A June 2011 trip
to Melbourne by auskiwi
Quote: Art galleries, museums, historic places, cafes, restaurants, markets - if you like all of these you'll love Melbourne, Australia
Falls Creek has many ski slopes and the chair lifts are right at your doorstep, depending of course where you stay. We stayed in a Holiday Apartment which was 10 meters from the main chair lift that takes people up to the Alpine Restaurant/Cafe on the slopes. The mountain has slopes of different grades that are suitable for beginners to the top notch pro and a couple of them will allow you to ski or snowboard back to the village.
I'm not a great skier and am very wary of heights, so can't go on the chairlifts, so I walked up the slopes with my plastic bag and had a ball sliding down on it and ploughing into others. Everyone ended up laughing. It's cheap and I got fit.
The others with me all had hired skiies or snowboards and were having a ball.
I enjoyed hiking around the long distance alpine skiing tracks, one of which took you to the Rocky Valley Reservoir and another which took you around the other side of a valley that overlooked Falls Creek.
My friend, Julie, and I decided to go for a dog sledge ride and had booked it well in advance of even coming on the trip. So on the Wednesday morning we were up early to walk around to the start of the alpine skiing tracks to meet our furry companions and their driver. The journey took us around the snowy edges of the reservoir and overland on the ski tracks.
Everything was all going smoothy until the driver asked Julie if she wanted to have a turn steering and, needless to say, how could she refuse. As soon as she had taken over the dogs took off and took a corner too sharply, the sledge went over on it's side and it, with me in it, was being dragged along the hard snow sideways.
The driver evenly managed to stop the dogs and get control and Julie, laughing her head off, got back into the sledge and rest of the trip was uneventful. The outing was great and that short piece of excitment just added to it to make it even more rememberable.
Falls Creek also has many great pubs and restaurants that will provided food and drink to those who want it. The places vary in prices form the more budget places and fast food outlets to the more highly priced diners and drinking holes.
We headed Southwest out of Melbourne on the Princes Highway for approximately 1 1/2 hours until we reached Werribee, where we located the zoo. We parked the cars in the carpark abd proceeded through the entry gates.
Our timing was pretty good because we only had a 1/2 hour wait for a tour bus to arrive to take us on our venture around the zoo, through the zebra, rhino, giraffe and other wild animal enclosures. What a great way to see the animals in a near natural surrounding.
After the bus trip we went for a stroll around the monkey and bird enclosures and found a small area with Australian native animals in. I think everyones favorite display was the Merecats.
After leaving the zoo we still had a good part of the afternoon left so Dale commented on a sign that he saw advertising the Military Aviation Museum at Point Cook, so everyone agreed that we should stop of there on the way back.
If you enjoy planes and Military aviation history then you will enjoy a wander around this exhibition. They have old jets, moe modern jets and many other displays.
Upon our return to Melbourne we decided we were too lazy to cook our meal so we went to the Crown Casino, located on the Yarra River. On a Saturday Night this is where it all happens. The movies are here, Planet Hollywood and several other restaurants are here, shops are here and so of course is the Crown Casino. Even if you''re not into gambling the casino is well worth a look at, even if it''s just for the lighting show in it''s Atrium area.
So off we went, down through Geelong, where we didn't stop, to Torquay and Bells Beach where we got out of the car to stretch our legs and walk down to the beach viewing platform. Bells Beach and the rest of the coastline has high cliffs that have to climbed before you can get to the beaches so the platform provided a fantastic veiw of Bells Beach below and of course many photos were taken so Greg would remember the ocassion.
From Bells we ventured further around the coast stopping at the small towns of Anglesea and Lorne where we stopped and stocked up on supplies and had a cuppa while taking in the veiw at a lookout.
After our stop in Lorne we decided to turn tail and head back. On the return trip we stopped of at Split Point to have a look at the lighthouse and take in the fabulous view. There was also a great craft/art studio there where I went in to have a look and bought a small print.
Then it was back to Melbourne to get dinner and an early night as we plan to go to the markets the next day and then start our trip home.
Hotel | "Hotel Ibis Melbourne - Great central location"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2011
Hotel Ibis Melbourne
15-21 THERRY STREET
Melbourne, Australia 3000