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Melbourne, Australia

Oct 27, 2007  The sights, sounds, people, and feelings I experience in Australia inspire me.
4.5 of 5 stars based on 8 votes

I fell in love with Australia at first sight, and this is a list of places in Melbourne I've been to and would like to go to!

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Melboune's Southbank Complex

    This is a district along the Yarra River across from the CBD. During the day have a coffee or lunch in one of the eateries in the international food hall...stroll along the river. Or, at night, go to a movie, or see one of the cabaret shows. There are nightclubs and bars, and there's a 90-minute sound and light show, which includes three computerized fountains. At night, there are eight columns that shoot fireballs into the sky! Actually, it can be quite romantic.

  • 2. St. Kilda

    Melbourne is known for its cafe culture, and this beachside community is a great place to sip on some velvety caffeine and people watch. I've only visited once, and I have to return. Luna Park (one of the oldest amusement parks in the world) is nearby, and I want to visit there, as well...ride a roller coaster or two and eat something sweet or deep-fried. ;-)

  • 3. Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

    Dine as you cruise around the streets of Melbourne's CBD in this colonial tramcar. Yes, it's a bit kitsch, but you have to do it at least once! I recommend you book well in advance, since it's quite popular. We booked a couple of months in advance, actually. You can phone or book online. Lunch will set you back about $75 (AUS) and dinner $100-$115 (AUS), but this includes all food and drinks [yes, including alcohol from their well-stocked bar, you lushes! ;-) ].

  • 4. Queen Victoria Market

    This is Australia's biggest outdoor market, and it offers just about everything! I got a great deal on a cool pair of earrings and savored some great pistachio gelato! According to the guidebooks, it has over 1000 stalls on 17 acres. I love it because there are bargains to be found. Next time I'm in Melbourne, I'll visit this market again, and perhaps take the The Foodies Dream Tour...sounds cool. I may even try one of the cooking courses: learn new recipes for Indian curries or learn the art of making petit fours. You can buy everything from clothes, jewelry, fresh vegetables/fruit/meat, footwear, souvenirs, art, and plants to an authentic didgeridoo!

  • 5. Free City Circle Tram

    These trams are perfect to catch when you want to experience a kind of do-it-yourself city tour. Although the time they run and the ground they cover is limited, they're suffucient. Melboune's city center can be easily navigated on foot. There's great shopping ,restaurants, pubs, and bars everywhere!

  • 6. Dandenong Ranges (Rain Forest)

    Beautiful, mystical -- these are words that describe this place just outside of Melbourne. White Cockatoos fly through the trees and in the evenings, the Black Cockatoos make an appearance. The Crimson Rosellas will fly down and land on your arm for a little nibble at what you've got in your hand. I took a cute little tour to this place and we stopped in a picnic area to have Lamingtons, which are little, sweet cakes, and the bus driver made Billy Tea, which is tea prepared the old Bush way over a fire in what's called a Billy can. On the way, during the tour, we passed through a quaint, village-like town called Sassafras. I made it a point to go back on another day to visit, and I had Devonshire Tea with a friend -- Hi Mark! -- at Miss Marple's Tea Room -- see below. Go to the Dandenongs for a bushwalk or a picnic or for any reason just to clear your head...it's so worth it.

  • 7. Miss Marple's Tea Room

    If you enjoy having tea, as do I, you have to visit this cozy, quaint tea room in Sassafrass, just outside of Melbourne. Their house tea is Yorkshire Gold, which has been my favorite for many moons. The atmosphere is great -- tranquil and lovely; you'll feel as if you're in a tea room in the rolling green of the English countryside.

  • 8. Balinese Retreat

    Every sensual pore in my being reacts to photos of this place. I MUST GO THERE!!! Located 45 minutes east of Melbourne in the foothills of the Dandenong Rain Forest, Balinese Retreat appears to be exquisite, gorgeous, resplendent...and not a place to stay if you're on your own. This place looks like it should be experienced with someone extraordinarily special! All my senses want to soak this up, and I can't wait to stay here for a night or two. ;-)-

  • 9. Penguin Parade

    Check out these cute, little critters in the evening at Phillip Island Nature Park, near Melbourne, as they make their way back to their sand dune burrows from the sea. There are special platforms to view them from and photos are not allowed, so that us humans won't disturb their groove.

  • 10. Old Melbourne Gaol

    Next time I'm in Melbourne, I'll visit this place. I've learned that Australians love Ned Kelly -- they see him as an outlaw hero. My knowledge of him is limited -- I saw the biopic of his life a few years ago, starring Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom. I saw bits and pieces of the film about his life made in the 1970s starring Mick Jagger. Ned was hanged here in the gallows. His death mask is on display. It's a historic, grim, and gruesome place where we can see the old small cells and get a glimpse into 19th century prison life. I have to see it!

  • 11. Crown Casino

    Located in Melbourne, this is Australia's largest casino. Just like the Star Casino in Sydney, I've passed this casino lots of times. I'm not much of a gambler, but I'm curious...I hear it's huge, tacky, and dripping with gaudiness...music and laser shows and smoke drifting across the atmosphere from hot ice!