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48 hours in Melbourne

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James and I had a child free weekend so decided to head off to Melbourne after work on Friday for 48 hours in Melbourne.  Any worries about how we would fit it all in were ungrounded and we truly had the most epic 48 hours exploring Melbourne.

A new city every time

It was my third time to Melbourne and James first.  I was worried that I had seen it all in Melbourne.    It seems though that every time I go to Melbourne the city shows me a new side and it was certainly true this time as I discovered new spots, walked through whole new parts of the city and saw whole new sides of places I thought knew.

This time we stayed in the parliament end of town at a boutique hotel called Hotel Lindrum.  Hotel Lindrum

Built in the 1900’s it was originally a store and sales room for tea, coffee and cocoa, then spent time as a printing headquarters and a billiard and snooker-playing establishment before appearing as it’s current incarnation in 1999.  It’s history has been preserved with the billiard room still taking pride of place in the bar and billiard room.

Getting around in Melbourne

The great thing about Hotel Lindrum was that the tram stopped right outside our hotel.  Even better than that – travel around the city is free on the trams.  Trams come every couple of minutes and for the most part getting around is easy.

Trams Melbourne

I say for the most part because just when James and I thought we had the trams sorted we ended up going the wrong way and taking a lovely (yet unplanned) stroll through Treasury Gardens to get where we were going.

Date night in Melbourne

We grabbed a map on our first day and it went everywhere with us.  There really is nothing like a paper map when you are travelling – both to give you a sense of where you need to go but also to see where you have explored in the city.

Melbourne street art

Getting lost in the lanes in Melbourne

I’m not sure how I missed all these amazing lanes the last times I visited but somehow I did.  The lanes are absolutely amazing.  Melbourne lanes

Art and graffiti on a scale that is just mind-blowing with riotous outbursts of colour everywhere you looked.

You can read more, including how to find AC/DC lane over on our story here.

Date night in Melbourne

James and I are never quite sure when our anniversary is but in the end we settled on “sometime in June” so our trip to Melbourne was something of an anniversary celebration so we decided to go out and celebrate Melbourne style.Punch Lane Melbourne

Strolling through the park, dinner and a show – Melbourne sure delivered.  You can read all about it here.

Shopping in Melbourne

Now bear in mind this was a romantic getaway so we hadn’t planned to do a lot of shopping in Melbourne but we did manage to find a few spots we could share over here.

Shopping in Melbourne Victoria Markets

Mornington Peninsula

Just an hour out of Melbourne Mornington Peninsula is a beautiful little seaside spot with a mix of boutique and mainstream shopping, amazing food, vineyards and hot springs.  You can read about our visit here.  Mornington Peninsula

Peninsula Hot Springs

Massages and hot springs at this out of the way little spa make this the perfect weekend destination.  We spent a Winter morning there getting pampered and warming up in the mineral pools.  You can read more about it over here.

Peninsula Hot Springs

So that’s it – 48 epic hours in Melbourne.  We may be still recovering 2 weeks later but it was all worth it!

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Cat is one half of Getting Lost. She met James (the other half of Getting Lost) when she was 12 when she was camping over summer holidays. They were best friends for 25 years before finally getting together and now they live together with her 2 daughters and his daughter. Getting Lost is their story of the amazing spots they discover around this beautiful country of ours – both together and with the kids, as well as how they are making their way through blended family life. They would love it if you would join them for the ride.

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