In October I will be heading down to Melbourne with a group of friends to attend a gaming convention, PAX. I thought I’d throw a list of my favourite things to do in Melbourne together, for those people who are attending (from out of state) and plan on extending their stay for a bit. Melbourne has so much to offer in culture and architecture that I couldn’t resist doing this list. As a frequent visitor I have some unique haunts that I think will delight as well as the old favourites.
1. A must for any Melbourne trip is exploring the laneways and alleys that are everywhere in the City, enjoy the cafes and graffiti and don’t forget to hit a good bagel place for some bagels and smear. YUM! You will find some of the best graffiti on Degraves Street and Centre Place right off Flinders Lane. There is nothing better than wandering though the street of Melbourne you are sure to find art wherever you go.
2. Next would have to be St Kilda, though it is very cold in winter it is well worth the walk on the jetty. In summer this is just the place to be, ocean water spray and a cool breeze. On the weekends there are markets all up the main street and don’t forget Luna Park, the old style rollercoasters and amusements are just the ticket for any day. Take the 96 tram from Elizabeth Street (at the end of Burke Street Mall) all the way to St Kilda Beach. http://www.stkildamelbourne.com.au/
3. Op-shopping in Melbourne is a favourite past time of mine as there are vintage stores galore at varying prices. You’ll be able to find clothing, accessories, household items and much more. Here is a few of my personal favourites: Retro Star http://www.retrostar.com.au/home.html, Shag http://www.shagshop.com.au/locations and Circa Vintage http://circavintageclothing.com.au/. If you’re keen to head further a field there are plenty more in Fitzroy and North Melbourne.
4. After a long day of shopping check out some of Melbourne’s premier chocolate shops, in winter this is just what you will need after walking around in the cold. You can find Koko Black (http://www.kokoblack.com/) in the Royal Arcade on Burke Street as well as some more unique shops and Haigh’s Chocolates on Swanston Street (http://www.haighschocolates.com.au/).
5. Speaking of food you really can’t go wrong in Melbourne, some of the best places are out of the way so hit the streets and go for a wander. If you’re heading out for drinks the Ice Bar is a real novelty, you get warm coats, vouchers for shots and cocktails and then enter a below freezing room for 30mins while you get your picture taken amongst the ice sculptures. http://www.chillon.com.au/
6. The Melbourne Museum is home to some of the most wonderful exhibits and houses Phar Lap himself. See the Gold Rush towns and spot some dinosaurs, it has plenty of exhibits for the kids as well so they might learn a little something while on holidays. Take the 96 tram from Elizabeth Street (at the end of Burke Street Mall) to the Melbourne Museum Stop No. 12. http://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/
7. Another big attraction is the Melbourne Zoo, which is definitely a fun day out and if you’re lucky you might be able to get a spot to feed the adorable Meerkats. They have plenty to offer at the Zoo, in summer bring a rug and a picnic basket and bask in the sun like one of the big cats. Take the 55 tram from Burke Street to the Melbourne Zoo (Royal Park) Stop No. 25. http://www.zoo.org.au/
8. The Crown Casino is a great place to dine out with a number of great 4 and 5 star restaurants available to choose from. While there why not indulge in an oversized cocktail, ever want to drink out of a massive cocktail glass meant for 3?? There is much more then just gambling at this casino, the complex has cinemas, a games arcade and plenty of shops to keep you interested. The Crown is in Southbank so while you’re there take a stroll along the beautiful waterfront and admire the city in all its night time glory. As it’s so close to the CBD I suggest walking across the foot bridge from Flinders Street. http://www.crownmelbourne.com.au/
9. Melbourne is well known for its amazing architecture; everywhere you look you will find the old amongst the new. The city is full of crazy modern art, decadent old arcades and reminisces of what the gold rush left behind. Many a trip has been spent just walking the streets while looking up but you can also take the City Circle tram, this will do a circuit of the city including part of the Docklands. This tram will stop at many of the locations mentioned in this post so it’s practical as well as entertaining. You can’t miss the route no. 35 tram as it is done up in the vintage fashion of maroon and green with gold trimming and you will be able to catch it from specially marked stops around the city. It is free for everyone to ride, for more information about stops and operating times visit: http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/city-circle-tram-free-tourist-tram#.U9WEMT2BUoE.
10. Last but certainly not least is the Queen Victoria Markets located at the top end of the CBD on the corner of Victoria and Elizabeth Streets. You will be able to indulge in fresh culinary delights as well as shop for all sorts of knick knacks, clothes, electronics, accessories and much more. Take the 57 tram from Burke Street mall to Stop 9 Queen Victoria Markets or if it’s a nice day take a stroll. They are open Tuesdays and Thursday to Sunday, check out their website for opening hours http://www.qvm.com.au/.
For all travel on trams you will need a Myki card, you can pick one up from most 7/11’s in the Melbourne CBD. http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/
For more information about what to do in Melbourne visit: http://www.visitvictoria.com/.
Here’s another link for out-of-towners coming to Melbourne for PAXAus later this year. I’ve been meaning to visit Whiskey & Alement.
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"I DIDN’T ASK FOR YOUR OPINION" is another super good one.
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Kids don’t know that.