Friday, 25 January 2013

MELBOURNE Walking Tour on the Last Day

The city of Melbourne from the Shrine of Remembrance
Being a free day, we decided to do another walking tour. This time, to places we failed to cover on the first day,  and do a little souvenir shopping. 

Since our hotel is centrally located, we decided to visit this place first, the Parliament House, as it was just a stone's throw away from our hotel. It is the seat of Victoria's Parliament since 1855, located along Spring St .

Parliament House

Just a little across the Parliament House, you will see these two gorgeous buildings: The Princess Theater and Hotel Windsor. A throwback to anything European-looking.
Princess Theater - one of Melbourne's iconic landmark

Hotel Windsor established in 1883 is one of Melbourne's grandest luxury hotel
As you walk towards St. Patrick's Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens, you will see this at a small triangle piece of  land called Gordon Reserve, between Spring St and MacArthur St. The monument carries the verse of Australia's, Adam Lindsay Gordon:
Life is mainly froth and bubble
Two things stand like stone —
Kindness in another’s trouble.
Courage in your own
An Australian poet, jockey and politician

Gothic-looking St Patrick's Cathedral -- the seat of the Archbishop of Melbourne
A few meters away from St. Patrick's Cathedral is Fitzroy Gardens, a 26-hectare Victorian Era landscaped garden. Beautiful, peaceful, and calm atmosphere, it has several nooks and crannies worthy to take a seat, read a book, relax or just plain watch life pass you by.

Fitzroy Gardens
"Come have a sit". The Conservatory in the background

English Elm Trees lining a pathway "Autumn colors is love!"
A pathway at Fitzroy Gardens

Model Tudor Village

The Fairy Tree

After  a fill of fresh air, we crossed the street to take a stroll along the posh Collins Street. Where the rich and famous of Melbourne, shop. Chance upon Regent Theater on one of the streets near Collins with a big tarp that says "FAME"!!! Too bad we made other plans that night, so we missed out on this chance. And looking back, I am so regretting it.

Stroll along Collins St,
After  Collins St., we catched the free tram ride to Queen Victoria Market , but being a Wednesday, it was closed.  So we just had a quick look-see and waited for the Tram to Docklands -- a suburb in Melbourne that has been developed to be part of Melbourne's urban renewal project, and thus, became part of the CBD. It has become a sought after address for business. But of course, we did not go there for business. We went there for ---Shopping!  Docklands is also the address of Harbour Town --- that houses several outlet stores of name brands.

Art installations at the Docklands and around Melbourne

Harbour Town
After  a late lunch and spending 2 hours in this place, we proceeded to Flinder's Station/ Federation Square. I do not want to pass up on the chance to taste what my friend back in the Philippines recommended --- Spanish Doughnut's Churros (!). Yummm. Failed to take a photo since Gia and I gobbled it up in a blink of an eye. LOL. So here's what I got from their website. Their stall is located just inside the Station.

Designer Churros by Spanish Doughnuts

From Flinder's we proceeded to the Shrine of Remembrance along St. Kilda Road. Originally built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in WWI, it is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in the war.

Shrine of Remembrance

We then explored and walked along St. Kilda Road, where you will see a lot of interesting places.

Victoria's premier school for the education and training of talented young dancers and musicians

Queen Victoria Gardens

The Arts Centre Melbourne - the flagship of the Performing Arts in Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria
We then, proceeded to Gia's last ballet session at Collingwood before meeting up with new found Filipino friends for dinner.

Dinner with Daz family

The humongous ice cream!
Yes, we love Melbourne! We love everything Australia --- the weather, the convenient transportation system, the natural and man-made attractions, the Aussie and Asian food, shopping, and the people. I can live here if  given a chance. :)

Check other posts on Australia:

Day 3 in Melbourne - Going on a Scenic Road Trip

Day 2 in Melbourne - Going for Gold

Day 1 in Melbourne - Of wombats, koalas and penguins

The Majestic 12 Apostles of Victoria, Australia

Through the New South Wales countryside

Four days in Sydney


  1. This is really fantastic place to visit. Your post is a delight, both the words and the picture.Your post takes me back to when I visited there years ago.

    1. Indeed! I love Melbourne. I love Australia. I like its vibe. :) Would not hesitate to go back anytime, time and budget considering. :)

      Thanks for dropping by!