The Spencer

475 Spencer St., Melbourne, 3003, Australia
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good quality sound ing didgeridoo

by kerrynlee

looking for a store or place where they sell decent didgeridoos I bought my last one at Victorian market a mistake very difficult to produce sounds, any advice after Melbourne I'm travelling a little Nth. of Shepparton into N.S.W
I want to choose my own rather than purchase on the web.
thankyou Kerryn

Re: good quality sound ing didgeridoo

by Mikebb

Ask the retailer to play it for you. This way you can check the sound. Select 3 or 4 and then ask him to play it. If he says no, or cannot play it do not buy.

In August I was on a 10 day tour of the Northern Territory. Our bus driver was an expert and used to test them at most stops. There is plenty of rubbish around, high price does not mean a great sound.

Re: good quality sound ing didgeridoo

by TheWanderingCamel

Getting a sound out of a didge is difficult at any time!

Re: good quality sound ing didgeridoo

by balhannah

I have not bought one, but thought you might be better buying one from an Indigenous Arts and Crafts shop. There were several in Darwin that had Aborigine's behind the counter, also in Queensland, so perhaps there is also some down there. At least they could play it for you and you could hear the sound, and hopefully it would be authentic buying it from them!
Just an idea!

Re: good quality sound ing didgeridoo

by Anne12

Check out the
Here you can find what is available in Melbourne.
Shepparton has an Aboriginal population, but I couldn't find anything there, except the Bangerang Cultural Centre, which looks like it is a school.

Re: good quality sound ing didgeridoo

by Eggboy

I have a friend in Shepparton who may be able to help. He is indiginous Australian so may have good contacts in the area if you are travelling through. Let me know.

Travel Tips for Melbourne

The historic grand dam of...

by Ronald_T

The historic grand dam of Melbourne's Victorian architectural heritage, the
Melbourne Town Hall is a magnificent example of the City in the 19th century. It was built in several stages from the 1860s to the 1920s. The majestic portico and adjacent Council chambers and Admission block were added from 1887 to 1909. Free tours of the Melbourne Town Hall are available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm, and on the third Saturday of each month.

Victorian style/era 2 storied terraced houses

by Kate-Me

Melbourne is one of the world's best preserved cities of Victorian architecture (if not THE best) and this is especially evident in its Victorian terraced housing, which I was surprised to see recently still remains quite prominent and is more widespread through Melbourne than even I had realized. Grouped together in rows of 4 or 5, with some often identical, these terraced houses look so charming and historic to me.

come at Christmas time!

by Krystynn

There are just so many things to see, do, taste and smell during this festive season. You will never, ever feel bored when these ultra-sociable Melbourne folks welcome you into their arms... as you go shopping and merry-making with them.

That's Australian hospitality for you!

Photo Below: Beautiful decors at MELBOURNE CENTRAL. I just couldn't resist taking this pic!

Layers - layers!

by BeverlyTyler


Like every place you visit, pack for the trip then cut in half and then take at least 10% more out. Remember with the good valve of the british pound and US dollar in Australia you may want to buy items here from jackets to shoes to gloves and hats . Wear one color and wear it every day. Dress for comfort. I don't like sneakers, prefer walking shoes or walking boots (helps the ankles) but if the drought continues you could probably get away with sandals. Sneakers do label you as a tourist but what the heck. It's a great way to get an Australian to say, "Righto, can I help you mate?" Then not just point to where you need to go, but take you there as well. "No worry mate!" My main suggestion: ALWAYS WEAR A HAT AND LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS AND/OR THE HIGHEST RATED SUN SCREEN. SUNSCREEN, SUNGLASSES, SUNSCREEN. Buy what you need when you get here in the way of Toiletries. There is a photo developing shop in almost every block and they are reasonable. Buy your film here too and have it developed as you travel along (never get double prints). Then send the prints home with other things you buy and take the negatives home with you. All can be bought or rented here. ALL THROUGH AUSTRALIA THERE ARE INTERNET SHOPS IN EVERY CITY, TOWN & VILLAGE AND CHEAP TOO, ABOUT $5-6 per Hour AU.

For other helpful advise check out the web sites and handbooks of all the major companies such as Lonely Planet, Fodor's, Frommers, etc.

The story of The Dive

by iandsmith

Sometimes the seemingly banal can turn out to be quite interesting. Such is the case with a pond of discoloured water and a crumbling ruin behind an adjacent fence.
The suburb is Box Hill and, were you to turn back the clock, you might see hundreds of people here with some launching themselves off the edge into the murky water below. According to legend, the pit was bottomless. There was even a story that there was plant at the bottom and one day a spring sprung and flooded the entire hole.
The reality is that, at the deepest point, it measures 24 metres, still a substantial drop.
The clay used by the Haughton Park Brick Company to fire the bricks that built the nearby suburbs came from here. In the depression of the late 19th century, the works closed and 100 staff were laid off; a severe blow to the community as many of the workers lived with walking distance.
In 1907 the Shire of Nunawading imaginatively added a diving board, ramp and bathing sheds. Imagine, there were brass bands, crowds cheering swimmers on in the races, picnics everywhere. It was known as Surrey Dive.
Time moved on and just six years later another brickworks opened, the Box Hill Brickworks with its dominating red brick Hoffman Kiln that broods over the park today, having closed in the 1980s.
The pool's history was also chequered. Water was scarce during drought years in the 1960 and the council had a ready resource here but its ultimate demise came with chlorinated swimming pools and by 1976 it was decided to close it as a swimming hole. It had been the first in Australia, in 1933, to have marked 100 metre lanes, 10 to be exact.
Today it has become a facility for model boats and there's a designated walk around the area and, should you want a swim, there's another pool just 50 metres away. Somehow, it just lacks the atmosphere.


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Address: 475 Spencer St., Melbourne, 3003, Australia