Escaping the outback 10 travel tips for Melbourne


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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