As an explorer and an adventurer, each time I visit Melbourne, I choose to stay in a different locality. Recently, the purpose of my visit had me placed right in the 'Arts' Hub' region of Southgate. Well, all I can say is, this is definitely a 'top of the list' location to stay in Melbourne.
How wonderful it was to be able to walk out the door and not face the car traffic on the roads. Having previously stayed in Collins Street, Docklands and St Kilda, once you step outside the hotel, you are generally greeted with the daily congestions of traffic.
However, if you stay in Southgate and you 'want this', you can just walk across the Princes Bridge, past Federation Square and within just a few minutes, "Hello, Collins Street". From here, your little hard-working feet can take you anywhere you want to go.
Okay, so the deal and the delights of staying in Southgate are;
It's a river location, which is pleasant, interesting and vibrant
The entertainment value. Another treasure of Southgate being pedestrian only is that it creates a platform space for creative people to randomly appear day or night, to perform for you. This is 'their' stage and 'you' (the public) are their audience. They will entertain you and I'm sure, entertain themselves, as get to practice their craft in front of you. Yes, they will ask you for a donation at the end of their performance, but this is your choice.