Melbourne -  Cooler than Sydney!!

Melbourne is a foodie heaven and happening place.  In fact Melbourne reminds me very much of my native San Francisco – except flatter.  They even have cable cars..coincidence – I think not!.   Established around the same time the city really grew almost overnight with the Gold Rush of the 1850’s and the beautiful  Victorian architecture in central Melbourne still enchants .  Mixed with modern buildings today you can find world class hotels,  a wide esplanade along the banks of the Yarra River to stoll and many outdoor café’s to enjoy.  

Shopping in Melbourne is a dream with a variety of Victorian covered shopping arcades shopping alleys and  super hip stores, 

  • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival March 16 – 2014
  • The Food Graze – Sept. 2013

  • History – see the hand made armour of Australia’s favorite outlaw Ned Kelly
  • Casinos
  • Visit the wineries of Yarra Valley
  • Need to walk off some of the food  Echidna Wildlife Walkabout – Wildlife and Nature tours See Koalas and Kangaroos in the wild.  Interact with  animals in their natural habitats on this full day, small group eco-tour, vehicle based with short walks and includes a substantial picnic lunch