This building has been on my list of must see places in Melbourne because of its beautiful architecture that I’d seen online and knew it was one of those places that had to be viewed in person, so when the chance came to visit on a recent trip to Melbourne I did just that and it didn’t disappoint. The State Library is located on Swanston Street in the heart of the city and from the outside the 1850s stone and heavy column fronted exterior could look like any building of its era, but what lies behind is a spectacular feast for the eyes.
Whether you are a follower of Australian Rules Football (AFL) or not there’s no escaping the hype as the AFL finals season comes around. For some teams and supporters the season is done and dusted, roll on cricket season, but for others the hope of taking out the ultimate prize and winning the grand final is still a possibility or a slim chance.
Melbourne is one of those cities that even if you think you’ve seen it before, it pays to check again. When you wander through the city there is always something bright and quirky to catch your attention day and night. The laneways are always worth a look, especially if you want to see some wild and wacky art.
It’s Melbourne Cup day today and as the saying goes ‘it’s the race that stops a nation’, and it truly does. Funny as it is, there is probably no worse a time for an amateur punter to think you can back a winning horse in this race, yet every year I throw my hard earned $10 (big spender) away on a horse that I’ve never heard of and wouldn’t know what form looked like if I fell over it anyway! But it’s the fun of thinking what if I actually pick a winner. I always back something paying big odds too because if you’re going to win it might as well be worth it, forget just winning similar money back to what I outlay, it’s go big or go home in my book.
Just 3 kilometres out of Melbourne city is the suburb of Fitzroy. A number of reasons have made this a must see and experience destination when in Melbourne. It has become well known for its little bars, restaurants & cafes, street art and markets. My tip would be to head there on a Saturday morning and spend a few hours discovering markets, enjoying a breakfast or brunch and wandering around looking at the street art and shops. It’s easily accessible on a tram route or there are a couple of pay car parks in the street.
Melbourne city here we come! Without the caravan unfortunately on this occasion, but with the purpose of seeing where my son and girlfriend have had to relocate for their careers. So a quick road trip and visit was planned but as always with some sightseeing, side tracking, must do’s thrown in.