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1. Posted by katevitt (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

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Hi guys,
I'm heading to Melbourne in a few days and am wondering if anyone has some suggestions on places to stay, things to see, restaurants etc...

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Try the St Kilda area for entertainment

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5846 posts) 11y

You're coming at a good time Kate. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is currently on the go, one of the three largest in the world and a fantastic time to be around. You can go check out the town hall for a list of comedians to go see.

For accommodation, the hostels I most hear recommended are Greenhouse Backpackers on Flinders Lane, The Nunnery in Fitzroy and the new(ish) Base Backpackers in St Kilda. I'm sure there's other excellent choices as well though. I haven't stayed in any accommodation in Melbourne, so I only base this on hear-say. All areas are excellent to be in, although entirely distinct.

Be sure to wander the laneways of the city, go visit the Victoria Market (go to the Bratwurst stand for lunch), stroll through the Botanic Gardens, go to the National Gallery of Victoria (both on St Kilda Rd and at Federation Square) and drink lots of excellent coffee and taste the delights of the numerous world-class restarauts the city has to offer. That to me is Melbourne in a nutshell :)

Do you have any specific interests?


4. Posted by katevitt (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Thanks, Peter! I'll check out those places and am excited about the comedy festival. I heard there's some good live music in Melbourne. If you have any suggestions in that department, I'd appreciate it!
Thanks again!

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5846 posts) 11y

Ah, for live music, be sure to pick up a copy of InPress when you get here. It is a free street magazine that comes out every Wednesday and should be available at most good music stores. It lists everything on around the placa and there certainly is plenty of it! Or you could get Friday's Age newspaper, which includes EG (Entertainment Guide), also listing most gigs in Melbourne.

Or you could just walk down a street like Brunswick Street in Fitzroy on any night and see what bands are playing at the various pubs along the way.

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4893 posts) 11y

Quoting katevitt

I heard there's some good live music in Melbourne. If you have any suggestions in that department, I'd appreciate it!

Will you be here on Friday? Wendy Rule (music samples) will be playing in the East Brunswick Hotel on Lygon Street (at the corner of Albert Street). Highly recommended (if you like beautiful eclectic alternative mythical singer-songwriter music).

7. Posted by Emilita (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Not sure what your budget is but whenever I go to Melbourne, I stay at the Holiday Inn on Flinders. It's a lovely hotel with a great location.

For restaurants, there is a great selection at the Crown Casino complex and all the way along South Bank...there's a great atmosphere there too.

If you want shopping, you could try Bridge Road where there is a lot of outlet-type shopping.

8. Posted by katevitt (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Thanks for all the great advice! I will definitely pick up a copy of In Press and with others with music listings. I always love outlet shopping too---it's the fitting everything I buy into the already stuffed backpack that presents the problem! I'll check Wendy Rule. Thank so much for the suggestions!

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Just wondering what the weather is generally like in Melbourne in March/April/May?


10. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

I've stayed at the Nunnery in Fitzroy. One of the nicest hostels I've stayed in. A great location, lovely decor, friendly, freebies, and nice and close to Brunswick St for great live music, cafes etc. It's got real character unlike some other hostels.

in Melbourne when I was there - Feb, Mar, Apr last year was getting cooler by Apr but still pleasant - good weather for being in the city.