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What Can You Do Today In Melbourne

Melbourne‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌hip,‌ ‌dynamic‌ ‌metropolis,‌ ‌with‌ ‌an‌ ‌exciting‌ ‌city‌ ‌center,‌ ‌inner-city‌ ‌neighborhoods‌ ‌that‌ ‌are‌ ‌full‌ ‌of‌ ‌unique‌ ‌character,‌ ‌and‌ ‌lush‌ ‌green‌ ‌parks‌ ‌and‌ ‌mountain‌ ‌ranges‌ ‌where‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌enjoy‌ ‌Australian‌ ‌nature‌ ‌at‌ ‌its‌ ‌finest.‌ ‌

The‌ ‌city‌ ‌is‌ ‌known‌ ‌for‌ ‌its‌ ‌many‌ ‌laneways,‌ ‌its‌ ‌cultural‌ ‌diversity,‌ ‌excellent‌ ‌dining‌ ‌options‌ ‌for‌ ‌all‌ ‌budgets,‌ ‌and‌ ‌amazing‌ ‌street‌ ‌art.‌ ‌It’s‌ ‌also‌ ‌known‌ ‌for‌ ‌being‌ ‌the‌ ‌coffee‌ ‌capital‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌world,‌ ‌and‌ ‌for‌ ‌being‌ ‌regularly‌ ‌voted‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌world’s‌ ‌most‌ ‌livable‌ ‌city!‌ ‌

Let’s‌ ‌explore‌ ‌the‌ ‌best‌ ‌things‌ ‌to‌ ‌do‌ ‌in‌ ‌Melbourne:‌

Melbourne Restaurant

Eat a late-night burger at Butcher’s Diner

What is it?
Butcher’s Diner is a 24-hour restaurant with a heavy focus on meat. Surprisingly, it’s not just for carnivores and it serves one of the best burgers in Melbourne.

Why go?
Where else can you get a premium burger made with a mix of fill and half-blood Robbin’s Island wagyu, 24 hours a day? Plus, at $12.50, it’s a steal.

Don’t miss:
Trying a skewer of offal, if you’re game!

Surprisingly, it’s not just for carnivores

Twenty-four hours. Twenty-four freaking hours, seven days a week is how long Con Christopoulos is keeping his new CBD venture open. It’s a compelling reason to grab dinner late or have a steak for breakfast. Please welcome Butchers Diner to the growing ranks of venues keeping the Melbourne CBD up all night.

Simon Poole, who has been a longstanding meat-obsessed member of the European Group, breaking down the animals and churning out all things cured and aged for venues such as the City Wine Shop, the European, Kirk’s and French Saloon, is now heading up Butchers Diner.

While the menu is meat-centric, it is not as carnivorous as it may first appear. You’ll clap eyes on a cabinet taking up the entire back wall filled with hanging meats when you walk in. Sadly, it’s stock for all the other restaurants, but the offering in the diner is compelling in its own right.

There is a definite European lean on the menu, but there are touches of Japan, America and China. Burgers starting from $9.50, made up of cuts of the day sit alongside lightly battered, sesame-spiked Japanese fried chicken ($12) comprised of marinated dark meat, Kewpie mayo and piquant pickled daikon. 

There are skewers of offal ($7.50 for 2) cooked over Japanese white charcoal and come unapologetically chewy, bouncy or irony (and depending on the cut, served medium); and you can get a soft, spiced house-made blood sausage and curried egg bap ($10).

Plus there’s the daily one-plate special that could be anything from a Carolina-style barbecue pork with ‘slaw and cornbread or crispy skin confit duck with pickled vegetables and a sweet chili jam. Each of these items stands up on their own, but we’d advise coming with a few friends and ordering around the world.

Melbourne Restaurant

But vegetarian gems punctuate the meat-fest. There’s a classic grilled cheese toastie ($6), falafel on a daily salad ($10), wood-fired seasonal vegetables ($8), a crispy tofu noodle salad ($10) and an American-style vegan hash you can pimp up with additional sides.

If none of these take your fancy, they’ve just installed a 24-hour, all-vegan vending machine with items all under $10 stocking up with coconut yogurt, a selection of salads, superfood studded energy bars, cold-pressed juices and raw chocolate. Bet you didn’t see that coming when you heard about this all-night diner.

Ordering is all done at the counter and is cash only (if you’ve left the house without hitting an ATM, they’ve conveniently installed one by the front door for you). Food arrives on stainless steel or plastic. Eating with your hands is encouraged, so if you are looking for a place to have a formal lunch meeting, this ain’t it.

 All offerings come to take away, all day, every day, so, listen up, office workers. Booze is carefully selected craft beer tinnies ($8.50-$12.50) or premium half-bottle wines ($18-$60) to cater to all tastes. Prices are more thoughtful than smashable, so it’s probably not where you’d go to pound back a few after a gig if it’s rent week. If you’re after a pick-me-up, coffee is $2.50 a serve for filter.

This may be one of Melbourne’s first 24-hour food temples, but just like regular restaurants, it gets jam-packed at peak eating hours. And while the name may suggest that it’s a carnivore’s club, there is something for everyone and pricing is as egalitarian as it comes.

Find out more at https://www.timeout.com/

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Shop along Brunswick Street

What is it?
Melbourne’s alternative side is in full force in Fitzroy, this inner-city haven for all things cool and kooky.

Why go?
Fitzroy’s main drag, Brunswick Street, is packed with vintage clothing stores, Melbourne fashion labels and secondhand stores including Hunter Gatherer, Mud, Alpha 60 and the Lost and Found Market.

Don’t miss:
If you’re visiting on a Saturday or Sunday morning, hop over to Rose Street for the weekly Rose Street Artists’ Market. It gathers together some of Melbourne’s most exciting artists and designers to display their wares and talk about all things handmade.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Melbourne Star is the Southern Hemisphere’s only observation wheel, offering a sky-high experience like no other. Standing at a staggering 120 meters tall, this is Melbourne like you’ve never seen it before.

From famous landmarks, glittering skyscrapers, your unique vantage point will treat you to sights as far as the Dandenong and Port Phillip.

Guests at Melbourne Star now have more options than ever, they can soak in the unparalleled 360-degree views of the city from the spacious, temperature-controlled cabins while audio commentary reveals the history and significance of the sights below.

Add some sparkle to the experience with a Sparkling Flight and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or beer while on board, or indulge taste buds with delicious catering from Peter Rowland, who since 1962 has been dedicated to crafting special celebrations. Enjoy either sweet, savoury or both canapés with beverages in a Private Cabin at Melbourne Star.

Why not treat yourself to the Sights, Lights & Delights package and see all sides of Melbourne. Enjoy the stunning sights by day, then be enchanted by the lights in the evening, plus, delight in a beverage and digital photo pass during your experience.

The team looks forward to welcoming you – prepare for take-off.

Accessibility:

  • Actively welcomes people with access needs
  • Suitable for guests who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behavior
  • Suitable for guests with vision impairment. Attained by providing for guests with partial vision impairment or total loss of useable vision
  • Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf
  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance
  • Actively welcomes people with access needs
  • Suitable for guests who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behavior
  • Suitable for guests with vision impairment. Attained by providing for guests with partial vision impairment or total loss of useable vision
  • Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf
  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance

Find out more at https://www.visitvictoria.com/

Yarra River

Take a kayak down the Yarra

What is it?
A kayak ride right through the center of the city thanks to Kayak Melbourne

Why go?
It’s one of the coolest ways to see Melbourne’s skyline – and nothing beats seeing the sunset over all those buildings.

Don’t miss:
The Moonlight Kayak Tour. It runs for two and a half hours, is suitable for all ages, and there’s no experience necessary.

We’re pretty lucky to have a river running through our city

We’re pretty lucky having a river running through our city – mostly because it means we get to do things like paddling a kayak right through the center of the city and observe Melbourne’s skyline from a pretty unique vantage point.

Kayak Melbourne runs Moonlight Kayak Tours along the Yarra River. The tours run for two and a half hours, are suitable for all ages and there’s no experience necessary. Punters meet before sunset in Victoria Harbour and, following a safety briefing, you’ll set out to explore the sights of the harbor.

Kayakers will then tie up to a dock on the marina and be served fish ‘n’ chips in a special on-the-water dining experience.

Following the meal, you’ll continue upstream under the Bolte Bridge and through to downtown Melbourne, passing the dramatic fire display at the Crown Casino, Flinders Street Station and the historic Princes Bridge. It’s here you’ll get an Instagram-worthy snap of Melbourne’s skyline as the sun goes down.

Melbourne Restaurant

Taste Michelin-starred food for less than $10

The Michelin-starred Singaporean hawker restaurant has opened its first Australian eatery in Melbourne

Melburnians can now try the food from Singapore’s one Michelin starred hawker stall without having to fly out to the lion city. Teaming up with Hersing Culinary, the company responsible for bringing fellow Michelin star recipient Tim Ho Wan to Australia, Hawker Chan has opened a hundred-seater venue on Lonsdale Street.

The new restaurant is dishing out chef Chan Hong Meng’s signature cheap-as-chips dishes. The majority of items are less than $10 a plate – you’ll get some spare change back when you order any of the signature Hawker Chan meals like the Hong Kong-style soy sauce chicken rice (only $8.30), egg noodles with roast pork ($11.30), or char siew ribs with hor fun noodles ($10.30).

It’s an efficient operation, there’s no table service, customers order at the counter and the food comes out at lightning speed.

Lonsdale Street is a long way from the original stall in Singapore’s Chinatown Complex, and while that inimitable hawker market charm is near impossible to replicate in a large, new venue, it’s hard to complain when you can get a decent meal for less than a tenner. 

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Melbourne Cricket Ground

In sport-mad Melbourne one venue stands head and shoulders above the rest as the epicenter of Victorian sport – The Melbourne Cricket Ground.

‘The G’

Affectionately known as ‘The G’ to locals and cricketing fans the world over, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is a cultural icon and one of the most important cricket grounds in the world.

History in the grass

The spiritual home of Australian cricket as well as the Australian Football League (AFL), the MCG has also played host to countless high-profile events, including the 1956 Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and concerts by the Rolling Stones and Madonna.

Football and cricket

With a massive seating capacity of 100,000, the MCG hosts more than 90 days of cricket and Australian Football each year, with more than 3.5 million excitable fans passing through the gates each year.

Event tickets

Seating is usually divided into three areas: public, MCC members and AFL members. Most events allow for the pre-purchase of reserved seats in public areas for guaranteed entry. Unsold seats are available for purchase on a general admission basis at the public gate on the event day. Some exceptions exist, so call ahead to check.

Food and drink

Food and drink kiosks operate around the ground on event days. Look for the red and white signs. Options from salads, sushi and sandwiches, to wraps, kebabs, burgers and rolls, pies, hot dogs, chicken and fish are available. You’ll also find snacks like chips, ice cream, doughnuts and muffins on site – and of course fresh coffee.

Where to stay
There are several hotels within walking distance of the MCG and an abundance of choices in Melbourne’s central business district (CBD). Choose from the Hilton on Wellington Parade, Flag Choice on Jolimont Road, Royal Hotel on Punt Road and the many backpacker places and budget options in the city.

Getting there

The MCG is in Yarra Park, between the suburbs of Richmond and East Melbourne, a 15-minute walk from the city. Walk across the William Barak Bridge, from Birrarung Marr, near Federation Square to Yarra Park.

Access the Great Southern Stand via gates 4 or 5, the Ponsford Stand via gate 1, and the Olympic Stand via gate 3. Climb the steps to gate 5, or use the ramp in front of gate 4. Access gate 1 via the Rod Laver Arena footbridge or ramp on the corner of Jolimont Street and Jolimont Terrace.

Find out more at https://www.visitvictoria.com/

Coburg Lake Reserve

Go tobogganing at Lake Mountain

What is it?
Lake Mountain is an alpine village only two hours from Melbourne that’s perfect for a day trip.

Why go?
This alpine region is great for skiers and snow bunnies in winter, and in the warmer months the resort is an ideal day-trip destination for bushwalking, mountain biking, cycling, trail running, leisurely picnics and nature walks

Don’t miss:
Trying out tobogganing. Lake Mountain has dedicated toboggan slopes that are great for beginners.

Lake Mountain

Lake Mountain is an all-year destination a stone’s throw away from the Yarra and Goulburn valleys. The resort offers an on-mountain ski school for first-time skiers, a beginners snowboarding terrain park, tobogganing and plenty of other activities including a flying fox, tube ride and laser skirmish.

While there is no downhill skiing or snowboarding (and no lifts) Lake Mountain still offers 30 km of groomed cross country skiing. In the warmer months, the resort is an ideal day-trip destination for bushwalking, mountain biking, cycling, trail running, leisurely picnics and nature walks. 

Equipment hire

Ski packages (skis, boots and poles) start at $40 per adult or child. Snowshow packages (including boots and poles) start at $25 per child and $35 per adult. A toboggan package (toboggan, pants and boots) starts at $50 per child and $60 per adult. Rental for just a toboggan is $14 per day. 

Where To stay

Accommodation is just a hop and skips away in Lake Mountain’s beautiful surrounding towns and villages. There are caravan and holiday parks for budget travelers which start at $95 per night, or middle-range, self-contained lakeside cottages in Healesville and Marysville for around $200 per night.

For those seeking a lavish retreat, Woodlands Rainforest Retreat in Narbethong is just a 30-minute drive from Lake Mountain. The chalet offers a luxe in-ground jet spa, balcony views, cozy fireplaces, a minibar and in-room kitchens. There’s also nearby access to horse riding, free bike rentals, optional local cuisine breakfast and in-room massages for an additional cost.

What to do in the offseason

Hire a mountain bike or bring your own to Lake Mountain in the warmer months for a more relaxed off-road experience or road cycling adventure. Relaxed nature walks or more intense mountain climbs are all possible across the mountain trails. Alternatively, you can try laser skirmish, the flying fox or the tube run. 

Melbourne Markets

Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market, the iconic landmark of Melbourne, Australia was publicly opened on March 20, 1878. This marketplace has been serving the residents of the city for over 140 years. It has undergone numerous changes and of late, been included in the National Heritage List.

It’s one of the most prominent places to visit in Melbourne, the capital of Australia and the country’s most significant fresh product market.

Queen Victoria Market popularly called Queen Vic or Vic Market is a major attraction in the heart of Melbourne and stretches across two city blocks. A pulsating and lively marketplace where you can let lose your shopping spree at more than 600 small stores selling everything from fresh vegetables, fruits, local, imported epicure food, souvenirs, and garments.

The market remains open five days in a week, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Queen Victoria Market operates seasonally, especially on Wednesday nights. The timings being 5 pm to 10 pm when you can hang around mid-week with your family and friends to savor mouth-watering street food, beverages, as well as live entertainment.

The marketplace has taken many green initiatives so that shoppers can buy stuff keeping the environment and sustainability in mind. Vic Market implemented a countrywide ban on the usage of plastic bags as well as straws in May 2019.

The shoppers have an array of choices to shop conveniently sans the use of plastic bags. These include hiring a trolley from Market Espresso, filling a cardboard box right from Pick-A-Box spots on I Shed and Queen Street, or purchasing a recyclable bag from Vic Market itself.

Melbourne Market

How to Reach Queen Victoria Market

  1. Taxi, cab or shuttle:

You can get to Queen Victoria Market from Melbourne Airport by cab, taxi car, and shuttle. You can also take a cab or taxi, which is the fastest way to get to Queen Victoria Market in 17 minutes. The distance is just 21.8 km via M2 taking around 19 minutes.

  1. Bus services: 

You can board a bus from Skybus Coach Terminal, which would take about 45 minutes or so.

  1. Car:

 Again, you can also choose to drive from the airport to Vic Market, which is an affordable option, taking approximately 17 minutes.

Melbourne Market

Best Time to Visit Queen Victoria Market

The best time to visit Queen Victoria Market is from March until May (Autumn) and again from September until November (Spring) because of the pleasant climate during this time. The ideal time for you to visit the market is during the early morning hours to avoid the crowd. You can also head for Queen Vic late afternoon to grab the best discounts.

If you visit the market during the summer months of December to February, avoid noontime because the weather becomes extremely hot in Melbourne during this time.

Autumn is the perfect time to visit the marketplace due to the mild weather. Melbourne experiences glorious spring, which is the best tip for some shopping here. Avoid the winter months of June to August, as the temperature dips and gets a bit cold and chilly.

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