Escaping the outback 10 travel tips for Melbourne

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After days of camping in the bush, on the beach, driving hundreds of kilometers, swimming in billabongs and eating warm food out of the esky maybe a bit of urban culture might seem overwhelming. Here is a quick list to guide your eyes, mind and stomach around Melbourne easily and cheaply.

1. Queen Victoria Market- Shop 95 in the Deli Hall for hot, fresh and tasty Borek (a Turkish pastry). Try the chicken and veggie, potato and cheese, or cheese and spinach. 2$
2. Coffee- Melbourne has a great coffee culture, so keep your eyes open for places that roasts their own beans and fresh grinds Try Patricia Coffee 493-495 Little Bourke St. 3-4$
3. Graffiti tour- Union lane off of Bourke Street mall. Free
Also Hosier and Rutledge Lane across the road from Federation Square.
4. Naked for Satan-1$ fusion tapas for lunch in a hip setting, with great lighting, décor and quirky staff. 285 Brunswick St. Fitzroy.
5. The Ian Potter Center- An impressive collection of aboriginal art on massive canvases. Federation Square. Free
6. Shopping Second Hand–Be a conscious consumer, recycled goods, save our ecosystem buy useful stuff (clothes, books, household tat, toys) at massive discounts. Twenty shops along Chapel St in Prahran and South Yarra. 1-5$
7. Sushi snacks-With the availability of amazing seafood and fantastic sushi chefs it is worth having sushi every day. Try En Izakaya 227 Carlisle, St. Kilda. 5$
8. St. Kilda Penguin march- Watch the colony of over 100 Penguins return home at sunset from St. Kilda breakwater. Free
9. Bouldering at Burnley Wall-McConchie Reserve- a 45 meter long overhanging climbing wall with plastic climbing holds. It also has lights at night. Free
10. City circle tram – Downtown Melbourne CBD (Central Business District) 10 am to 6pm till 9pm on the weekend. Free

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