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trip around Melbourne, anyone?any advices?;)
Posted July 15th, 2010 - 11:07 am by from Poznan, Poland (Permalink)
heya

ive just arrived to Melbourne (Bundoora) and I will ba here a few months, studying. I have free weekends, so I would like sightseeing a bit because I will not have chance to come Australia soon. Does anyone have any advices where to go? maybe there is someone who wants to join me? or someone who has time to show me around? I dont have car, but i heard renting is a good idea or if someone has it would be amazing or public transportation is also fine. basically I am open for any ideas ;)

hope to see you guys soon ;)
Lucja

Posted July 25th, 2010 - 3:24 am by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Hi Lucja,

I have lived in Melbourne for 7 years now, I'm currently travelling around South Australia or i would have loved to show you around Melbourne, bummer!

But here are a few of my favourite things to do in Melbourne anyway,

I highly suggest a long walk through the botanical gardens (St.Kilda Road, CBD) on a sunny day, if you wander for long enough in there you may stumble upon a lakeside cafe, and they do the most amazing cream and jam scones. The beautiful flora is completed contrasted by the city skyline, that may be what makes it so special.

Mt.Dandenong ranges are also quite stunning, there are two places there where you could do nature walks,
The National Rhododendron garden:
http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1park_display.cfm?park=162
and,
William Ricketts Sanctuary:
http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1park_display.cfm?park=216,
both a sight for sore eyes.
At night time you could then head up the mountain to a place called sky high, a restaurant perched at the very top, you don't have to eat, but from there you can look out and see all of Melbourne illuminated by its thousands of twinkling lights.
http://www.skyhighmtdandenong.com.au/

In this area there is also the old puffing billy steam train that winds through the mountains, this is worth a trip as it is at the heart of every Melbournian child's nostalgia. http://www.puffingbilly.com.au/

If you enjoy going to markets, there is the St.Andrews craft market every Saturday, it's always fun to traipse its aisles and the people are lovely.
http://www.standrewsmarket.com.au/

Hope that these ideas help you and you have a wonderful time in Melbourne! Take care of her whilst I am away.