I have thought of a holiday abroad for some time, business trips just don’t qualify as vacation even if you stay for a weekend in the city you are visiting.
With the passage of time I got into job and started travelling to various places in Europe, SE Asia, USA, but never had the good fortune of going to Australia. Hence a keen latent wish to visit the magical land of Oz or down under as some people will call it. Always I have wondered why people do not fall there if it is upside down, as I am still not sure how gravity works. Recently Paul aka One Dusty Camel a well-traveled blogger from down under gifted me a beautiful book about Australia, that made me long to visit this beautiful country that we know so little about.
Tram in front of Finders Street Station Melbourne: Pic taken from Indibloger 🙂 I promise to post my own pics once I visit Melbourne
So I decided to do some research on Melbourne the first city that comes to a desi mind when thinking about Australia and found very interesting things about Melbourne. It is not just a city it is an ecosystem where you can find something for everybody in your family. For a family it is very important to plan your vacations to places that not only have something for everybody in family but also are safe for visitors. I found the city to be very tourist friendly and welcoming to its visitors. A lot of information is available on the Visit Melbourne website. I also called a friend who has worked there for a few years to find some more details and it and he mentioned that it is one of the best places in Australia to visit for a family vacation. And while I am shivering as I type this I decided to check this video about the awesome food scene in which very serious anchors Tanmay and Rohan meet George of the Gazi fame. It was good to listen to him talk about the multi-cultural, multi-religious diverse population of Melbourne. I have always been a fan of George Calombaris and would love to visit his restaurant and try some of the awesome dishes he is internationally world-famous in whole universe.
There are various cafes serving delicious world cuisine from every corner of round earth. These cafes give the city a very modern, young feeling and are a hub of activities ranging from debates among young artists to performances by struggling bands.
But as a true desi I will check out some of the Indian Restaurants in Melbourne, after all it is my very sacred duty to check them out and review so that our Aussie friends can know if they are getting true desi food or not, and who better to check this out than your friendly neighborhood desi Traveler 🙂
The city is a hub of activity and only a short ride away from anything you may want, it has beautiful beaches of which some like Phillip Island (around 2 hours from main city) are home to penguins, yes penguins, so you don’t have to go to the extremes of South Pole to see them. But the best part about Melbourne is that it is not just a city for tourists, it is a great place to live and accepts people from diverse background in its arms. Fellow travel blogger Arti of My Yatra Diary fame, won a contest to visit Melbourne some time back wrote excellent posts about Melbourne and her account of the visit to the ISKCON Temple Melbourne that kind of showcased what a wonderful city Melbourne is. After all you can be a world city only if you play host to the world! My Melbourne knowledge got a big boost after reading Arti’s posts about Melbourne and ever since I have wanted to go there. Then came this contest from Indiblogger about Melbourne visit once again, I had no reason to not take part in the same.
As travel is all about experiencing and learning I was wondering what to bring back from Melbourne. IF I do win this contest, one of the long cherished dream of visiting the most haloed cricket ground this side of Suez the Melbourne Cricket Ground is very high on my wish list.
Melbourne Cricket Ground – The Most Haloed Cricket Ground This side of Suez – pic courtesy Visit Melbourne website
But the travel also brings the little boy in me back in action and here is the giant Ferris wheel that I hope to hop on during my visit to Melbourne, yes I know it is known as MELBOURNE STAR OBSERVATION WHEEL, but it is more fun to call it a Ferris Wheel.
MELBOURNE STAR OBSERVATION WHEEL: There is a little boy in me who wants to go to the top and see Melbourne Skyline pic courtesy Visit Melbourne site
Off course the nature lover in me is too keen to see the Zebras and other animals there. Zebras in Australia ? Yes I am not making it up, the Werribee Open Range Zoo where animals roam free enjoying freedom and security is something I am looking forward to hone my photography skills.
There are many other things I want to go and explore in Melbourne, but I don’t want to write everything here and then nothing will be left to write a blog post on when I visit there. So dear reader wish me luck that I win this contest to Visit Melbourne so that once I share more about the same as a first hand experience..
A City is not just a bunch of buildings, some malls, roads and some people living in a geographical area, a city is cradle of Human civilization and collective consciousness. Melbourne meets all the criteria of a great world city that welcomes both visitors as well as nurtures its residents who have made this wonderful place their home. Oh Melbourne when do I get to see you ?
Thanks for reading, please wait for me to come back from Melbourne to check some pictures clicked by your friendly neighbourhood desiTraveler
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This post is my entry for Indiblogger contest for Visit Melbourne Contest organized by the Tourism Victoria.