Yes, I know Melbourne features three times in #12tripsin12months Round 2, but they were all to different areas of Melbourne! Trip 2 was staying in the city of Melbourne, Trip 5 was a road trip to the Yarra Valley and Trip 12 was staying in St Kilda for a wedding. Look, it’s my challenge and I made the rules ok…
I’ve visited St Kilda before and done the usual touristy trip to the beach and Luna Park. This trip was quite jam packed with wedding festivities, so I didn’t explore St Kilda much, but because I had a hire car I ventured around a bit instead.
Day 1 – Sydney to St Kilda
Sydney to Melbourne Flight – Virgin – Depart 2pm Friday, Arrive 3:35pm (booked using Velocity points).
Picked up hire car from Alamo Car Rental (serviced by Enterprise) from terminal. Booked compact, given Holden Astra. 48hr booking, $49.95 excluding insurance and fuel which ended up costing $10.
Drive to Royce Hotel, 1hr drive in Friday peak hour traffic. Check in to Signature Queen Suite, $625 for two nights.
Attend pre-wedding dinner and drinks at hotel bar.
Day 2 – St Kilda to Frankston and back
Drive 45mins south to meet Melbourne local friend and visit the Kath & Kim Open House charity fundraiser.
Jump in friend’s 1959 Porsche 356 convertible and drive to Frankston in unusually sunny Melbourne conditions.
Lunch at Southside Social for Burger Lunch ($30ish each with a cider).
Visit Frankston pier. Conduct impromptu photo shoot of car…
Return to hotel for wedding ceremony.
Day 3 – St Kilda to Sydney
Check out of hotel 11am.
Drive 30 mins to Lune Croissant in Fitzroy. Wait 40 mins in queue for takeaway coffee and croissants ($24 including two croissants). Worth queue.
Drive 20 mins to Rude Boy Burger in Brunswick West ($25 including cider).
Drive 20 mins to airport.
Flight delayed due to storm, spend 2hrs in Virgin lounge.
Melbourne to Sydney Flight – Virgin – Depart 4:30pm Sunday, Arrive 6pm (booked using Velocity points).