Melbourne- A perfect holiday destination for an Indian family

Yes, I can say this confidently as we recently visited Melbourne with our one and half year old son and the entire experience was amazing. We, like any other parents of an infant had number of doubts and worries about managing with our baby, but the facilities and comforts the city provided us made us fall in love with it.

Here I give my take on our trip on each admirable facet of this wonderful city.

Food
The first thing which comes to the mind of an Indian is good vegetarian food. And I still can't believe that there was an Indian restaurant at almost every street in the city. But the interesting thing was the international restaurants offering a wide range of vegetarian options which we actually ended up going to. Not only restaurants but Melbourne hosts several international brands for ice-creams, coffee, breads and what not!





Transport 


We were greeted in Melbourne by the ever friendly staff of the Sky bus service,which runs non stop from the airport to the CBD area. With their free connecting bus to most CBD hotels, we reached our hotel in half the taxi fare. The best part of Melbourne is undoubtedly the Tram service with stations almost every 200 meters. Being there on Christmas day, all public transport was absolutely free. On other days,  a $7 day pass is all you need to roam around every possible tourist attraction on every possible mode of public transport. What's more, there is a free City Circle tram that runs every ten minutes around the most important streets and tourists can just hop on and off, visit places and board the next free tram. Most destinations would be less than 300 meters from the nearest tram station. Thus we were able to visit all major places of interest within one day without ever needing a taxi.


Accomodation

A broad spectrum of accommodation is available to suit all your needs and preferences at reasonable rates.

A must mention about the restroom facilities at every tourist spot, clean, neat and voila- a parents' section too, with facilities like feeding rooms, changing rooms, microwave to make food, what else can an infant parent ask for!!

People

You will find people from all over the world in Melbourne, and nearly every passer-by would greet you with a warm smile, making you feel at home. 

Must - visit Destinations

There is something for everyone! I was looking forward to visit historic sites, my husband was interested in going to Melbourne Park, MCG and Rod Laver Arena and we wanted our son to enjoy at the Zoo and on the Skydeck.
Places we visited: Melbourne Park, MCG, Rod Laver Arena, Parliament House, Windsor Hotel, Church, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, Victoria Market, Harbor Town, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Eureka Skydeck 88, Melbourne Zoo, Federation Square, Yarra River Bank, Melbourne Downtown, Flinders Street RailwayStation, Fitzroy Gardens, Carlton Gardens and much more... 
We also enjoyed Christmas special goodies market at the Flinders Street Railway Station.






I caught up on my husband's dream:

26th December is celebrated as Boxing Day in Australia and my husband also shares his birthday on the same day. And whats iconic about this day is the test match at MCG. Shashank being a die hard cricket fan always dreamt of seeing it live at MCG. And I was extremely happy that I could book the tickets and being there with him on the ground and thoroughly enjoyed the match.


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Melbourne is going to be in our hearts forever as we created some some great memories there! Love ya M-E-L-B-O-U-R-N-E!


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10 comments:

  1. Great post! Really wonderful pictures! After reading your post & watching all the videos, I’d most like to visit the Dandenong Ranges for it’s scenic beauty, breathtaking view and cool breeze blowing through my hair. :P I’d give anything away for driving through the winding roads which are present throughout the ranges. I’d love to stay at one of the bed and breakfast cottages and go on frequent excursions in the forests with my camera which provides excellent views. And not to forget the famous ride in the Puffing Billy, a day reserved especially for that. To add to that, there are also several picnic spots for me and my friends to spend a fun-filled day and the ranges are a perfect spot for hiking and cycling.

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  2. Hi!

    Happy Birthday to your husband and may God bless him through out his life.
    You have covered all the places of Melbourne beautifully.

    We know beauty never need words but without words it cannot be explained and when you get wordless after seeing it... your mouth still get open wide and WOW comes out. Dear! Your explanation about Melbourne is wonderful and picturesque description. I am a person who always attracted to nature first of any place so I would love to see the Melbourne Nature & Wildlife. The 12 Apostles rock formations is world famous rocks which changes its color in sunrise and sun set. And then I will see the Phillip Island Nature Park where I want to see the animals which I hardly see in India. I never saw Penguins, Koala and other animals.
    Driving on a smooth road with natural beauty around you, it always gives you a feeling of heaven on Earth. I would love to drive on Great Ocean Road which is also famous in world to give you a scenic experience and the pleasure of that driving is amazing.

    Bhawna

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  3. Wonderful post and interesting videos that make me feel that
    Melbourne invites the eternal romantic in me to hold hands with my beloved and go see the Twelve Apostles .Go on long drives on the great ocean road. In the middle of nowhere in a vineyard spread a table and enjoy a meal and a glass of wine with my dear one. Enjoy the sunsets holding hands and do lots of shopping at the Queen Victoria Market and see all the graffiti being created at the hosier lane.
    Great Post and interesting videos watching them I am sure to visit Sovereign Hill for spending some time in the era gone by. The lure of gold and panning for some nuggets is a temptation that is too much to resist. After I have found the gold I am bound to celebrate it with some wine so I will visit the vineyards and enjoy some great wine from the Yarra region .Visit the Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and have my fill with this yummy delight.
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  4. Nice post. And pretty well explained. I absolutely loved the way you described the places in detail. Your post gives me a feeling that I've been there in Australia for myself. Of all, I would like to go and experience the hot air balloon ride. Would be an awesome experience, that too one, memorable for an entire lifetime.

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  5. I am a kind of person who loves to live every second lively. And Melbourne is the most liveable city. My friends who work in Australia always say its the best place to live and work on this planet. So I always had that longing to visit the country.
    I am a big fan of Tea, and since Melbourne is known for Tea culture, I would love to have Afternoon tea at Murchie's Tea.. I love those Whale watching and would love to watch a movie in the extremely high resolution and the enormous screen of IMAX Victoria and treat my ears with the powerful sound. Finally, I would love to experience the land-and-sea tour by the Victoria Hippo Tours and Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure

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  6. Interesting Post
    After reading your post and watching all the videos
    I feel I have stepped into a kaleidoscope called Melbourne
    Where Vistas of experiences would unfold one after another
    The nature lover in me is enticed by the thought of watching the penguin parade.
    Traveling though the great ocean road, soaking up the freshness as the breeze ruffles my hair gets me in the mood to pack my bags for Melbourne.
    But before I can move ,Puffing Billy whistles and invites me for a ride. The kid in me jumps with joy at the thought of visiting Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
    Even before I can deside on the list of places that I would like to see in and around Melbourne.
    What’s that noise that I hear ?
    Oh its loud cheer from MCG as the cricket world cup 2015 is about to kick start.
    So many plces to see and so much to do.
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  7. Great post.Just loved your blog post. I am in love with driving and road trips, The Great Ocean Road is the ideal place for the people like me. I will surely visit that place in Melbourne and enjoy the sea shore, sunrise and gorgeous mesmerizing view.

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  8. Hey ,Superb post ,so all set to pack bags to have a thrill at Melbourne,Now being high on my wish list .U’ve very well covered the best of Melbourne and for the entry in contest ,there cannot ever be a single place for me.It has to be a bouquet of places to calm down my zest to explore it.So naming ,first comes the Great Ocean road not just to linger or have a decent walk but to amaze myself with Jetskiing ,Scuba diving and to try swim with Dolphins,seal Yay,these beautiful creatures would be lucky to share a swim with me.ha ha.Then it would be Eureka Sky deck, to have an awe inspiring experience to be closest to sky and get the sky deck view of this liveable city, MCG to watch and cheer the players on one of the worlds best cricket ground!

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  9. Given a chance to visit Melbourne, I would absolutely make a run for Eureka Skydeck 88..Imagine the view of the city from such a great height of over 300 metres and while you are suspended in air in a glass box!
    This is an experience not to be missed and I hope I get a chance to visit Melbourne and go explore Eureka Skydeck 88 soon :)
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  10. Being a person who loves to travel this place has struck my eye.
    And here, Eureka Skydeck 88 is going to be first on my list.. i can just imagine the view after reading about it and i feel its going to be awesome.
    Then the St. Kilda Beach,the long walk on the beach during the sunset will be just perfect.. And finding gold is also there.. :D
    why not get my pockets filled with some tresure hunt..Laneways and Arcades is going to be the place to explore my "Lara croft" skills.. :D :D
    Melbourne is going to be a great place to visit and enjoy a holiday..

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