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A Dozen Female Friendly Tips About Melbourne, Australia

We asked for your advice about Melbourne. 'What would other Journey Women enjoy in this city?' This is what came into our office and we were delighted. Everything sounded so inviting we wanted to pack our bags and go right then and there. Enjoy everybody!

Spend time with a local
Melbourne Visitors Centre operates a free Greeter service, where you can spend 2-4 hours with a local in the city, just book at the Centre in Federation Square.
Denise, Eagle Point, Melbourne, Australia

Walking tour
I just wanted to tell you about the best thing that I did in Melbourne Australia was a walking tour of the Arcade's and Alleyways with a company called Hidden Secrets. It was the most unique things I have ever done. It took you thru all the Alleyways and arcades that are used in the day for coffee shops etc. and turned into nightclubs in the evening. You would go down an alley that you would think that was never used and come across the most delightful shops and restaurants. I highly recommend doing this in Melbourne.
Karen, Alberta, Canada

Public Transport is great
Get your card so you can travel. Myki is Melbourne's ticket to travel on the city's trains, trams and buses. It is a re-usable smart card that stores value to pay your public transport fare. Website: ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki and you can get an app for your smart phone called Tramtracker.

Catch a tram to St Kilda beach - fabulous old fashioned cake stores, walk or bike along the promenade.

Rent a bike through Melbourne's great bike share programme. First 30 mins is free, and there are lots of docking stations. Get the app Spotcycle to find out where there are bikes and stations. You can cycle to St Kilda too!

We found a fabulous cafe called Fitzrovia right beside a bike station near St Kilda. Fitzrovia is an all day dining cafe & restaurant overlooking Albert Park. This place is STUNNING, has sublime food, great ambience and service. Or you can picnic in the park, perfect with one of Fitzrovia's picnic hampers, crammed with their home made goodies! Website: fitzrovia.com.au
Rosemary, Christchurch, New Zealand

Days out of Melbourne
To use public transport in Melbourne (it's excellent) purchase a MYKI card at railway stations or 7-11 shops.

A wonderful day out of the city....get the train to Belgrave station. It's the end of the line so relax and enjoy the trip which takes a bit over an hour. From the station walk to the Puffing Billy station. This lovely renovated old steam train takes a day trip out into the countryside. A great way for people with short stop-overs to see the countryside. Check local tourist info for time details.

My other favorite day trip is on the 109 tram to Box Hill which is the end of the line. Takes about one hour from the city and you pass by many interesting suburbs. Box Hill is a mini China. Not a tourist show case, just regular everyday China. There are many authentic Chinese eateries and restaurants. You can return to the city on the faster train.
Jeanie, Melbourne, Australia

Advice from my daughter
I am staying for Christmas at my daughter's in Melbourne. I have come over from England to be with the family. The places they said that were interesting are (1) Queen Victoria market. (2) Flinders station, and (3) Federation square. (4) The Lanes shopping which is little streets in the City with street art. People watching in Federation square while having coffee! (5) Walks along the river, and the (6) Crown Hotel in the South bank. Trams (there is one that is free), goes round the city and has drop off points. I have been to them all, and the market is amazing.
Janet, Sunderland, England, UK

A restaurant in a tram
When in Melbourne I suggest you put the Tramcar Restaurant on your list. It's a fine dining experience while traveling the streets of the city. We had a delightful time; the food and service was excellent. You must make reservations. Tel. (03) 9696-4000. Website: www.tramrestaurant.com.au
Heidi, Hot Springs, USA

Carols on Christmas Eve
Melbourne hosts a wonderful Carols by Candlelight each Christmas Eve - of course it's the start of summer down-under so can be a warm or cool evening. Held in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl very close to the CBD, it attracts thousands of people and supports the charity, Vision Australia. People of all ages bring picnics and sit on rugs or chairs, singing along to beautiful carols and waving their candles. A very special evening! Information is at carols.visionaustralia.org.
Elane, Melbourne Australia

 

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