We have not been to Australia and D had a 4-day weekend for Chinese New Year, so we decided to hop on a seven-hour flight to explore it : )
We had a fun time. We think we could live in Melbourne - cozy neighborhoods, coffee culture, and great food. But as a place to visit - not too much to do but drink coffee and eat : ). We did have THE BEST poached eggs that we have ever eaten, at a restaurant called Hobba.
GRAFFITI AND STREET ART
There was quite a bit of graffiti, but in isolated locations. We even saw kids out in the day spray-painting. We think that as long as they were in the designated areas, it was legal.
A chalk painting.
Yarn Bombing is a form of Street Art in which items are knitted for unlikely objects or places throughout urban surroundings. The good thing about this type of street art is it can be easily removed if necessary, unlike graffiti.
This one was organized through the city and created by Yarn Corner - titled "Yarn Corner Stitches Up City Square". It was colorful and fun to see.
RELAXING AND EATING
YARRA VALLEY WINE REGION
Yarra Valley is a one-hour drive from Melbourne and is a famous wine region with over 80 vineyards. We rented a car and spent the day in the area. We took the route through the Dandenong Ranges and were surprised at how beautiful it was with unusual landscape. The forest was stunning with unique ferns growing under the tall, tall trees.
The landscape varied significantly within just a few miles.
And meticulously maintained vineyards. It reminded us a lot of Napa Valley in California.
The temperature reached 106 while we were there. Pretty hot, although it was a dry heat unlike Singapore's humid environment.
We enjoyed our visit to Australia - and I did get to see one kangaroo (my goal); unfortunately, he was sleeping on the side of the road : (