The Amateur Traveler talks to Andy Dye about his adopted hometown of Melbourne Australia. Andy grew up in England but fell in love with Melbourne.
Sure the weather was better but Andy also discovered a city with street art, vibrant cafes, culture and sport. Melbourne is the home of Australian Rules Football which was apparently invented by people who thought that rugby was too tame.
Andy talks about wandering around the Central Business District (CBD) and discovering out of the way cafes. Melbourne has museums (like the Melbourne Museum, the Australia Center for the Moving Image), galleries (like the National Gallery of Victoria) and an aquarium.
Melbourne is a multi-cultural city and no places show it off better than Queen Victoria Market or Sydney Road Brunswick. He also talks about side trips such as going to see the penguins at Phillip Island.
Australia Center for the Moving Image
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Shrine of Remembrance
Queen Victoria Market
National Gallery of Victoria
Sydney Road Brunswick
Melbourne: Public Transportation
Melbourne City Transport Schedule
Two excellent options for visitors getting around Melbourne are the City Circle Tram and the Tourist Shuttle Bus. Both operate in loops around the central area, the tram roughly East-West and the bus more North-South. Together, they allow you to get to most major attractions in and around the central area without costing a cent.
SAVINGS ON TICKETS AND DAY TOURS
Another good money-saving tip is to visit HalfTix, the discount ticket service, located on Swanston Street near to the Town Hall. As well as offering discounted tickets for lots of shows around town, you can also buy nearly all the day trips at reduced prices as well. So, if you fancy seeing somewhere outside Melbourne, like the Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road or Healesville Sanctuary, buy your ticket the day before at HalfTix for significant savings.
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