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Published February 19th 2014
Pretend You Have Just Arrived In Melbourne
A lot of us work in Melbourne's Central Business District and travel there daily, however we often don't see the things that a tourist sees.
Coming into the city of a weekend and viewing Melbourne in a different light, is a novel weekend experience. Grab yourself a map and hop on a tram and view Melbourne's sights.
1. Board the City Circle Free Tram and hop on and off as you please. It's a great way to get to the Docklands or travel around the perimeter of the city. The City Circle Tram (see map) travels along Flinders Street, Harbourline Drive, Docklands Drive, La Trobe Street and Spring Street. Trams run every 12 minutes between 10am and 6pm Sunday till Wednesday and 10am till 9pm Thursday till Saturday.
2. Head to Federation Square, have lunch at the numerous alfresco dining options within Fed Square or grab a sandwich and sit outdoors and watch the various street performers. There is a tourist information centre at Federation Square to pick up a map. Take a photo of the Flinders Street Station clocks or visit ACMI.
3. ACMI (Australian Centre for Moving Image). ACMI, also at Federation Square, has a number of spaces for exhibitions in addition to movie screenings. It is a great idea to check out their website regularly for free exhibitions or to book in to see a film. You can book online for screenings. The Kids Film Festival held during Easter is always a hit and sells out quickly. It features different movie packages for different age groups and features films made by children for children.
4. Degraves Street, is just across the road from Flinders Street Station between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets and is a little lane way bustling with activity. Sit down and have a meal and coffee and watch the people go by or visit the many boutiques throughout the lane way.
5. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is situated on the corner of Flinders Street and King Street with a City Circle tram stop right outside. It is only a short walk from either Flinders Street Station or Southern Cross Station and is open 9.30am till 6pm daily.
6. Polly Woodside is another stop to visit on your tour around the city. Open Saturday and Sunday only, from 10am till 4pm this tall ship was launched in 1885 and made trips to many parts of the world including Australia. Polly Woodside can be found at South Wharf and can be easily accessed from the Wurundjeri Way City Circle tram stop.
7. Melbourne Star, the Docklands Observation Wheel has reopened in January 2014 and is located at 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands. Get a bird's eye view of Melbourne as you travel up to the Wheel's highest point. Open from 10am till 10pm daily and from 1pm Christmas Day and ANZAC Day. Booking information can be found here.
8. The Queen Victoria Market or Queen Vic Market is one of Melbourne's oldest markets originating in 1878. It is at the north end of the city located between Queen Street, Victoria Street and Peel Street, taking up two city blocks. Here you can purchase a variety of goods including clothing, shoes, cosmetics, souvenirs. Make sure you visit the food section for fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, meats and delicatessen items. The market is open Tuesdays and Thursday through Sunday. Opening times are detailed here.
9. The Old Melbourne Gaol is situated at 377 Russell Street and is a chance to step back in time and see what life was like for prisoners from the mid 1800's when it was built, until 1929 when it was closed. The Gaol is open from 9.30am till 5 pm daily except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Image from That's Melbourne Website
10. Cooks' Cottage or Captain Cooks' Cottage is another historic site to visit. Set amongst the Fitzroy Gardens off Wellington Parade on the south east edge of the city, you can explore the garden and visit the rooms of the cottage and marvel at it his quaint cottage which was built in 1755 in Yorkshire and transported to the gardens in 1935. Open daily from 9am till 5pm with further information available here.
Of course there is so much more that Melbourne has to offer in the way of exquisite little lanes with cafés and restaurants, shopping precincts, and lots of other attractions and places to visit within the CBD. So go exploring around the city and enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer.
Hello, I love your newsletter. I'm coming to visit Melbourne for the first time in October(very excited). The one thing we can't see in your newsletter, is the month I'm visiting. I would love to know what festivals, exhibitions and other events that are on. So we can plan our visit to the maximum extent.
This is still a great newsletter.