Australia

Melbourne

A day in the city

Melbourne is known worldwide for its coffee and chocolate. Start the morning with a fresh cup at the burstling Queen Victoria Market. I think the best coffee I’ve ever had is from there. Lots of fresh produce and great place to get cheap souvenirs for friends and family.

Swanston Street

You can walk or take a tram down Swanston Street. Swanston and Little Lonsdale is where Chinatown is. Lots of nice Chinese and Japanese food.

Royal Arcade and Block Arcade

Continue down Swanston Street and visit the two arcades. Beautiful buildings with lots of nice boutique shops. Great place to grab a high tea and maccaroons.

Federation Square

Keep going down and soon you’ll come to Federation Square. It’s the place where lots of people congregate and hang out. You can visit the visitor center, check out the beautiful Australia Center for Moving Images and the historic Flinder’s Street building.

Crown Casino

Great venue for dinner, there used to be a buffet called Sante that was pretty good for value ( less than $30 ). In Summer, there are performances at night where fireballs are shot every half an hour. Beautiful river bank for an evening stroll.

Other notable visits of interest

Shrine of Remembrances

Philip Island
Watch the penguin parade at dusk. it could get chilly so bring along a coat.

Melbourne Cricket Ground
Interesting for cricket fans

St Kilda Beach
Acland St St Kilda –  world-famous patisseries, art and craft market
Walk along the scenic St Kilda Beach broadwalk, get a fish and chip or cake

Eureka Skydeck
https://www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/
Eureka Skydeck has the highest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere offering unparalleled views over Melbourne. Go on a clear day with good weather to see the city light up.

Dandenong Mountains

Lygon Street
Grab an icecream at Melbourne’s Italian corner

Chapel Street
– Melbourne’s fashion cente, lots of interesting boutiques

Sydney

Fisherman’s Wharf
Where everyone goes to eat fresh seafood

Sydney Opera House – enough said

Overseas Passenger Terminal
Home to some of the best restaurants in Sydney and in the world. If you’re looking to spurge, Quay is the place to dine at, with a beautiful view of the Sydney Harbour and even more amazing dessert. Every Australians know about Quay and its signature dessert snow egg.

Featherdale Wildlife Park
http://www.featherdale.com.au/
Highly recommended. Get up close with koalas and wallabies ( baby kangaroos ) you get to take picture and hold and play with them.

Bondi Ice Berg
Very gorgeous outdoor pool on Bondi Beach

Bondi to Congi beach walk
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A nice long coastal hike to see Sydney’s beautiful shores

Manly
Take the Manly Ferry. Go at dawn or dusk for the best view.

Harbourside Mall Darling Quarter – night clubs and restaurants

Chinatown

Westfield Tower

Sky tram

Ding Tai Feng

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