I am a fun-seeking writer living in Melbourne. I have been actively looking for fun and most importantly, free, events and/or activities. I will try my best to keep you, the readers, informed of the most exciting stuff in Melbourne!
Published May 18th 2012
Do you have any plans for Queen's Birthday? Want to go out with family? Want to play a role in "The Hangover" in real life? Your call. Here is the list of 5 exciting things to do on Queen's Birthday:
6th place - Macbeth at Arts Centre
For anyone who loves and enjoys arts, I have a good one for you: drama Macbeth at Arts Centre in Melbourne. It's a story about a brave man who has been predicted by three witches (those witches) to become a king one day. He doesn't believe it, while his (erotic - according to the website) wife is completely tempted.
It will be presented by Bell Shakespeare (don't ask me if he has anything to do with the other big Shakespeare) at Arts Centre Melbourne with tickets from $33.
Wait, what? The beach? Yeah sure, but why number 5? We love the beaches, but in this winter season, there is no guarantee that we will have a sunny day (or at least a non - rainy day) for the weekends before Queen's Birthday. But anyway, the beach deserves a place, even in winter.
I have gone to Chelsea Beach and Gold Coast, and I can tell you that Chelsea Beach is much more beautiful. The water is crystal clear, white sand, some fish schools swim around you etc. To sum up, Chelsea is the best beach in Australia.
4th place - Theme parks
Ok, now you are bored to death in Melbourne, don't want to do anything on Queen's Birthday because you Melbourne doesn't have anything new. So why don't you go interstate, driving your SUV or take an airplane, take your family or friends, and say hello to the warmer Queensland?
You may say "Queensland? Sure, Gold Coast... again?". It's not Gold Coast this time. I now present you: Dreamworld and Whitewater word. I have been there, and I can guarantee that they are legen... wait for it... dary.
This is the homepage to both Dreamworld and Whitewater World.
It takes about 1hour driving non-stop from Brisbane city to get there. They are relatively near the Movie World and Wet 'n' Wild. And I can tell you that the former two easily beat the latter in term of "coolness". For instance, Dreamworld has 8 thrill rides compared to Movie World's 6, and they are not that thrill !
June is winter season, but in Queensland, the weather is not that cold like in Melbourne, so I'm sure you will have much fun at the 2 theme parks.
3rd place - See a movie
Fancy about thrillers, action, science friction? Look no further, cinema has come to the rescue. From 8th June, Prometheus will be released. Despite the name, it has nothing to do with the titans, the Greek gods, etc. like Wrath of the Titans.
In fact, it's the whole way around: the film involves a group of humans in a distant future who have discovered a mysterious star map. It is actually a guide to a mysterious planet (yes, all things in a science fiction film are mysterious). As you may guess, they go there, discover something, and that "something" is... I'm not going to tell you, otherwise it will ruin the thrill. But believe me, I have watched the trailer, and it is super cool.
You've got to watch it. I haven't known anything about the exact release date of the film in Melbourne, but it would be before Queen's Birthday.
2nd place - Visit China Town
This is going to be be fun: China town. The best thing I like about China town is its food. I bet that you can find extremely nice food at significantly low prices. Out of the most beautiful restaurants in China town, I find that the best place is the Camy Shanghai Dumpling and Noodles Restaurant on Globe Alley, Melbourne.
It is more commonly known as the "Dirty Dumpling". I agree that it is a discouraging name, however, it's called dirty because after finishing the meal, customers can't stay for chit chat, otherwise they will be asked to leave. Quite rude, isn't it? But when you get there, you will understand why: there are people lining up to get a table in there! Yes, and I mean lines with an "s". That is more than enough to tell you how popular it is!
It has nice dumplings, fried rice and Chinese noodles which are served extremely quickly. The dumplings are very crunchy and hot. For vegetarians, they also offer pumpkin dumplings (and surprisingly, I liked them as much as prawn fried dumplings).
With Queen's Birthday, be sure to spend some time going to the city and check out the Camy Shanghai restaurant. You will definitely be surprised by the deliciousness of their foods.
1st place - Go to Campari House
And here is the champion: food and wine. Excited, ladies and gentlemen? This is the most suitable place for you to go out and drink with your friends (and meet some good - looking boys and girls I presume?)
From 9 to 11 June, Campari House will hold a party all day. Yes, ALL day. You can have English roast roll and gravy while enjoying the beautiful homemade mulled wine for just $14/person. There will be pizzas served all day with a cost of $10.
To find more details about the event, click here. Here is the homepage of the Campari House.
For anyone who wants to know what Campari House is, it's a CBD restaurant located on 23 - 25 Hardware Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000.