Touch down in Oz

Trip Start Sep 10, 2007
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Monday, January 28, 2008

Landed in Melbourne and got a taxi to our hostel. We just dropped the bags and went straight into the city for a look around our first Oz city, bursting with excitment again. Naturally, we got a bit lost and got on the wrong tram...all part of the fun eh! but we ended up on the beautiful South bank- not a bad mistake to make after all. Had a walk around here, blown away by how busy it is in contrast with New Zealand. Loads of people eating dinner out on a Monday nigth even, mighty stuff!
 We had an interesting tram ride back to our hostel (YHA up the north side) and we met a few drunks on the way home as it was a bank holiday for Australia day. The Australian open tennis tournament was also just finished here yesterday and maybe people we just finishing off the session.
That night Orla had an interesting room mate, as it was a YHA hostel it was Female only and male only dorms and Orla was in just a twin room with a pysco...she was about 50 years old with knitting kneedles and thread all over the room, then the next morning she got up and starting singing foul songs with lots of cursing, out loud at 8 in the morning.....jezze she was wierd, so there was no way we were staying there another night. So we packed up and moved out the St. Kilda which is the backpackers area and the beach area anyway, much better. We checked into the Ritz hostel here, a really nice hostel, it was free wine and cheese night tonight....sweet as!!! (O! thats New Zealand lingo!)

We had a look around Melbourne, its really a beautiful city, the trams are absolutely brilliant, we couldn't speak highly enough of the public transport here.

We were trying to make plans to do the Great Ocean Road and be in Melbourne for the weekend, so this meant that we had to go and do the Great Ocean Road tomorrow...so it was quick smart on the net to book a car, a website called Vroom Vroom is really good for car hire here as it compares all the car hire companies for you, so we got one cheap enough and we are ready to go tomorrow. nice one
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