Melbourne Stay-cation

Recently Hubby and I booked two nights accommodation in the city for us and the kidlets. We had a brewed a few ideas for the kids to surprise them, Phoebe has always wanted to go on a horse and carriage ride, so this was obviously on the list.

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But in reality, it’s was the small, unplanned things that the kids loved the most! Wandering the city streets, moving from busker to busker in the search of more, was by far the kids favourite thing to do.


What you can’t see in this photo is that the violinist had a bub on her back through the whole set while her husband played the guitar, harmonic and drums all at the same time!

We watched graffiti artists at work and talked to them about the process they go through. We stopped at restaurants and ate slowly, with no rush to be anywhere. We caught trams and taxis, this was probably Ramsey’s favourite bit. We explored and learnt about the city that we thought we knew pretty well. Phoebe was amazed by Flinders Street Station and wanted to see inside it, which she did. We wandered around the Shrine, reading plaques and talking to some of the very knowledgable people that worked there. There was too the incident where Ramsey got his head stuck nice and proper in the fence that surrounds the eternal flame, that bit wasn’t so much fun as it was a heart starter! We also headed to the Casino to visit Galactic Circus and Peter Alexander for new Pj’s (this was my favourite bit!!).

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We finished the weekend off with a visit to the Queen Victoria Market for fruit, veg, meat and flowers for the week. And of course, you can’t leave the market without lining up for some jam donuts can you!?




16 thoughts on “Melbourne Stay-cation

  1. Cathy@Life through the haze says:

    We haven’t done a stay-cation as such but we did on a whim decide to fly to Melbourne because we had some flights we needed to use before they ran out. Stayed two nights in melb then caught an early train to warnambool to stay with friends then a night with my cousin in colac then the train back to melb and a flight home. The kids were in heaven.

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid says:

    It looks and sounds like a wonderful weekend – I love being a tourist in my own town! It’s always a good day for a donut!

    • The Trail We Leave Behind says:

      It was definitely great to get away, and now that you’ve mentioned the jam donuts I’m craving them again!!

    • The Trail We Leave Behind says:

      Thanks Karin! I used to become anxious at the thought of getting my big camera out in public places, but I’m learning to not care!

  3. Elisha says:

    Great pics of a great city. How good is the street art? Im about to head out with the kids and watch some masters of this art form paint our town here in Benalla for our annual street art festival.

    • The Trail We Leave Behind says:

      Oh wow! That sounds like something my kids would absolutely love (who am I kidding, I’d love it too!). Have a great time!!

  4. peregrination says:

    I’m totally with you on that! The wandering in the cities is the best part of any travel to any cities! We also loved streetarts and food and shopping and all the museums. It was a fun city!
    xx cathy

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