For that I could never say thank you enough. You see I entered a competition about My Favorite Schweppes Cocktail and I was stunned – I actually won a trip to Melbourne, to a cocktail party, and an over night stay in the most amazing hotel.
Sharing My Dream Come True
There were many reasons why I wanted so badly to win the Trip to Melbourne. One of them being that I need to get out of my comfort zone, and another one being that I have never been to a Schweppes Cocktail Party before.
One of the many christmas displays in Melbourne
The other reason was I love Melbourne, and my older son is also down there. I was so lucky I got to see him for about four hours on Saturday, and spend some much-needed time together. It has been nine weeks since I have seen him, and yet he was still the same….smiling away as he loves his new lifestyle!
Staying In Melbourne
Did you know that Melbourne has been voted the best city of Australia? I can understand why…the cafes, the lifestyle, the trams, the amazing shops, the lifestyle (opps already said that one!) and the night life.
The Best Place For Food!
Well I am not sure about the night life but I reckon it would be the best! Going down to Melbourne I had to be up at the crack of dawn, and on a train from Nambour by 4.30am. Into Brisbane and then onto a flight with Qantas. My flight was for 7.55am!
Flying With Qantas
I actually Love Flying with Qantas – yep I love the big plane with the big kangaroo, and the great breakfast on board. Not sure that I like their self-service set-up!
Did you know that you now have to put your own label on your bags, and then put your own bag onto the conveyor belt. BUT if your label is not up the right way then your bag can’t be read?
Luckily for me I only had to fix that situation twice…the elderly couple next to me had to TRY to fix it four times, before calling over for Staff to help them – and before you ask – Yes I did try to help them but even I couldn’t get the label to be read!
Arriving In Melbourne
After my two-hour flight into Melbourne, and adjusting my time difference on my mobile phone, I headed to the Skybus which takes you into Southern Cross Station. From there I was directed to the Trams which took me into St Kilda. I loved the Tram Ride..my very first ever 🙂
The Tolarno Hotel – the most amazing place!
Seen as how I have never been to St Kilda before, I asked for directions from another tram rider, about when to get off for “The Tolarno Hotel” exit. A kind group of back packers (who used to live in St Kilda) let me know when my stop was ahead!
Happy To Be In Melbourne
I was so happy to be in Melbourne! Once I had access to my hotel room – which by the way was amazing – I grabbed my drink bottle, and my sunny’s and headed out the door.
The Tolarno Hotel – where the colours were amazing!
The Tolarno Hotel – the room is perfect!
I really should have packed my hat as it was so HOT! I walked all over St Kilda, from Fitzroy Street to the beach front, passed Launa Park, and kept walking until I was sure that I had seen enough. Then I started my walk back to the hotel, to rest up, have a shower and get ready for the Schweppes/Nuffnang Cocktail Party that was to be held at The Stokehouse from 7.00pm.
Launa Park Melbourne!
Wait To You See The Cocktails That Were Passed Around!
I was stunned – the Cocktail Party was held at the Stokehouse which is on the water front. There was LOTS of people swimming in the beach..right up till when the Sun was going down. I guess it was because of Day Light Savings that I was so stunned to see so many people out and about.
Schweppes Cocktails at The Stokehouse Melbounre
Meeting The Team From Nuffnang and Stokehouse!
The best hi-light of my night was meeting the other amazing bloggers (food bloggers), the Social Media Manager of Stokehouse and the team from Nuffnang! It was the most amazing night…
watching drinking cocktails while the sun was going down 🙂
The Schweppes Motor Bike!
One of my all time favorite Cocktails!
Then slowly walking back to The Tolarno Hotel to spend a comfy night in a big double bed by myself!
Cant wait to share the combinations of desserts and cocktails that were on offer! Plus the amazing night that I spent with some amazing people!
What Do You Like About Melbourne?
Please note – that my visit to Melbourne was made possible by Nuffnang, Schweppes and the Stokehouse. By entering the competition with Nuffnang my fligt to and from Melbourne and my accommodation on the Thursday night was courtesy of Nuffnang.
All thoughts and opinions are my own!