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A travel guide to the World’s Most ‘Liveable’ City: Melbourne

Next leg of my Australia-New Zealand Trip is the amazing city of Melbourne. This is fake ray bans Hosier Lane, Downtown Melbourne. 

In 2015, Melbourne was again named the world’s most live-able city for the 5th year in a row, making it the only city in the world to win the award 5 years in a row. Home to Tennis’ Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia located in the state of Victoria is often called Australia’s “Most Tourist Friendly City” because of its amazing nightlife, world-class public transport and a wide array of restaurants and cultures making Melbourne a melting pot of people all around the world.

In my earlier blog post, I wrote about my roadtrip to the famous Great Ocean Road located 3 hours from Melbourne. Click here to view it.

Now, I’ll be writing a guide to share some of my tips and personal favorites whilst in Melbourne. I, honestly, fell in love with Melbourne, and would personally agree that it is indeed one of the most liveable cities I’ve traveled to so far.

How to get around Melbourne

Getting around Melbourne is fairly easy with the numerous public transport options available. The city has a tram system that operates extensively across the city, taking you to most points of interest located within the city. It’s operated by Metlink (for more information on public transport click on the link). Melbourne also has an extensive bus and train system that get you from point A to B without any hiccups. For instance, if you’re planning to visit the outskirts of the city like Brighton Beach, Melbourne’s buses or trains will take you there in 20 minutes from downtown Melbourne.

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Cityscape, Melbourne

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Free Transportation

Melbourne is one of the most tourist-friendly cities in the world. You can catch a free tram from downtown Melbourne up until the Docklands near Etihad Stadium. This practically covers most of the tourist spots located in the city.

Also, there’s a  visitor shuttle that goes around the city stopping at the different landmarks in the city. Just look for “Visitor Shuttle Bus” that’s usually colored in red for a minimal fee of 10 Australian Dollars (AUD) for 2 days. You can also choose to get a Myki Card, which is similar to the different transport cards used in London and Hong Kong. The card is re loadable and can also save you money depending on how you’ll use it.

Cheap Eats

Cost of living in Australia is quite high so food is also rather expensive. But thanks to the melting pot culture of Melbourne, there are a lot of Asian restaurants that are available across the city. You have Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, and Korean food scattered across the streets of Melbourne. If you’re on a budget, Thai and Vietnamese restaurants often offer excellent meals for just around 10 AUD per person. Areas like Chinatown in downtown Melbourne often offer the most variety in terms of food.

I was on budget during my whole 2 week stay in Australia and New Zealand. Wrote about my under $100 per day budget here. Click the link for more info.

Top Things to See and Do in Melbourne

Flinder’s Street Station – The main and biggest train station in Melbourne. Flinder’s Street Station is a major landmark in downtown Melbourne. The building and structure is unmistakable, with it’s European/Victorian Architecture in its facade.

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Flinder’s Street Station

Walk along the south bank of Yarra River – Take a stroll along Yarra River and get a glimpse of the city landscape of downtown Melbourne. A perfect spot to take photos is by the riverbank along the south side with the buildings of Melbourne in the background. From Flinder’s Street, it’s a short walk to the south bank.

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Melbourne City from the Yarra River

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South Bank

Visit the State Library of Victoria – The State Library of Victoria located in central Melbourne has a Victorian architecture making its facade look like the buildings in Europe. But the hidden gem is actually on the inside. Go up to the 2nd to the top most floor of the library and take a photo of the library below. The tables below as well as the book shelves make a symmetric, instagram-worthy shot. Oh, for those interested in other kind of activities – here are the best theme parks in Melbourne.

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From the outside

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From the inside

Brighton Beach – Just a 20 minute commute is Brighton Beach. A must visit for those who would want to take photos with the iconic colorful beach houses. Enjoy the waves and stroll along the beach coast in nfl jerseys cheap this laid back neighborhood in Melbourne. For those who are looking to go away from the city, Brighton Beach is a must-go.

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Iconic Beach Houses

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Beach reviews front – Brighton Beach

Hosier Lane – Melbourne is well-known for art. In this city, graffiti is also considered art and the famous Hosier Lane gives you an idea on how graffiti can turn into a creative masterpiece. Stroll along alleyways of graffiti and take countless pictures with different works of art in this alley just off the Federation Square and Flinder’s Street Station.

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A Vespa in Hosier Lane

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Graffiti is Art

Docklands – This modern and new part of Melbourne is home to the Eithad stadium and many new and modern architectural buildings and apartments. It’s also nice to take a stroll along the dock taking pictures of the yachts and seagulls that are in the area. It’s easily accessible by a tram from central Melbourne.

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Melbourne is famous for it’s hand-crafted coffee, ice cream, and gelato. Stroll along Lygon St. to check out different coffee shops and dessert parlors. A nitrogen ice cream is also worth the try. Make sure to try out the different food and desserts Melbourne has to offer!

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Coffee in Seven Seeds near Docklands

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Nitrogen Ice Cream from Nitro Lab

All photos taken using Fujifilm XE-2. Stay tuned for the next series post on my New Zealand Adventure.


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