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what's a must see in melbourne?

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1. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member, 284 posts) 3 Jul '05 22:24

hi,

me and a friend are thinking of heading to melbourne at the end of the year, and i was just wondering what everyone thought were the must see attractions. yes, i am a bit ashamed to admit that i'm an australian whose never been to melbourne!!

also, has anyone driven from melbourne to sydney, or does anyone have any suggestions on whether the coastal or inland route would be more interesting? again, an indiviudal thing but i'd appreciate any comments.

thanks in advance,
cheers,

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru, 1556 posts) 5 Jul '05 09:17

I really liked the Zoo in Melborne. It's one of the nicest I've visited anywhere in the World. It's the only place I've ever seen Snow Leopards, they had 2 beautiful, full grow ones there. It's a nice set-up for the animals and visitors.

3. Posted by jem21 (Full Member, 31 posts) 11 Jul '05 03:42

Melbournes a great place, u could do a day trip to Philip island or go there for a couple of days and see the penquin parade which is very cute.

shopping in Chapel street, Bridge street or st.kilda is always fun, also lots of nice places to eat everywhere.

Healesville sancatary near the Dandenongs is really nice also the Puffing Billy railway is near there, i didnt go on that but it meant to be fun.

Williamstown in Melbourne is lovely, very nice cafes/bars there and nice beach too

Always somthing going on at Fed Square in the centre too.

Yarra Valley vineyards are worth a visit very very nice wine tasting too.

depends what u want from Melbourne but there is plenty for everyone there. its chilled out yet theres always party too.

4. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member, 181 posts) 11 Jul '05 03:58

The bars and cafes on and around Brunswick Street are great. There's a really healthy live music scene and some nice, old (for australia) buildings.

You've never seen so many retro 1950's and 60's sofas in one place!

The shopping's pretty good around here as well, especially if you're into the whole retro style thing

5. Posted by jadeeagle (Budding Member, 6 posts) 12 Jul '05 02:32

Been to Melbourne twice. First time was about 16 years ago, and my mother and I drove up from Melbourne to Sydney, from memory we went inland through the Snowy mountains. I can't remember much though, there's been a bit of travelling in between then and now. Sorry, not much help on that one. It's probably down to personal choice - whether you like coastal or inland scenery.

Last time I went, about five years ago, again with my mother on business, we tossed a coin for our free day over whether to go on a winery tour (my pick), or the Great Ocean Road tour (my mother's pick). The Great Ocean Road won, and I have to say it was worth it. A must do. The commentary on the bus tour was worth it alone.

The second must do recommendation is the tram restaurant. It's quite a unique experience, driving round on a tram and getting served your dinner. Make sure you wave to the locals when you pull up beside them at the traffic lights! They usually don't know how to react, which causes a great laugh all around.

It's also great just to travel around on the normal trams, or there's a tourist tram that does a circuit of all the sites, well worth it cos you can get around quite an area and hop on and off where you want.

St Kilda for dinner is good too.

And a cruise on the Yarra. The fairy tree and Lilliput village in the gardens (Fitzroy Gardens I think). And, last, but by no means least, the shopping...

6. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5459 posts) 12 Jul '05 05:58

I would say the Victoria Market for starters, then a wander down the laneways starting at Degraves Street opposite Flinders Street station. There's so many nice places to have coffee / lunch that you could quite simply spend your time eating the days away. Lygon Street, Carlton is the popular Italian eating area. Brunswick Street is kind of retro as suggested. Victoria Street, aka Little Saigon, in Richmond is good for Vietnamese. Chinatown stretches for a block or two downtown. Well, the list goes on and on. The Royal Botanical Gardens are very nice, the Zoo is good with a very nice new elephant enclosure, if you like art the two NGV buildings (Fed Sq and St Kilda Rd) are worth a visit. Well, that will probably do for now :)

Out of Melbourne, certainly the Great Ocean Road is a must see if you have a chance. I've never been disappointed and I've been about 5 times now. I've never heard of anyone who felt let down.

7. Posted by NiuMei84 (Full Member, 113 posts) 12 Jul '05 12:13

Oi there Soliqa

Oh cool,you're travelling to Melbourne.I spent two weeks there last year in january.I had a great time.

My favorite must sees are:
- St.Kilda
- St.Kilda-->a house which features a large glass mural of Baywatch star Pamela Anderson.Owned by a famous tv personality and former footballer John "Sam" Newman
- Melbourne Zoo
- Victoria markets

And the victoria area, there are places like Philip Islands,Torque,Hanging Rock (have you heard about this?)Etc.

I hope you enjoy your holiday!
Have a great time!

Cheers,Minna

8. Posted by iggy (Budding Member, 27 posts) 13 Jul '05 18:49

Don't forget the MCG for a footy game, to drink in the atomsphere. Everyone has covered what I would suggest to see in my home town. Take the coast road to Sydney, don't take the Hume, boring and too many trucks.