Freelance writer & journalist in the fields of lifestyle, technology and entertainment.
Published February 22nd 2011
Melbourne city is famous for its love and passion for art and this is one reason why you can see different forms of art thriving here. One such attraction which makes the city more colourful is the street performance on various places in the city. Be it artistic chalk portraits and drawing or the jittery rope walking or dancing moves by the well dressed performers - you can enjoy all of it on the street adjoining the Yarra River in Southbank.
This street is known as Yarra Promenade and it stretches from Crown Casino to the South Gate Mall and beyond and offers many attractions by acting as perfect platform for many artists to showcase their talent. This display is at its best during weekends when it is generally buzzing with life amidst kids, teenagers, young and old people either strolling on the street or sharing some light moments with their kith and kin. Amidst this walk you can stop at various nooks and enjoy the riveting acts of comedians, soulful bands, fire performers, dancers, well painted statue look alike and others. If you are an enthusiastic person you can also participate in these acts (if allowed) and watch the crowd applauding your spirit and skills.
Apart from these acts of entertainment this street also holds eating joints in the form of restaurants, bars and cafes flanking on its side. While Number 5 is a casual hangout for some relaxing jugs of beer, restaurants like World Restaurant bar, The Noodle House and Left Bank Melbourne are good to munch for lunch. There are numerous benches on this stretch where you can park yourself and watch the river snaking its way through the city. You can explore the rich aroma of well blended coffee in a cafe which is located right under Yarra river walking bridge (connecting to Flinders St Station) and feel the gentleness of wind on your face. If the calling of this river becomes too strong then you can hop into the river cruise and take rides at minimal cost. These cruise rides last from 1.15 hours up to 2.5 hours and cost from $22 for adults to $75 for family. These costs vary depending upon concessions and number of people in a group.
Skirting the bank of Yarra River is the famous Eureka tower which offers breathtaking views from its highest floors in the southern hemisphere. If you have kids then this place should be soon ticked off your weekend to do list. This street also houses the much awaited Sunday market during summer season where you can shop for your favourite art and paintings and bring home some exquisite jewellery at a good bargain.
This street scores additional brownie points for its proximity to the public transport. Get down at Flinders St Station and cross the bridge to enter the world of fun and frolic and some good time. Experience a gamut of entertainment by walking along this street and witness the versatility of human minds.