I am a mum who is learning how to use my camera. I post on Instagram janes_photo_gallery. Having so much fun.
Published March 21st 2017
Short stay in Melbourne easy done and see loads
Southbank in the CBD of Melbourne is the place to stay. Well, it was for my daughter and me. We went over to take photos and see family and friends. It was in July and I like the cooler weather. The plan was to see my top 5 places in 5 days. We stayed at the Travelodge Southbank. I did a bit of research to make sure we were near restaurants and easy access to trains and trams. It was perfect. The first night was a must walk along Southbank for the first photo shoot. You can use a tripod but there are plenty of things to balance your camera on. We didn't feel nervous or uneasy, there are so many people around right up until late at night.
Melbourne by night
We took the train out to the zoo for the next tick of my list. I had my wish list there too. The Butterfly house is an experience everybody should have, not just the kids. Once you step inside it is like a fairy land and you become that kid again. Get your macro lens ready and do video some of it as well. We had to stop at the orangutans and lion, of course — zoom lens time. But if you're lucky the orangutans will be sitting right up against the glass. Reflection may be a problem with a lot of people around.
Macro time in the Butterfly house.Photo by Jane McKinnon
Melbourne zoo's orangutans.Photo by Jane McKinnon
Each night we would walk along Southbank and decide what we felt like for dinner. There were so many choices. Our favourite place was "The Left Bank" on Southbank. I do recommend to book well in advance, but we were lucky. We had rhe best vegetarian meal for the whole trip here. It was so good we took the rest of the family back to Melbourne for New Year's Eve and went there. We had booked two months ahead via email. We had arancini balls with beetroot, roast pumpkin, candied walnut and goats feta salad.
Arancini balls.Photo by Jane McKinnon
Beetroot salad Photo by Jane McKinnon
Next on the list was the Botanical Gardens. We caught the tram there. In winter there's not a lot flowering and not many people, so we had our personal tour with the guide twice around and then he stopped at the entrance closest to catch the tram back. How friendly was that.
Another place to visit on my photographic list is Hoiser Lane with all the graffiti there to be photographed. At some stage it will get a bit full and will have to be over done. Our Little Rundle Street Project is just as beautiful, but that is another story.
Whatever you decide to do in Melbourne, Southbank is the place with plenty of accommodation, restaurants, cafes and take-away. Just remember to take that camera and all your lenses. It was a good holiday for mother and daughter to get away, or the whole family, as we did for New Year's Eve. We will be going back again.