Melbourne is the second biggest city in Australia, but the CBD being in a rectangle shape, it is really easy to navigate.
Melbourne has a good tram system and the whole CBD’s tramzone is free. Using public transport is easy. With Myki card even easier; touch on when you get on the public transport and touch off when you get off.
When you think about Melbourne, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is the weather. Melbourne is pretty famous for having “all the seasons in one day”. But the city is also known for its street art. In CBD, there’s a lot of graffitis all around the little alleys and some on the bigger streets. As the CBD is quite big and the street art is spread out, the easiest way to go graffiti hunting is to use one of those graffiti walking maps you can find online, like this one. If you are lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of work in progress.
Melbourne has everything you would possibly need and it’s a good place to live and work. There’s Yarra River going through the city and the surrounding area next to the river is nice. The huge outlet mall, DFO, is located next to Yarra River. You can also find several restaurants, cafes and bars next to it.
Queen Victoria Market is definitely worth visiting while in Melbourne. You can buy vegetables, fruits, nuts, clothes and accessories from there. Vegetables and fruits are cheaper in the market than in supermarkets and if you go in the last hours, you can get it even more cheap. There is also differences in the qualities of the vegetables. Every summer Wednesday the market turns into a night market. It’s more lively and there’s few artists performing songs.
Even if you’re not big fan of libraries, definitely visit State Library of Victoria while in Melbourne. It was established in 1854 and holds seven different reading rooms all different from each other. It also houses the original armour of Ned Kelly, Australian bushranger who became a famous outlaw.
St Kilda is located south of CBD and is about 15 minute tram ride away. It’s away from the hassle and has a nice relaxed vibe to it. Albert Park offers lots of different activities and has a great view to the city. You can also find black swans in the park.
St Kilda is known for Luna Park but also for it’s penguins. The penguins start coming to the shore after the sunset. St Kilda pier is the place to go looking for them. It is crowded since everyone wants to see a glimpse of these cute little creatures but it’s worth it. You are not allowed to use flashlight as this harms their sight. There are staff members who have red lights, which aren’t harmful for the penguins, so that people are able to spot them.
Melbourne is worth visiting, but you can see the whole city in a few days in my opinion. If you’re staying long term in this city, you will get bored if you don’t work or study there.