Kilda beach and spent the evening chilling out, grabbing some dinner and catching up on what we had all been up to. It was so amazing to see everyone again I couldn't have been happier.
I had arrived a few days before Christmas s for Christmas day I had planned to meet up with my good friend Nienke and go to her friends apartment in St Kilda for Christmas dinner. As I had not met them before we decided to all go out for Christmas eve and it was so much fun. We had pre drinks on the amazing roof top area of the apartment block before heading out to Chapel Street. We all got on so well straight away and it was amazing to have such a good group of people to spend Christmas day with. One of the girls made us an amazing dinner which nearly put us all in a food coma before we went over to St Kilda beach where we had a few bevies and enjoyed the sunshine.
I ended up moving into that same apartment I spent Christmas at for a little over a week and it was such an amazing experience. It was in a great area of Melbourne and was a lovely little place. It was shared between 7 of us but I absolutely loved it. We spent New Years there and many a night down on Chapel Street as it was so close! We had to move out eventually as the guys who’s apartment it actually was had come back from Sydney but we would still hang out there often.
I had moved back into a shitty hostel in the CBD after leaving the apartment which I absolutely hated. After losing my job in the city I had to find a cheaper option and this is how I came to live at Crunchy Town. I’m going to dedicate an entire post to Crunchy Town as I simply cannot sum up my experience in a paragraph. It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had travelling so far so it definitely deserves it’s own post.