During my trip down to Melbourne late last year, I came across a few remarkable things. The Queen Victoria markets was a dream grocery shopping destination. Luckily I was staying at a serviced apartment which meant I had access to a kitchen! Hoorah to all the specialists providing fresh meat, deli, bread, seafood, fruits and vegies. Without a trek to Antarctica, I also met some majestic king emperor penguins at the aquarium, and was one of the first to adventure onto the Southern Cross observation wheel -who needs the London Eye now?
Travel with me through these snapshots:

Out and about Melbourne - plane window view of island and ocean after take off from Sydney
View from plane window after take off from Sydney

Out and about Melbourne - Queen Victoria Markets, fresh herbs
Fresh herbs from Queen Victoria Markets

Out and about Melbourne - Queen Victoria Markets, organic mangosteens for sale
Organic mangosteens for sale at Queen Victoria Markets

Out and about Melbourne - Queen Victoria Markets, delicatessen, marinated seafood including baby octopus, calamari
Queen Victoria Markets delicatessens, marinated baby octopus and more

Out and about Melbourne - Queen Victoria Markets, organic vegetables including pumpkin, onion
Pumpkins and other vegetables at Queen Victoria Markets

Out and about Melbourne - Queen Victoria Markets, organic potatoes
Organic potatoes and lots of it

Out and about Melbourne - Crown Casino, money chips
Crown Casino chips, we won from playing blackjack

Out and about Melbourne - Yarra River at night
Yarra River at night

Out and about Melbourne - Shopping on Bridge Road
Shopping at Bridge Road

Out and about Melbourne - St Kilda Beach
Sun-rays at St Kilda Beach

Out and about Melbourne - Aquarium, emperor king penguin
Emperor king penguin at the aquarium

Out and about Melbourne - aquarium, emperor king penguin, antarctic display
Antarctica penguin display at the aquarium

Out and about Melbourne - Jennifer Lam on snow mobile
Me on the snow mobile

Out and about Melbourne - king spider crab
King spider crab, looks a bit like the Hokkaido Crab

Out and about Melbourne - aquarium, jellyfish
Jellyfish at the aquarium

Out and about Melbourne - aquarium, illuminated hot pink jellyfish
Illuminated hot pink jellyfish at the aquarium

Out and about Melbourne - tasselled anglerfish
Remember this from Finding Nemo? It’s the tasselled anglerfish

Out and about Melbourne - clown fish
Nemo himself, clown fish at the aquarium

Out and about Melbourne - aquarium, box fish
Box fish at the aquarium

Out and about Melbourne - aquarium, turtle
Turtle at the aquarium

Out and about Melbourne - wide angle view of aquarium
Wide angle of aquarium display

Out and about Melbourne - aquarium glass tunnel
Aquarium glass tunnel

Out and about Melbourne - Southern Star observation wheel
Brand-spanking-new Southern Star observation wheel

Out and about Melbourne - inside the Southern Star observation wheel, similar to London Eye
Inside the Southern Star observation wheel

Out and about Melbourne - Jennifer Lam beneath Southern Star Observation wheel
Me beneath the wheel at HarbourTown outlet

Out and about Melbourne - inside airplane, view of seats and aisle
I promise these aren’t my feet, view of plane seats and aisle

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • What great photos! I wish we had a market in Sydney that compared to the Queen Victoria Markets (so jealous), now I just want to go to Melbourne.
    Oh the penguins are so cute!

  • Oh Woooow!!! Great shots even through the aquarium glass! They are mind-blasting! Hee hee I am loving the jellyfish ever since I saw Seven Pounds.

  • stunning photos jen (and ah-HA! i heart bridge road. best. ever!)

  • Jen

    Thanks lili! Yes, totally loved QV Markets! Sydney is great too though, our markets are spread all around.
    FFichiban, ah, I haven’t seen Seven Pounds yet!
    shez, shopping in Melb is all round awesome! 2 DFOs, Brunswick St, Bridge Rd, Chapel St and now Harbour Town, I wanna go again!

  • Amazing photos! And lovely blog. The wheel capsules look like the London Eye ones so hopefully I didn’t miss out too much!
    @KateKendall.