We lived for 9 months in Melbourne back in 1994-95, visited again about 8 years ago, and wanted to come back to visit friends and see all the changes.
First stop was in Woodend north of Melbourne to visit Justin and Rob who we met in Split, Croatia, while checking out a menu and then sharing some wine. Justin rescued us from the busy Melbourne Airport on Friday evening and we spent a fun 4 days with them seeing some of the area around Mount Macedon.
Rob and Justin took us to the Mount Towrong winery up the road from their new house and helped us spend a superb Sunday afternoon.
How better to spend a Sunday afternoon than drinking wine and eating food with friends at the Mount Towrong Winery?
We babysat with the girls – Ruby and Molly, the cocker spaniels – while the guys were at a party.
Terry and Ian were our second set of friends to visit. We met them 24 years ago before they even had any children (now in college and high school). It was like we saw them just last week.
Ian and Terry – it seemed like just yesterday we saw them.
Mark had front row seats for the Essenden – Adelaide Footy match thanks to Ian. It was even the first match of the season. Ian was thrilled when Essenden came form behind to win!
Ian and Terry took us for an afternoon road trip to the Mornington Peninsula for a brewery visit, 2 wineries, and Arthur’s Seat. This is a view of the Mornington Peninsula from Arthur’s Seat – a drive, not a hike.
We rented an AirBnB for 10 days right in the middle of the city, conveniently located by the Coles Market and Liquorland. Melbourne has a free tram zone now to attempt to reduce traffic in the CBD. Our place was in the free zone making it convenient when we wanted to go around town.
The tall building with the red arrow is where our AirBnb was.
View of Etihad Stadium in Melbourne from our AirBnB
See the extra button in the middle? For the cook top to work, this has to be turned on!
We visited the Shrine of Remembrance that now has an informative museum about the role of Australia in various wars and military actions.
Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, dedicated to WWI
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, the mecca of cricket in Australia and site of the Grand Finals in Aussie Rules football.
Flinders Station in Melbourne
What else did we do in Melbourne? Haircuts, a little clothes shopping and toothpaste shopping – all the important tasks!