Lives in Sydney, Australia
Since Jun 2008
50-64 year old female
I love to travel, to experience the culture of the country I am in, try different food, meet different people. I try and steer away from touristy places and never travel on organized tours. Travel is such a wonderful thing and everyone should try to experience going out of their comfort zone to somewhere really different to their own country.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Gardens
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
History Museums, Architectural Buildings
Hellenic Republic is a great place for group dining and for families.The menus are designed to be shared so you can try a few different things. I found the prices quite good not to expensive. Its a friendly happy bright place with excellent food, good for families or groups. They usually roast something on the spit barbecue outside, so be sure to try whatever they are cooking on the day.
This is a beautiful zoo and a must see experience whilst in Melbourne. Lots to see , wonderful animals, friendly staff beautiful gardens and picnic areas..There are lots of animals to see including Monkeys, tigers, lions, elephants, snakes, kangaroos and many more, we loved the meerkats their enclosure is fantastic! The elephant enclosure is really good too!
If you want authentic Lebanese food then you must try Abla's. Abla now in her 70's still regularly cooks at the restaurant with other lebanese ladies and regularly comes out into the restaurant to talk to everyone.With Abla in the kitchen and other members of the family working in the restaurant you feel like you are dining at a family home. Everything we tasted was delicious. Finish off your meal with wonderful baklava and coffee, just perfect.
This Koko Black is in a wonderful position in the Royal Arcade right in the city. Only tiny and it has a real European feel about it. Lots of wonderful things on the menu for any chocaholic. Look in the window and watch the chocolatier making the chocolate. Go there and buy some chocolate to try, it is delicious. Stop there for a coffee and a chocolate! They do beautiful iced drinks served in cocktail glasses that look fantastic and taste good but very rich! The arcade is a bit touristy but its worth a look if you are in the city.. The service is pretty good and the staff are friendly.
This tram is great for tourists as it gives detailed descriptions about the places and attractions nearby each stop.The tram covers all the major places in city and it is free so it is a great way to see the city. Hop on relax and enjoy the view. You can get off where you like and go around as many times as you like. Not many things are free these days!
I love these gardens, very beautiful and close to the city. You could spend all day here.There is a very good cafe in the gardens, grab an ice cream and sit on the grass. Beautiful spot in central Melbourne for walking and enjoying the gardens, a great place to spend a few quiet hours. It is a quiet relaxing place and is ideal for a picnic. The gardens are very picturesque. .In the summer months there are plays and exhibitions.
The East end of Collins street has been called "Paris End" as it is full of designer boutiques, in heritage buildings, five-star hotels, private clubs and exclusive jewellers. You will find, Chanel, Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton alongside some hip Melbourne designers.Its great just to window shop! There are lots of little hidden bars on Collins and Little Collins like Hairy Canary, Gin Palace, Mamasita and the famous Pony Bar. There are lots of cafes if you want to eat or enjoy a coffee.Collins Street is serviced by Melbourne’s famous tram network and has easy access from three nearby train stations
Whenever we visit Melbourne we always go to the National Museum. Not only does it have exhibitions showing that quite often are not shown anywhere else in Australia, there is a wonderful restaurant there called Sculpture Garden Restaurant which overlooks the scuplture garden. The food is superb. You can park at the gallery and it is right near the Botanical Gardens if you feel like a nice walk. If you are staying in the city rhis is a short walk from the cbd, or catch a tram/ Highly recommend
Alway go here when we are in Melbourne. Has a great modern art gallery and the moving image theatre. Lots of lovely shops showcasing Melbourne designers and many good cafes. Very close to the city. Sometimes there is free entertainment in the outdoor areas You can walk to the botanic gardens from here. Parking is available and if you are staying in the cbd it is only a short walk to the square. Always buzzing with lots happening and lots of people about.
We always go here when in Melbourne. You pick out what you want from the glass cabinets (they do lots of paninis and toasted sandwiches, pasta, salads, eggs cooked to order) then line up and order, and you must try the coffee. The food is pretty average, but if you want a yummy cake or pastry and coffee this is the place. Delicious gelato too and chocolates. Love the new premises. Lots of families go here.Its a noisy happy place. There is a very good cinema nearby, we sometimes see a movie then have a coffee and cake at Brunettis. Lots of parking and also easy to get there by tram from the city.
Like you have stepped back in time to early Melbourne. Very Italian vibe, fantastic coffee, sit at the bar and eat spaghetti .Pellegrini’s is quite a small restaurant and its always busy. The main form of seating available is bar seating, with some benches out the back. Always smells good when you walk in like pasta and coffee. The walls are decorated with old pictures, making it feel very homely and like it was back in the 1950's. I recommend trying The Spaghetti Bolognaise as this is one of Pellegrini’s best dishes. Although the dishes are simple traditional dishes, I love this place, it never changes and has a great atmosphere. .
The Old Melbourne Gaol is a very interesting place full of history and you can imagine the criminals who passed through here over the years. The death masks and the original gallows which killed Ned Kelly and others are on display as well as a history of capital punishment in Victoria. I found it a bit creepy seeing the masks. Well worth a visi
Melbournes Cooks' Cottage is worth a visit. Learn all about Captain James Cook's life, his amazing voyages and his tragic death, in the Discovery Centre, including the legacy he left for future generations. Interesting to walk through the house There is a beautiful English cottage garden which is a very close walk from the city.
Well I am from Sydney and it does not compare to our beautiful harbour, however there are some pretty spots to sit and have a picnic, and The Botanic Gardens are just nearby. You can take a boat trip along the river too and enjoy a different view of the city. The best thing about the Yarra River is its picturesque walks. Once you are away from the city and walk through King's Domain, you can walk for kilometres along the banks of the river without any sense of being in a great city.There is a lot of parkland on either side of the river . Good for joggers and walkers
This is a beautiful building, verylarge, with magnificent painted dome ceilings. Set in wonderful gardens.They often have exhibitions here and there is a flower show held here every year.The grounds and building are very beautiful .The ceilings are remarkable! This is a wonderful example of 19th century architecture..Very close to the city and an easy walk from the CBD. Nice to sit in the peaceful gardens and look back at the bustling city.
Beautiful old arcade, worth going to it just to look at the lovely architecture. Lots of shops and little cafes. Some of the shops are quite expensive. Haighs chocolates has a beautiful shop in the arcade, so pop in and try some chocolates. Right in the CBD easy to get to.
Very vibrant busy street, lots of shops and cafes. Many italian restaurants and cafes, they aren't that great! I prefer the end where the Nova cinema is and Brunettis. There is a good bookshop across the road. It is worth wandering along Lygon street to look in the food shops, I especially like one which sells french food. Close to the city. Catch a tram if you don't feel like the walk.
This is a great place to visit if you are in Melbourne. The admission is free. You can take the free City Circle Tram because it stops right in front of the Old Treasury Building on Spring St. There is lots of information on the gold fields, the history of Chinese in Australia, early criminals, along with a special exhibit on "Melbourne Panorama" There are two floors of exhibits, portraits, displays, and photos to view. Our daughter had her wedding ceremony in the Margaret Craig room at the Treasury. ,The room was decorated with beautiful flowers and it was a very lovely intimate wedding. Afterwards we had wonderful photos taken on the steps outside and in the beautiful Treasury gardens nearby.
The Polly Woodside is located in the heart of Melbourne's South Wharf area and is a reminder of Australia's rich maritime history. Very close to the CBD and easy to get to. You are able to take a guided tour of the ship, including below the decks, view artefacts in the interactive gallery and watch a fascinating short film about life on board the ship. This wonderful tall ship is worth a visit. We took our grandson to see a childrens play about Caribbean Pirates. This exciting hour-long show is performed on shore and on the decks of the Polly Woodside itself and there are lots of swordfights and songs, wonderful for kids and adults too!
About 5km from the centre of Melbourne, the farm is near the Yarra river and set on beautiful acres with lots of pretty grassy paddocks, gardens, shade trees and fruit trees. You can milk a cow and bottle feed baby lambs, feed the animal, get up close to sheep and goats, guinea pigs,ducks, chooks, the kids will love it! There are lots of lovely spots to sit and relax under a shady tree