Best chinese restaurants,...
Best chinese restaurants, Little Chinatown, in Little Bourke Street.
Places to see along the east coast: Gippsland: Wilson Promontory, Phillip Island-fairy penguin parade at dusk only, 90 Mile Beach (fantastic fishing and beautiful beaches), Buchan Caves.
Central: Crown Casino at Southbank, also has great nightclubs, as well as the pokies, the Great Ocean Road, which goes from Geelong to Port Fairy, absolutely beautful, avoid during the winter months of March to September, plenty of sights to see along the road, the 12 apostles, london bridge, the great shipwreck coastline, Our stupid weather here, forget about 4 seasons in 1 day, instead try 1 hour. During the months of March to August, see an Aussie Rules Football Match, no protective gear for these guys. Take the talking City Circle Tram, its free, takes you around the city.
Queen Victoria Markets
Check out the Queen Victoria Markets. Located on the corner of Elizabeth & Victoria Streets.
At the markets you will find all sorts of things - fresh produce, clothes, crafts, jewelry, leather goods etc. It's a great place to spend a couple of hours...
Open Tuesday to Sunday.
Phone: 03 93205822
Dont tip unless you want to
Melbourne does not require people to tip for services... Our wages are reasonable and only tip if you feel you want to.. You will get the same service and employees are not going to treat you like a leper like some parts of the world, and you know who you are lol
Surviving winter in Mebourne
The winter in Melbourne can get very wet and windy. The wind is so strong that it can blow you away if you are using an umbrella, so bring a waterproof and windproof jacket instead, preferably with a hood. A beanie or hat would also be helpful to keep you warm.
Better still, bring someone to keep you warm. :)
Check out the fickle Melbourne weather at:
THE magic view of Melbourne
Firstly, you'll need a car - as is essentially always the case when you do anything in Australia.
Head to the 'Mt. Dandenong Observatory' to the direct east of Melbourne. Get up there before 10pm, as the gates are shut and locked after that. (My map to the left will give you some idea, but you'll really need to borrow/beg/steal a 'Melways' (Melbourne maps in a huge book) to guarantee you wont get lost.
The observatory is placed overlooking Melbourne, but what is the best is the observatory carpark. It is multi tiered and faces towards the massive expanse that is Melbourne, apparently the 'biggest city in the world' (by physical 'spread out' size...). Get there with beer and mates at around 6 or 7pm is the best, and watch the sunset which always sets perfectly over the city. At sunset time, all the lights of Melbourne come on. Some clear nights you can see the massive gas flames from Crown Casino, in the centre of Melbourne.
It is absolutely brilliant, and even after having been up there countless times as my university wasn't that far from it, and I'll always go back there. Its a great atmosphere up there, people often sit up on the roof racks of thier cars, out of the back of panelvans, those with significant others steam up the windows... Some nights people get out and firetwirl etc, and usually people turn thier car stereos up which can be both a good and bad thing...