Melbourne Journals

Marvellous Melbourne

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An October 2007 trip to Melbourne by LenR

Towards Bourke Street Mall Photo, Melbourne, Australia More Photos
Quote: Melbourne is my favourite Australian city. This journal suggests accommodation and sightseeing attractions that I really enjoy.

Marvellous Melbourne

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Overview

Towards Bourke Street Mall Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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I have said for many years that Melbourne has become my favourite Australian city. It has a certain sophistication not found in Sydney or the other large cities. It is not too ‘in-your-face’ but if you search a little you will find it has the best restaurants, shopping, museums and art galleries, sporting facilities and parks and gardens of any Australian city.Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, with a metropolitan population of nearly 4 million. Located around Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne is the state capital of Victoria.It is home to many of the nation's most significant cultural and sporting events and institutions.One hundred years ago, this was where Australia w...Read More

Travelodge Hotel Southbank Melbourne

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Hotel | "Travelodge Southbank"

Travelodge Hotel Southbank Melbourne Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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This hotel was a pleasant surprise. I had booked the room by telephone and knew very little about the property. I have stayed in Travelodge hotels in the past so had some idea of the standard I would get but I didn’t know exactly where it was and I wasn’t expecting to find such a complete room.The Travelodge Southbank turned out to be ideally positioned to experience all that the vibrant city of Melbourne had to offer. It was one short block from the Yarra River, in the center of Southbank and within easy walking distance to restaurants, cafes, great shopping, art galleries and the Crown Casino. Many of Melbourne’s big attractions such as the MCG, Melbourne Aquarium, Rod Laver Arena, Royal B...Read More

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Travelodge Hotel Southbank Melbourne
SOUTHBANK MELBOURNE
Melbourne, Australia 3006
1-300-886-886

Eureka Tower

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Attraction | "Eureka Tower Skydeck."

Eureka Tower Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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Eureka Tower is the tallest residential building in the world, when measured either by the height of its roof, or by the height of its highest habitable floor. The building stands 297.3 m in height, with 91 storeys above ground plus one basement level. It is one of only six buildings in the world with 90 or more storeys but is merely the 38th tallest building in the world, most likely due to the fact that it does not have a spire or antenna.The observation deck (SkyDeck) is situated on the 88th floor and is the highest public vantage point (285m/935 ft) in the southern hemisphere. I visited one afternoon and was astonished by the view over the city, suburbs and Port Phillip Bay. One unusual ...Read More

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Eureka Tower

Melbourne, Australia

Federation Square

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Attraction

Federation Square Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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Federation Square has become the heart and soul of Melbourne since it opened about five years ago. Designed as a public civic centre and meeting place, the square links Melbourne's central business district north of the Yarra River to the river itself and the extensive world-class gardens and parklands across the other side. With its striking architecture and startlingly unusual layout, Federation Square is, to me, quite a dazzling place when things are happening but it sometimes lacks warmth when things are quiet. The open square is the focal point for all of Federation Square's events, festivals and activities, and is capable of holding up to 10,000 people at one time. Paved in Western Aus...Read More

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Federation Square
Opposite Flinders St Train Station
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Cricket Ground

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Attraction

Melbourne Cricket Ground Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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Lord’s, Wembley, Old Trafford, Eden Gardens and Yankee Stadium are considered among the greatest sporting arenas in the world, but for history, pure drama and emotion, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is right up there.The ground was built back in 1853 when the then 15-year-old Melbourne Cricket Club was forced by the government to move from its former site because the route of Australia’s first steam train was to pass through the oval.Since then the MCG has established a marvellous history that compares favourably with any other in the world, hosting international cricket including the first-ever Test and the 1992 World Cup final, countless VFL/AFL football Grand Finals, and the 1956 ...Read More

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Melbourne Cricket Ground
Brunton Avenue
Melbourne, Australia 3002
+61 (3) 9657 8879

Southbank Melbourne Sights

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Attraction | "Southbank"

Southbank Melbourne Sights Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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This is a great area to visit for food, drinks, entertainment and shopping and also a great area to stay in as it is close to the Melbourne downtown business district and to many of the best attractions of the city. In fact, to me, this has become one of Melbourne’s attractions because I am amazed how this has changed from a run-down industrial area to a smart up-market hub.Formerly an old industrial and warehouse area and part of South Melbourne, Southbank was transformed into a densely populated suburb of high rise buildings beginning in the early 1990s as part of an urban renewal program. The central feature of what is now Southbank is the Southgate Arts and Lesuire Precinct, a retail, ea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2007

Southbank Melbourne Sights
Throughout Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia