Our team ventured Melbourne for the first weekend of AU trip. The city is two-hour drive away from Shepparton (where we’re staying at) so our workmates booked a hotel accommodation and got us train tickets ($47.20 fare each – back & forth). We arrived on Friday night at Southern Cross Station and it’s raining so hard.
Reaching the tram station, we need to buy a myki card as a ticket to travel on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses. But AU newbies as we were, we’re clueless on how to purchase and load it with dollars. To our surprise, there was a Filipino service officer who called our attention and helped us on our dilemma. He was heaven sent. We boarded a tram going to St. Kilda where are accommodation was booked.We’re disappointed with what we experienced when we arrived at St. Kilda Hostel. 🙁 The room is almost worn-out with broken heater, electric fan and knob. The bed sheets and pillows are stained and the whole room is smelly. We couldn’t take the whole thing so we decided to stay at McDonald’s for the rest of that night. To cut it short, we booked another one and went our way to West City Motel the next morning. The place is so nice and the reception officer is very welcoming. It’s worth the budget for two-day accommodation. There’s always a rainbow after the rain and imagine our relieved faces!Forget the sleepy heads as we resumed with our tour in the city that Saturday afternoon. Queen Victoria Market was already closed following the trading hours so we just enjoyed the long walk and had a lovely dinner in a Thai resto. Walking around Melbourne City Centre was indeed an inexplicable feeling. Huge buildings, tram lines, shopping centres and busy streets spellbound me. We may be disheartened how the city greeted us at first but the whole weekend experience is indeed one for the books!