There is so much to do in Melbourne, there was no way we could fit it into one post. So, for our first post, we described central Melbourne, specifically Federation Square and its surroundings. In this post, we will venture further away, while still staying inside the city.
Melbourne is expensive, so to save money, we stayed outside city center. And while there weren’t a lot of sites in this neighborhood, it was still beautiful.
As mentioned in our previous post, the architecture in Melbourne was incredible. Here are some of the more interesting buildings we saw.
And here is the skyscraper view (not quite a skyline view, but close) from Queen Victoria Market.
Speaking of Queen Victoria Market, no trip to Melbourne is complete without a visit here. Opened in the late 1800s, Queen Victoria Market is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere. It currently sells produce, meat, deli and prepared foods, clothing, arts and crafts, jewelry, and so much more. Inna and I mainly focused on their deli/prepared foods, we bought a bunch of different things from a bunch of different shops, all for a dollar or two. It was super delicious and tons of fun!
Moving further from Melbourne, five miles south is St Kilda. St Kilda contains Melbourne’s most popular beach and while it wasn’t as grand as Bondi, it was still really nice.
Next to St Kilda Beach was Luna Park, a beach side amusement park similar to Coney Island. The park was actually built by the same people who built Coney Island, opened only nine years after. The owner of the park, a US traveling picture showman who introduced the motion picture to Australia, later moved back to the US and opened a film studio, where he is most known for offering the first million dollar contact in film history, to Charlie Chaplin.
Also in St Kilda is the St Kilda Pier, a fishing and boating pier that houses another one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks.
This landmark, the St Kilda Pavilion, was built in 1904 and is located at the end of the pier. This building was actually destroyed in 2003, at which point city planners saw an opportunity to build something “as grand as the Sydney Opera House.” But Melbourne citizens protested, claiming the pavilion was their Opera House. And so the kiosk was rebuilt based on its original 1904 design.
Behind St Kilda Pavilion, the pier ends at this breakwater, another one of our favorite sites in Melbourne. What made this breakwater so special, you ask? See below.
Penguins! Penguins live in breakwater; they are here year round and can usually be seen in the evening. We saw six penguins on our visit, including a baby! I don’t know why the penguins here aren’t more well known (they weren’t mentioned in any of the articles we read about Melbourne) because they were so cute and seeing them was awesome!
Finally, the views from St Kilda Pier and the breakwater were amazing. In every direction too, above are the views of the St Kilda Beach, Port Phillips Bay, and downtown Melbourne.
At this point, we’ve reached the end of our sightseeing in Melbourne, which is unfortunate because there was so much more to do: the Great Ocean Road, Puffing Billy Railway, more than a dozen national parks… And then there’s Tasmania, just a ferry ride away. We had no idea how much there was to do in this city, and at four full days, we didn’t give it nearly enough time. Oh well, this just means we’ll have plenty to do when we come back!
Until then, we’ll continue on, to our third and final Melbourne post. That’s right, we may be done sightseeing, but we still have one more post’s worth of material from this city. Not since NYC have we dedicated three posts to one location, but Melbourne deserves it, so head on over to our third and final post on Melbourne!