Hidden Secrets - Melbourne City
By Rachel Carpenter
Ask an Australian to describe Victoria's capital Melbourne there are three things that they will usually mention. Food, Culture and Sport.
Now you are armed with free time, a hire car and a GPS. Its your turn to loose yourself in Melbourne (and pick up an awesome bargin on Chapple St).
Things to see
Federation Square is where Melbourne meets, celebrates, parties and generally has a good time. The unusual design of the location makes it both icon and eyesore. The online VirtualTourist.com placed “Fed Square” as one of the Ugliest buildings in the world . Ask a local and they will stand by the structure that is home of the Australia Football League Grand Final Celebrations, Concerts and the Worlds only Cinema Museum.
The Melbourne Museum has been home to many displays and collection and this year sees it welcome collection of Shoes made by Melbourne' s own Paragon Shoes. Walk through and see the fashion of shoes and how it has changed over the last 100 years. For the fashion lover of the family this will make a great day out and is being displayed until the end of September 2010.
Things to Do
Go the MCG and watch a game of AFL. For those who are reading this from overseas, I must give you a run down of this game. Originally designed to help keep the Australian Cricket players in shape over the winter months. The sport is said to be a healthy mix of an Aboriginal ball game and Gaelic football. The games became organized in under the Victoria Football League. The rest of Australia were playing Rugby League and Rugby Union the Victorians were growing more and more in love with the game and were starting to spread the passion. So when the push for the completion to go national, the AFL was born.
Victorians are very very passionate about the game and by taking in a game at the “G” you will see why.
Alternatively if you are in Melbourne in summer, take your pick of Formula One Racing, Test Cricket, The Australian Open Tennis or the Super Bike Championship on Philip Island.
Places to Eat
In Melbourne you are spoilt for choice to narrow it down to 2 is hard, but here goes
78 Williams Rd
A little French, a little Asian, a little Australian equals Jacques Reymond's Cuisine D'temps. This 3 hat restaurant will delight the experienced diner while welcoming those new to their taste buds. Seating 60 people in one of the most stunning dining rooms in Melbourne you would be wise to book.
WaterFront City, Docklands Vic
If you are serious about Meat, love Mediterranean cuisine and the water then I have a place for you. The Butcher Grill will present you top quality Australian Meats and produce along with fantastic service in a wonderful location. If the water isn't for you then you can also dine at the city location. The Butchers Grill also offers a Degustation Menu on special night throughout the year. These dinner feayire special guests from the world of Food & Wine.
A small tip is do get out of the hire car in the city and take a walk through the many laneways and alleys. You will uncover some wonderful dining and boutique shopping at its best. But take a map!!