We had a free day on our first full day in Melbourne. Janelle, Lauren and myself woke up and on a whim decided to go explore the unfamiliar city. We hopped on the public tram and went to the Melbourne aquarium, which houses over 2500 species of fish!
After that we took the tram back up through the heart of the city to the Queen Victoria Markets. Here you can find anything from fresh meats, seafood and vegetables to t-shirts with "Down Under" displayed on the front. It resembled Quincy Market in Boston in a way with vendors and patrons bustling about, trying to sell their goods to you before someone else does.
Most of the market is outside under different pavilions designates by letters, and on the north side there is a strikingly colorful 'MELBOURNE' statue. The colors are from tags where you can write your name on it and leave a piece of you with the city. Everything at the market was relatively cheap and a lot of kiosks offered deals if you purchased more than one item. After the market we headed to the Bourke St. Mall, which is by far the biggest mall I have ever gone to. Spanning over multiple city blocks and being at least 6 stories high, you can be sure that there is something for everyone there.