Lives in Melbourne
Since Feb 2009
65+ year old male
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Flea & Street Markets
Neighbourhoods, Flea & Street Markets
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Gift & Speciality Shops
Arenas & Stadiums, Speciality Museums
Observation Decks & Towers
It clunks, it rattles, it wheezes and hisses, it's historic and reminds me of the olden times of my youth. Get your bearings and spot the places you want to check out. Quaint and romantic way of circumnavigating the city. Free service all day.
Some of the best coffee in the world is served in Melbourne, but not the wishy washy stuff of North America. Italian immigrants created both a demand and supply for quality coffee. Add cheap and cheerful cuisine at Pelligrini's, watch locals drift in and out and dwell in a famous institution
The biggest and best gallery in Australia with 2 campuses near to the city. The NGV in St Kilda Rd is international and the Ian Potter Gallery in Flinders St is devoted to Australian and indigenous art.
Quintessential China Town. People flock to the many restaurants, museums and shops along Little Bourke St because it has character, history, value, vibrancy and colour. Convenient for easy eating and access to many other places.
One of many grand theatres staging larger scale productions. Comfortable, gracious and well run.
An alternative to Her Majesty's or the Regent Theatre for large scale events. Comfortable, gracious and well run.
It was once said that the 3 best zoos in the world were in Santiago, Singapore and Melbourne. Others may now have raised their standards, but this one is still a gem. A short tram ride from the city through pleasant parks. Butterflies, lovely grounds, interesting animals and great animal welfare.
"A vibrant place for students and researchers". A wonderful piece of architecture, particularly upstairs in the Latrobe Reading Room. Head out the back to find elevators and stairs that will take you to the top of the dome for great views and access to interesting displays. Don't forget the art work illustrating the history of Melbourne.
"One of the world's great markets" Locals love it. Tourists love it. Whether you want to eat food, drink in the sights or participate in fairs and opera, this place has character, quality and charm
Linger longer for a lovely time. A stroll, a coffee, a lunch, some shopping, people watching, atmosphere plus. Surrounded by great activity, accessible to all, blessed by great food outlets, quirky shops and interesting architecture
"Paint the town whatever colour you like!" Official Graffiti spread across several lane-ways and constantly changing. Love it or loathe it? See it and then make up your mind. We love the vibrancy, the rebelliousness, the creativity, the added excitement and the spirit that captures the soul with a wander and wonder through quaint laneways and and every changing streetscape
3 minutes to take you back in time. Always worth a detour to wander back in time, experiencing past glories and exquisite shops. Sigh! And check out the Hopetoun Tea Rooms where grannies used to pitch woo with their beaus centuries ago.
Who does not like chocolate? Feast for the soul and an exquisite setting to nibble some delights.
"Exquisite" personified. A legacy restaurant with tradition and history showing up in the sublime setting.This is fine dining at its best, the tables, the atmosphere. The staff hovering to ensure you glass is full and you have everything you need. A little pricey but you could not fault the experience. This is not a hit and miss place, they get it right. For a very special night out and the stamp of what fine dining is like in Melbourne.
"The grass is greener" How many great cities boast superb park lands within a stroll of the central business district? Great vistas, lovely relaxing areas to while away the weary times, romantic secluded spots, steep lawns for kids to do rolly polly, ducks and swans in the pond, kiosks, and a supremely good array of botanic wonders.
"History being made all the time". Any week you can hear the same throaty crowds that have graced excellent sporting events since the 1800s. Easy to get caught up in whatever event is on.
"Stand tall and look around" On our trip, it was a family day - 8 pax roaming the streets of Melbourne - our own town - doing what good tourists all ways do; look, listen, learn. And there is so much to see and admire from on high. So much to guess about where things are located. So many places to see where great things happened - the birth of Test Cricket, the paddock where Aussie Rules was first played, the annual battle for the Australian Open tennis championship, the massive Seekers concert, the inauguration of the First Parliament of Australia, Olympic games venues, landing of immigrants ready for a New World start to life...it goes on and on. Day or Night; but dusk is best to get the change in character of a great city
"It's what we do and who we are". Celebrations, meanderings, food and libations abound. It's quirky, loved by many and not so by many others, but you cannot fail to have an opinion. And people still flock there when we locals want to share something together.
The centre for Australian art, including indigenous art. Part of the National Gallery of Victoria and sister to the international collection a few hundred meters away. Well curated, easy bites of culture so you do not have to be overwhelmed in one visit, interesting modern architecture, a great sop and easy access to many other places.
The Comedy Festival is one of the joys of living in Melbourne along with a variety of superb dining options. Last night we combined both with Supernormal providing the casual dining between laughs. Casual dining means Asian style tapas, no booking, sharing plates and modern setting. You can read any of the other reviews to get amplification of the facts along with abundant superlatives. Let me just add mine; sublime food, fantastic flavour matching, universally friendly and informed staff, a most interesting choice of dishes, fascinating wine list..... Gosh, I really need a thesaurus to do justice to this place. Casual dining does not mean anything is dumbed down; quite the opposite and it involves a pretty penny that is well worth it for the total package of delights and experiences.