You can’t really go wrong when you step out of your house and are greeted with palm trees and pink sunrises every day on your way to work, can you?
I haven’t worn a coat in months, my flip-flops are a permanent feature on my feet and we have to carry around suncream (this behaviour is unheard of).
Everything I heard about this place was true, beaches everywhere and blue skies every day, what a welcome to Australia!
We are well into our residency in Melbourne, Victoria in the dainty little suburb of Williamstown. Geographically we are just to the west of Port Philip Bay, the large inlet of water that provides Melbourne with it’s many glorious beaches and It’s safe to say we love it here.
We have pitched up in a two-story town house just off of the main highstreet and are surrounded by more coffee shops and cafes than we know what to do with.
Williamstown is quaint and has a very seaside-esque feel to it. Originally Melbourne’s first sea port the suburb is surrounded on three sides by water and has developed into a quirky suburb with a very nautical feel to it.
We are right slap-bang in the middle of things in Willy. We are a five minute walk from the waterfront and harbour and a two minute drive from a perfect little sandy beach, where in true Aussie fashion we spent our Christmas Day.
We are very close to the big city lights, the CBD (or Central Business District) is only five kms away over the West Gate Bridge and it only takes twenty minutes to get there by train. There are tons of bars, lane ways and eateries to be explored, but that can be for another post.
The small suburb is full to the brim of places to eat, you name it its here, Mexican, Thai, American, Spanish, Italian and no less than four ice cream parlours. I am yet to understand how the Aussies stay so slim and in shape with the abundance of glorious food on tap here in Melbourne.
We spend a lot of our down time admiring the view from Gem Pier in Williamstown, from here you can see jaw-dropping views of the city that you don’t get anywhere else in the state.
Williamstown looks out onto Port Phillip Bay, one of the largest inland bays in Australia. The bay opens up at a small inlet known as ‘The Rip’ that spills out to the Southern Ocean.
FYI for shark enthusiasts (like myself) there are various species of shark that can be found in Port Phillip Bay including, harmless gummy sharks, thresher, Port Jackson, Bronze Whaler and the far less friendly Hammerhead, Mako, and Great White Sharks.
Having done my research due to my morbid fascination, dangerous sharks are extremely rare here and basically non-existent in Port Phillip Bay. Thankfully there has not been a shark attack in the bay since the 1960’s.
Whilst perusing the streets of Williamstown I have developed an almost worrying addiction to Melbourne coffee and living two minutes away from at least seven cafes has only fuelled this dependance. I was aware that Australia and Melbourne particularly, has a rather impressive coffee culture but did not know the magnitude of it until I arrived.
Melbournians take the art of making and enjoying coffee very seriously. I have never been a massive coffee drinker, I am more of a cup of tea and a side of three chocolate biscuits to dunk girl, but even I would sacrifice this simple British pleasure for a Melbourne coffee, namely a flat white (skinny, obviously).
In 2014 a survey completed by booking.com crowned Melbourne as having the best coffee in the world. It doesn’t look like I will be scraping the addiction anytime soon.
The West of Melbourne often gets overlooked as it’s not known for its ‘party vibe’, well neither are we these days so this wonderful little suburb is serving us perfectly. I am yet to mention in this Williamstown appreciation post that we are 45 minutes away from hundreds of vineyards and wineries (no exaggeration), which I will aim to explore whilst in the state.
Williamstown is beautiful and fits perfectly into Melbourne’s ‘Most Liveable City In The World’ title.
So, on that note I had better wrap this up before I talk myself out of ever leaving!