48 Hours in Melbourne (Part 1)

May 14, 15 at 11:56 pm

How do you spend 48 hours in Melbourne?

We have limited time in the city and we pretty much wanted to do as much as we could from sightseeing to having the best coffee in the city.

We have not planned things out to the exact details. Meticulous planning is considered a taboo to me nowadays – I prefer to decide my next destination on the spot as it excites me (although we have decided on the major destinations to cover). Something I should even do more often. But all in all, the key important thing to have, is a bunch of travel buddies that ride on the same wavelength as you, if not something bad is gonna happen.

I won’t share with you the negative side of the trip – that’s not the point of this blog anyway.

So, 48 hours in the city?

Join a free tour! Yes, it is totally free!

We joined the 2:30pm crowd and it was totally worth. Although it’s free, we decided to pool some money as a token of appreciation!

As the meeting point was at the State Library of Victoria, we took the opportunity to check out the ultra cool library. I’d totally chill here the entire day if such library exists in my own country.

Victoria Library

State Library of Victoria

We walked to the north to check out Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne’s oldest jail.


View from Old Melbourne Gaol

After a short 5 minutes briefing, we continued to walk across two streets to be at Carlton Gardens. It was mid-autumn so the park was slowly transforming into a field of golden leaves. Melbourne Museum is located here too.

Carlton Gardens

Carlton Gardens

One bad thing about free tour is that they don’t really allocate time for photo taking, so most of the time, I’d be taking photos instead of listening to the guide. 🙁

Our walk continued towards Parliament House and opposite, lies the elegant Princess Theatre.


Princess Theatre


Parliament House

Next, we headed to Chinatown and ended up at Her Majesty’s Theatre. After a short briefing, we continued to QV and took 10 minutes break before continuing the session where we covered the famous shopping streets of Bourke Street and Collins Street before ended up at this quirky Hosier Lane, or more famously known as graffiti street.


The Block Arcade


At Hosier Lane

Our tired legs were wearing us out but we continued our push towards Federation Square and Flinders Street Station before calling it a day at Hamer Hall.

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station

Melbourne CBD

View of Melbourne CBD from Hamer Hall

It was one hell of a crazy walking tour which we covered half of Melbourne in 3-4 hours time.

And amazingly, I could even recall the path we took (although I was slightly lost when we navigated through the malls), which is why I am able to narrate it here for you.

Wait for the next installment… til then, take care!

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