Taking the train is way cooler than flying. It is also a great way to see the country. However, taking a train takes much longer (11 hours from Sydney to Melbourne). Luckily, taking the night train is a great way to see about two hours of the countryside while sleeping the rest.
I would NOT recommend taking the train if you have a hard time sleeping on trains, planes, or automobiles
That said, I truly did enjoy the train ride. The ride was quiet and somewhat relaxing. In the morning, I was able to sip an overpriced coffee while taking in the scenery. Getting away from the coast in Australia means a lot less green. In fact, most of what I saw was rather desolate. And, like any other rural setting, one must get from point A to point B in some sort of all terrain vehicle. Without any further delay, I give you the Australian truck.
Once I arrived to the train station (Southern Cross Station, in the heart of the city), I, again, had no predetermined plans of how to get to my house. I believe, however frustrating it may seem at the time, this is the best way to get acquainted with a city. Nevertheless, I was lost and bit overwhelmed.
My first impression of Melbourne was, quite frankly, not a good one. Perhaps it was the lack of sleep, the overcast day, or the fact that I wasn’t too sure if I was on the right tram. (Don’t fret, my attitude quickly changed ten fold once I moved in…)
Looking back, I can safely say that maybe some parts of the trip could have been planned a tad bit better to make for less of a headache. Parts like writing down the address to my house, or having the phone number of my landlord. Alas, all part of the adventure, right?
Finally, I made it to my house. It is true what they say about Aussie hospitality. If you have a question, be prepared for a story. Nearly every person I bumped in to (literally) was more than happy to help me get home.
Next up, meeting the roomies and getting settled.