Melbourne

Melbourne.. the dream get away for foodie and art lovers.

Being Mr Greenfields birthday weekend I wanted to plan a short getaway for us. Melbourne is only around 3 hours flight from Auckland so it is easy enough to go for a long weekend.

Our weekend really was planned around exploring the city by tram and foot, finding hidden food joints and consuming copious amounts of beer and cocktails.

 

We had been told that Melbourne had alot of “hidden” bars and we had been told about one in particular by a friend. This place was Eau de Vie, it was down a dark alley way and we actually passed the door as there was no sign, no sound, no indication that this one door was the bar we actually thought it was the door to apartments.

We had a go at opening the door and as soon as we opened it the sound blasted out at us, there was indeed a hidden bar inside! As we ventured in we were presently surprised at the atmosphere and the cosy feel of the place. We had heard the cocktails here were phenomenal and we were not disappointed..

 

We found another not so hidden cocktail bar that is also worth a mention. The name of it was Cookie and it had the biggest drink list I have ever seen! These cocktails didn’t have the same presentation as the Eau di Vie but the flavours and variety were outstanding.

 

Ok anyway who knows Shaun and I know that we love a good antipasto platter.. If you are in Melbourne and after a good antipasto then 39+ Pizzeria is worth a mention! The bonus being the meat is hung on a washing line type structure which makes the platter very instagram worthy.

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Ok I want to provide some proof that we didn’t just eat our body weight in food whilst in Melbourne. We did also get out and explore some highlights of Melbourne.

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Brighton Bathing Boxes

 

We went to St Kilda and were peering in the rocks in search for the famous St Kilda Penguins. We saw a few but were only able to capture one on camera, a baby penguin.


We paid around $32 per person to visit the Eureka Skydeck with “The Edge” Experience included. This experience involved being being in a glass cube (glass walls, ceiling and floor) and getting extended out from Eureka Tower’s 88th floor. The site says the cube suspends nearly 300 meters!

 

It would have been easy to spend alot more time in Melbourne exploring the streets and secret food spots but we did a pretty good job in the time we had. Until next time Melbourne!

Perth & Rottnest Island

We had always said that we should go check out Perth so having two friends 30th birthday over there was a good excuse to go over!

We had 5 days/6 nights to explore the city and cram in as many tourist activities as possible.

Day 1 – We headed out to Swan Valley for a wine tasting tour, this was a full day event with the bus departing at 9:45am. That meant that we were at the first vineyard drinking wine before 10:30am! We covered 5/6 vineyards tasting wine and cheese, a beer brewery and a chocolate factory throughout the day. Each vineyard had at least 6 tasters so at the end of it we had a bit of a glow… The highlight of the day was Lancaster wines which had the most amazing creamy cheddar cheese and Chenan Blanc wine (a wine we don’t seem to get in NZ but that Anita became quickly addicted to throughout the day). The chocolate factory was like a child’s dream (Shauns dream more like) and there were even chocolate liqueur tastings to top it off.

 

Day 2 – having never been to IKEA before we thought it would be a great idea to do so, wow what an experience that was! It was very overwhelming and I think Shauns favourite part was the $1 hot dogs at the end. What seemed to amaze me was that you had to walk a maze through the entire shop to get to the checkouts, no dashing in quickly for a few things.

We also visited Kings Park which had a great view of the city and lots of cool walking tracks. I am pretty sure 90% of Perths population were there trying to catch Pokemon though.

Day 3 – the day was finally here… Anitas favourite activity… Shopping!!! Today was the day that we were visiting the outlet shops. Leigh and I went to the gym that morning while the boys were working outside, we came home at 11am to find two drunk boys.. Well that sure made shopping interesting that afternoon.

On the upside there were lots of bargains to be had at DFO and I spent far to much money. It wasn’t necessarily the bargains that were good it was the fact that the clothing was different to NZ.

Day 4 – Rottnest island, we headed out via Ferry to an island that I had heard was beautiful with crystal clear waters.

It is also famous for Quokkas which are the cutest little animals, basically like mini Kangaroos!

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We hired electric bikes and whizzed around the island exploring heaps of hidden little bays with crystal clear water. We also went up the old watch tower which gave great views across the island. I would highly recommend the island to anyone heading to Perth, I can imagine in Summer it would be amazing to swim etc at all the bays.

 

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We also visited the town of Fremantle that afternoon which is a cute suburb full of history and old buildings. We went to the Little creatures brewery while we were there & quickly grew fond of the little creatures pale ale and knew we would need to find a distributer back home, such a nice drop! The brewery itself has glass panels so you can see all the drums etc which was really cool. Would definitely recommend it.

 

Day 5 – we maximised the time on our last day by catching up with two seperate groups of friends before heading off to the airport. Wow that sure did go fast, until next time Perth!