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Planning Your Melbourne Vacation: A 5-Day Itinerary (Part 2)

DAY 2
DIY Puffing Billy

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One of the many steam locomotive trains running the show

Puffing Billy
Take the train going to Belgrave. Depending on the train schedule, you might have to take the train going to Lilydale, alight at Ringwood, and then take the train to Belgrave. From there, you just have to follow the signs to Puffing Billy. Don’t worry; it’s just a few steps away. It’s just like transferring from one platform to another.

Kindly check their website for fares and time tables as the train changes schedule on different days, depending on their calendar. They also post announcements here, in case there is a line disruption for trains going to Belgrave.

At Puffing Billy, aside from enjoying the ride and the scenery, you can spend an hour or so enjoying the different stops to your destination. Pack a picnic basket with you on your journey too and have a great lunch or snack outdoors. And if you go at the right season, say spring, you might even meet Thomas the Train.

If you decide to visit Puffing Billy, remember that it’s an hour travel back to the CBD. It might be early afternoon or late afternoon by the time you get back. You can make the most out of your day either with a short DIY visit to Puffing Billy and make plans for the rest of the afternoon/evening or you can go on a guided tour which allows you to visit nearby attractions such as Healesville Sanctuary, the Blue Dandenongs, the wine region of Yarra Valley, and maybe even Phillip Island to meet the fairy penguins. You can review your options with the tour operators you choose.

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I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of looking at the sea.

EVENING
St. Kilda Beach
Hang out at the beach and watch the sunset at St. Kilda where you’ll witness the city transform into a landscape of sparkling lights. The famous Acland St. is also nearby so you can have some coffee and cakes after dinner.

As it is autumn, St. Kilda Beach has somewhat limited attractions. Luna Park only operates on weekends this May and June, so it’s best to check their calendars. You can still visit the St. Kilda Pier but all access and tours to the fairy penguins living at the breakwater doesn’t resume until September because of the construction taking place.

DAY 3
Road Trip

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This is a great way to get introduced to a lot of good wines, great wines.

Wine Tour
I think one of the best ways to experience Melbourne is to go on a wine tour. There are many tour operators who offer this experience, so you are spoilt for choice. And they say autumn is the best time to visit, since the vines will be changing its hues from greens to oranges and reds.

The most popular destination are the wineries in Yarra Valley, although there are other wine regions too like Mornington Peninsula, Macedon Ranges, Gippsland, Bellarine Peninsula, and Bendigo among others.

Brewery Tour
If you don’t fancy wine but love beer, there are also private tour operators who can give you a microbrewery & craft beer tours in Yarra Valley.

But if you plan on staying in the city, other than hiring the services of tour operators, there are a couple of breweries I know where you can get a tour. One is the Carlton Brewhouse at Abbotsford which gives you a tour for $25 and the other one is Mountain Goat Beer at Richmond who offers free brewery tours on Wednesdays.

For everything else, you can sample a good variety of beer and cider on tap at a hotel or pub. Beer Advocate has a list that can guide you where to get a cold glass.

Road Trip Options:

Great Ocean Road
If you are staying longer or if you want to have more road trips into your itinerary, you can check out the Great Ocean Road. I haven’t been, so, I can’t give you any personal feedback.

Phillip Island
A road trip to Phillip Island too is a good idea on a warm, clear day. If I were to visit again, I would buy the 3 Parks Pass for the Penguin Parade, Churchill Island and Koala Conservation Centre. I would go and see the seals at the Nobbies Centre too and make sure you do too since admission is free. Some people say that Phillip Island is a tourist trap, but personally, I think it is well worth it to observe these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat (I’m pertaining to, of course, the undomesticated wildlife here). Make sure to visit the websites and stay informed of any announcements, especially when it comes to the penguins’ arrival time.

Note: These fairy penguins arrive at night so expect to finish late.

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Things to Do in Melbourne: A Summer Day at Luna Park and St. Kilda Beach

I had to stop myself from jumping out of the tram as it passes through Chapel St. on our way to St. Kilda Beach. It was lined with beautiful shops, restaurants, and cafes. It seemed everybody was carrying a bag or two.  What made it all the more tempting were the sale posters the stores had put up and all over their windows.

Our original plan for the day was to get a pizza at Portone Woodfired Pizza along Carlisle St., but sadly they were on a holiday break during the time. We had to go to another shop to get our fix instead. If you’re not too keen on getting a slice of pizza, there’s more to Carlisle St. to be discovered. I do encourage you to explore the area as it is only a tram stop away from the St. Kilda. And if you’re like me, any excuse to try local food stores and favourite hang outs should be reason enough to at least walk a few blocks around the area.

Finally, we make our way to Luna Park – celebrating its 100th summer of fun.

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The Colorful Luna Park – Celebrating their 100th summer of fun

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One of the rides at Luna Park. Back home, we call this one Anchor’s Away

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One of the rides I would have thought of twice before riding. It doesn’t only rotate, it does its own revolution too or something. That’s as far as I go on describing this wicked ride.

My partner can’t go on rides. She really can’t. So we settled for the booth games and found ourselves going home with a lovely pair.

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Yup, we just stood back and watched.

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I was so good with this one, I was able to put 4 out of 5 balls at the number 5 slot. I forgot that I needed to aim at the number 6 slot. Next time then.

I had named the giraffe Cadbury and the black puppy she named Luna.

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Our prizes and new pets

We took our newfound pets for a stroll along the beach. I was warned the water is too cold for swimming even though it was summer.  They were right. I could only dip my feet in the water and that was about it.

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Dipping my toes in Melbourne’s St Kilda Beach. Brrrr

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On our way to the St Kilda Bath House

All that walking and strolling deserves a reward. So, we went to Acland St. and treated ourselves to cake and coffee.

The selection is endless. You might find yourself ogling at the window displays a long time before making your choice. I did. So don’t worry, you’re not the only one. And a lot of people really do, so there. Monarch Cake Shop, Acland Cakes, Le Bon Continental Cake Shop and Europa Cake Shop all sit in one block. You can take your sweet time deciding what you’ll have with your coffee.

Our short and sweet escapade allowed us to go home early, without feeling too exhausted or rushed for dinner. So, if you want a no-fuss itinerary for a day out, a trip to St. Kilda Beach is always a good idea.

PS. I apologize for the absence of food photos. Probably next time or in a new post. Thanks.

Disclaimer: LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above (if any). These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips/guides are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.

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