Is this the real Melbourne?
I'd like to hear from a few of you Melbournians as to what our backward Northern Hemisperical (sic) cousins might want to take time to have a look at whilst in the Great Southern Land.
I mean, I know we're all going to be at the PAX and stuff but if someone waned to take the opportunity to immerse themselves in a little bit of Oz while they're here, other than PAX/BAR/SLEEP rinse and repeat, where do they go? What do they see?
Please post up some interesting activities that visitors may like to see or do and maybe wont find in the brouchures and I'll try and keep this info updated.
In and Around Melbourne.
Catch a game of AFL football
The chances are if you're in Melbourne when a game is on, you will hear
the game. The crowds are large and vocal, the followers passionate and the noise of the game rolls around the streets like thunder. It's a game like no other and one you wont soon forget, from the non stop action on the field to the parochial but friendly supporters. It's a game with BALLS! The MCG
is also worth the visit.
The Eureka skydeck
is one place to be sure of seeing everything in Melbourne. Maybe even your breakfast (if you aren't good with heights).
Check out the Markets
The Queen Victoria Markets
were well worth the visit last time I was in Melbourne and there are many many more around the city, each with their own unique flair. Give the souvenir shops a miss and get something you'll really remember at these hubs of real Australian life.
If we can get some feed back on some of the other markets that would be great.
The South Melbourne Market
The Lost and Found Market
The Rose st. Craft Market
...and many many more.
A Litte Culture
The Old Melbourne Gaol.
The Melbourne Musuem
. If you ever wondered why Phar Lap was considered a freak see the beast for yourself.
Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
The National Gallery of Victoria.
Animals Animals Animals!
The Melbourne Zoo.
The Werribee Open Plains Zoo.
The Phillip Island Nature Reserve (You'll never forget your first taste of Penguin ;) ).
The Melbourne Aquarium.
Personally I'd rather eat them than watch them swim around. But to each their own.
Cafes and Bars
The Mana Bar
looks likely to be ground zero in a citywide assault on the capitals booze reserves by the blow-ins. Make sure you stick your head in the door while you're here and say hi to the wonderfull people who lurk there.
in the suburb of Carlton is Melbournes little Italy with a cafe/restaurant strip that will fill any emptyness. Check out the link to see what I mean.
. in the suburb of Fitzroy is another gastronomic thoroughfare not to miss in the city that genuflects to food.
. Apparently a bar that also serves Rock and or Roll
For the Nerdling in all of us.
Apparently Cydus is a cafe
. That serves Lans. Thick and juicy Lans, or so I've heard.
is also a store which looks interesting. May be worth a visit.
Of Science and Swords
seems to be a book store. Like word thingies, on paper. But for Nerdlings.
. Probably easier to say what this store doesn't
in Melbourne is good but better when you don't have to fumble for change. That's where Myki