Travel Log: Australia Road Trip, Melbourne

I hope you are having a great weekend! You may have noticed that my comments section has changed recently, so I thought I would start by explaining why. The Disqus widget that I previously used for comments started imposing ads on free subscriptions, so I opted to remove the widget and go back to standard Blogger comments. All of my previous comments are now gone, unfortunately, but I am hoping that this change creates a better viewing experience for all of you with fewer ads. Now, on to today's travel log. My husband and I recently spent 2.5 weeks road tripping through the southeast quadrant of Australia with a group of dear friends, and I am in the process of publishing a series of travel logs with highlights from our journey (you can check out my first post on the Twelve Apostles here). Today's post is all about the Melbourne area, Australia's second largest city and sporting capital. Please read on for photos and details of our visit to the Melbourne area, with some outfit details peppered in as well.

Photo credit: Deborah Wang Jelen. Check out her Instagram for more travel inspiration!
Dress: exact here or similar here
Sandals: exact here or here
Sunglasses: exact here

On our way into Melbourne, we took a quick detour to the Brighton Beach Boxes. These colorful structures were original built in the early 1900's for women to change into their bathing suits. These boxes do not have electricity or running water, but they are in high demand and very expensive to purchase--I read recently that the last one that went up for sale sold for over $300K! Today you can visit Brighton Beach to see the colorful row of ~80 privately owned boxes, take some photos in front of your favorites, and enjoy this lovely beach.

Our group split up during our day in the Melbourne area--one group attended the Boxing Day cricket match and the other group (including me) went to a winery in the Mornington Peninsula area. We regrouped in the Richmond area for dinner, but I honestly didn't take any photos that evening. The next morning we had a couple of hours to spend in Melbourne before heading onward, so a few of us decided to take advantage of the beautiful sunshine to walk a bit around the City Center and Southbank areas.We walked across the Princes Bridge, past the historic Flinders Street Station, and a bit along the Yarra River.

Striped Top: no longer available, similar here or here
High-waist shorts: exact here
Shoes: exact here
Crossbody bag: old, currently loving this one (under $150!)

After our morning walk we regrouped, jumped back in our cars, and drove approximately 1.5 hours to a beautiful farm complex and restaurant called Meletos. Since we had a large group, we enjoyed a shared set menu called "The Meletos Experience" that consisted of antipasti to start, three types of pizzas, then barramundi and roast chicken for the mains. The food was delicious and definitely worth visiting if you are in the area.

Once we finished our hearty lunch, we visited an animal sanctuary about fifteen minutes away in the nearby town of Healesville. Unfortunately, the particular day we visited the Healesville Sanctuary the temperature was incredibly hot (104-105 degrees F) and too warm for any close up encounters with kangaroos or koalas. That was disappointing, but we still enjoyed walking around and checking out the animals. The koalas were super cute and I saw a platypus for the first time! They are nocturnal animals and hard to breed in captivity, and as far as I know there are no US zoos that have them.

I hope you enjoyed this second installment of our Australia road trip adventure over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Stay tuned for more travel logs as we traveled approximately 3,700km/2,300 miles during our 2.5 week trip! Have you visited Australia? Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what city or area was your favorite. Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great rest of your weekend!


  1. The places look really nice, love the colorful structures and the food looks amazing too.

    xx Sheryl |

    1. Thank you, Sheryl! I hope you are having a great weekend!


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