Day 176 – Wandering around the bustling Victoria Market in Melbourne

Sometimes when you travel for so long, you don’t realise how tiring it can be, not that I’m complaining. Sometimes you just need to rest. After a close to 12 hour night’s sleep, we woke up fully refreshed and raring to go!

The novelty of free fake weetabix for breakfast still hasn’t worn off for John and he had a couple of bowls of the cereal before we headed out to explore the area, much more enthusiastically this time. Apart from sport, one of the key tourist attractions in Melbourne is the famous Queen Victoria Market. The open air market is one the largest markets we’ve been to covering seven hectares of land. It sells a large variety of fresh produce at bargain prices including fruit, veg, meat, seafood, deli products as well as some gourmet foods.

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We caught the free tram to the market where it was bustling with locals and tourists as well as a few entertainers keeping the kids busy. It had a great atmosphere and reminded me a little bit of the fresh produce market in Birmingham but this was way better as it was cleaner and bigger with more variety.

We wanted to pick some ingredients up for our meal tonight. We turned up late afternoon which meant that it was almost closing time. Luck would have it that it meant that the stall owners were trying to flog their produce for rock bottom prices. We managed to buy a tray of around 12 sausages for just A$5 and some bags of veg for just a dollar. Backpackers love a bargain!

Clear signs are provided to help you navigate around the 7 hectare Victoria Market

Clear signs are provided to help you navigate around the 7 hectare Victoria Market

The market has an indoor section for gourmet and deli goods

The market has an indoor section for gourmet and deli goods

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About Julia Chan

I’m Julia and I've just returned from the adventure of my life. I went travelling around South America, the South Pacific and South East Asia for 12 months, and I'd do it all over again if I could! Julia on Google+
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