Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans - John Lennon
Published February 14th 2015
What else is there when you've been everywhere in Melbourne?
Recently I wrote an article on itinerary ideas in Sydney, so I thought why not write one for Melbourne too? For someone who has visited Melbourne a bazillion times, it can be challenging to find something new to do.
Last December I was back in Melbourne again, mainly to spend time with my family. I panicked at the idea of not having anything new to do and being cooped up at home all day. Fortunately not all hope is lost! Here are my top 5 highlights:
There are several well-known beaches in Melbourne, such as St. Kilda and Brighton beach. But if you are looking for a new beach to visit, then Altona is an option! It is relatively quiet and very family friendly. It is also known for kite surfing!
You can easily spend the whole day at Werribee Park. Enjoy a picnic at the formal gardens, or a glass of wine at the Shadowfax Winery. Take a tour inside the impressive Werribee Mansion, a heritage building that has stood still since the 1870s, or surround yourself with the fragrance and sight of 5,000 roses at the Victoria State Rose Garden. Pamper yourself with a weekend getaway at The Mansion Hotel and Spa, which is quite a popular venue for weddings and special events. The variety of activities available makes it the ideal place to hang out with family over the weekend.
With a rating of 90% on UrbanSpoon and raving reviews, this is one of the brunch places you have to try. The cafe is relatively small, and without the queue as my first clue, I wouldn't have found it due to its obscure location in a laneway. I am not going to recommend any dishes because every dish on the menu looks awesome, and I wish I had the appetite to sample everything!
This is another highly rated restaurant, and nothing sells better than word of mouth. We picked the "Feed me" option as our indecisiveness got the better of us when an extensive menu full of scrumptious dishes present itself before us. It appeared to us that you have free rein to order anything you want from the menu and they will continue to feed you until you are full, which is a great deal for $69 per person.
One of the things I love about Melbourne is its graffiti-covered laneways. After lunch at Chin Chin, we stumbled upon Hosier Lane, a major attraction especially since it made its appearance on Masterchef featuring MoVida. If you ever run out of things to do in Melbourne, the laneways make good backdrop for photo taking.
For something really unique and not many tourists have heard of it, try William Ricketts Sanctuary in the Dandenong Hills. Beautiful sculptures of fairy-like indigenous children set in a fern-covered garden. We always take visitors here and it never fails to impress.