Tasmania was amazing!! I drove a car in another country for the first time. I hand fed some kangaroos, and saw some Tasmanian devils get fed. I even got to the top of Mount Wellington. Now, it’s time for Melbourne, Australia. Time to see some sharks up close.
Day 1: November 6th – Queen Victoria Market, Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Observation Star
Back in New Zealand, while on the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, I met an American girl who’s been studying in Australia, specifically Melbourne. She loves it there, and said I would too. Melbourne is quite the bustling city. It’s quite a busy city. So much going on. To help people get around, there’s free tram that goes around the entire CBD. It’s pretty awesome. First thing’s first; had to check into the hotel. I stayed at the Tune Hotel Melbourne. <–Check out the link. It is such a cool hotel. You need to insert the room key for the power to the room to be activated. That’s a pretty cool idea in regards to conserving energy. You take your room key with you and the power to the room shuts down.
After checking in, it was time to explore Melbourne. I walked through the Queen Victoria Market (<– Link, pictured above), quite an impressive market. After walking through the market, I make my way to the nearest tram stop. The first thing I thought I’d do was go to the top of the Eureka Skydeck. Took the free tram, got off at the closest stop, and proceeded to try to locate the tower. You’d think it’d be easy, and it should have been, but it did take a little walking around. Eventually I do find it and I make my way to the Skydeck. While there, I admire the view all around Melbourne. I look down at the aquarium, where I’ll be doing the Shark Dive Xtreme. Also, in the distance, I see the Spirit of Tasmania (<–Check out the link) at port (hope I used that term correctly). I also sent some postcards from Australia’s highest post box. I believe it’s the 88th floor, if I’m not mistaken. Later on, after leaving the tower, I take the tram once again to the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. The weather was not the kindest that day, so not that many people there. Still, it is something to see and experience in Melbourne, and it’s located next to food and shopping, so get something to eat and buy some souvenirs. 🙂
Day 2: November 7th – Shark Dive Xtreme
This is the moment I’ve been waiting for in Melbourne. Through Expedia, I booked the Shark Dive Xtreme (<– Link) at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium (<– Link). It starts off with the scuba equipment, followed a demonstration of the proper use of the equipment as well as an understanding of hand gestures and their meanings while underwater(nothing naughty. I assure you). After that, it is finally time to go in the water. It was so amazing to be in the tank with the various animals underwater. There were sharks, rays (big ones), as well as other types of fishes. I believe we spent about 30 mnutes underwater. The folks at the Shark Dive have an underwater camera, so they take pictures, which you can then purchase afterwards…and you get a certificate too!! Score!
Shark Dive completed, followed by some lunch, and then some more exploration of Melbourne. What do I find? A comic book and pop culture store. For me, there is nothing better. As you descend the staircase, you are greeted by an actual minotaur because….why? The store is called Minotaur!! After much time, quite a bit of time, I finally decide on an item to purchase. Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens was coming up on its release date, I figured the purchase made at Minotaur needed to be Star Wars related. So, as you can see below, an R2-D2 hat! So awesome!
Day 3: November 8th – The Great Ocean Road
So, I wanted to go to the Great Ocean Road and see the Twelve Apostles. Luckily, I was able to book a tour the night before. I really should have done this a while ago, but fear not, a tour was available. I cannot remember his name, but our tour guide was amazing. He was very welcoming, informative, and entertaining. He made the drive and the tour a pleasure. I met some people while on the tour, a girl from Germany, another girl from another part of Australia visiting Melbourne, and a couple fellow Americans. Good dudes. So, we’re all off to the Great Ocean Road. I could not sleep because of the excitement, and the music…I had my iPod. 😉 Check out the photos below of the trip to and from the Great Ocean Road. Highly recommended. Oh, and the tour was through Bunyip Tours. (<– Link) I would highly recommend this company.
Melbourne was awesome, but up comes what I have been looking forward to more than anything on this trip. I’m to Cairns to bungee jump with AJ Hackett! See you in the next post! Thanks!