South Melbourne Things to Do
Even though the Victoria Markets are bigger...we think this one is the best in the city. They have the best seafood...and the best fruit and vegies.The best seafood is on the aisle with the rest on the corner...where everyone is dressed in blue...can't miss it. If you get a chance...Pick up a few dozen tasmanian oysters...and enjoy some of the best...more
Experience the romance and excitement of river life on Melbourne's marvellous Yarra. Plying the river are water taxis and leisure craft, hugging the shores are restaurants, cafes and bars. The Crown Entertainment Centre at one end and Victoria's beloved Melbourne Cricket Ground at the other.more
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South Melbourne Hotels
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South Melbourne Restaurants
This time, one week later than the first time we visited Caffe Trilussa, we were there with a party group (des nouveaux amis de Francedownunder.com Melbourne).Service was very good, we had the back room all to ourselves, and the decor was very nice (one of the main reasons I chose the restaurant, after trying it out the week before to make sure the...more
The Caffee is fairly small - just small tables in the front of the restaurant, but there's a narrow room out the back which seats about 20, and I really liked the ambience there, even though we were the only ones sitting there! The walls are painted a gold/terracotta with Italian/Greek style figures on them that reminded me a lot of Pompeii (which...more
South Melbourne Nightlife
Geebung Polo Club: Pub Music, night spot
A nice, modern, large and clean venue with 2 large bars, and several dining areas.
The interior paintwork is quite trendy (one corner of the dining area is bright red, 2 others are lime green) but the place still retains its nice pub atmosphere as well.
The Geebung was the first gig venue of the new line-up of my husband's Rock band, with a brand new singer and direction.
The band is called "Almost Angels" and you can see pics of their show in one of the travelogues below.
Dress Code: neat casual dress, at least. Of course you can dress up a lot more if you wish.Related to:
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South Melbourne Transportation
From Melbourne you take the Eastern Freeway until the Nunawading exit. Turn right into Springvale Road and then left onto Whitehorse Road, which later becomes the Maroondah Highway. Keep going straight on this highway to Lilydale and then the B360 takes you to Healesville.more
South Melbourne Shopping
The Queen Victoria Market: THE VIC
Queen Victoria Market is a quintessential Melbourne experience that's not to be missed if you're visiting Victoria's capital. Queen Victoria Market, a.k.a. "The Vic", is a local institution.
This is what makes it one of the city's most interesting tourist attractions. Like an afternoon at the footy, an early morning trip to the market offers an insight into Melbourne's unique traditions and characters.
Queen Victoria Market is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere, covering seven hectares, and more than half of this space is devoted to fresh produce and the gore-fest that is the meathall,
Offerings include the pedestrian, the exotic, the obscure, and the downright bizarre. You'll feel compelled to somehow involve yourself in the madness.
What to buy: If you want to sample the interesting bits and pieces that catch your eye as you wander around, consider taking a guided market tour.
Certainly, there are some interesting stalls. For the most part, the inedible wares area is a bargain hunter's paradise.
What to pay: Less than retail. Many great bargins and lots of local crafts.
South Melbourne Local Customs
Part of the local culture of Melbourne is all the different ethnic group/international festivals held throughout the year, especially international music.
This one is from Jan 16, 2005, at Federation Square - about 8 hours of various music and dancing by the Brazilian community of Melbourne.Related to:
South Melbourne Tourist Traps
On the surface it seems like a good attraction...a nice island, easy to reach in a day trip from Melbourne. BUT the only way to see the fairy penguins is if you pay to get into the area at night and take a tour, en masse with hundreds of other tourists, busloads, etc. It's very commercial and I feel sad for the penguins who must waddle up the beach each night in the glare of spotlights and camera flashes. It's not a natural setting at all
BUT it's up to you.
Phillip Island definitely IS worth seeing - but for me it's for other wildlife like Koalas and seals. The seals can be seen on a rocky island off the coast of the Island from the Seal Rocks Sea Life centre (where we also saw hundreds of breeding seagulls on the clifftop). If you're lucky, you may even see a seal at closer range, swimming in the heavy seas near the rocks below the centre.
Unique Suggestions: You'll just have to be prepared for a large crowd.
Fun Alternatives: Instead you could see Fairy Penguins at Victor Harbour in South Australia (1 hr south of Adelaide). It's much less commercial and you can take a ranger tour to see them. They're much more undisturbed here.
South Melbourne Off The Beaten Path
Wilson's Promontory is a really great National Park area a couple of hours east of Melbourne - easy to get there in a day from Melbourne but you'd want to spend more than a day there. There's everything from short walks to overnight treks, but be warned: it's so beautiful it's extremely popular, and in summer the place resembles a huge tent/caravan...more
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