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things to do and see in MEL

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1. Posted by scotty85 (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

hi im visiting my uncle in mel after iv been to sydney, ill be there for around dec time, ne tips on where to go whats to do and see??
also what will the weather be like then? hot?

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 10y

The weather will probably be hot, but Melbourne is known for having 4 seasons in one day so it can be very changeable there. I was in Melbourne late November/early December one year and some of the time it was 40 celcius consistently for a few days, and then suddenly went down to the mid-20's for a few days!

Some things in Melbourne
- Rialto Tower (observation deck)
- Crown Casino (and along that river bank)
- Free city circle tram (brown tram, has a recorded information system as you go round the city loop)
- Melbourne Old Gaol
- Fitzroy Gardens (nice park area, also has Captain Cooks cottage which was imported from Yorkshire, England)
- Cafe life in the city (Melbourne is more "European" in feel to Sydney)
- Whatever sports events will be on then - Melbourne is very active in sports
- Just explore on the trams! Get a day ticket. Albert Park in South Melbourne is nice too.

Some things around Melbourne
- Great Ocean Road (day trip - take a tour!)
- Philip Island (day trip - see the penguins in their natural habitat!)
- Ballarat (a bit further afield, was a goldmining town and has a replica town set-up called Sovereign Hill)

3. Posted by scotty85 (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

cheers that sounds great!
and for nightlife and things?
us scottish like a good night out.

4. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 10y

Hey Scott -

You won't be lacking for entertainment in the wee hours in Melbourne - whatever you're into.

Some good pubs if you like live music include;
The Prince of Wales and the Esplanade in St Kilda
The Corner Hotel in Richmond
The Tote, the Nightcat and the Empress in Fitzroy
The Northcote Social Club in Northcote
The East Brunswick Club and the Retreat in Brunswick
(Most have websites where you can check out the upcoming band roster and, in some cases, purchase tickets)

There's a range of really cool bars in the city and surrounding suburbs, including Cookie on Swanston Street and St Jeromes (two bars that never fail to impress my international buddies) - check out for more info on good watering holes.

There's a range of cool theatre and stuff in the inner city too - check out Beat Magazine and/or Inpress (free street papers that tell you whats happening around town, released every Wednesday and available in many cafes/bars/shops around the inner city).

And don't forget the sunscreen - it will get really hot come December/January!!

5. Posted by rockett (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Go to the Visitor Info centre first of all in Federation get all maps, timetables, whats on, where to go, etc..

6. Posted by ciaobella (Budding Member 43 posts) 10y

i would suggest going to St kilda on the tram- its not that far away- from memory about 1/2 an hour. Its surrounded by water and the Luna Park ammusement park is also there if youre up for that! Along acland st there is lots of yummy bakeries and food places! The cakes and pasteries in the window make your mouth water!
You can also go to the Art centre and art gallery or visit the botanic gardens.
I was there maybe nearly 2 years ago in late jan/early feb and it was like winter weather there! I had packed quite a fair bit or summer clothes and got there and it was like 15 degrees outside and i had only 2 pairs on pants to wear! It wasnt good! I think i got to wear a tshirt one day! So pack in layers or a mixture of everything!
Hope that helps you!