Good coffee isn't hard to find in Melbourne, there are cafes everywhere. One of our favourite coffee spots is Padre Coffee, a quirky cafe in Royal Arcade.
Floating over the Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is located 50 minutes from Melbourne city centre, though you feel like you are miles away from the city. There are so many open spaces and long winding roads. The Yarra Valley is not short on things to do - vineyard tours, wine tasting, hot air ballooning, garden tours, Healesville animal sanctuary, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, afternoon tea and antique shopping.
We woke in the early hours of the morning to meet our hot air balloon pilot for an hour-long float over the Yarra Valley. Views of vineyards, green valleys and rivers - it was picture perfect! We watched the sunrise and were given a tour from above of the vineyards, estates, listened to stories of marriage proposals and had plenty of photo opportunities. This is a must-do in the Yarra Valley!
Bliss in Mornington Peninsula
After the Yarra Valley we moved onto the beautiful Mornington Peninsula for a night at Port Phillip Estate. Mornington Peninsula is well known for its food and wine culture and vineyard tours, beaches and hot springs. We joined a day tour with Elite Day Tours and had lunch at Green Olive, visited a winery to learn about wine making, had one of Mornington's famous vanilla slices, visited the Portsea Beach boat shed and bathing boxes. Finally, we soaked in the natural baths at Peninsula Hot Springs.
Hidden Secrets Tour of Melbourne
After three years living in Melbourne I thought I had seen all of the sights. It turns out I hadn't even scratched the surface! The Hidden Secrets Tour of Melbourne is a three-hour walking tour of some of the laneways, arcades and cafes. Our tour guide knew Melbourne like the back of his hand and we got taken to places you would not think to venture.
Julia and I love to treat ourselves every now and then, and we found a cute doughnut store on Degraves Street called Doughnut Time. Some of the flavour names include Zero Chill, Yasss Kween, The Mugatu, and The Cookie Monster. Degraves Street is known for its cafes, cupcake shop and boutique shops.
Read more about Julia and Libby's Melbourne and Victoria adventures here: juliaandlibby.com