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Five must -go-and-see in Melbourne?

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1. Posted by Michaelwan (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

I will stay at Melbourne in mid April for 8 days, including 3 days at Great Ocean Rd.

1) Could you please name your five favourite places in Melbourne?
2) Do I need to hire a car?

Thanks ahead. I appreciate your viewpoints.:)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Royal Park and the zoo
  • Federation Square and Southbank
  • St. Kilda

Actually, as far as I was concerned, Melbourne didn't really have anything that was must-see (unlike Sydney). Rather, it is the overall feel of the place that makes the attraction.

Car hire is definitely not needed in Melbourne itself, public transport is excellent and dirt-cheap (plus, you'd have to learn about the dreaded hook-turns, which you want to avoid as much as possible), but highly recommended for doing the Great Ocean Road, so you can do this by yourself at your own speed, rather than with a packed tour.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

Oh gah, I still haven't fixed that bug where if you place the first list-item on the same line as the

  • list

  • Lygon Street
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Royal Park and the zoo
  • Federation Square and Southbank
  • St. Kilda
4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

And once more, because I'm stupid and wrote the list tag with square brackets. :)

Quoting Sander

Oh gah, I still haven't fixed that bug where if you place the first list-item on the same line as the "list" tag, it doesn't show it. The full list was:

  • Lygon Street
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Royal Park and the zoo
  • Federation Square and Southbank
  • St. Kilda

5. Posted by teenytiny (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi,
I adore Melbourne, but it depends on what you enjoy, because Melb has everything. I love the food side, so this is my list:

- The Botanical Gardens (perhaps visit Queen Vic or Prahran Market for some cheeses, etc, have a picnic)
- Brunswick St
- Smith St (cafe called Gluttony for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert dessert dessert)
- Queen Vic or Prahran market

Also, depending on when you're going:

- Skiing slopes in the winter
- Great Ocean Rd in the summer (far too cold for winter!), drive along the coast on the way out, for the return trip go inland.

- If you have time, visit Melbourne Uni, perhaps before lunch on Lygon St?

6. Posted by moguzhan (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

1) The City , Federation Square, Arts Centre, Bourke St Mall (shops)
2) The botanical gardens and shrine of remembrance for photos
3) Lygon St, Carlton for the italian food
4) Sydney Road, a massive strip of shops that goes all the way into 2 suburbs. Mainly cosmopolitan and ethnic foods
5) Brunswick St, Fitzroy Cosmopolitan trendy (arty farty) shop strips and pubs/clubs
6) Smith St, Fitzroy (Factory Outlets eg: adidas, nike etc)
7) St Kilda, Hip and trendy, Luna Park, the beach etc pubs/clubs
8) Chapel St, Prahran, the place to be seen, designer labels pubs/clubs
9) your hotel room, for peace and quiet time.

7. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

It might not interest you Michael, but for any British people who were of that age in the late 80s early 90s and have a sense of humour...I SO recommend the Neighbours tour!

People will laugh, but when I was 10 it was my dream to walk down Ramsey Street! To be honest, it was one of the highlights of the whole country, and its not just me, loads of other people I met loved it too!!!!

And I didn't even need Jim'll Fix It to get there!

8. Posted by moutallica (Respected Member 122 posts) 10y

Quoting Sander

Actually, as far as I was concerned, Melbourne didn't really have anything that was must-see (unlike Sydney). Rather, it is the overall feel of the place that makes the attraction.

That is so true. Just hang out, have a coffee and enjoy the day and you'll experience melbourne.

However, one thing I would recomend is going to watch an Aussie Rules Football game. The rules are fairly easy to understand and if you're having any trouble, some local will gladly help you understand. It's great fun, and don't forget to get a pie and some beer .

9. Posted by cheezer (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

This post might be late but can still be used for future reference. I love Melbourne and the places I think is a must are:

1) St Kilda (lovely cafes all over)
2) Sovereign Hill (outdoor museum, try your panning for gold)
3) Penguine Island (go during winter to catch more of those tiny little birds)
4) Lygon Street (great italian food)
5) Mount Dandenong (for more fun, take the Puffing Billy up to Emerald Lake...you can bring some food up for BBQ. All BBQ pits are electricity operated...just grab an available one)
6) Crown Casino (go into the Casino with your passport, get a membership card and you can enjoy discounts at most shops in the tower...what's more, you get to keep the card as a souvenir and there's 200 free pokie points inside if I didn't remember wrongly)
7) Queen Victoria Market (take the maroon tram, it's free...try the night market on Weds)
8) Richmond (warehouses of all sorts)
9) Southland Shopping Centre (2 - 3 times bigger than Chadstone shopping centre)
10) Chadstone shopping centre (about the size of 3 football fields)
11) Boxhill (delicious asian cuisine)

Sorry, can't keep to 5!!!

10. Posted by cheezer (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Sorry...me again, missed out the car hire part. There are lots of car hires in the city if you want. Try to compare prices first. But please note that if you drive in Melbourne City, you need to know how to do the hook-turn. Surprisingly, it only happens in the city (perhaps to facilitate the trams). Once you're out of the city, it'll be normal driving.