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Bill in Australia - MELBOURNE

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A November 2001 trip to Melbourne by billmoy

Melbourne Museum Photo, Melbourne, Australia More Photos
Quote: Melbourne was formerly the capital of Australia, and it still stands as the capital of the state of Victoria. Melbourne gained prominence when it hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics.

Bill in Australia - MELBOURNE

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Overview

Victoria Arts Centre Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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The old 19th Century Victorian-style rowhouses and neo-Gothic buildings of Melbourne now vie for attention with the designs of modern structures to create an eclectic skyline. Recent projects of note include the Rialto Towers (tallest office building in the Southern Hemisphere at 253 meters), Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne Aquarium, and the controversial Federation Square complex. The building of the moment is the colorful Melbourne Museum, designed by the firm Denton Corker Marshall and completed in 2000. There are several areas in Melbourne that are fine to walk around. The Central Business District is the area with the most concentrated number of government buildings and cosmopolitan ...Read More

Lc Sheraton Towers Southgate

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Hotel | "Sheraton Towers Southgate"

Lc Sheraton Towers Southgate Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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This posh hotel is a member of the upscale Sheraton "Luxury Collection", and it shows. If you have money to burn, this is a good hotel for a splurge. The hotel is in the burgeoning Southbank district, just south of the Central Business District and the Yarra River. The hotel itself is part of Southgate Plaza, a bustling complex with shops and restaurants. Take the escalator up from the street level to check in. The modern lobby was decorated with a Christmas tree during our mid-November stay. Fine artworks embellish the public areas of the hotel as well as the individual guest rooms. The fast elevators whisk you up to your room. The modern stepped tower, constructed in 1992 and renova...Read More

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Lc Sheraton Towers Southgate
ONE SOUTHGATE AVENUE
Melbourne, Australia 3006
61-3-8696-8888

Queen Victoria Market

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Attraction

Queen Victoria Market Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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This lively marketplace is located just north of the Melbourne Central Business District, bordered by Elizabeth, Victoria and Franklin Streets. There are hundreds of sheltered stalls and counters selling clothes, handicrafts, fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, and candies. Even if you are not shopping for anything in particular, it is fun to look around at the goods. There is great people watching, as you meet the friendly locals selling their wares and dodge the streams of shoppers looking about. There is a wine market held on Sundays, and a "night market" during the summer season. There is a casual outdoor cafe area to relax and enjoy a snack or a quick meal, but the crowds k...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2002

Queen Victoria Market
513 Elizabeth St
Melbourne, Australia 3000
+61 (0)3 9320 5822

Bonbon

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Restaurant

Bonbon Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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Having landed in Melbourne after a long sequence of flights from Chicago via Los Angeles and Auckland, my friend and I were looking for something out of the ordinary for dinner. We wound up at this casual bistro, located on an upper floor of the Southgate Plaza shopping complex. We were drawn to Bonbon by the listing of kangaroo on the menu! We both ordered the same entree, kangaroo with an eye-pleasing and delectable stack of potato and sweet potato slices. I had some kangaroo at other restaurants later during my two-week stay in Australia, but this first taste of kangaroo was the most tender and flavorful that I tasted there. My tasty meal was washed down by a refreshing raspberry squash, sor...Read More

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Bonbon
Southgate Plaza
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne Museum

Attraction

Melbourne Museum Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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The firm Denton Corker Marshall designed this award-winning museum (built 1998-2000), and it has probably drawn the most accolades among the recent wave of architectural projects in Melbourne. The Melbourne Museum resides in Carlton Gardens (just northeast of the Melbourne Central Business District), across the way from the venerable 19th Century Royal Exhibition Building. The front plaza is sharp, monochromatic, and shadowed by a long metal canopy. The building, now the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere, is a remarkable collection of colors and shapes that will make a visit to the museum a memorable one even before entering it. The most eye-catching aspect of the complex is a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2002

Melbourne Museum
Carlton Gardens, Nicholson Street (carlton)
Melbourne, Australia 3053
13 11 02 (Local call

Royal Botanic Gardens & National Herbarium

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Attraction | "Royal Botanic Gardens"

Royal Botanic Gardens & National Herbarium Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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Founded in 1846, the Royal Botanic Gardens is a wonderfully large patch of green space just south of the Melbourne Central Business District. The Royal Botanic Gardens feature over 12,000 species of flora, plus a few interesting native animals as well. There are brownish-black flying foxes (basically fruit bats) hanging upside-down from treetops. It is a rather creepy sight, as these winged creatures stay gripped to their branches at rest during the daytime. Gigantic, beaky black swans waddle about the edges of the lakes when they are not floating in them. The Old Melbourne Observatory marks the location of the Visitors Centre at the Observatory Gate (Gate "O"), not far from the grand...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2002

Royal Botanic Gardens & National Herbarium
South Bank of the Yarra River
Melbourne, Victoria 3141
+61 (0)3 9252 2300

Shrine of Remembrance

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Attraction

Shrine of Remembrance Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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This venerated war memorial is located two kilometers south of the Melbourne Central Business District. St. Kilda Road actually bends around the complex, but a footpath runs on a north-south axis from the CBD to the building itself. The state of Victoria dedicated this monument in 1934 to those who lost their lives in the defense of Australia. The Eternal Flame, Cenotaph and Remembrance Garden were subsequently added in remembrance of later conflicts. The Shrine is a significant ceremonial gathering place during ANZAC Day (April 25) and Remembrance Day (November 11). The exterior design is a curious combination of elements. It can be described as an Aztec pyramid resting over a cube with classi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2002

Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, Australia

St Kilda Beach

Attraction | "St. Kilda"

St Kilda Beach Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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St. Kilda is a pleasant suburb is about 6 kilometers south of the Melbourne Central Business District. The town has the casual feel of Coronado (the resort area across from San Diego), with plenty of cafes, bakeries, galleries and shops lining popular streets like Fitzroy and Acland. Your eye will notice the colorful face/facade of Luna Park, the "Coney Island" of Melbourne built in 1912 (there is also a similar Luna Park in Sydney). Right next door is the Palais Theatre, a landmark building of a more innocent time which still hosts concerts and shows. The St. Kilda Esplanade Market, held every Sunday, features over 200 artists displaying a wide selection of arts and crafts. Take a wal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2002

St Kilda Beach
Jacka Boulevard
Melbourne, Australia

Contemporary Architecture

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Attraction | "Contemporary Architecture in Melbourne"

Contemporary Architecture Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne is well known for its surviving collection of Victorian architecture. Lately contemporary architects have been drawing attention for a colorful and unusual range of projects that may yet place Melbourne on the architectural map. There are many gaps in the urban landscape of central Melbourne, and the creative forces are doing their best to fill them in. Perhaps the most controversial project in the Central Business District of Melbourne is the massive Federation Square complex, including the awkwardly titled New Gallery of Victoria Ian Potter Centre of Australian Art. The ambitious design is the result of a design competition won by Lab Architecture Studio of London and Bates Smart Arc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 10, 2002

Contemporary Architecture
Throughout Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia