The Victorian capital of Melbourne is a sports mad city with a unique way of life only truly found by spending some time living and breathing in this large and prosperous city. It is the cultural capital of Australia, carving its own mark on the way of life in Australia today. Melbourne is set out a lot like London. Small Villages brought together by urbanisation with each area adding its own touch into what makes Melbourne today. The above ground tram lines are a substitute to London’s tube network allowing commuters to travel to all corners of Melbourne, and Melbourne has a lot of corners to offer. If it can’t be reached by trams, the trains from the heritage listed building of Flinders St Station or the modern design of Southern Cross Station.
Another similarity between the two cities is the extensive offerings of live music. Both cities have been the home to world renowned bands and for surely have some influence of some of the greatest songs.
Not only on Friday and Saturday Nights can you find live music blaring out of local pubs, all nights of the week, across all suburbs, you will find some live music to satisfy those hungry ear drums.
There is a large white hotel in St Kilda, known as the Espy. It has over 5 stages and is constantly pumping out the tunes. Another great option for a smaller gig is the Corner Hotel in Carlton.
Every city has some kind of public transport, for London it is the underground, for New York, the Subway, for Paris, the Metro, but for Melbourne, it is the tram. This vast network is the easiest way of travelling around. Head to the public transport website to get all the latest info. There are a couple of unique trams wheeling through the city. The first is the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant – Dinner starts from $80 for a 3 course meal. There are four sittings a day for you to choose from. The second unique tram experience is the city circle tram – Route 35 offers a free ride around the CBD. It’s a great way to get from one side to another.
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Fish n Chips at St Kilda
Get take away fish n chips from St Kilda, head down the pier around dusk and watch the little penguins and water rats come in to their nests. This is the cheaper option for those on a budget compared to heading out to the Mornington Peninsular.
This free museum showcases Australian moving imagery and how it has evolved over time. It includes hands on activities and highlights the cinematic accomplishments that have shaped Australia today.
Crown Casino Fire Display
Each day from 9 pm and on the hour until midnight, the Crown Casino has a fire display. Careful no to get too close, the flames can get quite warm. The best view is from the balcony of the Groove Live bar in the Crown Casino complex.
Nestled in the city centre, this little laneway is the home to cafes, street art and funky little stores. Get yourself down to Flinders Station and you will be able to see it across the road.
Jocks Ice cream
Everybody loves ice cream and everybody will love Jock’s ice cream. Sourced from local produce and made on site. This truly is the best ice cream in the world. One of the walls is covered from floor to ceiling with multiple awards which are well deserved.
This bar on Brunswick St in Fitzroy serves cheap gourmet pizzas and a delicious beer. The best thing about the pizza is it won’t break the bank account. For only $4 at certain times (check out the times by clicking here), the pizza is topped with the right amount of toppings not to overload your tastebuds or leave you wondering if the waitress picked them off. Great with a schooner of beer from their brewery!
Watch the buskers, watch the big screen, watch the people, meet new friends, home of the information centre and it’s a transport hub of the city. But, if you don’t need to do any of the previous, check out the architecture. It will blow your mind.
A twenty minute journey by train will lead you to the infamous Brighton Beach. Home to the beach shacks that sit above the high tide mark, the million dollar views of the harbour will give you the escape from the high rises you are looking for. Take your camera for some good shots.
AFL match at the MCG
The MCG is home to not only cricket, but AFL as well. This sports mad city flocks to the MCG on the weekends like seagulls to chips. Why not join them and dazzle in the spectacular of what makes the MCG one of the best sporting venues in the world.
If you are arriving by plane and want to get to the city quickly, jump on the Skybus and for only $18, you will be dropped off at Southern Cross Station.
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