WINTER HOLIDAY IN MELBOURNE ( PART 2 )

9 October 2017



Melbourne is without any doubt one of the most interesting cities in Australia. I’m so happy Melbourne is finally checked from my list. I really love Australia because it is a really nice place to chill and to travel. Nice weather, nice architecture, nice coffee, nice food, nice everything. I’ve blogged about my Melbourne trip (PART 1) H-E-R-E. If you are not into skiing and the chilling wind, let’s hop back to the city. 

Trust me, There really is something for everyone here, no matter what your budget or preference are.  The streets are very easy to navigate, and the city’s laneways offer a shopping and dining experience like no other. In the alleys lanes, it is covered in world-class street art, hide beautiful cafés and bars.

EVERYWHERE IS JUST SO BEAUTIFUL. Almost every corner in Melbourne is effortlessly Instagram-worthy. You can easily snap a few thousand photos in Melbourne.
Photo by SweetEscape


WHERE TO STAY

I stayed in Citadines hotel for my last 4 days in Melbourne. The Service and location were awesomely good. Citadines’s located in the heart of Melbourne’s Central Business District. 
  It’s neat, tidy, modern, no fuss, and has everything you need. 

 It is located at Bourke Street, which is just next to Collins Street, where you can find all the designer brands. The best things about this hotel is the location, making the most of all these wonderful city features is the more easy to access. You can easily catch the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle nearby. And that’s where accommodation choice couldn’t be more important.

Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
131-135 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia



GETTING AROUND THE CITY 
Public transportation in the city center is FREE as there is a so-called free tram zone. It is pretty easy to get around to most of the main attraction in the city area. However, I would recommend to explore Melbourne by foot, by bike and jump on a tram from time to time. 

Also, you can also join a bike tour to explore the city like what i did.  
The tour is around 4 hours, you can get to see the main attractions and have a better understanding of the alleys and the culture of Melbourne. It is also including a lunch in between the tour. Overall, we have cycled almost 20km. But still, it is fun because the weather is really chill and nice to cycle around.

If you are interested to book at bike tour, please visit 


There’s so much to see and do in this city. I can’t manage to visit all of them but here is some highlights that i would love to share with you about Melbourne


#1 Melbourne St Paul Cathedral Church 

First of all, visit Flinders Street Station first. It is among Melbourne’s most recognizable landmarks & the busiest suburban railway Station and you will find St Paul’s cathedral. It is located at the corner of Swanston and Flinders street junction (opposite federal square), St Paul’s cathedral is a majestic building which will catch your attention due to its rich neo-Gothic styled architecture. It is the landmark of Melbourne City. 



After visiting the St Paul’s Cathedral, you can go to Hosier Streets which is just walking distance.

#2 Hosier Streets

The art culture in this city is so strong. I’m in love! I learned so much about the art scene in the city and developed a much deeper appreciation for why Melbourne attracts so many artists from around the world. No sort of trip to Melbourne would be complete without spending a few hours wandering through Melbourne’s plentiful laneways.

You can find Melbourne’s graffiti scene simply by walking around on our own.
Hosier Lane is easy to find and easy to get to. It’s a 2 minute walk from Flinders Street Station and Federation Square, and runs between Flinders St and Collins St.


#3 VISIT THE STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA 

The State Library of Victoria is a historic institution that sees 8 million visitors a year. Originally built in 1856, the library has grown into an event space that’s a source of pride for city residents. Come here before it opens and you’ll see a queue of people ready to pounce on the open desks. The famous central rotunda with its octagonal shape, original dark wood furniture, and book-lined walls is definitely something not to miss. 


There are a number of free tours of the library to teach you more about its history and striking architecture.

The State Library of Victoria 
328 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000 
Mon to Thu: 10am – 9pm 
Fri to Sun: 10am – 6pm


#4 VISIT THE MELBOURNE MARKET 

I’m sure Queen Victoria Market is not a stranger to the travelers, It is like the MUST VISIT place in Melbourne. However this round I visited South Melbourne Market instead. 

I personally prefer the South Melbourne Market compared to Victoria Market as it is like a mini version of the Queen Victoria Market. Lesser tourists. This market a fabulous range of the freshest and highest quality foods and Deli items and a small range of clothes, gifts, home wares etc.  


You will find a bit of everything in the market. While food and coffee is my favourite part! 
Fresh oysters and seafood is a MUST 

Meet my travel buddy, Jean 
I would recommend heading there on an empty stomach, so that you can try all the goodies 


SOUTH MELBOURNE MARKET
 Corner of Coventry & Cecil Streets, South Melbourne  
Phone: 03 9209 6295

Opening Hours: Wed: 8am-4pm Fri: 8am-5pm Sat: 8am-4pm Sun: 8am-4pm.




#5 VISIT BRIGHTON BEACH BATHING BOXES

The colourful bathhouses in Brighton beach is one of the main attractions in Melbourne. They are extremely colourful huts built in a row on the beach. The most photogenic beach in Melbourne. It’s also a must go place for tourists in Melbourne!
  These Brighton Bathing Boxes are purely used for storage purposes. Most people keep their surf boards, kayaks and other beach equipment in there.


To get to Brighton from Melbourne, simply catch the Sandringham line to Brighton Beach, and you'll be there in a little over 20min. Highly recommend to use to google map, it is more easy to get around. 



Okay, I’m missing Melbourne already. Will i travel to Melbourne again? Definitely YES! 
There is so much more to see and explore in this city, can’t wait for my next adventure.

For those who are interested to fly to Melbourne anytime soon.
Feel free to check out the AirAsiaX flight time here. There are flight available everyday
Why AirAsia X?

 AirAsia X guests can opt for the premium service on the airline to enjoy: 
  • Complimentary 40kg baggage allowance, inflight meal, pillow and duvet, dedicated counter for check-in as well as access to the AirAsia Premium Red Lounge when departing from Kuala Lumpur (klia2).
               - Premium red lounge - Business class free for 3 hours, economy RM69 (pre book) and RM79 (walk in) for 3 hours. 
  • Xcite Inflight Entertainment tab which offers hours of entertainment with a wide range of content on high-resolution touch screen device and an advanced audio technology are also available on selected AirAsia X flights at RM49 for pre-book or RM60 for onboard rental.
  • AirAsia’s award-winning Santan menu offers the most extensive variety of inflight meals for guests to choose from both onboard and via online pre-booking. These include tantalising hot meals, kids meals, savoury snacks, healthier selections such as wraps and sandwiches and local desserts personalised to suit the preferences of guests travelling across AirAsia’s extensive route network.To enjoy our gastronomy inflight meals by pre-booking SANTAN Combo Meal 24 hours before flight departure for AirAsia X flights that comes with a complimentary beverage priced at RM18 for AirAsia X flights. 
    Guests are encouraged to pre-book their meals to enjoy greater savings with the Santan Combo Meal and to choose from a wider variety of meals. Guests who pre-book will be assured of meal availability and will enjoy priority meal service onboard. 
  • Pick-A-Seat option which is available in AirAsia’s ‘Manage My Booking’ function on the website before conducting web check-in and also can opt for more peace and quiet at the Quiet Zone or our award winning premium flatbed. 


3) FLY-THRU

 - is the process of conveniently transferring from one flight to another without the hassle of going through immigration processing, and of having to collect your baggage when you are taking 2 different flights to get to your final destination and stopping over at a transit station (e.g. KUL is the transit point for a flight from HND-KUL then KUL-PER).

How can guest purchase this service?
Log in to www.airasia.com or visit AirAsia Service centre to make booking for FLY-THRU destinations.

Where can guest get information on which flights come with this service?
You can refer to the FLY-THRU schedule available on our website.

Benefits of FLY-THRU

No transit visa
  •   No immigration clearance in Malaysia and exemption of airport tax at transit hub.
 Note: Applicable only for international transfers with a maximum stop-over of 18-hours in Malaysia.

Quick transit
  • Upon arrival from first flight sector, guests will go through the transfer hall, Check-in at the transfer hall to your connecting flight (Applicable only for international transfers).
  • Free flight move if first flight is delayed.
  • Guests can choose to spend transit time at the Premium Red Lounge in the departure hall for a walk-in fee. Premium Flex, Premium Flatbed and MyCorporate Full Flex guests will have complimentary access
 Baggage check thru
  • Bags are tagged through to your final destination.
  • Guests do not need to collect baggage at transit hub and check-in again.

ALSO, do check out www.bigdutyfree.com while you are flying with AirAsiaX



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