In the Mood for Melbourne
Like many Singaporeans who head to Australia for tertiary education, guest blogger, Ms Mirrah enjoyed living like a local in Melbourne during her university days. Having experienced Melbourne’s chilly winters and lovely summers, she gives her take on enjoying this cosmopolitan city known for amazing architecture and coffee culture.
Upon my return, I got a lot of questions from friends and family alike about Melbourne. What was their weather like? Are the people polite? Is public transport convenient for those who don’t or can’t drive? The questions are endless! For such a small city – but no doubt bigger than Singapore – Melbourne has a great deal to offer both locals and tourists, as long as you bear in mind these 5 points.
Looking for cool local cafés. Head straight for Melbourne’s arcades and laneways for the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture. Nothing beats being able to people watch while sipping a delicious coffee. With Melbourne’s obsession with coffee, it is no wonder that they have been voted as having the world’s best coffee. Believe it or not, there is actually a tour for cafe culture walk.
Apart from historic market in Melbourne, here are the other must stops for Melbourne. Federation Square, Bourke St Mall, Southbank, St Kilda and Crown Casino. It is hard to take your eyes off the grand, elegant architecture of Melbourne’s colonial buildings. They have a tenancy to be right next vibrant modern buildings. Don’t miss the Fed Square, a great shopping spot any art-lover, film buff or bargain hunter.
Melbourne is located along Port Phillip Bay, which means you don’t have to travel very far to reconnect with nature if and when you need a change of scenery. If you can drive, plan a road trip with a friend or two, and head on down to experience mind-blowing views such as the Great Ocean Road, Mount Grampians, Phillip Island and Mornington Peninsula for yourself. It certainly beats a bus tour!