Hi everyone! Hope you all had a good day(or having)! Today I decided to officially start this photography/wander project that I thought of last week, with the name of Wander Wednesday. Being in the world’s most livable city has to pay off somehow right? Basically I’m getting you around the city with me, so we can both discover more of the beautiful Melbourne. I will also be posting on Insta Stories on @selfwanderer so don’t forget to check there as well for this weekly adventure.
I added on top my favourite tune at the moment, one that I’m also listening while I write this so you’ll get the mood for getting that big jet plane and head to the city of your dreams!
I started my day in Federation Square, the ground 0 of Melbourne. I’ve been in this place so many times but still whenever I’m here I think… wow!!! I’m really in Australia!
Right across from Federation Square is a cultural icon of Melbourne, Flinders Station with its main station building. It was completed in 1909 and it’s one of the city most recognised landmarks.
And then again, if you look at the other side, you have Swanston Street with its amazing architecture, so you can imagine why everytime I’m in Federation Square I’m totally amazed!
I continued my walk on Collins Street, one of the major streets in the city centre, and I couldn’t help but wander at the majestic skyscrapers and the interesting modern architecture that is taking over Melbourne.
City of Everything I would call it, this place doesn’t miss much: old but restored victorian buildings blended with a fast-paced urban growth. Right across this building, which holds Virgin Active Club(wellness) I found a small Japanese Cafe, called Purple Peanuts, where I had sushi for 8 dollars! I realised now why everybody is eating sushi all around Melbourne! In the tram or on the street, sushi game is strong in Melbourne so I’m glad I tried it!
Now, I had better sushi before, but the price and accessibility are definitely something to consider!
From here I continued my stroll towards Docklands, an inner-western suburb of Melbourne. This place holds Etihad Stadium, the only one in the Southern Hemisphere with a fully retractable roof!
Before the foundation of Melbourne, Docklands was a wetlands area consisting of a large salt lake and a giant swamp. I’m still surprised how they managed to transform this area and fill it with skyscrapers!
Docklands is also home to the Ferris Wheel of Melbourne. In my opinion the price to ride it is a bit expensive (30 AUD) and I’m not even sure if you would see the city since it’s located in the back of the skyscrapers and Melbourne is in the opposite location. However it’s a beautiful landmark, especially at night when it’s lighted.
Though it can be boring, Docklands is definitely a place to see when you’re in Melbourne, since it’s located close to the CBD. The impressive towers located right next to the wharf along with the majestic Etihad Stadium and Star Observation Wheel are surely not something you’ll find in every city!
I don’t know about you, but I can’t walk along the road without wandering towards the sky, trees or impressive architectural masterpieces. It’s the first time I actually discovered how the building of Intercontinental Hotel looks. Last time I was around, my boyfriend actually took me inside to show me how impressive the lobby is, but since I was walking along the building, I missed the bigger perspective.
It turns out that the building was built in 1891, when the hotel began its life as two separate buildings, housing the famous Melbourne wool stores and offices.
That being said… and photographed 🙂 I wish you all a good week and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, because you’ll have weekly Melbournian adventures!