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19 April 2018

We've arrived in Melbourne, AU - though long, it was an easy trip after we finally left Tucson (2 hour delay).

I've been reminded by friends that Australia, on a whole, is expensive. Yes or no, this is my quest to find out.

We decided to take a taxi from the airport to our hotel (inside the CBD - Central Business District/Downtown Melbourne), I did my due diligence and found if we took the Skybus ($18AU p/p) from the airport, we would then have to make our way to our hotel from the Southern Cross Station.

With of the two of us and a 30+ hour journey, we decided to splurge on a taxi. Traffic was slow - our taxi ride ended up costing us $72 ($50USD).

Our "home" in Melbourne is the Space Hotel. It's a hostel/small hotel, centrally located and at $139AU ($100USD) a night for a private, en suite double with an awewome private patio looking out over the cityscape - a deal in my book. Hotels in Melbourne are pricy. Remember, Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, so think NYC or Chicago and it's really not that bad. Also, Space Hotel had great reviews on Lonely Planet and Tripadvisor.

We knew that we would probably not be able to get into our room straight away and had planned for that. Our luggage was able to be dropped off at their secure storage room and with a change of clothes, comfy shoes and a couple of front desk suggestions - we were off for some sustenance.

Hit at the front desk told us that Queen Victoria Market would be a good place to grab some food - airline food just doesn't do it for me but QVM was just what we needed. Anyone who follows our blog know that we LOVE local markets. QVM was definitely in our wheelhouse ...fresh veggies, cheese, bread, meat (all sorts of meat) and so much more. With a small frig in our room, we decided to grab a few items for an evening nosh - just in case jet lag got the best of us.

The small food court at QVM was just right. I ended up with Chinese and Jim with Sri Lankan and coffee - we really needed coffee and Melbournians love their coffee.

We usually don't try and do too much after a long flight but just enough to get us to early evening (at least). We walked around, taking in the local atmosphere (actually trying to stay awake). Dan Murphy's Bottle Shop is one of the local liquor stores and we found it on our way back to the hotel. Wine prices were similar to the US. Also note, if you're on an extended trip (like our six weeks), Duty Free at the airport is a good place to stop.

Forty hours awake was testing us and our thoughts were that our room should be ready and from Murphy's it was a quick walk up Russell Street.
Cosy, clean and comfortable is my best description of our room. Jim and I both needed just a short nap - to remain civil, if nothing else.

Our Space Hotel Patio

Our Space Hotel Patio

We woke about 5pm and decided to enjoy our lovely patio with a meal of wine, cheese, salami and bread and were treated to a beautiful, crimson setting sun. We went over our plans for the next day and it was a night in for us. Pushing even our limits, we put on the TV, though I can' remember what we watched and slept pretty well - waking to sunshine and our first full day in Australia.

Melbourne Sunset

Melbourne Sunset

Posted by pjburke 22:16 Archived in Australia

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by Cherrill

I have been to QVM a couple of times. The first time was on my first trip to Australia and Judy and I went. She loved the place.

by Peggy

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