I’d given my Frommer’s Australia a cursory look, but I’ve started to read it more carefully now and begun putting together an itinerary.
I’m more OCD and anal retentive about this than Theo who is able to take a casual approach to his hometown, Melbourne. It’s a great advantage to travel with a native who knows that you can’t get there from here and who can help me separate the authentic from the tourist traps (although I’m basically dragging him to all the tourist traps). This is the fun part about planning a trip anyway especially after all the boring details like dealing with visas and travel health insurance.
I expect I’ll be exhausted and jet-lagged following long airport waits and a 15-hour flight. My first couple of days will be all about sleeping, settling in, sleeping, and a ride on the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle to get the lay of the land. Once I’m well-rested and well-fed, I’m ready to attack my list of must sees and do’s in the city.
- Docklands (shopping!)
- Eureka Skydeck 88 and the Edge
- Federation Square with all those wonderful art spaces
- Immigration Museum
- Luna Park
- Melbourne Aquarium
- Melbourne Zoo
- National Gallery of Victoria International
- Old Melbourne Gaol
- Queen Victoria Market (more shopping!)
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- Royal Botanic Gardens
Can you suggest other places that I shouldn’t miss? Any cool off-the-beaten-path places, awesome shops, and delicious restaurants?