Cliffnotes of Melbourne

Even though Melbourne "The City" is in my top 3 list,
these guys were too cute to not make them the main image....


Where to stay: 

The Greenhouse Hostel 

 What to do: 

  • Half Tix Desk- half priced ticket desk (TKTS) 
    • Sat: 10-4, Closed Sun, Mon 10-2, Tue 11-6 
  • Melbourne Greeters- 
    • Book at least 2 weeks in advance online 
    • Personalized, usually one on one tour with a local 
    • Whether you do or do not book a tour, go into their headquarters (the box building in Fed Square) and grab some of the self guided tour walks/maps 
  • St Kilda 
    • Acland Street 
    • Night Markets 
    • Shrine of Remembrance (on St Kilda?) ((Skyline view great)) 
    • St Kilda Little Penguins 
    • The esby 
  • St Patrick's Cathedral 
  • Queen Victoria Market food court 
    • “Interesting delicatessen” section is the best 
  • Royal Arcade
  • Block Arcade
  • Centre Place and Degraves Street 
  • Flinders Street Station- across the street from: 
  • Federation Square 
    • ACMI and the Ian Potter Centre (free admission- closed Monday) 
  • Southbank precinct 
    • Where the The Arts Centre, MTC, Malthouse, Recital Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria are 
  • The Birmingham 
  • Brighton beach boxes 
  • Softigel Hotel 
    • Go to the bathroom in the lobby (upstairs, need to take elevator) for a fantastic view from the 35th-ish floor 
  • Arcades- there’s plenty throughout the CBD (central business district) 
  • Booked 2 day trips with Melbourne Coastal Tours (Listed below is what I did with them... I listed them in case you just want to try them on your own, but I did like the tour with them a lot) 
    • Great Ocean Road Tour 
      • Teddy’s Lookout 
      • Kennett River stop 
      • Koalas and parrots (that land on you and hang out!) 
      • Apollo Bay 
      • Had lunch at La Bimba 
      • Mait’s Rest Rainforest stop / walk around 
      • The Razorback, Shipwreck Gorge and the 12 Apostles 
    • Mornington Peninsula and Philip Island Tour 
      • Met at St Paul's 
      • Mornington Peninsula beach houses 
      • Murry’s Lookout * Johnny Ripe’s for doughnuts 
      • Chocolate Gnash 
      • Flinder’s beach 
      • Moonlit Animal Sanctuary 
        • Kangaroo and Wallabee feeding 
        • Tasmanian devils, wombats, Koalas 
        • Play with Dingos? 
        • Lantern Tour? 
        • GO HERE. TOUR OR NOT. 
        • Grand Prix track 
        • Penguin Parade @ Philip Island 
    • Parliament House Victoria- free 1 hour guided tour 
    • Polly Woodside- historical tall ship 
    • Old Melbourne Goal- historic jail house 
    • Hosier Lane, the graffiti mecca 
    • Fitzroy 
      • Neighborhood with TONS of bars and live music 
      • The Old Bar, The Tote, and the Social Club were all great 
      • Also recommended to me: The Bendigo, The Grace Darling, The Curtian, Workers Club 
    • Swanston Street- mini Times Square 
      • Super cheap take away sushi place 
      • Yarra River Walk 
        • There’s a small pyro show put on by the casino at night 
      • The trolleys in the CBD are all free 
    • Neighboorhoods to checkout: 
      • Fitzroy, Collingwood, Nortcote, Brunswick 
      • Cherry Bar- on AC/DC Lane 


  • Dinkum Pies 
  • Doughnut Time 
  • Pancake Parlour 
  • Anywhere on Elizabeth or Queen Street 
  • Tim goddam tams

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