[Travel] Discovers Sydney & Melbourne, Australia in September 2018 (Day 4)

by - Tuesday, November 13, 2018

On the previous post, I was updating the stories about I discovers Sydney, Australia on 13th September 2018 (Thursday) until 15th September 2018 (Saturday); which is Day 1 until Day 3. So I would like to continue my stories on Day 4. This day is about the journey from Sydney to Melbourne by using the domestic flight of Jetstar Airways and also the Melbourne City Tour on 16th September 2018 (Sunday).

Our domestic flight is on 08:25 am by flight number JQ507. Then, we're needed to check-out from Holiday Inn Darling Harbour Hotel Sydney around time 05:15 am. Since we're check-out early from the hotel so the hotel's staff provided the simple breakfast to us for taking away. 

The journey from hotel to the Sydney Airport just takes time around 15 – 20 minutes. Once we arrive at the airport, then we're straight going to the Jetstar Airways counters. Since we're the big group so the staffs help us to make the check-in baggage and boarding pass. Then, we're straight going to the immigration section. 

Before I forget, the baggage weight check-in is 23 kg (standard weight) and 1 baggage only. They are allowed hand carries the baggage of 1 cabin bag and 1 handbag with not more than 7 kg of weight. They are also petty strict about the baggage weight, especially the cabin bag. It is because some of the passengers are not want to pay the fee of baggage weight check-in. This is the same situation with AirAsia.

TIP 4 – normally in the domestic flight, you need to check-in baggage and print the boarding pass at the self-check-in machines. If you not sure how to use it, the staffs willing to help you. They also allow you to carry the bottle of water that more than 100 ml and some food with label ingredient but they do not allow to bring the fresh fruits, vegetable or meat, even it is the domestic flight. 

The journey from Sydney (SYD) to Melbourne (MEL) by Jetstar Airways is taken 1 hour 35 minutes. The seating arrangement in the plane is 3-3 and it's a nice plane to me. The cabin crews are served the juice in the plane to us since it's a short journey. We're safely arriving at the Melbourne Airport on 10:00 am. Before I start to tell the stories about the Melbourne City tour, lets me share some the general information about the Melbourne City.

The Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australia state of Victoria, and the second-most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Its name refers to an urban agglomeration of 9,992.5 km (3,858.1 sq mi), comprising a metropolitan area with 31 municipalities, and is also the common name for its city center. The city occupies much of the coastline of Port Philip Bay and spreads into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. It has a population of approximately 5,000,000 (19% of the population of Australia). And its inhabitants are referred to as "Melburnians". 

The city was founded on the 30 August 1835, in what was British colony of New South Wales, by free settlers from the colony of Van Diemen's Land. It was incorporated as a crown settlement in 1837 and named in honor of the British Prime Minister, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne. It was declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847, after which it became the capital of the new colony of Victoria in 1851. Referred to as the "cultural capital" of Australia, the city is home to many of the largest and oldest cultural institutions in the nation such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Royal Exhibition Building. 

The main airport serving the city is Melbourne Airport (also referred to as Tullamarine Airport), which is the second busiest in Australia, and its main seaport is the Port of Melbourne. Its main metropolitan rail terminus is Flinders Street station and its main regional rail and road coach terminus is Southern Cross station. It also has the most extensive freeway network in Australia and the largest urban tram network in the world. 

The first place we visit while we're in Melbourne, Australia is Queen Victoria Market. Queen Victoria Market (also known locally as Vic Market or Queen Vic) is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares (17 acres) is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.

Queen Victoria Market is the largest and most intact surviving 19th century market in the city. The Melbourne central business district once hosted three major markets, but two of them, the Eastern Market and Western Market, opened before Queen Victoria and were both closed and demolished in the 1960s. Other historic markets survive in Melbourne, such as the inner suburban Prahran Market and South Melbourne Market, though only Prahran has any early buildings. Queen Victoria Market is historical, architecturally and socially significant and has been listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. It has become an increasingly important tourist attraction in the city of Melbourne.

The Market is open every day of the week except Mondays and Wednesdays. On Wednesday evenings in the summer months, a night market which offers dining, bars, live entertainment and a variety of other stalls. It offers both local and international visitors a variety of fruit and vegetable, meat, poultry and seafood, gourmet and delicatessen foods as well as specialty delicacies. It also has a large non-food related market, selling a diverse range of clothing, shoe, jewellery, and handmade arts and crafts. 

While on this day our lunch is not included in this tour so we're taking a simple lunch at Queen Victoria Market before we're starting to shop for some souvenirs. We also never miss trying one of the famous doughnut in Melbourne City; which is the American Doughnut Kitchen. You will know once you saw the long queue of people just to buy the doughnut. The price for 1 set doughnut is AUD $ 6.00 (RM 18.95) with 5 pieces doughnuts. It is delicious but you need to eat fast once you buy it and when it's still hot. Once it's become cold, it's not that delicious. Just like a normal doughnut for me.

TIP 5 – better checking the open hours of Queen Victoria Market before you're planning to go there. Monday and Wednesday are close. Tuesday and Thursday are open from 06:00 am until 02:00 pm. Friday is open from 06:00 am until 05:00 pm. Saturday is open from 06:00 am until 03:00 pm. Sunday is open from 09:00 am until 04:00 pm. 

TIP 6 – better look around before you want to buy something. It is because the price is different on every stall in Queen Victoria Market. Sometimes you can get a cheaper price of the same thing from another stall. Just take your time while you're shopping there. 

TIP 7 – just walking around Queen Victoria Market and you'll find the art streets. It's a great opportunity to make OOTD since Melbourne is famous for the art streets.

Then, we're moving to another place to visit which is the St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne. The Cathedral Church and Minor Basilica of Saint Patrick (colloquially St Patrick's Cathedral) is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, and seat of its archbishop, currently Peter Comensoli. In 1974, Pope Paul VI conferred the title and dignity of the minor basilica on it. In 1986 Pope John Paul II visited the cathedral and addressed clergy during his Papal Visit. 

The cathedral is built on a traditional east-west axis, with the altar at the eastern end, symbolizing belief in the resurrection of Christ. The plan is in the style of a Latin cross, consisting of a nave with side aisles, transepts with side aisles, a sanctuary with seven chapels, and sacristies. Although its 103.6-metre (340 ft) length is marginally shorter than that of St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, St Patrick's has the distinction of being both the tallest and, overall, the largest church building in Australia. 

We're not going inside the church since it's on Sunday. So we're just taken some photos around this building before we're moving to next places on our itinerary of the Melbourne City Tour. It's a nice place to take some photos, especially with the flowers around this church. 

Then, we're going to Captain Cook's Cottage. The Cooks' Cottage, previously known as Captain Cook's Cottage is located in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Australia. The cottage was constructed in 1755 in the English village of Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, by the parents of Captain James Cook, James and Grace Cook, and was bought to Melbourne in 1934 by St Russell Grimwade. 

It is a point of conjecture among historians whether James Cook, the famous navigator, ever lived in the house, but almost certainly he visited his parents at the house. The inside of the cottage includes centuries-old antiques and is stylised in the way of the 18th century, as are the clothes of the volunteer guides. The cottage features in two scenes of the 2012 movie Any Questions for Ben?

This cottage is quite small and it is a limited visitor to go inside in one time. So we're deciding to take some photos outside the cottage and the garden of the Fitzroy Garden since it is a spring season. 

TIP 8 – when you're going to the Captain Cook's Cottage, just take some time to go the greenhouse on the way of the Captain Cook's Cottage road. The greenhouse building name is Conservatory. It's free and beautiful to take some photos inside the greenhouse with beautiful flowers. 

After that, we're going to the famous Melbourne Art Street. Melbourne was a major city in which stencil art was embraced at an early stage, leading to the naming of Melbourne as "stencil capital of the world", the adoption of stencil art also increased awareness of the concept of street art. The first stencil festival in the world was held in Melbourne in 2004 and featured the work of major international artists.

TIP 9 – most famous street art in Melbourne is the Croft Alley Street Art. I plan to take photos in this area, try to come on early morning to avoid many people and get a nice light. 

Now, the time to us check-in room at the Victoria Hotel, Melbourne. We're staying at this hotel for 4 days 3 nights on 16th September 2018 (Sunday) until 19th September 2018 (Wednesday). We've got a nice triple room for three of us with one single bed and one queen bed. This hotel is located next to Melbourne Town Hall and minutes from the iconic Flinders Street Station and Federation Square, this historic hotel in Melbourne is within close walking distance to the city's must-see attractions. This hotel is the 3-star hotel in Australia.

After 1 hours rest, then we're going out to dinner at the western restaurant. The first dinner menu in Melbourne is Pizza and Spaghetti. Before we're going back to hotel, we walk by around the Melbourne Chinatown. It's petty close with our hotel. It's look same with the Sydney Chinatown. We not really walk along to the Chinatown street, just half way only. Since, we so tired on this day, we're just straight going back to hotel room and rest.

That is all my stories on day 4 of this trip. Just for your information, I have been writing the extra note tip about discovers Sydney and Melbourne, Australia based on my experience during this trip. Feel free to read it. 

Here, the link to the continued stories about the Discovers Sydney & Melbourne, Australia in September 2018 – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, and Day 8.

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