One of the reasons I love Melbourne is the unique vibe each neighbourhood has developed.
In very broad brush strokes; North of the city is trendy and alternative with lots of street art across Brunswick, Collingwood and Fitzroy, and the home of authentic Italian food is along Lygon street in Carlton.
The Eastern suburbs are jammed with expensive shops, restaurants and Melbourne’s top school districts (Toorak, Richmond, East Melbourne, Kew, Camberwell).
In the Southern suburbs there is a beachy outdoor vibe, incredible markets and lots of palm trees! (St Kilda, Brighton, Middle Park, South Melbourne).
The Western Suburbs sweep towards the Westgate bridge heading to quaint Williamstown. Flemington and surrounding suburbs boast exquisite Middle Eastern & African food.
The CBD (Central Buisness District) of Melbourne is a modern and efficient city that has everything a traveller needs.
There are several pockets in the city in the centre of the action, search for accommodation near by South Bank, South Wharf, Flinder/Collins/Burke Street and nearby Flagstaff Gardens.
Nearby Attractions: Flinders Street Station, Immigration Museum, Burke Street Mall, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, State Library, St Paul’s Cathedral, Federation Square, National Gallery of Victoria, The Art’s Center.
Suburbs just outside the City
I love Brunswick, Carlton, Fitzroy, Richmond, Burnley, South Yarra, St Kilda, Winsdor and Port Melbourne.
Nearby Attractions: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Royal Botanical Gardens, Lygon Street, Chapel Street, Shrine of Rememberence, St Kilda Beach, Luna Park, Melbourne Zoo, Albert Park, Melbourne Museum.
The trains are running 24 hours a day but you need a MYKI Card to travel on any public transport which are the similar to Oyster Cards in London and available at any train station, newsagency or Milk Bar (Tabac equivilant).
Trams running in the Central Business District (CBD) are free, there are signs indication whether you are in the free travel zone or not.
The trains and trams are constantly monitored by ticket officers and don’t take kindly to tourists pretending to not know they need a ticket.
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