As we spend our final weeks in Victoria, this post sees us continue our journey from Bendigo; stopping at Daylesford before making our way towards Mebourne.  Renowned as a mineral springs area, we found Daylesford to be a mix of old and new, with trendy cafes and shops lining the town streets, but housed in old buildings from years gone by.  Taking a walk around town, we stopped at a couple of spots where you’re able to get natural mineral water.

Ok, time to brave the big smoke with the van and head in to Melbourne.  It always helps having a GPS   Stopping for over a week here, we found Melbourne easy to get around using public transport (plus our car was too high to fit into the city undercover car parks)!  Yes, there was a reason we had come to Melbourne.  In fact, there were a few reasons.  Managing to get some tickets some months ago to the Phantom of the Opera sequel, “Love Never Dies”, we enjoyed the show with its fantastic sets and costumes.  Whilst comparing it to the original which we both loved was difficult, I’m really glad that we got to see it.

But wait, there’s more   The entertainment didn’t stop there as one of our favourite bands, The Angels, was also playing during our stay, and we took the trip out to the Commercial Hotel at South Morang to see them.  With new front man, Screaming Jet’s Dave Gleeson joining the band, it was my first treat at seeing a band playing at a pub.  Arriving nice and early to make sure Grant and I were up the front in the “mosh pit”, we were probably a little too close, as we were almost in “sweat” distance of Dave Gleeson, as he really got into the music, tossed his head around, flicking sweat in every direction!!! Yuk!  But the music was great!  For those that know Grant’s concert antics, he jumped and jived as he does, showing up the younger kids who probably weren’t even born when The Angels first came out   You definitely know that you’re getting old when you leave a concert and your ears ring for 2 days after! ha ha

Melbourne’s diversified cultures made finding tasty meals pretty easy, especially when you’ve been hanging out for some great Italian. A visit to renowned 400 Gradi restaurant eased the pizza cravings by a long shot. Great pizza!

So staying in Melbourne has been great as it also gave us the opportunity to work out our final travel plans heading back home to SA.

Stay safe,
Grant & Linda.

Kms Travelled Total  38,886