Melbourne, Australia

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Airport -> city centre:

Taxi cabs – Taxi cabs can be found on the ground floor of terminals 1,2 and 3. The taxi rank can be found by the transport hub outside Terminal 4. Fares differ depending on distance, location and time of travel (fair estimator).

Helicopter shuttles – The most expensive option can get you into the CBD in no time! 6 minutes to e exact, located at Melbourne airport heliport (at the Mercedes Benz express dealership and the south wharf heliport on the Yarra river at 60 siddeley street, Melbourne), a one way ticket costs $274 per person. Book here.

Skybus expressOffering services from the airport to the city centre. Running 24/7 having a bus available every 10 minutes throughout the day. Tickets can be bought at the bus stop or online here. The Bus will arrive at southern cross station, where a complimentary shuttle to your hotel runs from Monday- Friday: 6am-10:30pm & Saturday- Sunday: 7:30am- 5:30pm. The price of a ticket for an adult – $18 (one way) and $7 for children (4-14). More prices.

Ride sharing – The most cost effective way to get down town, found here. Ride sharing allows you to share your ride or taxi into Melbourne’s CBD, giving travelers an eco-friendly and cost effective way of getting to their destination.

Transportation:

Once you’ve arrived in the CBD of Melbourne, you’ll find that there are so many options of getting around.

Myki cards– This rechargeable card is Australia’s answer to traveling trams, trains and buses with almost no effort. cards can be purchased at any 7 eleven, premium stations, retails stores displaying the logo and online.

Trains– Flinders street station is the main train station in the CBD, where the metro connects to outer suburbs. The Underground loops around Melbourne with 5 main stations that include southern cross station, Flagstaff ( closed on weekends), Melbourne central, Parliament and Flinders street. Head to Southern cross station to travel regionally or to catch interstate trains.

Trams– Within the central area of Melbourne trams are free, however you will need a myki card if you intend on starting and ending your journey outside of this central area. Tram stops clearly indicated the display maps, timetables and route numbers for everyone to see.

Buses– Running frequently to all major hubs, Melbourne buses stop everywhere from schools to some of the cities biggest attractions. Victoria’s V line gives one access to regional towns and the chance to experience a scenic view whilst on the way to the surrounding areas.

Accommodation:

 

 

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South Bank –  Hands down the most convenient location if you want to be in the heart of the city and close to the casino, shopping and restaurant areas. This area is great to walk around as everything is fairly close, and catching the tram is free and makes exploring surrounding areas easy.

St. Kilda beach Located 6km south-east of Melbourne’s CBD you’ll find the most famous beach in Victoria and if you enjoy a more tranquil setting, i suggest staying here. The calm ocean and relaxed atmosphere of St Kilda is definitely a nice escape from the down town area scene and fantastic because with a short tram ride of 25-30 minutes you can be in the central down town area.

FitzroyFound 2km north-east of Melbourne’s CBD, Fitzroy is Reminiscent of Height street in San Fransisco, Bruswick street has surprising delight in store for those who enjoy street art, from the array of restaurants, cafes, vintage clothing stores and quaint stores of all sorts, the ambience is of a relaxed nature one that is both quirky and unique, one where a mush of cultures collide and create the only thing that they can. ART!

South Yarra – Features not only Prahran, which is Melbourne’s most popular and historic fresh produce markets but also has some of the most sought after victorian terrance houses and of course  chapel street which is considered to be one of the most fashionable and upmarket ends of the city.South Yarra is centered around commercial road which is one of Melbourne’s gay Villages.

 

Crown casino and entertainment complex:

crownIn the heart of Melbourne’s CBD lies crown casino and entertainment complex. Unlike other cities Melbourne has placed their casino right in the center of the city and in doing so the Yarra promenade has flourished, attracting artists and street performers alike. The crown casino is the jewel of the promenade so to speak, offering everyone a variety of dining options, shopping and some top notch bars and clubs. Here you can find everything you’d want to know about what Crown Casino has in store for you.

 

Great Eats:

Boost Juice

Address: Prevalent all around town
Type of food: Healthy smoothie & snack bar
Price: $$
Attire: Casual

Boost B2Boost Juice is Australia’s equivalent to America’s Jamba Juice, both chains have delicious options for juices and smoothies as well as some healthy, quick and convenient on the go options for meals or snacks.

 

Vegie bar

Address: 380 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Type of food: Vegan
Price: $$
Attire: Casual

IMG_7626 IMG_7628Found in Fitzroy, vegans everywhere will celebrate this delightfully delicious little spot. The ambience is light and lively,  full of people seeking the variety of goodness offered here. I loved how many options I was drawn to and mostly everything I ate I enjoyed, try the Moroccan stew, Mostly greens, the Burger and if you like your pizza thin, gluten free and delicious there’s a mushroom option with truffle oil that sent my tastebuds to a heavenly place. Note that you can’t take any food away so as tempted as you are to order everything i would advise you avoid doing that but you can take some tasty treats to go.

Fine Dining:

 Vue de monde

Address: 55, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Type of Food: Modern, Contemporary Australian cuisine
Price: $$$$ (approximately $600 for two people)
Attire: Formal

For an evening of fine dining we head to Vue de monde in the rialto towers within the  city centre. Taking the ride up the elevator to the 55th floor, being met by the hostess where she proceeds to escort us through the wine cellar and to our table that over looks the city centre and stretches across through to St Kilda beach, I just knew we were in for a treat! We opted for the gastronomes menu, and were met by perfect dishes unfolding one after another throughout the evening. Each dish came out in the perfect timing and the portion sizing was perfect leaving everyone at our table completely satisfied by every taste and how easily each dish blended into and complemented the one before it. I’d Highly recommend making a reservation at least 3 weeks in advance, you will not be disappointed.

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Chin chin

Address: Australia, 125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Type of Food: South East Asian cuisine
Price: $$
Attire: Casual

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Set in a very relaxed atmosphere on Flinders lane, serving up some of the best Asian fusion cuisine. Popular amongst locals and sort after by hungry travelers who have heard every foodie recommend chin chin. Be sure to get there early as they don’t take reservations before hand, once your name is on the list you’ll be contacted once an opening has become available. They combine the most unique flavors to create some really fresh and exciting dishes. I love that each dish is of the highest quality and that it’s affordable for everyone to experience.

More Restaurants:

Harley House: Persian food
Super normal: Modern asian food
Lentils as anything: vegetarian food
Vietnam Street eats: Vietnamese food

 

Tourism:

Melbourne_by_night CBD: Melbourne’s CBD is made up of Bridges, main streets, hidden lane ways and little streets all thrown together in a small area that can be walked with the greatest of ease. The Yarra promenade is a lively walk way that stretches across all three bridges, passing the crown casino ,a variety of bars and restaurants  and some really unique street artists and performers. Flinders street is home to one of the main train stations in the city as well as some great shopping from boutique stores to vintage stores and everything in-between. Lastly of course I can’t forget to mention Federation square which is located right next to the train station, where they broadcast all major sporting events in the open square and where you can find the Ian Potter centre of Australian art.

Brunswick street: Located in the suburb of Fitzroy, Brunswick street offers a range of restaurants that is out of this world! Finding everything from Vegan to Ethiopian food and let me not forget to mention the vintage clothing stores scattered along the street all of which adds a kind of cool grungy feel to the streets that are lined with graffiti.

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Great Ocean Road: This is one of the top thing I would recommend doing while in Melbourne as it’s one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world. Marvel at the 12 apostles or spend time watching koalas in their natural habitat. This is the road that will lead you to adventures of all sorts. rent a car and drive along the coast, stopping every few hours to see different land marks and viewing points where you can also hike. You could do the drive in one day but i’d recommend taking your time over two days and spending the night somewhere along the way so that you don’t feel rushed.

Free Walking TourThis tour meets at Sir Redmond barry in front of the state library of Victoria and should take around 2.5-3 hours. No need for any bookings like every free walking tour you just show up at either 10:30 am or at 2:30pm and in that time you’ll cover mostly the CBD. I love that on this tour they stop at little hidden bars and you get to explore the lane ways from a locals perspective and after the tour you feel so much easier kind of having a new found sense of where things are.

Off The Beaten Path:

El wood

El WoodThis hidden little treasure known mostly to locals, has within the quaint little streets :organic produce stores, mom & pop restaurants that will blow your taste buds away, cute little boutiques and cafe galore. Mostly known for Elwood beach (which has the best view of city) that leads into the famous St. Kilda beach, Elwood is a quaint little suburb that in my opinion is far better than it’s famous neighbor. I would advise checking this little area out if you like wandering streets that lead to hidden treasures of all sorts from clothing to food, this is where you want to be.

Nightlife Bars:

The Night life scene here is really cool! It feels very international, when you walk around and hear the variety of accents (most common during the summer months of course) you lose track of where you are. There seems to be a surprisingly big speak-easy scene here which i completely love!

Berlin bar

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Address: 2, 16 Corrs Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Monday- Wednesday: 5pm-12am , Thursday :5pm – 1am , Friday – Saturday: 5pm-2am, Sunday: 6pm- 12am
Attire: Casual

Hidden in an ally, you’ll find the emblem where a staircase leads you to a closed door, ring the door bell and someone will look at you through a window and let you in. Note that this venue is not suitable for groups bigger then 8+ people. This speak easy style bar represents the Berlin wall and shows the contrast between East and West. East Berlin has a polished feel to it with white leather seats and crystal chandeliers meanwhile in West Berlin the decor has a more shabby chic bunker feel with red leather seats, bunk beds and bathtub tables. The cocktails are really good! I could easily spend hours here getting lost in conversation, soaking in the atmosphere and trying all their unique and different cocktails.

Eau De Vie

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Address: 1 Malthouse Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Monday- Thursday: 5pm-1am, Friday- Saturday: 4pm-1am, Sunday: 4-11pm
Attire: Smart casual

Eau De Vie, is a cozy little spot that’s hidden in one of Melbourne’s little lane ways. It oozes elegant sophistication with their whiskey library that takes over one of the walls and their Parisian styled art.  They serve cocktails made with the freshest and most delicious flavor combinations. Each creation is uniquely crafted by a team of master mixologists and ever type of liquor has a few options laid out for whatever kind of drink you’d prefer whether it be sweet, fresh or dry, this is where you’ll find it all. The line can get quite long on Friday and Saturday so try to make a reservation or get there early.

They have a degustation menu where they serve a 5 course meal and have expertly paired each meal with a cocktail that matches it. Bookings can be made here.

 

Gin Palace

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Address: 10 Russell Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Monday- Sunday: 4pm -3am
Attire: casual

The atmosphere here is so relaxed and intimate, once we ordered our drinks at the bar we stood for a few minutes and a waiter came to seat us. The decor suits the dimly lit room, having big cozy seats fill the room filling the air with a kind of romance. They offer gin flights if you’re new to gin and want to try a few different options but we ordered fruit infused gin cocktails that were really good! Great at any point in the evening,

 

Shopping:

Australia has some of the best mens shopping so whenever I come here I always make sure that I make some room in my bag so that i can get a few really cool and unique pieces.

Crown casino and entertainment complex

Address: 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006
Hours: Friday – Saturday: 10am – 12am, Sunday- Thursday: 10am- 9pm
Prices:$$-$$$
Shops: Witchery, Hugo Boss, Prada, Saba, Mimco, the usual high end designers (ie: burberry, Louis Vuitton ect) and politix

If you feel the urge to splurge on some high end designer wear but you can’t muster up enough energy to walk across the bridge, fear not Crown casino has a huge variety of designer stores as well as some local brands that will satisfy this urge. Not only is the selection of stores really good but each store has a great selection of items sometimes the casino store will stock better items than any of the outside stores.

Queen Victoria Market

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Address: 65-159 Victoria Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (The top of C Shed, near the corner of Peel and Victoria Streets.)
Hours: 9am- 3pm (Every Saturday)
Prices: $
Find things from designer vintage to unique one of a kind local designs. Shop the city’s famous market filled with hand crafted jewelry, designer vintage garments, new local designers show casing their work, food, drinks and more. Held every Saturday on Victoria street. Vendors come from all around Australia with some really unique arts and crafts. great way to spend a Saturday morning

Other Shopping Mentions:

* Swanston Street
* Collins Street
* Bourke Street
* South Gate

Tips that are good to know:

*Tipping: No tipping necessarily anywhere in Australia. If the service is SUPERB and you want to, feel free to add 5-10%. In general for taxis or anything u just round up. (i.e: if its 29 give 30, if its 28 give 30 if its 29.98 still just give 30) Same for bar tabs restaurants etc…

*Service: Do not expect world class service here, most of the time people are slow to seat you, take order, bring food and everything in between. This is normal, don’t get frustrated just accept it now and move forward.

*Healthy Food Market in the city – The broad bean organic grocer 

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