A ONE DAY ITINERARY: 6 PLACES TO VISIT IN THE HEART OF MELBOURNE | GRACE FILLED TRAVEL JUNKIE

A ONE DAY ITINERARY: 6 PLACES TO VISIT IN THE HEART OF MELBOURNE

I love Melbourne so much. Who wouldn't? They have easy transportation system, nice people and a great weather. For a tourist from Indonesia, I was enjoying every second I had in the city of Melbourne!

Don't get me wrong, I am still not a big fan of its nature destinations, but living in Melbourne city is a very much interesting option to me. As of now, Melbourne is the number 5 happiest city in the world and I believe it would stay that well for a longer time.

Because I love this city so much, I decided to compile a list of places to visit in a day for your reference. If you ever find yourself in this lovely city, this itinerary will definitely be useful for you!

PS: Please note that the last event is only happening every Wednesday. You can visit all these places if you start as early as 8 AM.

Opening hours: 
Daily from 7.30 AM – 10 PM

What was a convent years ago is now a home to over 100 studios, two galleries, cafes, a bandroom, an outdoor cinema, a radio station, a school and an abundance of green open space. You can enjoy its old architectures and history that goes way back to the 19th century. To me, I just love taking photos around the building. Don't miss out the chance to meet cute sheep in a small sheepfold at the back of the building!
Details on the tower.
The back view of Abbotsford Convent.
I was trying to look for Shaun.
2. State Library Victoria (25 minutes by tram from Abbotsford Convent)
Opening hours:
Mon–Thurs from 10 AM – 9 PM
Fri–Sun from 10 AM - 6 PM

Whether its work or assignments, State Library Victoria is the best place to do all those. Although its purpose is mainly study and research, today the library is also known to be an Instagrammable site. Trust me, I wasn't the only one taking photos. While the locals were studying in the study hall, tourists were spotted roaming around the library just to take photos and enjoying the exhibitions.
Hunters spotted.
How is this not an Instagram material? I wish I had a wider lens.
If you think you have extra time, challenge a stranger in a game of chess just outside the library!
3. Hosier Lane (13 minutes walk from State Library Victoria)
This is the most touristy part of Melbourne. Since I was in Melbourne during the holiday season, the alley was filled with Asian tourists, especially Indonesians. I could hear Indonesian chatters all over the place! 

Anyways, Hosier Lane is an alley filled with graffiti all over its walls. These graffiti were done seriously by professional artists who sometimes do it for the sake of political expression.
Tight!
Had so much fun exploring this alley with this lovely couple. Meet Nathan & Jess!
Shoes were hanged on the alley for some reason.
Photo by @jguvani.
4. National Gallery of Victoria (20 minutes by tram from Hosier Lane)
Opening hours:
Daily from 10 AM - 5 PM.
National Gallery of Victoria.
This gallery is a lovely place to study more about Melbourne. Please wear comfortable shoes as there will be lots of walking in this gallery. The size of this gallery is huge and there are lots of interesting exhibitions to enjoy. I was quite bored passing through the European historical space, but soon enough I was enjoying its contemporary art exhibitions!
Ichwan Noor' piece that is displayed all over the globe. Truly an Indonesian pride!
Peek-a-boo!
Inside the gallery.
I think she wanted to be a part of the exhibition.

5. Royal Botanic Gardens (14 minutes by tram from the National Gallery of Victoria)
Opening Hours:
Daily from 7.30 AM - sunset

If you follow the itinerary with a few breaks in between, you will find yourself in this beautiful garden nearing the sunset time. I think it is the most beautiful time of the day to explore the garden. Unlike most gardens in my country, this garden is neat, less crowded and clean. Walking in this garden felt almost like a therapy to the soul!
It probably has one of the best sunset view from the city.
By the lake.
6. Queen Victoria Night Market (25 minutes by tram from Royal Botanic Gardens)
Opening hours:
Wednesday, 5 - 10 PM, June to August

If you love food and crowds, this market is a must-go. Although it is very much crowded, it has great varieties of food that you can enjoy. At the same time, you can find a lot of weird stuffs sold in this market, starting from kimono to baby clothes. A play area, which involves silent disco, was also available for kids!

Because there were too many food options to try, I was very much confused at first. That was before I finally settled down with Simply Spanish's tasty plate of Paela.
Hats for sell.
Silent disco for kids.
A friend told me that this is Australia's version of martabak.
Baby octopus for dinner, anyone?
A plate of Paela from Simply Spanish.
So there you have it! A one day itinerary to explore the lovely city of Melbourne. For this itinerary, you would only need to spend money on food and transportation. I would recommend you to save some money in the city so that you can rent cars to explore places unreachable by public transportation. Although the Great Ocean Road was just nice, Dandenong and Yarra Valley was quite a treat! I might write about it next week!

Till then, survive the city where ever you're at. It might not be as lovely as Melbourne, but most of the times it depends on your perspective. :)

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