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Melbourne

By November 20, 2019 No Comments

When-Where-Why?

Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria, southeast of Australia. It is a city where you feel good and worth a visit!

We stayed there for three whole days but one more day would have been cool. We walked nonstop for hours so if you are less sporty take more time!

We visited the city in November 2019. It was nice and it was nice.

Internet & Phone

There is wifi in many cafes and restaurants but also free wifi in the city.

You can buy phone cards with a lot of internet.

At Vodaphone, for 30AUD you have unlimited calls and messages and 30GB of internet for 30 days.

Money

Here we use the Australian dollar (AUD). 1AUD = 0.62 euros in November 2019.

There are banks everywhere; there are also exchange offices.

Transports

Plane

Many international and domestic flights serve Melbourne. From the airport you can get to the city by taxi (around AUD 80) or by bus.

Uber

Uber serves the city.

Bus & Tram & Metro

There is a lot of public transport in Melbourne and the city is very well served. The circular tram line is free and it’s a nice old tram that runs. For the tram you have to buy a “Myki” card before going up. It costs 6 AUD and you can buy it in the 7 eleven. Then you can reload it.

More information on the public transport website: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/more/travelling-on-the-network/visiting-melbourne-and-victoria/

Website for the tram: https://yarratrams.com.au

Other well-made sites: https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/parking-and-transport/public-transport/Pages/public-transport.aspx

Housing

There are many accommodations. We chose a great Airbnb in Richmond. It is a nice neighborhood with lots of Asian restaurants.

The accommodation was as described. Marion is super nice and gives good advice for visits!

https://www.airbnb.fr/rooms/14271707?source_impression_id=p3_1574154623_wGLxZF19rAcodq%2Fu

Food

You will find everything everywhere, and if you like Asian food Melbourne will satisfy you!

There are two very nice markets where you can eat street food. Check the schedules before you go because it’s not open every day and all day. Sometimes there are even festivals.

* The Queen Victoria Market

Site web :https://qvm.com.au

*South Membourn Market

Site web:https://southmelbournemarket.com.au

Nice Addresses

*Section 8 Container Bar

A nice open bar when the weather is nice.

Address: Tattersalls Lane

* Sister of Soul

Vegetarian restaurant super good.

Address: Acland Street

*Tiger Rabbit

Thai restaurant very cute. Impeccable service. Delicious and hearty dishes.

Address: Victoria street

*Hung Vuong 2

Vietnamese restaurant serving only noodle soups. It’s hearty and very good.

Address : Victoria street

Activities

Here I will not talk about museums and parks, but know that there are! In three days we mostly walked and explored the streets of the city. Here are some tour ideas if you like walking!

* Street Art

What: In Melbourne there are very beautiful Streets art. Some are well hidden and others are well known. The What’s on Melbourne website is super well done. Take the wifi and follow the map!

Duration: Few hours all day. It depends on your pace and all the digressions you make 😉

Where: In the central district of the city there is some very beautiful. You will see everywhere.

Website :https://whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au/walks/index.html

* Lane & Places

What: In Melbourne there are plenty of streets that end in “lane” or “place”. Some are really nice for their Streets art, and others for their architecture or cafes and restaurants that can be found there.

Duration: Few hours all day. It depends on your pace and all the digressions you make;)

Where: Here is where we ventured without any regrets! We combined this circuit with that of Streets art (see previous tab).

*Arcades

What: Passages in the middle of buildings, beautiful galleries with sometimes original shops and beautiful pastries.

Where: I highlighted on the map above, try to include them in your visit to the center. They are towards Collin Street, in the center.

If you are short of beach go to St Kilda. It is not the most beautiful beach in the Pacific but it feels good to feel the fresh sea air.

There is not much to do in St Kilda. You have to walk the streets and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

*Botanical Garden

There are big trees with small signs but in itself it looks like any garden in the city.

* Luna Park

The oldest amusement park in the city. The attractions are not very big. It is the design of the park which is especially interesting.

*Theater

Next to Luna Park.

*Beach

It is large enough but the view is not crazy either (view of the cargo port at the bottom right …).

*Street Art

There are some beautiful works on the streets, it’s up to you to find them!

My favorite neighborhood. Small super nice houses with a bit of Anglo-Saxon architecture. Stroll through the alleys everywhere you can find small nuggets. There are beautiful street arts, cool shops and a hipster atmosphere that reigns there.

I still give you a list of streets not to be missed for the atmosphere, shops and restaurants.

-Gertrude Street

-Brunswick Street

-Smith Street

-George Street

-Westgarth Street

-Cecil Street

-Oxford Street

Here too, you have to get lost in the streets. The atmosphere here is a little more classy than in Fitz Roy even if we find in places low houses with moldings on the facades.

The market sells products at prices a little higher than elsewhere but it is nice and it is a good place to do some tastings.

The Albert Park is huge and offers a nice panorama of the buildings of the city.

The Italian district. I did not have time to explore it but there are pretty streets and we go especially to eat good products cooked Italian! You can also visit museums and hang out in the parks.

There is a beautiful beach outside of Melbourne. Some, like Brighton Beach or Hampton, have colorful cottages in front of the sea.

The beaches are nice, clean and the water very beautiful.

There are also beautiful views along the coast.

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