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#1 zoran

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 07:34 AM

What are the best things one can visit and see in Melbourne that are not touristic and over crowded?
So far ive been to touristic places like, Philip Island, Skyhigh mount Dandenong and Federation Square, what else would you suggest?
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#2 green guy

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 03:42 PM

Pity this is a bit late but a drive out to William Rickets sanctuary is a place I take all my over seas visitors to and its charming and actually quite moving.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 04:46 PM

Pity this is a bit late but a drive out to William Rickets sanctuary is a place I take all my over seas visitors to and its charming and actually quite moving.


William Rickets sanctuary gave me this creepy feeling every time I entered the place. It was quite strange to see so many of these children in the forms of sculpture as if they were under duress or some sort of torture.

The place was also very cold as if the temperature automatically dropped a few degree Celsius inside the compound...

It is still an artistic place to go to. Just I wondered why there were so many bronze sculptures of kids with facial expression of suffering...
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 11:40 AM

I've never heard of the William Rickets sanctuary, but the description of it doesn't make me want to go there I'm afraid.

As to things to see and do, I just love walking around the city and going through the old GPO building, the shops and arcades (especially the one withh the figures of Gog and Magog). I could not visit Melbourne without having something in one of the coffee shops in that little narrow laneway (can't remember the name) that comes off one of the arcades and is partly open to the elements. And the Queen Victoria Markets - I could spend the best part of a day there if I had the time. And just travelling around on the trams - especially the City Circle ones, partly because they're free but it's also a great way to see the city and the old trams are so much more fun than the newer ones.

Lygon Street in Carlton is a must (I am assuming that you like Italian food - who doesn't) - you will have to ignore the spruikers trying to get you into the restaurants though. If you don't stop for anything in the restaurants, at least go to Brunetti's in Faraday Street. A trip to Melbourne isn't a trip to Melbourne unless you go there. I know they have other outlets, but the building itself has a wonderful atmosphere - it's like stepping back in time....

If you like older inner city suburbs with small shops, go to Prahran (you can get there by tram or train. Somehow Prahran reminds me of Newtown in Sydney - just about the only difference is the trams.

At the risk of suggesting something touristy, what about Captain Cook's Cottage? And if that is too touristy, it's set in a wonderful park that is such a relaxing place to visit (don't forget to drop by the 1930s building with the colllection of exotic plants.

Can't think of anything much else right now......
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#5 roentarre

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:54 PM

Lygon street is my favorite street to cruise. It is a great place to dine and immerse in the relaxing atmosphere
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:20 PM

William Rickets sanctuary gave me this creepy feeling every time I entered the place. It was quite strange to see so many of these children in the forms of sculpture as if they were under duress or some sort of torture.

The place was also very cold as if the temperature automatically dropped a few degree Celsius inside the compound...

It is still an artistic place to go to. Just I wondered why there were so many bronze sculptures of kids with facial expression of suffering...


I guess we all different. I find it serene and peaceful and dont see the images like you do. But each to his or her own and always interesting to read a different view.
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#7 roentarre

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:30 PM

I guess we all different. I find it serene and peaceful and dont see the images like you do. But each to his or her own and always interesting to read a different view.


There were all sorts of speculations about how these bronze sculptures come about. The owner of these legacy was known to have suffered long standing depression for a long time as well. I guess there may be bias for the perception I have
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:29 PM

Actually my partner totally agrees with you roentarre so there you go. We met him a couple of times, once he was very charming and once very very aloof.
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Posted 11 August 2012 - 10:29 PM

Actually my partner totally agrees with you roentarre so there you go. We met him a couple of times, once he was very charming and once very very aloof.


Ah, I see. I heard this type of rumour quite often really lol
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