16 February, 2012

Melbourne Map and Guide

A weekend guide to Melbourne

This Google map and guide was put together for a friend's weekend away. 
It is by no means complete or comprehensive but it may be of use to the first-time visitor.

Melbourne things to do
all these things are marked on a special Melbourne Map

Friday night I'd probably just pick one of the many restaurants along southbank or in the Casino

Hosier Lane
Opposite Federation square, is Hosier lane,  check out graffiti and the Until Never Gallery, its upstairs and the entrance is in the sidelane
Go to the bar on the corner called  Movida for Tapas

Walk up Flinders Street to the Press Club
Nice for lunch

For Coffee and the place to be seen  - Degraves Street - any of the coffee bars

It crosses Flinders Lane this is full of cool boutiques and some of Melbourne's private galleries. Walk across Flinders lane and into Centre Place and from here you can continue on through the arcade to Collins Street

more info on Melbourne's laneways

Melbourne Gaol where Ned Kelly was hung is worth a visit if you want to sightsee

For atmosphere do Queen Victoria Markets
sat 6am - 3pm, sun 9am - 4pm

I've marked near Vic Markets the Blender Studios which is an artist space and studios, near there on the corner of Elizabeth and A'Beckett Street there is an upstairs bar if you want coffee or a drink.

The Rooftop Bar is in Swanston Street

If you are feeling arty there are Two National Galleries,
both NGV's are good, The NGV Australian Collection in Federation Square - there is a huge information centre here, or the International Collection is at NGV International - they do a fancy afternoon tea with cakes in the UPSTAIRS cafe.

You could do a romantic River Cruise

Outside of the inner city  the place to go is Brunswick St in Fitzroy  (Melbourne's Newtown)
And some of the best Galleries are in Gertrude Street
You could do these two for saturday lunch/coffee  and stay on for dinner - its a short tram ride, buy a weekend tram ticket
I think the 35 city circle is free

If you are wandering around the city dont miss Chinatown

and in the area is Caledonia Lane  (good graffiti)
see also Union Lane and Croft Alley
in Croft Alley you will find the Croft Institute Bar

I've also marked Myers and David Jones  for the shoppers
they are next to each other