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Jacqueline Waters

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Suggestions for a first timer in Melbourne?

This will be my first trip to Melbourne in the spring, and by spring, I mean Melbourne spring in October! What neighborhood is best for a twenty-something solo traveler?  What activities would be fun and affordable?

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  • Stef Poessel

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    Hi, I would recommend you to stay in either St Kilda (if you like the beach) or Fitzroy (if you like creative, alternative areas). I don't know if it's already on in October, but check out if the Suzuki Nightmarket takes place. It's a market that takes place once a week with great live music and yummie food. You should definitely check out the neighbourhoods I mentioned above. Head down the pier of St. Kilda Beach when the sun sets up to the end and wait for the penguins coming out of the water!

    Walk along Southbank on a sunny day. And a cool spot and quite unknown spot for tourists is CERES. It's a place supporting sustainibility. They have a nursery, a cafe and you can go there and make yourself a bike of the old parts they have available there (there are people who help you with that) and you can buy it very cheaply. If you stay longer, that's great opportunity as public transportation in Melbourne is quite expensive.

    There is a free tram in Melbourne you could catch to get an overview of the city. It goes in a circle, so you can actually hop on and off at the same place. It's number 35.

    Those are my favorite bars of the city: http://tinyurl.com/ns2pw57

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  • David Sherwin

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    Michelle has some great ideas. I would like to point out we are just going into the season of Events with the Spring Racing starting in 9 day thru to Cricket world cup at end of March.thatsmelbourne.com.au will show all the best place to visit.

    Brunswick Rd is great place for the traveller also Chapel St is hip place to shop and hang out St Kilda is the backpackers will find best accommodation. Remember the Australia Open is in January Rod Laver Arena a must go see when in Melbourne. Remember it can be expensive here so shop around for accommodation.

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      Thank you for these ideas, David! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Michelle Dunner

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    Hi Jacqueline. Hope you have a great time here. While Melbourne is easy to walk around, the tram network is excellent for visiting some of the inner city suburbs that have great food, boutiques and art galleries. To use the tram network (or any public transport for that matter) you'll need to purchase a Myki card (from any convenience store) and load some cash on to it. You can't buy tickets on trams or before you get on buses/trains. Melbourne's noted for its laneways. Lots of city laneways have great cafes and bars. For one of the best views in Melbourne where you can enjoy a cocktail, I'd suggest The Lui Bar. It's particularly good at night where you can watch the sun go down and the lights come up. A super fun rooftop bar that's very quirky is Madame Brussels - this is open during the day as well. The Ian Potter Centre has a great collection of aboriginal art and the National Gallery of Victoria is nearby with some excellent exhibits. If you're looking for a snack in this area try MoVida Next Door for some great tapas. The river is lovely to walk down. If the weather's good, sit outside for a coffee or drink at The Boatbuilders Yard. Some of the suburban strips I'd really recommend, again for interesting sights, shops and food are Gertrude St, Smith St Brunswick St and also down the beach at St Kilda. Hope you have a wonderful trip.

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      Thanks so much, Michelle! I love all these ideas! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Courtney C.

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    Hey Jacqueline,

    Lucky you! Melbourne is so rad for solo travel. You won't miss out on anything in the heart of the CBD (Central Business District) Definitely check out Chinatown it's one of the best in the world!

    Someone mentioned Rod Laver Arena which should top your to-do list. Whether it's tennis, cricket, or a concert - check out their schedule and check out the arena. Melbourne is arguably the sporting capital of the world and they love their events!

    Affordability and accessibility are important. The tram runs throughout the city and is the best way to get around. I recommend ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel to stay at. It's a historic hotel - one of the original buildings in Melbourne - charming and is unbelievably affordable. It is on Little Collins Street where there is plenty to explore - shopping, dining, art and there are a ton of laneways (Aussie's way of saying alleys) that are funky and fun to explore.

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    Some must-see destination for your Melbourn trip is followed:

    State Library of Victoria

    Fitzroy Gardens

    Fitzroy Gardens is one of the most beautiful attractions in Melbourne with wonderful trees and clean environment, including: the Model Tudor Village, a small playground, a conservatorium.

    Queen Victoria Market

    Queen Victoria Market is a place where you can shop for everything from Australia fruit and vegetables, local and imported gourmet foods, to cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs, etc.

    Flinders Street Railway Station

    Flinders Street Station serves the entire metropolitan rail network. The station is the first railway station in an Australian city and the world's busiest passenger station in the late 1920s.

    Prahran Market

    Prahran Market is known as a place where you can find just about plenty of foods you want to buy, including: fresh fruit, seafood, meat, cake.

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  • Anthony Alibrando

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    Hi Jacqueline,


    Great to hear you are heading over to check out the best city in the world :)

    Depending on your scene there would be a couple of inner city suburbs I would recommend for you.

    If you are more into the hipster style scene the best areas for you to base yourself out of would be Fitzroy Brunswick area. There are heaps of amazing cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs around with a relaxed vibe and atmosphere. The location to public transport and Melbourne CBD are also quite good.

    If you are more into the 'in' crowd then somewhere like South Yarra or Prahran would be better suited for you. Again there is a heaps of amazing cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs, but just more dressy and up market. The shopping strip called Chapel Struns through both areas and is one of the best shopping strips in Melbourne.


    In terms of what Melbourne has to offer for activities, the city is full of beautiful sights that can be seen for free...Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is a great spot to stroll through, bring some food and just enjoy the beautiful scenery. You could head down to the beach at either Port Melbourne or St Kilda and get involved in some kite surfing or just relax on the beach. If you feel like getting out of the city you could head down to Phillip Island to check out the Penguins or the beaches/surf.


    I hope this gives you a small insight into my awesome city. If you need anything else let me know :)


    Cheers,


    Anth

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