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To start the day off you might want to drive around sampling the swathe of markets on in the inner suburbs. Head out early to the corner of York and Cecil streets to get a trolley- full of cheap good greenery at the South Melbourne markets. Or run rampant at the markets in Prahran with all their delis and scrumptious bits and pieces. The Queen Victorian Markets are probably the best known, and if you're up for a few elbow- jostling moments in the crowds that descend on the place, you'll be sure to grab some bargains. On Sunday's the food stalls are closed, and it tends to be more bric-a-brac, in addition to a wine market. The 'Vic' markets are at the top of the city between Queen and Peel streets.
Lunch might be on the cards next, and one of the most popular areas is Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. Trendy, dodgy, delicious, alternative – depends on your personal point of view, but this street owns a unique vibe in a city that's already bursting with personality. Street- seating is perfect for enjoying your lunch and passing Sunday crowds. Or if you want a slightly more classy, and very Italian experience, just a small walk away is Lygon street.
But don't linger too long, otherwise you'll have the sun setting on you before you manage to make your way over the other side of town to St Kilda. Summertime is when this suburb comes into its own, and living here feels like a beachside town rather than a suburb of a city. Sunday is when St Kilda puts on her best frock to flirt with the weekend crowds.
There are so many Melbournian landmarks crammed into this suburb but Luna Park is indisputably the Lord and Master of them all. It's free to get in, but you pay per ride (which can get very expensive very quickly, so make sure you buy a day pass). The park heralds the beginning of Acland street – another den of gourmet delights.
To finish off the afternoon, it would be a criminal offence not to take advantage of some of the Sunday entertainment on offer by St Kilda institutions like the Espy Hotel (on the promenade) or the George Public Bar (on Fitzroy street).
The George will be packed out a little later on in the evening – there's an amusing cover band entertaining the crowd with old Beatles hits. Cue the raucous singing amongst patrons and bar staff alike.
If you're not up for a rowdy finish to your lazy Sunday, and in the market for something a little more transcendental, why not seek out the king of all views and buy a ticket for the top of the Rialto Towers? Costs $11.80 for an adult, and you can go up and down as many times as you like.
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Connects Tullamarine Freeway to Monash Freeway passing West Gate and Calder Freeways.
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From Eastern Freeway on the North-end and Frankston Freeway on the south; passing Springvale Road,Ringwood Bypass, Burwood Highway, Monash Freeway and Dandenong Bypass.
Cars- 29 cents to $5.26.
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THINGS TO DO
Address: 11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053
Museum Victoria is the largest public museum organisation in Australia. You can find more than 17 million objects, photographs, specimens, and documents at the Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum, and Scienceworks. Learn more about the life of the Aztecs by visiting the Melbourne Museum where you can find striking statues, hundreds of cultural treasures, and dramatic multimedia displays. The Aztecs exhibit runs until August 10, 2014.
Address: Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
One of the most iconic structures in the city is St. Paul's Cathedral. This is the perfect place to worship and pray because of its beauty and serenity. If you are planning to tour the cathedral, you can easily download the Cathedral App for free via Google Play or Apple Store. This will give you access to an interactive map and audio tour to guide you during your visit. The cathedral also has a shop where you can buy memorabilia and other souvenirs.
Home of the Australian Open tennis grand slam since 1988, Rod Laver Arena hosts a wide array of world-class artists, family shows and other spectaculars throughout the year. The Arena consistently ranks in the top few venues by ticket sales internationally, alongside the likes of O2 Arena in London and Madison Square Garden in New York. The Arena features a moveable roof, which gives it the versatility to transform and suit all kinds of sporting and musical events.
The best way to see the city is up in the air! You don't need to ride a plane to do that because you can do it by riding the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. This is the only giant observation wheel in the Southern Hemisphere and it offers uninterrupted 360-degree views across the city. The giant wheel lights up the city skyline every night with its amazing LED light display. Riding the Melbourne Star is more than just the view, it's more of an experience.
For a unique golfing experience, head to GlowGolf Docklands where you can play 10 holes under a special UV lighting or try the 18 hole that randomly generates a score. You can find this one-of-a-kind mini golf course at the Melbourne Docklands. Most people are scared of being buried alive and now you can get a glimpse of death by riding the Coffin Ride. This simulated ride features a special 3D stereo soundtrack that creates a more eerie atmosphere. photo by Freedom2b
Address: 52 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Do you want to be the next diva or pop star? KBOX Karaoke lets you shine and sing your favorite tunes without worrying about other people hearing you. Unlike other local pubs where everybody can hear you sing, this place has private rooms that can accommodate groups of 4 to 22 so you can belt it out. KBOX also have party rooms that feature mirror balls and disco lights so you can dance while singing. Do you know that singing can help you lose weight? Stay at the CYBERDAM room so you can track the number of calories you burned after each song.
PLACES TO EAT
The restaurants in Melbourne are like no other in this country and the city has become a wonderful breeding ground for the culinary arts.
From the Princess Theatre to the Art Gallery, the city offers culture that is envied by the other states. Much of Australia's performing talent has originated from the city. With a Melbourne car hire to do what you want, when you want, the options of entertainment are endless.
Some restaurants to note are:
B'Churrasco -Get a taste of authentic Brazilian cuisine right in the heart of the city. All of their meat are grilled over open fire and served rodizio style. Enjoy a selection of 12 Australian best roasted meats and poultry, sausage and sauces served from their specially designed Brazilian Churrasco. The cozy restaurant is located Upstairs at 61 A' Beckett Street.
Mamak - If you are a lover of spice, heat and everything that is great about Malaysian food, be sure to put this at the top of your list of places to visit.
WHERE TO SHOP
The shopping scene is also brilliant in the city - and a trip along Chapel St will ensure that your wallet is a bit lighter when returning home. For the serious shoppers, make sure to hire a car with plenty of trunk space to fit in all your hard days shopping.
What to expect in Melbourne? Hire a car to enjoy the city!
Four seasons in one day, the culture capital of Australia and the culinary capital are all apt descriptions for Melbourne. The capital of Victoria may not be all glitz and glamour like its rival capital - Sydney, but this place has a sophistication and elegance that welcomes everyone who visits.
Day Trips - Driving from Melbourne to the Dandenong Ranges
Who said there was nothing good about the city's weather? The Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley experience such an eclectic mix of weather conditions that the area is quite unlike anywhere else – and it all starts just 30 kilometers down the Eastern freeway from the metropolis.
The Dandenongs are famous for their majestic, tall, white manna gums, with a lush canopy 40 or more meters high, where lucky travelers can spot koalas at rest. At ground level, unlike the typical dry Australian forest, lush plant life and delicate ferns make excellent hiding places for wombats and other wildlife. There are plenty of places tohike (over 300kms of track in fact), take scenic drives, camp and picnic in the ranges. Campers should lock away all food at night as the wombat population isn't shy about conducting midnight snack raids.
For families, the Puffing Billy is a great destination. Puffing Billy is a 110 year old steam train that makes a 25 kilometer journey through Emerald Lake Park (a great stop for a picnic by the spectacular lake), the lush forests, ferny gullies, picturesque countryside and on to Gembrook (check first because not all services run the whole route). There are several options for travel from three course fine dining with local wines included, to dangling your legs over the side and getting up close to nature. Special events such as “Thomas The Tank Engine” days and murder mystery themes are also available. Puffing Billy departs from Belgrave 3-4 times daily depending on conditions and a family pass for the whole route is $97.00.
Nearby, art lovers can visit the Burrinja Contempory Art Gallery precinct with open studios, eateries, workshops and exhibitions by the local Indigenous community.
In YarraValley, wine lovers are in for a real treat. The YarraValley is one of Australia's premier vineyard districts (producing some of the worlds finest Pinot Noir) and there are dozens to choose from. Pack yourself a designated driver and get ready to taste! Whether you are after a best seller (cellar?) or something boutique and unusual, some of Australia's best wines are available for quaffing! Visit Coldstream Hills, Rochford, Domaine Chandon, DeBortoli, Bianchet, historic Furgussons and dozens more, many sporting a tasting deck or restaurant with divine views of the surrounding countryside and vineyards. The region is a must-see for wine lovers!
From Dandenong, head north-east along the Maroondah Highway towards Healesville (or Yarra Glen), the hour long drive features picturesque views and there are plenty of vineyards along the way. For an especially breathtaking drive, continue on to Maryville.
For families or international visitors, The Healesville Sanctuary is one of the very best places to view and interact with Australian wildlife and is well worth a visit. Healsville is also a great place for antique shoppers to find treasure.
Sip a local wine and sample local cheeses, desserts and fresh produce or indulge in a day spa experience. Couples will love the local B&B accommodation options, romantic picnic spots and walks in Sugarloaf Reservoir Park and the fresh farmers market on the third Sunday of the month. Yarra Glen is the perfect spot for taking things easy!
Melbourne is a hustling, bustling cosmopolitan city with so much to see and do that despite its big open bay and ample greenery, you may just find it hard to relax. Luckily, the Dandenongs and YarraValley are an easy day trip away!
Time for another round of tips from your favorite Grandpa! Our destination for today is the capital of Australia. It is also the most populous city in the state of Victoria and the second most populous city in Australia. With the city centre positioned at the estuary of the Yarra River, the metropolis is located on the large natural bay known as Port Phillip. The metropolitan area then extends south from the city centre, along the eastern and western shorelines of Port Phillip, and expands into the hinterland.Today, it is a centre for the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, sport and tourism.