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Melbourne - What to do/see

MissMimagenMissMimagen Perth, AustraliaRegistered User new member
Coming over to Melbourne a few days early this year and wondering if there is any "must do" "must eat at" that Melbournites recommend. We have been to Melbourne before but you guys are the pros and we are sure there are hidden gems we can explore. Also probably relevant for others on the forum?

ps. we are already booked into the Childs Play Trivia night.

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  • agentcooperagentcooper Brisbane, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Make sure you check out the laneways in Melbourne, lots of cool stuff in there e.g.. Crepes! http://www.roulegalette.com.au/ (personal favourite!), Movida http://movida.com.au/movida/

    Check out the ACMI in Melbourne there's usually always something interesting going on there. - https://www.acmi.net.au

    Minotaur and Outré for your pop culture and art needs.

    All of these are recommendations are from my personal experience.

    PS. Also, visit Brisbane :)

    Let's trade: https://www.pinnypals.com/pals/agentcooper
    "Damn fine pins!"
    MissMimagenfishfishmonkeyhat
  • Squire_PugSquire_Pug Melbourne, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    PAH! to Brisbane...

    +1 to Roulegalette + 1 to ACMI

    Touristy you can do the Eureka Tower Skydeck for cool view, Even more touristy but more fail is the big ferris wheel in docklands.

    Definitely wander into the alleys in Melbourne, very safe and many cool shops/cafes to find.

    Other than that it is down to taste, state library, art gallereries, museums, sporting grounds, theatre, games laboratory is always cool to visit, there will be a games night prior to pax.

    MissMimagen
  • noevidenznoevidenz Melbourne, AustraliaRegistered User new member
    Melbourne is actually a very safe city, even at night. I've heard (from Tycho no less - PAX Prime 2015 Make a strip panel) that people from other cities don't feel safe walking around cities at night or entering the laneways, so if you know any locals, get someone to take you around and ease the "murder feelin's".

    MissMimagen
  • SennoSenno AustraliaRegistered User regular
    If you have the opportunity to see a show - I can recommend them. Not as good as Broadway - but it's the best of Australia when it comes to theatre. Check out http://eastend.melbourne/ for the major theatres, and ask the information centre about shows.

    The Queen Victoria Markets are massive - and there is plenty to enjoy there (Melbourne is really great for shopping, overall), but the markets have plenty of good food and clothing, and they even offer tours. Check out www.qvm.com.au

    I'll join in with others about ACMI - www.acmi.net.au - it is a great museum of moving images - including games, and it's worth a look. It has a pretty cool David Bowie exhibition up there now - but even if you aren't into that - it has plenty to offer. And ACMI is in Federation Square, which is always housing something or other, but is also home to National Gallery of Victoria (only the Australian collection, but it's still impressive).

    Across the road from ACMI and NGV is St Paul'a Cathedral http://www.stpaulscathedral.org.au/, which is a beautiful cathedral and they offer tours and services.

    Luna Park www.lunapark.com.au is a short tram ride away from the CBD and offers a dozen or so rides - including the famed Scenic Railway. It's small, but it's a nice little trip, and the area has a few other attractions to check out.

    Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant https://draculas1-px.rtrk.com.au/ is a dinner theatre which is an institution in Melbourne - and has another one in Gold Coast. I haven't been to the Melbourne one, but I've been to the Gold Coast one three times and enjoyed it each time. The food is pretty decent, and you will enjoy the show. They are doing a retro vampire show at the moment, all 70's glamour and very kitsch.

    The Tramcar Restaurant is interesting http://www.tramrestaurant.com.au/ - it takes you around the city on the tram at night. I've never been on it - but the reviews are quite good.

    Crown Casino http://www.crownresorts.com.au/ is big - has some nice clubs, some restaurants, a bowling alley, and a huge gaming arcade called Galactic Circus.

    Eureka Tower has a skydeck and observation area, as well as The Edge, which is a glass floored area that hangs off the edge of the building, a full 88 floors above ground level. It's not cheap, but the best viewing experience in Melbourne, if you're into it. http://www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/

    There's plenty to do. The guys at the tourist info centre are really nice, and there are some good souvenirs to get from there as well. They'll help you out. As with most major cities, theres a zoo and parks and museums, I tried to steer you towards unique or outstanding Melbourne experiences.

    fishfishmonkeyhat
  • fishfishmonkeyhatfishfishmonkeyhat Freelance Pin Man Newcastle, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Could you please go into more detail?

    :P

  • SennoSenno AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Could you please go into more detail?

    :P

    Well, I could recommend this - haven't tried it but sounds interesting. https://www.zerolatencyvr.com/

    fishfishmonkeyhat
  • fishfishmonkeyhatfishfishmonkeyhat Freelance Pin Man Newcastle, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    That looks cheesy as fuck.

    We should totally do it.

  • SennoSenno AustraliaRegistered User regular
    That looks cheesy as fuck.

    We should totally do it.


    fishfishmonkeyhat
  • Cookienommer51Cookienommer51 Registered User regular
    edited September 2015
    Yea Zero Latency sounds really cool we should organise to do this.

    That price doh. $88 ain't cheap man

    Cookienommer51 on
    fishfishmonkeyhat
  • HitmanSamHitmanSam Registered User new member
    You can go see Spectre (if you haven't done so already by then) at IMAX Melbourne (3rd biggest screen in the world), unless of course you live anywhere near the 1st or 2nd biggest screen

    fishfishmonkeyhat
  • flasheflashe Craft Beer Aficionado US - East CoastRegistered User regular
    HitmanSam wrote: »
    You can go see Spectre (if you haven't done so already by then) at IMAX Melbourne (3rd biggest screen in the world), unless of course you live anywhere near the 1st or 2nd biggest screen

    Is the Melbourne IMAX within walking or tram distance from the CBD area? I'm flying over from the states.

  • PAX_SkeletorPAX_Skeletor Melbourne, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    flashe wrote: »
    HitmanSam wrote: »
    You can go see Spectre (if you haven't done so already by then) at IMAX Melbourne (3rd biggest screen in the world), unless of course you live anywhere near the 1st or 2nd biggest screen

    Is the Melbourne IMAX within walking or tram distance from the CBD area? I'm flying over from the states.

    Tram distance for sure. It is on the North East edge of the CBD grid, whereas the convention centre is on the South West edge. Trams are now free within the CBD grid area though, so definitely within range.

  • vonhistvonhist Mr Melbourne, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Post what you are into and us locals can probably tell you where to find it.

  • PAX_SkeletorPAX_Skeletor Melbourne, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Activison are hosting a free CODBLOPS III Zombie themed escape room in Fed Square at the same time as PAX, bet there are a few people here that would be interested. Head to the link for more info and to book tickets:

    Free Escape Room!

  • feralmasterferalmaster melbourneRegistered User regular
    @PAX_Skeletor Thanks for the heads up, :)

    posted by a carbon flavoured beer based life form
  • flasheflashe Craft Beer Aficionado US - East CoastRegistered User regular
    Any locals know if any craft beer breweries are worth going to and are near public transportation?? Or a good pub/place to sample some of the Aus craft beers??

  • feralmasterferalmaster melbourneRegistered User regular
    edited October 2015
    @flashe

    Mrs Parmas, little Bourke near the Lonsdale st exit of Parliment train station and a fair few trams pass by.

    It has an exellent and ever changing selection of local craft beer.

    BEERS ON TAP

    HARGREAVES HILL GOLDEN ALE - HARGREAVES HILL
    COCKIES OCEAN ROAD PALE ALE - COCKIES BREWERY
    HAWKERS IPA - HAWKERS
    TOOBORAC "WOODCUTTERS" AMBER ALE - TOOBORAC BREWERY
    2 BROTHERS "GROWLER" - 2 BROTHERS
    BRIDGE ROAD ROBUST PORTER - BRIDGE ROAD BREWERY
    ROTATING BEER TAPS - NEW BREWS & FAVOURITES
    CIDER TAP - OLD & NEW STYLE CIDERS
    NORTON LAGER - HOLGATE BREWHOUSE

    http://www.mrsparmas.com.au/

    I'll happily come for one, or three....

    feralmaster on
    posted by a carbon flavoured beer based life form
    flashe
  • bman26bman26 Registered User regular
    As a Melbourne local I can recommend our burgers.

    Merrywell @ Crown Casino
    Cafe 51
    Easeys
    Huxtaburger

    These are all in the city or near enough to.

    Other good eatings...

    Hutong dumplings in Market lane
    Melba Buffet ($100aud pp but it's amazing)
    Yu-u (flinders lane)
    Imperial Hotel - amazing pub food.

    Things to do

    Eureka Tower (88 floor viewing deck)
    Laneway Tour
    St kilda beach
    Shrine of remembrance

  • bman26bman26 Registered User regular
    flashe wrote: »
    Any locals know if any craft beer breweries are worth going to and are near public transportation?? Or a good pub/place to sample some of the Aus craft beers??

    Cookie in the CBD on Swanson St is your best bet in terms of convenience, rotating taps and heaps of bottled.

  • PAX_SkeletorPAX_Skeletor Melbourne, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    A bit further away, located out in Footscray, but accessible by train or tram:

    8 bit burgers are delicious, and have a menu inspired by classic 8 bit era games.

    Also they have milkshakes!

  • bman26bman26 Registered User regular
    A bit further away, located out in Footscray, but accessible by train or tram:

    8 bit burgers are delicious, and have a menu inspired by classic 8 bit era games.

    Also they have milkshakes!

    Yeah, these are delicious too, 10/10 would eat for the 239857293th time!

  • vonhistvonhist Mr Melbourne, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    only 10 minutes by train from Southern Cross (Spencer St) train station.

  • flasheflashe Craft Beer Aficionado US - East CoastRegistered User regular
    This may be a bit off topic...but any locals know of any pick up Volleyball games within the city. I've checked out the Aus website already and it's mostly leagues. Most of which are in progress. I was hoping to try and play a few pickup games, since I'm in Melbourne on Mon and have some time to try things out.

    @feralmaster thanks for the recommendation! I'm down to try it out! PM me if you have a day in mind and I'll swing by, first rd on me, but only if the beers are good ;)

    feralmaster
  • mouseno4mouseno4 Registered User regular
    edited October 2015
    I would never recommend anything specifically. Why? Because as far as i am concerned the most fun and enjoyment can be had by simply EXPLORING. I have spent YEARS lurking around the city, going into ever corner, down every side street, into every shop and poking my nose into just about everything. Have i found things i absolutely loved? Of course!

    But i would want anyone - ANYONE - to do the same as i did. I want you to LOOK down that alleyway and discover that down every single alleyway or side street, is little treasures wanting to be discovered. I want people to find these things, knowing full well that there are HUNDREDS of other places as yet, unexplored. If i give someone a ''cheat sheet'' it would feel like i would be selling the city woefully short on anything that is not on that list.

    Last month i found an amazing little Japanese sweet tooth haven where they sell everything sweet that comes from anywhere in Asia. I want people to discover it for themselves, or better yet be SHOWN these little gems by a local as there is no better thing than be taken around to a local's own little favourites.

    I would love to take some international visitors around the city for a few hours as i would like to see their reaction to the things i personally show them.

    EDIT - If any international visitors are in Melbourne CBD during the day on Thursday and want do some exploring with me personally, since i will already be there to pick up my badges for PAX, i would be happy to show them a few spots i personally like. (Would be like 1% of the city as this city is huge)

    mouseno4 on
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