Melbourne, Australia: Wineries, Tours, and Kangaroos

We stopped in Sydney for a quick day and a half before heading out to Melbourne. We did a quick tour, so I’m not going to bore you all with those details.

Melbourne was such a cool city.


We went on a walking/bus tour one of the mornings we were there. It took us all over the city to see some really interesting sites. We also learned some interesting historical facts. I’m not much for guided tours (especially when they’re almost 5 hours long), but it was actually a very good tour. We walked through some laneways and arcades, saw all of the big stadiums, and some government buildings.

My mom and I at Chandon!

We also went wine tasting in the Yarra Valley. Thanks to some Australian friends driving my mom and I around all day, we visited a few different wineries along with a chocolate shop and a really great restaurant. We went to De Bortoli, Chandon, and Yering Station. I’m not much of a wine person, but the wines were great and it was a fun day! We ended the day with dinner at a little Tuscan restaurant (YUM).


On our last day in Melbourne, we actually left to go out into the wilderness. We went a walking tour to see wild animals. During our 4-5 hours of walking we saw: 2 koalas, hundreds of kangaroos (potentially not an accurate estimation, but you get what I mean), an opossum with a baby (fun fact: possums in Australia are much cuter than North America possums), a whole bunch of emus (including some little ones), and TONS of gum (eucalyptus) trees. It was incredible to say the least. Especially considering how close we were able to get to most of these animals.

Along with those three major things, we walked around Melbourne a lot, ate at some amazing restaurants, visited the Immigration Museum, and finished our trip in a great city.

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