Melbourne also has its' own version of Chinatown where I experienced the cultural diversity similar to that which I'm used to in Sydney. The festival made me more anxious to see the oriental wonders of Japan, where my travels will take me later this year. I fell in love with this wonderful city and I'm sure you will too!
Melbourne is a very diverse city when it comes to the population, And because of this the cuisine has also been effected. Melbourne is world reknowned for its diversity in food.
Lygon St in Carlton has a broad range of Italian cuisine.
Chinatown is the home of asian cuisine
Or if you prefer more modern and trendy joints, visit Chapel St for new age cafes.
The people of Melbourne are extremely friendly, so if youre stuck there is help all around you.
should you travel via public transport at all during your trip, you may come across some brightly dressed crowds of people, some in family groups, but more likely large groups of males. These are 'footy fans' and should be treated with the utmost respect. Particularly if it is post match, and their team lost. They will be drunk, possibly over friendly or even a little bit agro. Just smile, nod and agree that the umpire is indeed a blind white maggot.
If you ask me, I think the Melbourne people are friendlier than their Sydney neighbors! Don't get me wrong; those in Sydney are also friendly... It's just that these Melbourne folks are an exceptional bunch of people! I've also realized that some folks don't even lock their homes!! Amazing! Also, the weather in Melbourne is colder (it's not uncommon to experience 4 different types of weather in ONE DAY!). For example, in the mornings, the weather can be as chilly as 13 degrees Celcius; and then by mid-day, it can shoot up to 38 degrees celcius (that's when I'd suffer a major migraine... Serious!!)... and then, somewhere in between, it be so wiiinddyyy... Sigh.
People in Melbourne don't care about the traffic signals. I was very surprised by that scene. The police officers? I think they don't care, too. Well, of course I mean the pedestrians. They use pedestrian crossing but don't pay much attention to traffic signals. But that's not very dangerous there. Cars pay attention to people on the street and they don't drive very fast.
To start a conversation mention the footy. Melbourne people love to talk about the footy (except in summer when its tennis and cricket). Even people who hate the footy love to tell you why they hate it.
THE LOCALS HATE SYDNEY: Melbourne has an unfortunate geographical position, as it is relatively close to one of the world's most exciting and beautiful cities - Sydney. In comparison, Melbourne is like a big ugly sister who has a nice personality, but you wouldn't really want to spend a night there. As such, a lot of Melbournians have a big chip on their shoulder, because Sydney is a much more expensive, glamourous, exciting, global city that they could never afford to live in. If someone asks you about Sydney, just tell them that it was really terrible. They will become your best friend. (For all the Melbournians who read this - I am only joking - try to GET OVER IT!!)
weather: Melbourne four season in a day..... If you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes! well.... it's true! remember to always have a jacket or something similar with you! Temperature can raise an fall in a minute. And never forget a total protection sun creme, they really DON'T have ozone and skin cancer is one of the top ten ilness down there... take care!
Here in Victoria you often have to sleep with some nice animals.... They're so big that you can clearly see the 'ugly face' they have! Try to tell to anyone you had a guest:
'oh, in queensland you can find some as big as a dish! anyway there's no danger, that kind of spider wouldn't bite you.... a lot of people keeps them in their houses just because they kill any other annoying insect.... not me... but a lot people does!'
Australians will normally split (share) the restaurant bill.
We will ask people on meeting them 'how are you' we don't expect an answer as it is just a greeting. Like G'day.
We call people 'mate' usually other men but sometimes woman, please note this is the same as 'buddy' as used by Americans. It is not a term used in a sexual way, as in 'my mate'!
It gave me such a great pleasure to see the book by Fidel prominently displayed at the bookstore at the MEL airport.
Viva Fidel.. Viva Australia
A good local custom seems to be strolling along the streets of St Kilda. I forgot the name of this particular street, but it is full of cake shops and cloth shops!
Melbourne was the first city to have prams, this is definantley cultural to the city, Sydney in the late 90's announced trams, yes SYDNEY is un-original in this term :)
this fellow is not a aussie and that upsets me a bit.
maybe dad will invent a aussie character for me.
I remember that when I was a child I loved stranger coins whit a hole in the middle... in australia thwey have holes with stars (50) windmills (10) and compass? (20)