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Welcome to part 5 of Cruising Australia as we look at the magnificent destination of Melbourne

Having fist been to Melbourne in 2003 backpacking, I recently went back and had a totally different experience…. A good friend of mine lives there and I got to see and do things that only locals (or immense research) would know about 

After a long flight our fist port of call (and well deserved) was a bar called Pony Fish Island – It’s basically situated under the Southgate pedestrian bridge (Nr Flinders Street station) on the Yarra River which runs through Melbourne. Amazing food, quirky drinks and atmosphere. It’s a great place to people watch! I would highly recommend it.

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Pony Fish Island

Melbourne is a mix of 1800’s gold boom architecture and modern skyscrapers. Its easy to escape day to day traffic and visit the backstreets of Melbourne. It’s full a little alleyways packed with the ever popular café scene, some great one of shops too. Its worth looking out for the street art too including the famous Banksy.

Use the red and gold free tram around the city I found it helps with getting your bearings, also you can hop on and off at points of interest.

For a great view of the city head to the Eureka skydeck 88, it’s the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.

Located opposite Flinders Street station is Federation Square, its Melbourne’s meeting place, a unique cultural precinct with a mix of attractions, from art galleries to museums. Its also within easy walking distance of most major attractions.

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Federation Square

This City packs a punch when it comes to rooftop bars, with more and more rooftops being converted it’s a popular choice with locals and tourists to take in live shows, watch movies beneath the stars and the perfect place to spend a summers evening.

Situated in the Southbank area is the Crowne Entertainment complex, it’s a mini city of shopping and dining. It takes up 2 city blocks and dominates the Yarra River. The highlight for me is a 90-minute Four Seasons light show which takes place every night. Outside they have chimney stacks lined along the boardwalk which shoots bursts of flames into the air. This can be viewed from one of the many terrace bars along the front.

Just a short tram ride from the city centre is St Kilda, it’s a bohemian seaside town on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Very chilled out with a good mix of eateries on offer, ideal for those seeking beach activities.

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St Kilda

There are so many more places worth visiting both in the city and surrounding areas:

For fine art, fashion and food check out Melbourne’s soho strip on Brunswick Street. (Great one off jewellery shops)

Take a drive out to Yarra Valley and sample the fine wines on offer

Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens or take a walk along the banks of the river Yarra, passing the Rod Laver stadium.

And of course a trip to Melbourne wouldn’t be complete without taking the Neighbours tour! I was shocked to find out that Ramsay Street is actually real and the residents allow neighbours to shoot external scenes in their front and back gardens, although the real road name is Pinoak Court!

Definitely worth a day trip is the Great Ocean Road, it’s one of the world’s most scenic drives. You won’t be disappointed.

Keep reading my blogs. Part 6 Sydney

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