I’ve said it before and I’ll certainly say it again. I love Melbourne. Even working full time in the city doesn’t change the way I feel.
We are a city of cafe lovers. Good food and Melbourne just naturally seem to go hand in hand. The city has so much to offer us. Yet often I feel that us Melburnians take the city for granted and don’t truly get out and explore what she has to offer.
On Sunday I was lucky enough to spend an entire day floating between some of Melbourne’s icons. Our day started off at the Melbourne Zoo, then off to the Melbourne Museum followed by the Bridal Expo at the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building then a quick tram ride to Treasury Gardens.
One of the joys of Melbourne is the ease to get around, if your not in a rush. Trams run quite frequently in all manner of directions. Just remember that you now need a Myki to travel on public transport in Melbourne.
So if your a new visitor or an old friend looking for something interesting to do here is a quick list of fun activities that just about anyone can do in Melbourne.
1. Visit the Melbourne Zoo. Tickets are around $25 for adults and on weekends, public holidays and Victorian school holidays kids under 15 are FREE
2. Take a stroll through the National Gallery of Victoria. Entry is free. If your after an extra special treat after seeing Cleopatra and Mark Antony gorge themselves on pearls, stop by the cafe upstairs. The tea is divine.
3. Let the explorer in you escape at the Melbourne Museum. Children and concession (valid student card works) are free. Adults $10. The Museum currently has a special exhibit on the history of Melbourne. If a rainy day puts a damper on your outdoor adventure take a trip downstairs to IMAX.
4. Stop for coffee and cake along the way. Brunetti’s has several locations in Melbourne. Swanston St, Myer (Bourke St) and soon to be back on Lygon St.
5. See a movie outdoors. Melbourne is alive in summer with a range of moonlight style cinemas. BYO blanket and picnic basket.
6. Visit the Queen Vic Market. Day or night the market is always entertaining. The new laneway offers a little bit of something for everyone. The night market is on most Wednesday evenings between Nov-Feb. The regular market is closed on Wednesdays.
7. Ride a bike around. Melbourne is slowly accepting the bike culture that has joined our cafe culture. Many of the streets in and around the CBD have dedicated bike lanes.
8. Enjoy the public gardens. With numerous gardens such as Treasury Gardens, Fitzroy and The Botanical Gardens close to public transport, and easily ride-able why not enjoy a nice day on the soft green grass?
9. Take some time out and relax at the State Library of Victoria. The building is majestic, the changing art work magnificent and Mr Tulks cafe a hidden wonder.
10. Gotten lost? Look out for the Melbourne Ambassadors in the bright red shirts and Melbourne Information booths. These lovelies are packed full of helpful ideas, handy tips and free maps.
Love Melbourne? Want to share your favorite hot spot? Leave us a comment and let us know.
1.Melbourne Zoo http://www.zoo.org.au
2. National Gallery Victoria www.ngv.vic.gov.au/
3. Melbourne Museum http://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/
5. Movie madness http://www.moonlight.com.au/ rooftopcinema.com.au/