#3: In and around Melbourne

Our first days here in Australia we were “lucky” to have a bit cooler weather (still t-shirts and shorts though 😉), but after our trip on the Great Ocean Road the sun really broke out and it got hot hot hot. Mai struggled with the heat and slept really short naps during the day, while we tried our best to find shade whereever we went whilst exploring more of Melbourne. 

Wednesday (4th Jan) we took the pram to the city and spent the first part of the day in the Botanical Gardens, playing on a blanket in the shade, drinking coffee and eating lunch and ice cream. 

We then walked to the tallest building in Melbourne, where we took the elevator all the way up to the 88th floor to the Eureka Skydeck, to watch the amazing views of Melbourne and area. 

We ended the day at the Victoria night market.  We got there at 5pm when they opened and had a cold beer. We took our time and relaxed but before we knew it, the place was so crowded and just getting a meal was a challenge. Normally I love markets and could have spent hours looking around all the food stalls and sucking up the atmosphere. But with a hot and tired baby, the place was too much and too noisy. I had managed to get Mai to fall asleep in the stroller with her headset on but just as I sat down to eat my enourmous turkey thigh, someone bumped into the stroller and woke Mai, and it was time to go. 

The next day we drove to Healesville Animal Sanctuary, which is a kind of wildlife zoo where you get a bit closer to the animals. Here we saw all of the different Australian wildlife such as dingos, tasmanian devils, snakes and of course koalas and kangarooes. 

Healesville is located in one of the wine districts, the Yarra Valley, so on our way back we stopped at one of the wineyards to have lunch and taste a bit of wine. 

The rest of the day we spent relaxing and went for an evening stroll in St. Kilda. 

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