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Melbourne – where Sydneysiders sometimes prefer to be

Melbourne Central – Under the Dome

Melbourne, the capital city of the state of Victoria, is only a 1.5 hour flight from my hometown Sydney (or a 12 hour road trip, whichever you’d prefer). There’s a whole lot of rivalry that exists between Melbourne and Sydney, but I’m proud to admit that I’m a Sydneysider who might just be a Melburnian at heart.

If you’re looking for a city with style, I think Melbourne is the place to be. As much as I love Sydney and am proud to call it my home there’s something exciting about wandering the streets of Melbourne city, getting lost in its laneways and arcades without all that Sydney hustle and bustle. Yes, Melbourne has nothing on Sydney’s iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge or even the picturesque Darling Harbour, but it is filled with its own treasures.

Walking around the heart of Melbourne, I always feel the city’s personality shining through. There is a great mix of high rise buildings, historical architecture and cozy laneways – with just the right touch of hipster. And let’s not forget the food. It’s phenomenal, and there is such a wide variety of cuisines all within the parameters of the CBD. Try a delicious breakfast on Degraves lane, an afternoon coffee and sweet treat at Brunetti’s, or dinner at any one of the top notch sit down restaurants on Hardware Lane. Or just grab a scrumptious vegan hot dog from the original famous Lord of The Fries. Yes, Lord of the Fries has made its way to Sydney, but it’s just not the same.

Here are my top 10 recommendations for things to do if you find yourself in the city of Melbourne for a couple of days:

  1. Catch the City Circle Tram and get a free tour of the entire city in just 1 hour.

Love Locks on South Wharf Bridge

2. Go for a morning walk around the South Wharf.

Melbourne’s Iconic Flinders Street Station

3. Visit the iconic Flinders Street Station and Federation Square.

The Royal Exhibition Building

4. Book a tour of the Royal Exhibition Building – one of Australia’s World Heritage Sites.

The State Library Reading Room

5. Visit the Reading Room in the State Library of Victoria – a book lover’s dream

Night views from the Eureka Sky Deck Observation Point

6. Get a 360 degree view of the city from the Eureka Skydeck

7. Catch some great bargains at the South Wharf DFO

8. Eat, eat and eat – you won’t be able to get enough of the amazing food on offer!





Images. All photos by Afiyat Mustaq.

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