John's Around the World Adventure 2005/2006

Travel time: December 2005 - June 2006  |  by John Davies

Australia: Melbourne

From Canberra, we traveled 15 hours south on the wonderful Greyhound bus service to Melbourne, the home of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. It certainly had been worth the long wait on the painful overnight bus journey as Melbourne was fantastic!

The Greyhound Bus System!

The Greyhound Bus System!

2006 Commonwealth Games preparations

2006 Commonwealth Games preparations

We made a dash straight to St Kilda, Melbourne's beach and nightlife scene on the clockwork tram system. We again chose to stay at the Base chain of backpacker hostels due to its lively atmosphere, good bar and believe it or not, goldfish swimming around under the floor! The en-suite bathroom was a bonus too! Here, we also met some nice guys from Sweden- Emil, Daniel and Jimmy, and Aimee from Wales.

Daniel, Emil and Sol at Red Eye Bar- Base St Kilda

Daniel, Emil and Sol at Red Eye Bar- Base St Kilda

Emma, Sol and Aimee

Emma, Sol and Aimee

Luna Park- A Famous Themepark in St Kilda

Luna Park- A Famous Themepark in St Kilda

Fooling around with the Tennis Freebies at Base Backpackers!

Fooling around with the Tennis Freebies at Base Backpackers!

By this time, Tennis fever had kicked in with the Australian Open in full flow. We had 3 day passes and were determined to make the most of them, from the moment play started, until the final ace at night. I especially loved seeing some of the top players in action Sharapova, Hingis, Henin- Hardenne, Nalbandian, Johansson, Ferrer, Ancic just to name a few. Shame 'Come on Tim' and Andy Murray both had been knocked out by the second round. Maybe next year??!!

Australian Open

Australian Open

Sol and I were lucky to gain access to the Centre Court- Rod Laver Arena, Australian Open.

Sol and I were lucky to gain access to the Centre Court- Rod Laver Arena, Australian Open.

The wonderful Australian Open Garden Square

The wonderful Australian Open Garden Square

I fancied my chances of a practice on the outside courts!

I fancied my chances of a practice on the outside courts!

Vodafone Arena- Australian Open

Vodafone Arena- Australian Open

Melbourne was also our venue for Australia Day, capped off with a fine firework show at the city's showpiece Federation Square. Melbourne too was excellent for nightlife and was a shame not to take advantage of the odd bar crawl! Away from Tooheys, XXXX, Victoria Bitter and partying, Melbourne still had so much more to offer. The Victoria Night Market had the most wonderful selection of food- Sol tells me the Kangaroo steak was delicious! Whilst stationed in Melbourne, we also visited the Old Gaol, the home of Outlaw Ned Kelly's Hanging. We also fitted in a 'Neighbours Tour', taking the necessary snaps of Ramsay Street and Erinsbrough High School and almost made it to Dr Karl's 'the right prescription' band night!

Aussie Day Celebrations!

Aussie Day Celebrations!

Federation Square- A Victorian Icon

Federation Square- A Victorian Icon

Melbourne Old Gaol

Melbourne Old Gaol

Ned Kelly's Hanging Chamber- Old Gaol Melbourne

Ned Kelly's Hanging Chamber- Old Gaol Melbourne

Outside Susan's House- Neighbour's Ramsay Street

Outside Susan's House- Neighbour's Ramsay Street

Ramsay Street

Ramsay Street

Ramsay Street

Ramsay Street

Melbourne is also home to the mighty MCG, the undisputed home of Cricket and Aussie rules. As the stadium was being refurbished at the time for the Commonwealth Games, the Cricket Match we attended (Australia v South Africa) was at the impressive Telstra Stadium, with a retractable roof. A good day out and the Aussies won the Cricket comfortably as usual!

The Imposing MCG Stadium

The Imposing MCG Stadium

Andrew Symonds- Australia's Superstar Cricketer

Andrew Symonds- Australia's Superstar Cricketer

The Impressive Telstra Dome Staduim, Melbourne

The Impressive Telstra Dome Staduim, Melbourne

Flinders Street Station- A Melbourne Icon

Flinders Street Station- A Melbourne Icon

During Our Time in Melbourne we also celebrated the Chinese New Year Festival. There were hundreds of fire crackers exploding and dragons parading through the streets. Impressive!

Every Backpacker makes time for the inaugural photo opportunity- this time at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow Pub, St Kilda.

Every Backpacker makes time for the inaugural photo opportunity- this time at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow Pub, St Kilda.

© John Davies, 2006
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The trip
 
Description:
Following masses of preperation my trip of a lifetime was finally a reality. Beginning in the adventurous New Zealand, before taking in delights of Australia over Christmas. Bali was next on the agenda, trading in the comfort of the West for drastic cultural differences of East Asia. The modern city of Singapore next acted as a stepping stone for travel over-land through Malaysia and island-hopping around Thailand. My Adventure finally ended amongst the neon scyscrapers of Hong Kong.
Details:
Start of journey: Dec 01, 2005
Duration: 6 months
End of journey: Jun 02, 2006
Travelled countries: New Zealand
Australia
Indonesia
Singapore
Malaysia
Thailand
Hong Kong
The Author
 
John Davies is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 15 years.
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