Each Friday my little sister Lisa shares a tale on the blog and this week it’s all about her birthday weekend spent in Melbourne, Australia so get ready to enjoy Lisa’s Alternative Melbourne Travel Guide
Conde Nast Traveler readers named Melbourne the friendliest city in the world (tied with Auckland) and who can seriously be unhappy or unfriendly in a city with so much on offer. This past weekend while I was visiting there was the colour run, la tomatina type festival, food and wine festival to name just a few. There is literally something for everyone…and here are some of my favourite places in Melbourne.
As a tennis lover it is pretty hard to visit Melbourne and miss Melbourne Park the home of the Australian Open. And even if you don’t make it for the tennis, which is amazing can I just add, you can still do a tour around Rod Laver Arena and even to the locker and press rooms.
I have always missed out on seeing the bathing boxes at Brighton on my previous visits but not this year. They were high on my weekend wishlist and they did not disappoint. The sight of these colourful boxes on even a cloudy morning were enough to cheer me up.
Trust me no trip to Melbourne is complete without a trip to Alannah Hill and their outlets around the city. I have in fact been known to spend my 9 hours in transit shopping at Alannah Hill before getting back on my flight to Europe. On my Melbourne weekend away I even managed to get into a store just over an hour after landing. It is an addiction.
I love going to the theatre in Melbourne, a previous visit saw me going to see Jersey Boys. I was lucky enough to get tickets to see Strictly Ballroom The Musical for my birthday. It was absolutely amazing. The sets, the costumes, the dancing and look at that disco ball!
Melbourne is known for its streets art and even away from the main street art hotspots you can still find gems like these…
Melbourne is known for its precincts: Chinatown, the Greek precinct, the Italian precinct. And they are brilliant to stroll through and find places off the main thoroughfares and people watch. And who doesn’t love a city and its trams (except maybe drivers), and in Melbourne there is a free city circle tram.
Melbourne is a city I always find myself being drawn back to. The shopping, the events, the theatre…there is always something happening in Melbourne and another reason to head back.
Have you visited Melbourne? What do you recommend?