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About Australia, Part 3

September 26, 2011

After our first night in Melbourne, we woke up the second day around 6am. We made use of the hotel gym, then showered and got ourselves ready for the day. We walked to The European for breakfast (another of Sarah’s recommendations) and it was delicious. On our walk to/from The European we couldn’t believe how deserted the streets were! We had seen and heard people out pretty late into the night on Saturday, and apparently they all slept in on Sunday morning.

Our hotel on the left, the church you can see out our window straight ahead, and the tent for Fashion Week (which was taking place while we were there) is on the right:

Melbourne streets on the way to breakfast:

After breakfast we stopped by Breadtop and Sbux on our way back to the hotel to pick up snacks for the day’s adventures.

Breadtop. mmmm….

Love the Sbux City mugs… We added Melbourne and Australia to our collection this trip:

We hopped into the rental car and left the city for the day. Our original plan had been to just travel The Great Ocean Road, but when we saw a sign for the Werribee Open Range Zoo, we knew we had to stop. This zoo was another one of Sarah’s wonderful recommendations. I had never been to an open range zoo before we went to Werribee, but it was such a cool experience. They have walking paths in certain areas of the park where you can encounter native wildlife face-to-face – such as emus and kangaroos. Howdy and I had a great time with that – especially with the emus, which were everywhere!

“what do you mean there’s an emu behind me?”

Our first kangaroo!! (we were excited to be so close to him):

After having fun on the walking path (we took a LOT of pictures with the animals…), it was time for our “safari tour” that was included in the price of admission. We saw all kinds of animals in naturalistic habitats with other animal species (non-predators, obviously). The coolest part was when we drove into the African part of the park and saw rhinos, giraffes, and zebras all just hanging out together. The rhinos were so close to the bus path, that if they had been standing I could have put my hand out the window and touched them! It was awesome! (Fun Fact: We also saw some camels during the safari tour, and apparently they have become a “pest species” in Australia and there are over 2 million of them in the wild!)

We spent some more time enjoying the animals on the walking paths after the safari tour, and also saw some meerkats near the gift shop – but then it started pouring rain. Although I had my umbrella in my purse, I was wearing Toms and my feet were soaked, so we decided it was time to get back in the car and continue on our way to The Great Ocean Road!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2011 11:21 am

    i’m totally in love with the picture of you and the emu! so adorable 🙂

    • September 30, 2011 6:54 pm

      Thanks, it makes me laugh every time I look at it. 🙂

  2. September 29, 2011 10:48 am

    I am so jealous of this trip! sooo much fun. I agree with the comment above, can the emu picture be your new profile picture?

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