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Finally back in Melbourne after 7yrs!



For year 2023, I turn 30, one of the key milestones in life. Luckily, for this year's CNY, it falls very close to my birthday, making it a perfect time for a holiday - 3 days leave in exchange for a 9-day trip!


Since the opening of borders last year, travelling requirements have since been simplified by a lot, despite the ongoing pandemic. Covid testing and mask wearing are no longer required for many countries!


I first visited Melbourne in 2015 and I always wanted to revisit again, but always ended up visiting another country instead. Back in December 2015, it was like a grad trip + visiting my friend who was studying there. I remember staying at St Kilda, where it was just next to St Kilda Beach, sunsets here were soooo beautiful!


This time round, I found this Airbnb located at Brunswick. It is a studio space located next to the owner's house. Technically housed in the same space, but the Airbnb is entered via the back gate, and is equipped with its own bathroom and kitchen. It is really close to the tram stop, and is walking distance to Anstey Station.


My impression of Melbourne, such a chill and beautiful city. I really love exploring cafes and I really love coffee. So if you notice, my itinerary focuses more on cafes, and museums - since it's summer and I hate the heat.


Here's the 9-day itinerary at a glance:


  • Arrive at Melbourne Airport

  • Get SIM card from Optus

  • SkyBus to Southern Cross Station

  • Store luggage at train station

  • Cafe // Archie's All Day

  • Carlton Gardens, Melbourne Museum

  • Royal Exhibition Building

  • Cafe // Higher Ground

  • Back to Southern Cross Station, get luggage

  • To Brunswick, check-in to Airbnb


  • The Rose Street Artists' Market

  • Cafe // Axil Coffee Roasters

  • Fitzroy Gardens, Cook's Cottage

  • Shandong Mama (Chinese dumplings)

  • National Gallery of Victoria

  • State Library Victoria

  • Melbourne Central

  • Cafe // Instea (BBT)

  • DooBoo (Korean stews)


  • Great Ocean Road tour: - Torquay Beach - Anglesea - Eastern View Memorial Arch - Kennett River (spot koalas) - Apollo Bay - Port Campbell National Park - Twelve Apostles - Island Archway - The Razorback - Loch Ard Gorge

  • Back to Melbourne

  • McDonald's


  • Cafe // Lobbs

  • Naturipe Fruits (strawberry picking)

  • Cafe // Humble Rays

  • Cafe // INI Studio

  • Library at the Dock

  • Back to Airbnb, chill

  • Flakes on Sydney Road (UberEats)


  • Cafe // Code Black Coffee

  • Cafe // Bakemono Bakers

  • Chinese Museum

  • SamSam Chicken (Korean fried chicken)

  • Federation Square, ACMI

  • Flinders Street Station

  • Lukumades (Greek donuts)

  • Queen Victoria Market (Summer Night Market)

  • McDonald's


  • SamSam Chicken (Korean fried chicken)

  • Cafe // Black Star Pastry

  • Luna Park

  • Fat Jak's (burgers and fries)


  • Cafe // Market Lane Coffee

  • South Melbourne Market

  • Agathe Patisserie

  • Cafe // Bench Coffee Co.

  • Phillip Island tour: - Phillip Island Koala Reserve - Pyramid Rock - Flynns Beach - Summerland Beach - The Nobbies - Penguin Parade

  • Back to Melbourne


  • Cafe // ONA Coffee

  • Rippon Lea Estate

  • Leo's Spaghetti Bar

  • Melbourne Central (massage)

  • Barkly Square, Kmart, Woolworths

  • The Dojo Ramen Bar


  • Check-out of Airbnb

  • Cafe // The Hardware Societe

  • To Southern Cross Station, SkyBus to Airport

  • Arrive at Melbourne Airport

  • Cafe // St Ali Coffee Roasters

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