You don't need to be Mayor to know that Melbourne is one of the world's finest cities. You also don't need me waffling on about why our city is so great; you've been there and experienced it for yourself.
Like any other city, however, there are areas worth side-stepping. Listed below are three such examples. Although not inherently dangerous spots, they have been known to breed trouble, especially when the sun goes down.
1 – The Steps Outside Flinders Street Station
Despite the heavy police presence, the steps outside Flinders Street station continues to attract its share of trouble-makers and religious fanatics. It's never a pleasant experience sifting through such characters to catch the 10.48pm train home. The best alternative is to veer left and use the turnstiles opposite Federation Square instead.
2 – Swanston Street - McDonald's and Hungry Jack's
24 hour restaurants are a haven for drunks and angry clubbers who are still feeling the effects of that last Jager shot. The McDonald's and Hungry Jack's near the bottom of Swanston Street are prime examples. If you're in the city and have the munchies, wait until you get home to eat the left over Supreme you ordered before you went out.
Okay, slightly tongue-in-cheek. Still, if you're walking past the MCG, try not to aggravate supporters of the losing club. It's just asking for a flag to be launched like a javelin. This goes for followers of all teams, not just the Magpies (well, maybe except for Kangaroos supporters, they're a pretty placid bunch).
what about Dandenong the train station is always patrolled but itsw not safe. also walking round Dandenong after dark is just asking for trouble even if your the biggest person or a top fighter . people in packs do not care they are out to cause harm .
King St after dark looks dodgy (as I drive through with windows up tight & doors locked)
Too many seedy 'gentlemen's clubs.'...
It's worse at dawn when many 'workers' of these clubs are heading home.
I've never seen so many ladies with 5 o'clock shadow....