Ninety minutes in the air from Sydney to Melbourne provided an expensive lesson in Aussie air travel. I’ll save the wrenching details and skip to the end result…won’t ever fly Tiger Airways again. Thankfully Australia has a lot of other, better airlines that connect all of the major cities.
Arriving in Melbourne was actually a very nice contrast to soothe the nerves from the air travel experience. Laid back, colorful and appropriately paced, Melbourne welcomed us with fun places and people.
We walked every part of the city in our five days there, taking in all of the museums and cultural attractions. This city has certainly embraced public art and is flourishing because of it. The skyline is filled with the cranes of new construction. Beautiful new buildings rub shoulders with some of the coolest buildings from 1800’s.
When we had walked every street in downtown, we walked out about 10 miles to the small beach suburb of Brighton. Here, with the skyscrapers of downtown Melbourne on the horizon, is a beach lined with colorful beach houses. The sunset alone was worth the walk, but the vibrant cottages beg to be rendered in watercolor.