Melbourne Journals

Melbourne - the 'Frisco of the Southern hemisphere

A November 2003 trip to Melbourne by Orl

Quote: Whether you prefer Melbourne or Sydney is one of the great personality tests. I prefer the laidback, retro-cool Melbourne to the more frenetic, self-consciously chic Sydney. If you prefer San Francisco to LA, Galway or Cork rather than Dublin, this is the Australian city for you.

Melbourne - the 'Frisco of the Southern hemisphere

Overview

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Wandering around St Kilda (where "The Story of Us" is set), sampling the produce of the many bakeries, cheering Ireland on against France in the Rugby World Cup in the Telstra Dome.

Quick Tips:

I understand that previously, most people did not pay their tram fare. I would not risk that now, as we saw a few ticket inspectors being unnecessarily (IMO) agressive.

Best Way To Get Around:

Easy to walk around the city centre and the tram system is quite good.

The Nunnery

Hotel

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We stayed in the guesthouse part of it. It’s nicely decorated (wooden floors, big windows, a nice verandah), clean, and well-supplied. The kitchen is the best I came across in Australia. The location is very central –- it's across the road from the Carlton Gardens, a short stroll to Brunswick Street with its funky cafes and pubs, and within walking distance of Federation Square.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 6, 2004

The Nunnery
116 Nicholson Street
Melbourne, Australia
1 (800) 032 635

Melbourne Museum

Attraction

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It is a lovely airy space. My experience was that Australians are a lot less formal than their British and Irish antecedents and this comes across in the exhibits. They call a spade, a spade, and not a digging implement. Even if you are not the type of person who normally visits museums I still think the Melbourne museum is worth a look. For example, they had an exhibition on the soap opera Neighbours with a set of Madge’s house. There was also an interesting interactive exhibition on how playground games have evolved in the last century. Visit the website for more information.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 6, 2004

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