Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city with a population of nearly 4 million people. It’s vibrant, musical and full of amazing street art!
♦ Victoria Market. Our first stop in Melbourne was Victoria Market and it was awesome. Like any and all markets around the world there’s a bargain be had here. If you’re looking for fruit, vegetables, street food, clothes or souvenirs then Vic market is your place. We just had a wonder around in awe of the hustle and bustle.
♦ China Town. Our main reason for heading here was to sample some recommended pork dumplings – which were amazing! We stuck to the main street and it’s an interesting little walk. Keep an eye out for the unique street art and definitely grab a tasty snack on route.
♦ Federation Square. Federation Square is a short trip on the tram from China Town – You can’t miss it! St Paul’s Cathedral is opposite (which is worth taking a look at) and the beautiful Flinders Street Station is next door.
Fed Square has a nice atmosphere – Head there if there is a big sports event on. The Australia Open was being aired live when we arrived and as a result there was a large crowd with deck chairs and drinks watching it on the huge screens outside its quirky buildings.
In addition to this you can find the Australian Centre of Moving Image (ACMI). We enjoyed the large interactive gallery here, which explains how film and television have progressed over the past 80 or so years.
♦ Queen Victoria Park. After Fed Square we visited the Queen Victoria Park where we had lunch. It’s a lovely calm place in the centre of town that feels like the countryside, a nice pit stop to recoup and plan the remainder of the day.
Be sure to check out local events being hosted in the park – There seemed to be heaps going on. We stumbled upon an Electronic day festival, which is apparently held there every Sunday over summer in 2017 as a family friendly place to hang out.
♦ Brunswick Street. We got to Brunswick in the evening to wind down after a busy day and absolutely loved it. There are plenty of cafes, pubs, restaurants, bars and clubs that are all completely unique. We picked a pub (out of many) with live music and chilled out with a couple of beers for the night. Be sure to check out some of the street art here too – It’s amazing!
♦ St Kilda. We only planned on spending the morning in St Kilda (as its very much like a English seaside town with a rickety old fairground) but ended up staying here for the whole day. It was an awesome place to hang out, with music, a sandy beach and the sea. There were heaps of reps around handing out flyers for activities in the city so its clear to see why St Kilda attracts so many backpackers – This place makes for a cool little stopover.
♦ Getting around the city. Transport options in the city include, train, tram, bus or bike. We found that you can walk around extremely easily once in the centre – But what made it easier to get around was the free tram system, which covers the large centre of Melbourne. We found ourselves zipping around the city on them making us able to see the majority of Melbourne in one day.
♦ Parking. The only place we found free parking was in St Kilda – We parked next to the botanical gardens with no issues. You can easily grab a tram into the city centre from here.
♦ Accommodation. For backpackers your cheapest option is going to be in St Kilda. However if you are looking for something a bit more upmarket, take a look on Air B&B. There are some amazing places in the centre, which are reasonably priced.
♦ Eureka Skydeck. If you want views of Melbourne, with 92 storeys the Eureka Skydeck is the place to do it. It costs $19 AUD per adult or you can pay an additional $12 to go to the edge, which is glass cube out of the building.
♦ Lentils As Everything. This is a cool hippy restaurant (there are three around Melbourne) where you order off the menu and pay what you feel is right. Its something a bit different and worth supporting – plus the food is awesome!
♦ Bats at night. The Bats here are huge, the biggest we have ever seen! Be sure to take a wonder through a local garden in the evening and you will see them swarming into the trees.
As we only spent a couple of days exploring the city, we would love to know if we have missed anything. Or you have any recommendations/ suggestions that you think we should include please leave a comment below.