Melbourne from the skies

Over the past few weeks I’ve been lucky enough to see our new home from pretty much every angle: I’ve walked the streets and beaches for miles, experienced Melbourne by train, tram and car (very interesting), and even seen it from the sky.

In the UK we had a couple of very kind leaving gifts in the form of activity vouchers, which we used for two fantastic airborne adventures.

Our first experience of Melbourne from the skies was a 20 minute helicopter ride with the company RedBalloon (highly recommended), which departed from Essendon Airport to the north of the city.

After the all-important safety briefing (i.e. don’t chop anything off with the propellers), we eagerly hopped aboard the ‘copter and popped on our headphones ready for take off.

Serious face for the ascent!

Before we knew it, we were up, up and away, flying high above the city with the perfect birds-eye view.

And what a view it was!

I literally couldn’t put my camera down, wanting to capture every moment…

…neither could The Hubbie, who grabbed a few sneaky selfies!!

We felt in perfectly safe hands with our awesome pilot, who gave us a running commentary as we drifted over the city…

…the perfect combination of metropolis and lush green parks.

And then all too soon it was over! We stepped off our ride totally exhilarated, and just a little bit in love with our new city.

A week later we jumped aboard the Melbourne Star, the observation wheel set in the Docklands area of the city (the equivalent of the London Eye back home).

Luckily it was a really quiet time of day so we shared our capsule with just two other guests.

Breathtaking views again, but this time with a little moonlit twist…

…which made the city look truly magical.

Another experience that comes highly recommended to anybody visiting Melbourne for the first time.

And don’t you just love it when there is a Gift Shop?! On our way through I stopped to throw together this little recreation of the big wheel. I think I’m pretty nifty with the old Lego, I have to say. Not bad, huh? Xx

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