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May 10, 2016

Melbourne : 3 hours in the most livable city in the world

13 - 14th days of my 16 days backpacking through New Zealand and Australia

This is my second city in Australia, Melbourne. Melbourne is one of most livable city in the world and ranked as the top for five years in a row until 2015! Melbourne rates highly in entertaiment, research, education, health care, sport and tourism. No wonder why the people in the city enjoyed living here. Let's try how it feel to be here!

I only transited in this city or not more than 12 hours. Previously, i planned to not sleep for the whole night but the temperature outside was too low. Sleeping in the fast food restaurant was the only way to wait the sun. At least, i was still able to go around the city for 3 hours. What can i get in 3 hours?

The trips

It is my 16 days backpacking through New Zealand and Australia on late November to mid December 2015. follow the full adventure by clicking each link :

Day 1
  • 20:55 - 23:00 Flight from Auckland to Melbourne by Jetstar
  • 23:00 - 00:00 : Traveling to city center by Airport Sky bus
Day 2
  • 00:00 - 01:00 : Trying to do night tour but it was too cold for me
  • 01:00 - 06:00 : Sleeping in Fast food Restaurant, Hungry Jacks. I just bought a cup of tea for my alibi
  • 06:00 - 09:00 : Going around the city by walking
  • 11:10 - 14:40 : Flight from Melbourne to Bali by Airasia
Getting here and around

Getting here
Sydney has connected from domestic or international flight. Jetstar, flyscoot, tiger air and Airasia is low cost carrier that have frequent services Asia Countries. Or you want to take Full service flight? depend on your budget. I like Flyscoot because they are quite often to give promotion fare.

Getting around
Skybus is one of transportation connecting the airport and city center. It is ran 24/7. It cost 19 AUD for one way or 38 AUD for round trip. For City transportation is also well provided, you may try buses or tram (the largest network in the world). The green Tram that operated inside the city center is free. however, i prefer to walk around the town because it is still possible 


I even didn't book any hostel/hotel so i planned to not sleep for the whole night. My plan was foiled because i couldn't handle the low temperature. I preferred to look for place to sleep, then i saw a lot of people inside Hungry Jack's. The location was just beside the exit gate when i alighted from the skybus. I just bought a cup of tea cost 1++ AUD because i was not hungry in the mean time. Then, i fall a sleep there. The restaurant was open 24 hour and luckily the staff not wake me up. I would recommend this place to sleep because the chair was a sofa!

Skybus : 24 hours Airport shuttle bus

This is the cheapest way for you who arrived in Melbourne from Airport at midnight. The bus runs for 24/7. It connects the airport with southern cross station. You may buy at outside the terminal. The sign is quite clearly to locate the ticket office position. It cost 19 AUD for one way or 38 AUD for round trip. It is expensive actually but comparing with taxi? you gonna give your money to the skybus. At day, the bus operates for every 10 minutes and at night is every 30 minutes. It is comfortable!

Melbourne City tour

I started city tour at 6 AM after 5 hours sleeping in the Hungry Jack's. I only walked around the city for 3 hours. It was more than enough to cover the important place in the city. I heard the green trem line is free to bring me inside the city. However, i considered to walk since i was able to get every sensation in every place. Since i walked early in the morning, not many people in the street and the stall also still closed. I preferred this situation because i don't like crowded place. I just circled the city center strat from the train station until the same spot when i started.

Not much i could see actually and i didn't know which building is icon of this city. However, i liked every spot of this city. It was looked like very vibrant even though it's still in the morning. I'm sorry, i can't share more about this city. not enough time. Melbourne! please invite me again!

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