About Lynda C
Lives in Adelaide, Australia
Since Jan 2012
After years dedicating many years to corporate life, I decided to take an extended break to travel throughout Latin America. What started out as a five month trip has turned into over a year on the road with a little break in between to touch base with my roots in Adelaide, Australia. I adored living and volunteering in places such as Cusco, Peru and Puerto Lopez, Ecuador so I am now back in the Americas, travelling and volunteering once again and am excited to be sharing my experiences with others. I know Australia well, and have also travelled New Zealand, Europe, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. I just love discovering new places and learning how others live their lives. What a wonderful education travelling our world is!
Landmarks & points of interest
Museums, Natural history museums
Flea & street markets
A short 20 minute walk from the city will have you arriving at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, a lovely, relaxing escape for a morning or afternoon. Take a walk around and learn about Australian flora, then kick back on one of the many grassed areas and soak up the sun and fresh air. The lake is the centre piece of the park where you will also find The Terrace Café. Entry to the gardens is free so it makes for an inexpensive day out for the whole family.
One of the main hubs in Melbourne, Fed Square offers many cultural experiences. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which is in itself of architectural interest, has exhibitions and workshops from 9am daily. The Ian Potter Centre, dedicated to Australian Art displays historical pieces through to modern day and has a suite dedicated to Australian Indigenous artwork. With Public Art Exhibitions as well as street artist and musicians you will find plenty to hold your interest here. Take a load off for awhile and enjoy the big screen featuring movies, shows and information.
Stretching along the Southside of the Yarra River, Southbank is a must see and you will no doubt find yourself in the area for many reasons. A destination for fans of the arts, it is the home of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Arts Centre as well as the Concert Hall and Recital Centre. Eureka Tower is located here; it is the tallest residential building reaching over 300 metres and it offers amazing views of the city. It is also home to Southgate Shopping Centre and the Melbourne Casino along with a host of bars and restaurants.
It is worth your time to stop here to see the beautiful glass dome which is the largest of its kind in the world. However with 300 stores over 5 levels you may want to spend some time here! The food court and eateries will enable you a pause from shopping as well as a cinema if you really need a break. Melbourne Central is also home to Shot Tower, an impressive 9 story high tower with a museum.
‘The Tan’ has become iconic in Melbourne for those into outdoor training. A 3.8km stretch of tan coloured track surrounds the Botanic Gardens and you will see all sorts of people running, walking and making use of the surrounding grassed areas to keep fit. There are now several events that are held here such as the ‘Go Tan’ run for charity.
Unlike your typical zoo, Werribee is about wide open spaces for the animals to roam – in fact 225 hectares of open savannah. On Safari you can see rhinos, zebras and giraffes and along the walking trail, monkeys, gorillas, lions and cheetahs as well as native Australian animals. The park is beautifully maintained and you will enjoy leisurely strolling around. If you want to spend a little more time, there is even Slumber Safari – stay in a cabin over night and wake up to the savannah.
With over 900 stores, the serious shopper could really spend the whole day here. A wide variety of stores from boutiques boasting local designers, second hand stores as well as well-known Australian brands, it is a location for all tastes and budgets. Chapel Street is the obvious highlight of the Precinct but it also includes Commercial Road, South Yarra and Prahan which all have plenty to offer.
Since you are already at Chapel street you really can’t leave without sampling the bars and restaurants and the Woods is a great place to start. Very special burgers, tapas, amazing deserts and a great drinks menu all set in a cosy setting. If you can’t decide, the Chefs menu will make life easy. Or if you are up for something different, you can even design your own meatballs!
Take in the sea views of Port Phillip while walking along the boardwalk. Relax in the parks and gardens and enjoy a great selection of restaurants and bars plus a host of activities. St Kilda is certainly a must when visiting Melbourne. Only 20 minutes by tram from the city, it is a great escape for a half or full day. If you are feeling like a bit of adventure, fishing charters, jetboating, kitesurfing and skydiving can also be arranged and of course there is the infamous Luna Park to entertain the whole family.
The largest museum in the Southern hemisphere, boasting seven main galleries and a Touring Hall, this museum will even interest those who wouldn’t normally visit a museum. Many of the exhibits are interactive and there is even a Childrens Gallery to keep the kids entertained. While you are here, it is worth spending some time in the Bunjilaka Indigenous Museum. This gallery celebrates Aboriginal Art and culture with changing exhibitions and is well worth the money especially if you have not yet experienced this important part of Australia’s culture.
The ‘Vic Market’ – a boast a wonderful array of fresh produce as well as clothing and souvenirs – has been a landmark in Melbourne for the last century. Limited edition fashion, jewellery and crafts made by local designers can be found in eclectic displays. This is a great place to stock up on gifts and souvenirs if you want to take a piece of Australia home with you.
What would a trip to the beach be without sampling the daily catch! This bustling restaurant specialises in super fresh fish and seafood dishes in clay pots as the name suggests. Art installations and live music will keep you entertained and you can take a seat at the bar or the courtyard to enjoy a drink or two. Come in for lunch or dinner.