Melbourne Trip 2019 – Airbnb & Online Visa Application
Before I start my Airbnb post, there’s one important thing you need to know before travelling to Australia. Malaysian who plan to visit Australia will be required to hold a valid Travel Authorization or Visa. Applying for a traveling visa from Malaysia to Australia is quick and simple we did ours online via the links as below:-
We arrived at Melbourne Avalon Airport after 8 hours flight and boarded the SkyBus which we bought our tickets online beforehand. We alighted at Southern Cross Station (approximately 30 minutes from airport with a drops off stop at Werribee) and took Uber to our Airbnb located at Elizabeth Street. We’ve tried 2 types of rideshare service at Melbourne – Uber, not the cheapest option but getting a driver is fast and DiDi is approximately 10% cheaper than Uber but not easy to get a driver. Other options available are Ola, GoCatch and Taxify.
We finally checked into our Airbnb after getting the key from a pie shop opposite the apartment. The 1 bedroom apartment (Light House Apartments) looks exactly like what we’ve seen in the website, chic and cozy.
Dressed in soothing white and earthy tone, the living room is furnished with a sofa bed (with many cushions, LOL), coffee table, TV, Wifi, air conditioner cum heater, working desk, dining tables & chairs.
The apartment isn’t very big but good enough for 3 of us with ample of space to move around.
View from the living room (5th floor).
It is nicely appointed and strategically located in the CBD with many dining options within the vicinity, like Korean fried chicken, Japanese Ramen, Chinese hotpot, Malaysian cuisine, bubble tea and fast food. The must visit Queen Victoria Market is just 5 minutes walk from the apartment and in free tram zone. Convenient stores and a very well stocked Asian grocery store and Woolworths Metro are within short walking distance.
Popular tourist spots such as Melbourne Chinatown, Federation Square, Hosier Lane and State Library Victoria are also a few minutes of walking distance or can be reached by taking tram.
Cooking up a storm in this kitchen is no problem at all. Pan, microwave oven, rice cooker, toaster, electric kettle, knives, plates, bowls, cups, wine glasses, cutlery and assorted condiments are nicely prepared. (But I’m not sure if the condiments are prepared by the owner or from the previous tenant as we left our unfinished ketchup there)
The bedroom is equipped with a queen bed which is a bit too small for 3 of us ╮(╯_╰)╭ but there is an extra mattress and pillows if one need to use it.
Bathroom with rain shower head (I prefer hand held shower head（；＿；）), shower gel, shampoo and conditioner.
The small but clean and functional bathroom comes with washer and dryer (as well as washing powder). No after-vacation-laundry for the first time, whoo hoo!
Cupboard with hangers, iron and board as well as vacuum cleaner.
Verdict: We paid approximately RM4k for 10 days stay and it was a satisfying staying experience. The owner is responsive and we’d definitely recommend this place for couples or a small family.