‘When they fall in love with a city it is forever, and it is like forever. As though there never was a time when they didn’t love it… – TONI MORRISON, Jazz
It’s been said that ‘every city is a living body’ – and I wholeheartedly agree. And of all of the cities I’ve visited, Melbourne is especially full of life, and I feel as though my experience after just a couple of days there will run through my veins for years to come. What else can I say – I fell head over heels in love!
I honestly have so few words that can describe our weekend away. I’d been dying to visit Melbourne for years, and each and every friend of mine said it suited me to a ‘T’ and I’d have a hard time leaving. Hard doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt boarding the plane home.
Upon arriving, greeted by sunny skies and wind that cut right through our layers of clothes, I felt immediately at home. We boarded the Skybus to get us in to the city centre, and then a tram out to Prahran to our hotel. A little something about me: I have an obsession with all things art – whether it’s photography, painting, literature, sculpture or food – and so it was only fitting that we stayed in one of Melbourne’s iconic ‘Art Series Hotels’, The Cullen.
After dropping our bags and settling into our room, we made our way out to St. Kilda. This spot is a seaside playground for locals and visitors alike, with countless food, shopping and entertainment on offer. We walked by Luna Park (which was closed that day) and the heritage listed Palais Theatre, along the boardwalk, down Acland Street past countless bakeries and bars until it was time to head back to make our way to Etihad Statium to watch Collingwood take on St. Kilda (a trip to Melbourne isn’t complete without an AFL game, right?!).
Day two, we made our way back into the CBD! We passed by Flinders Street Station, where we’d caught the train the night before, stopped to watch an incredibly entertaining street performer (he’d captivated quite a crowd) before walking on to Hosier Lane. Melbourne is widely known for it’s street art, and Hosier Lane is just one location showcasing both local and international talent! We made our way on foot out of the CBD and on to Fitzroy for lunch, before heading back to our hotel to get ready for a night on the town!
The following day, as we boarded the plane back home, I didn’t say goodbye. But instead, I’ll be seeing you!
Melbourne. You totally and completely stole my heart.
What and Where:
- The Cullen
164 Commercial Road, Prahran
- St Kilda
6 km south-east of Melbourne’s CBD. Catch a tram or a train for a quick and easy trip
- Luna Park
This historic amusement park located is located on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in St Kilda. Opening on 13 December 1912, it’s been operating almost continuously ever since
- Palais Theatre
A former cinema, the space now functions exclusively as a concert venue and is the largest seated theatre in Australia
- Street Art
To check out some of the world’s best street art, you can find a list of approved sites at the link below as well as the chance to book in for tours