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#1 green guy

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 03:10 PM

A great day out in Melbourne



OK I confess I love Melbourne and have lived here (on and off) for over fifty years! Having lived abroad for various times I have several over seas visitors and in recent years I think this is a pretty good way to spend one day in Melbourne. There are plenty of maps, visitor booths but if you get lost most Melbourne people love helping the tourists out. The times are just a guide.

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Start you day at Fed Square. Federation Square .. Melbourne people either love it or hate it but you must see it. There’s quite a bit to do. I suggest you visit the Racing Museum. Even if horse racing is not your thing to really understand Melbourne you have to soak up the devotion Melbourne has to the sport. Of course Melbourne Cup day is the biggest day of the year. Long may it be public holiday. The whole country stops to watch a horse race! The museum is superb and a very reasonable admission price. Some time in Melbourne you must go to the Melbourne museum and see Phar Lap.. Our most loved icon. The Fed Square museum however focuses on some other famous horses and also you will get an idea of how much we love the gg’s (horses)’

In Fed Square there are other great attractions and you can go and look at them later on your trip. Recommend the centre for the moving image.

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Pop over the road and look at the facade of our beloved Flinders street Station. My visitors love this. It’s a great place to people watch and nearly every Victorian has met some one under the clocks. It is Melbourne’s number one meeting place.



Now wander down to the beautiful Block Arcade 282 Collins Street and you simply MUST have a pot of tea and the famous pin wheel sandwiches in the delightful Hopetoun Tea Rooms.

After lunch/morning tea wander to Royal Arcade where every hour Ogg and Magog put on a show. These beautiful carvings done in about 1842 and they are quite charming. The Arcade itself is certainly worth a look.



1.30 Grab a tram, a 48 and you have to go to the Fitzroy Gardens. Keep this in mind for twilight as its then you will see several beautiful brush tail possums. You may even see the elusive ring tail! Visit Captain Cooks cottage, it may not be the most stunning attraction but every Melbournian has a special fondness for it. Other attractions include the canoe tree, conservatory, JFK memorial and most important the fairy tree. You may well think what on earth is this about. It’s just a tree with carvings but the story of the tree is wonderful.



3.00 Take the 48 tram back into town and take a wander down Collins Street. Lots of lovely buildings and shop worth exploring.

On the corner of Flinders and Collins is the town hall. Over the road is the City Square or sadly what is left of it (that is another story and Melbourne people love telling it).



Wander down to Young and Jacksons Hotel for a quiet drink with Chloe, our first lady of Melbourne.
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Posted 19 February 2010 - 09:30 AM

sounds like a great day out to me! :rolleyes:
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Posted 19 February 2010 - 01:49 PM

sounds like a great day out to me! :)


Glen thank you for the warm welcome you give people! Just found the site and its very good. I suspect I am a bit older than some of your members.
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Posted 19 February 2010 - 03:11 PM

Peter J is our oldest member i believe! Though he chats away like a 20 year old :) hehe
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Posted 03 May 2010 - 04:11 PM

I've been going to free salsa dancing classes in the city for a few weeks now. They're a fantastic place to meet locals and fellow travellers...they run on a Wed and Thu evening.

Their website: [url="http://www.thesalsafoundation.com.au"]www.thesalsafoundation.com.au[/url]
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Posted 03 May 2010 - 06:08 PM

For a fun night try the chill bar. Its rather silly but we had a great time.
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 11:16 PM

Thanks Petersj, the information is very helpful. :)
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 10:21 AM

Wish I had read this before I went to Melbourne last year ( was my first trip). I didnt do the tea room thing but I did go out to the Ashcome mazes and that was beautiful. Not sure if its still classified as melbourne because it took me a train, a bus and 2 hours to get there, but it was worth it. Definately recommend it for group travellers
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Posted 25 January 2011 - 08:08 AM

Boy Sheikee thats one I have check out.
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Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:39 PM

Thanks for the tips! I even take out my notebook to copy the names down so the next time when I go down to the city, will definitely head there!
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