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Which shopping places worth visiting?

by F&EinTaipei


Would need your suggestions on the shopping places to visit in Mel. I have joined a tour agency and my itinerary includes a day F & E. As I have only got day to spare, may I know which are the good and cheap shopping places (not those high-end shopping mall) among the list below to visit?

i) Smith Street-
ii) Swanston
iii) Flinders St station
iv) Bourke Street
v) Bridge Road Richmond
vi) DFO Spencer Street


Re: Which shopping places worth visiting?

by TheWanderingCamel

Bridge Road Richmond is the place to go if you're looking for outlet stores. Otherwise, central Melbourne is not too big to trawl several of the streets you mention.

Re: Which shopping places worth visiting?

by Grevil

Yes for the cheaper end and more variety, probably Bridge Road is best. Get a tram from Flinders Street.
There is also the new "Harbour Town" outlet shopping centre in the Waterfront City, Docklands area. If you are staying in the city, that is easy to get to.

Re: Which shopping places worth visiting?

by cafank

DFO Swanston Street is OK, you could then get a tram to Bridge Road Richmond, via Burke Street and easily see the three areas. Chapel Street Prahran is also good - really depends upon what you want.

Last time I was down I walked around DFO (30 min's to check out if they had what I wanted,) caught a tram down Bourke Street and got off at Elizabeth and walked the mall, then (change trams but was easy with the tram map) went on to Bridge Road and wandered down there for the afternoon.

I prefer Bridge over Smith, Flinders Street really doesn't have too much - but it's nice to wander around Federation Square.

Re: Which shopping places worth visiting?

by Kakapo2

As I mostly stay in Swanston Street I walk past all those shops, the mall(s) and smaller shops, and there are so many places with very affordable prices that you do not have to go any further. Plus there are souvenir shops for buying more stuffed koalas ;-)))

Re: Which shopping places worth visiting?

by Maryimelda

I was in Melbourne this week for a very short business trip. I found some very interesting little stores selling all sorts of things when I was just wandering around the city. Got a great leather shoulder bag for $20 at the Leather Shop in Lonsdale Street. However, as you will have more time than I did, I would vote for Bridge Road, Richmond. Lots of luck.

Re: Which shopping places worth visiting?

by sirgaw

I'd like to suggest starting off in Collins Street and walking through the arcades between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets, cross over Little Collins Street and continue along arcades to the Bourke Street Mall and into Myers (largest department store in southern hemisphere). Continue through Myers to Lonsdale Street and cross over to Melbourne Central. After that there's the QV building on the corner of Lonsdale and Swanston Streets.

Sounds like a very long way, but its not and you'll pass almost every type of shop that you could want.

Re: Which shopping places worth visiting?

by baysidegirl

Bridge Road but also DFO at Spencer St. I'm not a great fan of these places but had to go to pick something up there and thought it was quite good. Picked up a few bargains. Both Bridge Road and DFO can be hit and miss.

Re: Which shopping places worth visiting?

by sirgaw

Hey baysidegirl welcome to VT - saw you joined today and already in there and giving advice to others. Good stuff and hope we all hear from you again.

Travel Tips for Melbourne

Info point

by paoseo

In first days I was in Melbourne I found myself in front of this quite big glassy building, that 'is Federation Square, opened on 26 October 2002. If you go inside, you'll find yourself in the Melbourne Visitor Centre - a one-stop shop for visitors to learn all there is to see and do in Melbourne and Victoria. On the first floor there is a desk as info point where you can ask a little map of the town, while downstairs there is a huge room where you can collect free leaflets about everything in Australia and Melbourne.I think it can be quite useful as a good start! Besides the infopoint, in the other part of the structure there are also some interesting museums, as the Ian Potter Centre that hosts the collection of Australian art, or the state-of-the-art Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Federation Square is Melbourne's new civic centre. The Square has been built to serve as a central focalpoint for the city but also to block out the ugliness of railway lines that run through the very heart of the city. It is situated opposite Flinders Street Station.The pic I upload here it's not mine, I borrowed it from Internet. I have to work my pictures with the scanner...
I chose this one to show the sharp contrast between the 2 styles.
Its website is :
It is open from:9am-6pm daily.
You can get there both by train at Flinders Street Station, part of the city loop metropolitan train service, that is opposite the square and by tram;take any tram along Swanston and Flinders street.
Asking around I found out that lots of people don't like it so much, infact the Square is controversial due to its striking, but unusual, design using large panels and claddings of sandstone, zinc and glass. It is a strikingly modern design for a civic centre!!

Located in the heart of...

by Ronald_T

Located in the heart of Melbourne's leisure and entertainment precinct, there is always something different to see at the Victorian Arts Centre. Maybe the tower will remind you at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but be sure that you are in Melbourne ;-) On special events and by Christmas / New Years time, the tower fill up with wonderful festive lighting. See Krystynn's Melbourne page for a fabulous animated picture of this tower. The Victorian Arts Centre is home to Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva , The Bell Shakespeare Company and Australian Chamber Orchestra, as well as a variety of international and local touring performances. There are also Guided Tours last for 60 minutes, and run Monday to Saturday at 12 noon & 2.30 pm.

Don't "root" for a team...

by grkboiler

In Australia, when you are talking about sports and which teams you support, PLEASE remember that you do not "root" for a team, you "barrack" for a team. When you "root" for a team, it means you are having sex with them (or for them, I guess), as in "I rooted her."

If you want to play a joke on someone you are traveling with, don't tell them what "root" means in Australia and get them into a deep conversation on sports with a native. Then just sit back and wait for the laughs.

Remember (as an example): You don't root for Collingwood, you barrack for them.

Australian Rules Football

by Sathc

Travelling in Melbourne a winter, it would be impossible not to encounter something to do with the Australian Football League or AFL. This sport is an obsession to Victorians along with many other Australians. Many would tell you a trip to Australia in winter would be incomplete without watching a game at the games home, the MCG so pick a team, buy a scarf and go for it! (taking somebody who knows the rules would help a great deal with understanding the game)

Wattle Park

by iandsmith

A classic Aussie park. Lots of space, some sporting fields (including a golf course) and memories of bygone usage.
Wattle Park's singular appeal comes from a delicate balance between historic buildings, man-made landscape and natural bush. Opened in 1917, the park was modelled on the American trolley parks, designed to draw customers to the end of new tram lines.
The Melbourne Tramways Band stills plays once a month during spring and autumn (weather permitting).
Picnics or a barbecues are two popular activities still, along with tennis or golf. Golf clubs and buggies are available for hire.
You can also fly a kite (something I've been told to do on occasions), jog, walk or play cricket on the sporting oval. Amazingly, I would guess due to vandalism, there are no rubbish bins.
You can check out the ponds along the eastern creek and look for the ducks and frogs amongst the native rushes, but the saddest sight I came across was the once splendid water feature fallen into a sad state of disrepair. Where once was a circular pond, now is only cracked concrete and grass and water doesn't pass this way anymore.


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