What a beautiful shot of Melbourne’s skyline and what an alternative Australia destination it is to experience the vibrant Melbourne culture. Whether visiting friends or relatives or just touring, you must try and include Melbourne in your holiday itinerary. It’s a great city, one which reminds me of London in many ways. As the capital of Australia’s south-east state Victoria, Melbourne is often referred to the country’s sporting and cultural centre. However this river side city has so much more to offer, including the latest fashion, a great variety of multi-cultural cuisine and a mix of modern and Victorian art.
We have been many times to this cosmopolitan city but on this trip spent most of our time catching up with friends and family (two of Katie’s cousins live here) in the quieter suburbs of St. Kilda, Richmond, Collingwood and South Melbourne. We spent a lot of time visiting cafes (we are coffee lovers) and parks for the children. Our favourite places to eat are of course, our own little venture …The Town Mouse – Modern Australian sharing platters with strong European influence, in Lygate Street, Carlton and we do enjoy Long Grain’ in Little Bourke Street and ‘Little Creatures’ dining hall in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
We quickly became experts in navigating our way round this amazing city of Melbourne, always ensuring we had change for the trams (it’s a $180 fine if you are caught without a ticket!)
And if you want to visit more than just Melbourne city, there are many wonderful things to see and do in Victoria state. You could travel one of the world’s best coastal drives and see the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road. Travel from the mountains to the coast to the city in no time thanks to Victoria’s compact size. Alternatively, you could combine European coastal living with traditional Aussie charm on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula or be inspired by Gippsland’s calm beaches, lakes and peaks, then dip into busy waterfront villages.
If you want something more than just cafes or parks for yourselves or family, you could always visit Phillip Island and experience penguins, scenery, great natural wildlife, outdoor pursuits, motor sports and life by the water. Otherwise, why not just unwind along the mighty Murray River and enjoy the region’s slow food, fine wine, golf and scenery.
Whatever you decide to do, I am sure you will love being on holiday in Melbourne, it’s a great city with some of the country’s best vineyards and coffee shop establishments.