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PackitUp City Guide
1. Federation Squre & Flinders Station
2. State Library of Victoria
3. Eureka Skydeck
4. St. Kilda Beach & Luna Park
5. Melbourne Star Observatory Wheel
1. South Bank and Brighton Beach Promenade
2. Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne’s Style and Art
1. Hosier Lane
2. The Graffiti Chamber
3. National Gallery of Victoria
There are several places worth visiting in Melbourne. It is a home to an incredible array of restaurants, quirky bars, best coffee and beautiful promenades. This artsy city is suited to be discovered by bike (Melbourne City launched its bicycle scheme in 2010, making it super cycle-friendly), and is extremely photogenic.
While Australia can be awfully expensive, Melbourne is a super student-friendly city, with a lot of free activities, cheap priced eats, and a free tram zone!
While there are many off-the-wall places in Melbourne, it is a good idea to start with some of the iconic spots.
1. FEDERATION SQUARE AND FLINDERS STREET RAILWAY STATION
The building was completed in the beginning of the 20. century and is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, with the iconic 11 clocks. This remarklable area to visit is the oldest station in Australia, and what’s insane is that it is the busiest suburban railway station in the southern hemisphere.
2. THE STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA
Love reading? Melbourne has some beautiful libraries spread around the city. One of the most breathtaking ones is established in 1856, The State Library of Victoria. Beautiful inside-out, will take you on an architectural trip with the La Trobe Reading Room and flashy Dome Reading Room.
3. EUREKA SKYDECK
Eureka Tower is a 297m long skyscraper located in the Southbank. Built in 2006, it is a perfect spot for people who got a head for heights. The most thrilling part about it is the Edge, a glass box that stretches three metres out from the 88th floor of Eureka Tower. While many cities have their own skydecks, Melbourne makes the things a bit freaky with cracking glass sound effects designed to put you in a state of panic, just for the fun of it. Also, this is the best view of Melbourne you can get.
4. ST. KILDA BEACH AND LUNA PARK
St Kilda beach is a totally different type of vibe, far from rowdy CBD. You will most definitely enjoy the promenades, the pier and watching surfers catch a wave. There are several streets that allure you with their cafes, stores and old-school European cake shops. Go to Fitzroy Street is you like shopping and fancy restaurants, or pick Acland Street if you have a sweet tooth, as it is said to be a heaven for cake lovers. The obligatory spot is the Luna Park and its iconic grin at the entrance. Some of the ride you can enjoy there are carousels and scenic railway rollercoaster.
5. THE MELBOURNE STAR OBSERVATION WHEEL
Love a heart-stopping view? The Melbourne Star is the biggest observation wheel in the southern hemisphere, situated in the Waterfront City, the Docklands area of Melbourne. The 210 m high giant Ferris wheel has numerous nice restaurants and shopping stores around it.
Surprise! Located on the Little Bourke Street, this is the oldest Chinatown in the southern hemisphere. This vibrant part of town is an ethnic enclave filled with karaoke bars, little restaurants and stores. Worth visiting for the outlets and gourmet dessert places.
1. SOUTH BANK PROMENADE AND BRIGHTON BEACH
The Southbank Promenade, runs from Princes Bridge along to Queens Bridge Street and Queens Bridge.
The area is extremely lively and festive. The craft market can be found near the Arts Centre every Sunday. If you take pleasure from cycling, Beach Road is a very beloved cycling route, the tracks are following the coastline, awarding you with the astonishing view.
Brighton Beach should definitely be on the top of your bucket list of places to discover. The most popular beach in Victoria, that sometimes gives you “four seasons in one day”. Brighton has everything, from relaxing vibe and scenic views, to touristic and historic sites. You can have a game of golf or take a walk through the Art Trail, along which you can see the artworks of Australian artists who painted the Bayside coast.
Dendy Street Beach, just south of Middle Brighton, features 82 colourfully painted bathing boxes, which are one of the tourist icons of Melbourne.
In the night, when the Southgate lights are on, you can take a walk from the Birrarung Bridge and finish in Docklands.
2. ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
Escape the buzz of the city with quiet and exotic the Royal Botanic Gardens. Spread across 94 acres and with a collection of 10,000 plants calling this place home. There are tours, workshops and talks offered, making it a perfect place to revitalize the mind.
MELBOURNE’S STYLE AND ART
1. HOSIER LANE
The city is a ground for edgy graffiti, sculptures, and art installations. While you wander around the city, you might stumble across several mosaic artworks, made by Deborah Halpern, a famous sculptor.
The open-air gallery for street art, Hosier Lane, is the most celebrated laneway for street art. The pieces are often provocative, political and spiced with humor.
Just behind Hosier Lane, you can find Rutledge Lane, one of the hidden gems in Melbourne. Filled with awe-inspiring artwork, Rutledge Lane gives its best at night.
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2. THE GRAFFITI CHAMBER
For those who are fans of abandoned and spooky spots. Located under South Yarra and extremely hidden. It is an extensive storm drain network which you can access from the Yarra river, with walls splashed in graffiti.
3. NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
Designed by Sir Roy Grounds, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) holds a collection of more than 73,000 pieces of art. When you enter the Great Hall, you will see the world’s largest stained-glass ceiling.
Aside from its permanent collection, NGV also carries out exhibitions and special events. This year it exhibits works of American artist Alexander Calder, (approximately one hundred sculptural and pictorial compositions), and Darren Sylvester, Melbourne-based contemporary artist.
FOOD AND MARKETS
Markets in Melbourne are incredibly lively. Starting from Queen Victoria Market, where you can relish fresh products, hot food, souvenirs, and homewares. There’s also the Night Market every Wednesday between November and April, while clothing stalls dominate on Sundays. The ‘Vic Market’ is the largest open-air market in Australia and has more than 600 traders.
If you still do not have enough of art, Rose Street Artist Market will enable you to enjoy more of Melbourne’s creative vibe. Farmers Market at Abbotsford Convent or the Collingwood Children’s Farm are for those who miss the rural sensation, that is hard to find in such metropolis.
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If you like quirky, unique places, the Easey’s restaurant should be on the top of your list. Situated inside a railway carriages on top of the building gives a spectacular view to Collingwood, Fitzroy and the CBD.
You like eccentric dining experiences? Try Dinner in the Sky, the most hair-raising gourmet experience in the world, or dine in The Rocky Horror Picture Show inspired restaurant and the Australia’s longest running cabaret – Dracula’s. You will be served with a three course meal and an evening of cabaret, burlesque and entertainment.
Want something more mysterious? Purchase a ticket to Secret Foodies. The attendants get the location via text on the day of the event, which take place in several intriguing locations, from rooftops and laneways to warehouses. Melbourne will provide you with a culinary experience that cannot be compared to anything else.
Want something more price affordable? Melbourne offers plenty options to eat well without breaking the bank. Some of the most acknowledged are: Butcher’s dinner (24/7), Miznon (street food), Wild Life Bakery, and Dodee Paidang (Thai cuisine).
BARS AND CLUBS
Melbourne probably has more hidden bars than any other city. One of the most recognized by Melburnians is Bar Americano, a small bar that can fit maximum 10 people at the time. You want to feel like in a cartoon? Enter the Jungle Boy bar through the fridge door, or go to a laboratory-themed Croft Institute. There is also a secret rooftop! Yes, you read it right – Goldilocks is a secret rooftop bar above a Chinese restaurant.
If you love live music as much as Melbornians do, try self-proclaimed “best rock’n’roll bar in the world” – Cherry Bar. Located in the city’s ACDC Lane, the bar hosts rock stars and throws big after-parties. Free entrance on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.
Still thirsty for some more? How about learning about how your favourite brew is made? Aussie Brewery Tours can show you the breweries of the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, and the inner city. You can see how local beers and ciders are being made and get familiar with different stages of the brewing process.
As Melbourne is full of street art and music, it is not surprising that the city has over 382 venues for electronic music, that host interstate Australian and international touring DJs. Some of the most recommended clubs are:
Revolver Upstairs (one of Australia’s most respected nightclubs), multi-level Brown Alley (with supposedly the best sound system in the city), fantasy-themed New Guernica or musically diverse Boney.
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