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1. Posted by Madelen (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

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I'm going to Melbourne in August and I will stay there for two weeks. I'm going to stay at a friends place in Diamond Creek. Probably he will have suggestions too but I'm also wondering if there are any things you who live or have been there think that I shouldn't miss while I'm there.
Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by Quercus (Full Member 76 posts) 11y

It all depends on what you like.....and I'm no expert, but...
You might want to soak up in the Melbourne cafe culture in Acland or Fitzroy streets in St Kilda or Brunswick St Fitzroy.

I enjoy the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Museum.

There are a number of pubs that do live music or you could go to Dizzy's Jazz club in Richmond or Bennett's Lane in Melbourne.

If, like me, you're into natural landscapes you will enjoy Diamond Creek (it is on the outskirts of Melbourne's suburbs and is reasonably vegetated) and might want to visit the Grampians (especially for the springtime flowers in September - November), Great Ocean Road (for the coastal landforms), Dandenongs/Yarra Valley (mountains and wineries) and Healesville Sanctuary (a zoo that specialises in Australian animals).

Melbourne is a multicultural city and if you want to really experience I would eat food from around the world. Vietnamese is dominant in Victoria St Richmond, Italian in Lygon St Carlton, Greek and Middle Eastern in Brunswick... Bridge Road Richmond has a great variety of food from many places - Burmese House is a favourite of mine. Also, there are 4 cake shops in Acland St (basically all next to each other) that are fantastic. You could even visit the Immigration Museum.

If history is your thing, you could take a tour of Parliament House, visit the old Exhibition Building or take a walking tour of the city. Apparently, Melbourne has the best examples of Victorian architecture, outside of London.

Melbourne has many botanic gardens, and if they are your thing and the weather is right, you could wander around, take a tour or bring a could even take a cruise on the Yarra or hire a boat or canoe from the boat sheds in Fairfield...

If you like shopping, you could check our Queen Victoria market, Fitzroy, Collingwood, Richmond...

Melburnians in general, myself excluded, are sport-mad. If you're interested you might want to watch a game of AFL..

I would say that Melbourne, unlike Sydney, doesn't have a lot of world renonwned landmarks or 'must-sees'...what makes Melburnians proud is the atmosphere and 'livability' of Melbourne - the great variety of food, relaxed pace, beautiful environment, cafes, museums....

3. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 11y

Being a Melbournian myself I would definately have to agree with all the things Quercus suggests.

A few other things you might want to consider....

'Puffing Billy' - an old restored steam train that winds its way slowly through the gorgeous forests of the Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Gembrook. You can easily get to Puffing Billy by taking the train from Flinders Street Station to Belgrave, and it's a lovely day trip to do.

'Belgian Beer Cafe' - hoping that by August the weather is starting to fine up... on your trip down to St Kilda and Akland Street, make sure you drop in for a brew at the Belgian Beer Cafe on St Kilda Road. They have a great outdoor beer garden and fantastic cold brews on tap including a blonde Leff.

The 'Old Melbourne Gaol' is also worth a visit and if you are after something a little differrent you can organise to stay the night in one of the cells (with modern ammenities of course!) - dpn't worry they no longer house prisoners here, but it was the last place the famous bush ranger 'Ned Kelly' was imprisoned.

Of course there is simply LOADs to do on day / o'night trips from Melbourne, but it all depends on the time you have available... Hope you enjoy!

4. Posted by Deleted28 (inactive 90 posts) 11y

Sport is the best in Melbourne. There's the Melbourne Cup horse race every year and the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Australian Rules Football played. Melbourne is the headquarters of Aussie Rules. Its the most popular sport in Australia. Its great fun to go and enjoy the atmosphere of the crowd at the footy. Men women and children everyone loves it. In summer theres the international cricket to watch.

5. Posted by Deleted28 (inactive 90 posts) 11y

Quoting KoalaGirl

The 'Old Melbourne Gaol' is also worth a visit and if you are after something a little differrent you can organise to stay the night in one of the cells (with modern ammenities of course!) - dpn't worry they no longer house prisoners here, but it was the last place the famous bush ranger 'Ned Kelly' was imprisoned.

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6. Posted by Madelen (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Thanks for all of your suggestions! I didn't expect this many replys this quickly! Much of the things you say sounds really interesting. Maybe in the end I will have more problems finding time to do all the things I want to do - but that's how things usually goes I gues...
I saw some pictures from the Great Ocean Road and it really seems fantastic. I also read something about shipwrecks there, but maybe they are under water then? I think I will get dragged to a fotball or cricket game wether I like to or not... But it's usually fun when people around are all enthustiatic.
Maybe I should try the prison cells also.. The Gaol! I did go to some dungeons in Edinburgh and that was really fun.
Once again, thanks for all your ideas. If you have any more I'd be happy to hear those too!

7. Posted by Deleted28 (inactive 90 posts) 11y

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8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

There's a Great Zoo in Melbourne (one of my favorites zoos, along with San Diego & Singapore). They even had a pair of beautiful Snow Leopards when I was there. It's definitely worth a visit.

9. Posted by ella13 (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

if you are interested in live bands there are a couple of good places to go at night - brunswick st is excellent and has lots of local bands. Most nights you will find something on there. It is almost always alive.
Also The Espy in St Kilda is on the Esplanade and Saturday night there is usually someone good and you are near the beach.