It was a good holiday and a temporary escape from the hot weather here. Right after planning and celebrating my little girl and hubby birthdays, I was busy reading up on Lonely Planet, trip advisor for our rather impromptu holiday plan to Australia. My hubby suggested going to Australia and within two weeks, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House were right in front of us!
Here are some of the pictures taken during our trip:
Took a midnight flight from Singapore to Sydney.
|Paranomic view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House|
|Our walk at Darling Harbour|
Day 2 to Paddy Market (no available pics), Chinatown and catch Amei concert.
|Catch 张惠妹 concert at Sydney Entertainment Centre|
|A not-so-blue mountain due to bad weather|
Took a domestic flight to Adelaide and started our self-drive to Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road.
|Our best accommodation so far, in a quiet town, Robe. Spacious room with a superb lake view.|
|Lots of seagull (or rather hungry seagulls!) throughout our journey along the coastal drive|
|Stop by another quiet town, Portland.|
|A man fishing in the freezing cold morning. He wanted to give some fish to his neighbour, who had given him some onions earlier. "You wanna some apples for exchange ^_^ "|
|Emu, a native bird to Australia|
|Our rented Hyundai for our road trip|
|The famous scenic spot along the Great Ocean Road|
We finally reached Melbourne and to my favorite shopping place - Queen Victoria Market. We choose to stay near the market for easy shopping (just behind our accommodation and a 3-mins walk).
|We spent the whole morning shopping (I meant window-shopping) in the market|
|There's a wide selection of deli and takeaway food in the market. Lots of interesting stuff to see and to eat|
|Melbourne city centre. Easily accessible by the free city tram|
|Evening stroll along the Yarra River (Crown Casino). Very quiet cos it's freezing cold!|
|Feeding a wallaby at the Philip Island|
|Shhh... somebody is sleeping|
And what's travelling without yummy food?
|Seafood dinner at the Blue Fish (Darling Harbour). Must order: fried calamari|
|Brunch at Sydney's Fish Market. The fresh oyster is good.|
|Rhubarb and apple crumble pie (Darling Harbour). oh... I fell in love with rhubarb!|
|The Aussie are really good with their pies. Here is our beef pie with side salad (Blue Mountain)|
|Our best seafood dinner in Australia. Seafood Platter at The Sail (Robe, Southern Ausralia).|
|Juicy flavourful steak with prawn sauce|
|Fish and prawn stew with rice|
|Rhubarb muffin with latte - late morning snack|
|Baked eggs with eggplant and spinach. A good breakfast alternative to bacon and sausages|
|Ribeye steak with roasted vegetables|
|Gnocchi in tomato sauce|
Things are rather expensive in Australia. A meal in the restaurant (without wine) easily costs us from A$60 upwards. A night accommodation (budget) costs around A$100 to A$130. To balance our travel budget, we made our own sandwiches for breakfast and sometimes for lunch too. Takeaway snacks from bakeries is a more affordable option than dining at a restaurant. For instance, a shepherd pie costs A$7 for takeaway (at a small eatery at Queen Victoria Market), but costs A$12.50 for dine-in, served with a small portion of side salad.
Our DIY sandwiches:
|Thai curry tuna filling with toasted foccasia, plus 3-in-1 cappuccino, served by Fong|
A loaf of sandwich bread at Coles costs A$1.50 and covered two of our breakfasts and one lunch :) We bought a tub of cream cheese, a block of pate and five small cans of tuna fish spread. By the way, I love shopping at Coles.
|Wanna try potato chips with cream cheese sandwich?|
|What a "fruitful trip" we had in Australia! Ha... we love these Pink Lady Apples and we bought back a whole box!|