South Melbourne Travel Guide
city from Collins St
Southbank and Crown Casino
Talking to the animals
Best Market in the City
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...
Yarra River Front - Downtown Melbourne
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...
Station Pier Condo: Stay along the Waterfront
At Station Pier Condominiums they have a heated outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym equipment set in a beautifully landscaped courtyard.I stayed in a 2-level condo with two bedrooms, 2 bath and full kitchen for $70 US a night.
Right on the waterfront of Port...
Pacific International Suites: Melbourne City Center
Comprising 150 suites, Pacific International Suites Melbourne is ideal for overnight visits as well as family holidays and long stays. All suites have fully furnished living and dining areas and are provided with a 24-hour room service. With a cocktail bar, restaurant and...
Isthmus of Kra: Excellent Thai
An excellent find. There are many different good thai restaurants in Melbourne...but this is no exception. Another dimly light, romantic place for a nice dinner. The thai food is some of the best we've tasted in Melbourne.
Baked Oysters...Green Curry
Trilussa Caffe: more great Italian pastas
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...
Caffe Trilussa: Carlton - Melbourne's Little Italy
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...
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.
Updated Apr 1, 2004
Address: Racecourse Road, Flemington
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Map Melbourne - Healesville (Yarra Valley)
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.
Map showing Wilson's Promontory
Here is a map showing more of the South East of Victoria, from Melbourne - Gippsland (including Wilson's Promontory)
Here is a map of part of Victoria, showing in detail Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay. To the South East bottom of the screen, is Phillip Island, home of the Fairy Penguins (and one weekend each October, the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix!)
If you need to find a Taxi, they're nice and bright and easy to spot.Here's one with the Flinders St Railway Station in the background.
Take the TRAMS
It's easy to get around Melbourne using the public transport system. Purchase a Metcard to get you into town and around town all day or just for a few hours.
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.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 513 Elizabeth Street
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.
Written Jan 16, 2005
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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.
Updated Feb 19, 2003
Wilsons Prom Wildlife
Besides great hill and beach walks of different lengths (and so much more) at Wilson's Prom, there's also the great wildlife - including these bold parrots who flew into our campsite for a free feed (luckily for them, we carry bird seed for these occasions!)
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...