Melbourne is an amazing city – you should definitely make time to spend a weekend there if you’re studying abroad in Sydney. It’s vibrant and artsy and everything happens in the Central Business District, so it’s easy to find your way around. Here are a few tips and must do’s:
Melbourne is known for its incredible street art! Start with Hosier Lane which is covered in graffiti from top to bottom, even including the doors and trash cans! While walking around the Central Business Disctrict, you’ll see many tiny alleys also covered in street art from graffiti to cool posters – it gives the city a cool, artsy vibe.
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is one-of-a-kind! This museum is all about the making of movies and the movie industry as a whole. You will learn all about its history and the break-through innovations that have changed the industry over time. With some interactive displays, it’s truly an experience! Currently, there is a fascinating Martin Scorsese exhibit, on until September 18th, 2016.
The National Gallery of Victoria is an art museum that often has great exhibitions. They feature all kinds of art, ranging from contemporary to historical. Another great thing about this museum is that entry is free! The Edgar Degas exhibition, on at the moment, runs till September 18th, 2016.
1. The Kettle Black: A very popular brunch place with a chill environment. There might be a wait but the food is delicious! Definitely try the polenta porridge or avocado toast topped with an egg pictured below!
2. Gazi: A great Greek restaurant in the CBD. It’s quite trendy so there will at least be a 30-minute wait, but it’s definitely worth it! The Dirty Patates are seriously delicious!
3. There are also lots of cool, relatively cheap restaurants on Flinders Lane between Exhibition Street and Swanston Street in the CBD. You can then stop by The Garden State Hotel for drinks – also on Flinders Lane.
Main Yarra Trail
If you’re in the mood for some mild exercise, start your day with a hike or biking tour. You just follow the beautiful and scenic path along the river, which will make you forget that you’re in a city!
Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles
This is obviously a must do! The 12 Apostles are truly breath-taking, but there are plenty of other beautiful lookout points along the coast. If you aren’t 21, you won’t be able to rent a car, so you will be most successful booking a day tour.
An elevator takes you to the 88th floor in only 38 seconds to see an incredible view of Melbourne. It’s a bit of a tourist trap because it’s quite expensive for what it is, so I wouldn’t prioritise this if you don’t have much time.
This beach is approximately a half hour drive from the CBD. It has pretty, colorful beach storage houses on the sand that make your beach experience here unique and picture-worthy!