Another big city that we had just one day to explore. Here’s what we did:
We were staying just outside the city so we got a prepaid bus pass (Myke Card) from our campground office and made our way to the Queen Victoria Market. This market was huge. A majority was imported junk but several rows included fruits and veggies. There was also a building full of seafood and meats and another with prepared foods.
With our map in hand we made our way to the Melbourne Museum. This was another giant museum, but not free. It had a very interesting Aboriginal display as well as a huge native bug room with lots of live bugs! We worked up quite an appetite walking around the museum and decided to make our way to Chinatown for some cheap eats. After looking at a few menus we settled on the Shanghai Street Dumpling. As the name suggests this was a dumpling house and a delicious one at that! Jason had pork and shrimp dumplings and Simone had the pan fried vegetable dumplings.
With a full belly, we headed up the street to a famous back alley called “croft alley” full of street art graffiti, one of many spots throughout the area.
Next we made our way into the Bourke Street Mall, a shopping area with lots of great pedestrian alleys full of shops and restaurants. Just up the road we found the Campari House, where we made our way up to the rooftop bar for a beer before heading back towards the Queen Victoria Market to find a bus back to camp.
All in all we weren’t too impressed with Melbourne, we had a nice day, but we didn’t get a great feel in the city. The bus ride led us through some bad areas, so that could have added to the feeling. We just aren’t really big city people, the crowds and all the bustle doesn’t do much for us.