City Circle Tram Ride
I was told that we will be taking the tram ride and it’s free as long as we took the right route and tram. Taking the tram ride allowed me to tour Melbourne the lazy way.
With a quick Google search, free tram ride includes ALL trams within the boundaries of Spring Street, Flinders Street and La Trobe Street. Additionally, routes along Victoria Street, William Street, Elizabeth Street and Docklands area.
So technically very pocket-friendly. As long as you plan your route, you can travel around Melbourne without having to worry about the transport fee.
Daiso at Flinders Street
Alighted at Flinders Street and went into a supermarket which I can’t remember if it’s Coles or Woolworths. We were stocking up some food for our road trip towards Sydney. These are for just in case we got hungry before we arrive at our next destination.
We did pass by Daiso when we were exploring Flinders Street and decided to check it out. And to stock up a packet of heat pack because I left it back at home. Ended up getting a Mickey Mouse sunshade as well for our car. Although Dear specifically said no more Mickey Mouse items, she said yes to the sunshade.
After our shopping at Flinders Street, we head back to our accommodation to unload our stuff. Dear said to bring the heat packs that we just bought and wear more to keep warm for the next destination on the itinerary. I didn’t understand why and she wouldn’t tell me. All she said was a surprise.
After we repack our bags and rest a little while, we head out for the tram ride again. Our next destination for the day was St Kilda. Once we arrived, we walked by the beach and managed to see the beautiful sunset.
Dear leads us towards the jetty area, it got windy and very cold. Despite us wearing layers, we were in fact shivering! Had to open the heat pack that we brought along with us in order to help keep us warm. We even witness seagulls trying to fly against the wind and some even had difficulty landing due to the strong wind.
Once we arrived at the jetty, I overheard someone saying they saw a penguin in between the rocks. That’s the moment when I realised Dear had planned this surprise for me to see wild penguins. Heard from the volunteer that these little cuties aren’t afraid of humans, they are used to visitors. Do note that we aren’t allowed to take pictures with flash or touch them.
We didn’t stay long as it’s quite crowded at the jetty, so we left after admiring and taking some photos of the cute penguins. Entered a cafe and ordered a cup of coffee to keep us warm before we take the tram ride and head back for dinner.
Yi Bu Dao Wei Tasty Spicy Hot Pot
Address: 212 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
We alighted a few stops before our accommodation as we saw another Daiso along the way. Decided to pop by before it closes for the day. Daiso is one of our favourite places to shop, so it’s like a must-visit for us even when we’re overseas.
After Daiso, we decided to get dinner but weren’t sure what to have. We happened to walk past Tasty Spicy Hot Pot and decided to give it a try. Also because it was empty and I’m hungry. An empty restaurant means I get my food fast. It might be kind of weird for others to think that why are we in a caucasian country having Asian food when we can have it back at home.
Sometimes, trying out Asian food abroad can be quite an opener I would say. It’s either yummy or not very nice.
Dear ordered the spicy chicken hot pot to share. It came with rice to go along with the dish.
It’s spicy definitely, but I’m amazed at the taste. It’s very much different from home and quite authentic Chinese cuisine in my opinion. And it does warm us up during the cold night in Melbourne.
Also ordered a plate of dumpling and it’s amazingly good! Both dishes didn’t disappoint us. Highly recommended if you’re looking for Chinese cuisine when you’re in Melbourne.
We strolled back after dinner and enjoy Melbourne as much as we can. It’s our last night in Melbourne before we head off on a road trip towards Sydney.