Melbourne – My first stop on the east coast of Australia

 

Melbourne! One of Australia’s best cities!

So I’ve been in Australia about 8 months now (blog posts on my time so far coming soon!) but Melbourne is my first stop on the east coast. Melbourne is an amazing city, full of art, music and fun things to do. It’s home to the oldest tram system in the world and is the place to be if you’re looking to have fun and party. I’ve been in the city nearly two weeks now and here are some of the things I’ve done so far and what I would recommend! (besides getting drunk in one of the many bars..)

Hosier Lane – Street art 

Hosier Lane is a cute little lane (duhh) just next to Federation Square in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. It is a pretty big tourist attraction for Melbourne and it is always busy with people taking photos. The walls are lined with amazing images and quotes and the place is so lively and colourful. I would definitely recommend popping by if you’re in the city! There is also a little coffee shop / vintage store on Hosier Lane, I stopped in and bought an amazing jumper for only $4, hurrah! Day made.

Cost – FREE

Royal Botanic Gardens

https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/

The Royal Botanic Gardens in central Melbourne are a really good place to soak up some nature, take in the views, or just escape from the bustling city for some r&r time. They’re pretty massive and have many different areas to visit. There are exhibitions in the park as well as cafes, running spots, and the Shrine of Remembrance, furthermore there are also some really pretty trees and plants to go and visit! Definitely check out the gardens on a sunny day.

Cost – FREE

 

ACMI – Australian Centre for the Moving Image

https://www.acmi.net.au/

This museum in Federation Square is great for a bit of free daytime fun. They have displays showing the evolvement and development of film and media with interactive displays, games, shows and more. I was particularly impressed by the BAFTA and Oscar awards they had on display as well as other memorabilia from movies and the VR headsets you can play around with. Another feature is the option to make a Timeslice Animation, which is when you do something cool like a crazy jump , and it’s captured by 36 surrounding cameras and then made into an animation like something out of The Matrix! It was pretty cool.

Not the best quality of pictures, apologies! You’ll just have to check it out yourself 🙂

Cost – FREE

 

Eureka Skydeck – Observation Tower

https://www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/

The Eureka Skydeck is just your bog standard observation tower found in most major cities, however it does have amazing views over Melbourne from the 88th floor. I unfortunately went on a gloomy day so my pictures are not the best, however I imagine on a sunny day or at night time (last entry 9.30pm) the views would be spectacular.

Cost – $20 (or buy one get one free if you have an International Youth Travel Card! https://www.isiccard.com.au/youth-teachers-cards/)

 

So those are my favourite things so far that I’ve done in Melbourne; there are loads of cool places to visit. Also check out the Queen Victoria Markets, Flinders Street Train Station, Melbourne Central (shopping mall), and the suburbs of St. Kilda and Fitzroy. I’ve still got a few places to Melbourne to experience so I may post a few more ideas and options in the future!

Thanks for reading!

Gemma

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