We certainly hit the ground running in Melbourne, stopping briefly to admire the incredible city views from our suite at the Crown Metropol before jumping on a tram and heading to the incredible Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. With meat disguised as fruit and a wine list as thick as a novel, it was like nothing we had experienced before.
Walking tours to uncover Melbourne's best
More wining and dining followed the next day when we joined 1,600 other people for a unique, delicious lunch in the middle of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix race track for the World’s Longest Lunch, as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. That evening we took a walking tour of some of Melbourne’s coolest bars.
Walking tours are a great way to really experience what this beautiful city is all about. We followed up our night walking tour the following day with a Hidden Secrets walking tour, which took us to some of Melbourne's many laneways, cafes, and beautiful old buildings.
From the city to a coastal icon
It was time to swap the city for the Great Ocean Road, a three-hour coastal drive through quaint seaside towns to the 12 Apostles. We buckled ourselves into a helicopter and flew over the spectacular towering limestone structures. Back in the car, we continued along the Great Ocean Road to the historic town of Port Fairy. We wished we had more than one night in this beautiful, historic little town.
The following morning we were up early and off to Warrnambool (possibly the most Australian sounding place in Victoria) to visit an island where a pair of dogs guard a penguin colony from foxes. It sounds like something out of a movie, right? Well, they actually did make a movie about it in 2015 – called Oddball.