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If you’re planning a trip to Melbourne, or should you already be a resident of this fair city, you may be in need of a little inspiration for things to do. Now, while you could head off to the beach, or take the time to visit the regular tourist places in the capital, there are some places that you probably won’t find in the travel guides. Here are just some of them.

Hang out with the llamas

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Your new best friends

Looking for a bit of exercise? Want to explore some beautiful scenery? Love llamas? Then there is no better place to visit than Hanging Rock, where you can embark on a 12 km day walk, where your furry companions will carry your picnic lunch and gear as you stroll along beside them.

Eat in exotic places

There are all kinds of places to eat in Melbourne, where you can get a taste of Aussie food culture (it’s not all barbecues), or try something a little more exotic. We particularly love the Oriental Teahouse, where you savour the handmade dumplings while sampling an extensive collection of teas. Delicious, and very good for you too. Unlike the aforementioned barbecues!

Sleep in a zoo

You will have heard about Melbourne Zoo in the travel guides, but did you know you can embark on a sleepover too? No? Well, you can, so pack your sleeping bag and spend the night under the stars. You may not get a lot of sleep (darn elephants making a racket), but you will be far too excited to snooze anyway. Explore the zoo after hours, and wine and dine with the keepers at this Roar ‘n’ Snore overnight survival experience.

Watch tv

Okay, so you wouldn’t go on holiday to watch tv, but rather than watch Neighbours on the box, you could visit the location where the popular soap is filmed. You may be able to grab a few autographs too! Alternatively, become part of the live audience on a whole host of other Australian shows, such as Millionaire Hot Seat. You may get the chance to win yourself a prize as well, and get your face on the telly (be careful not to embarrass yourself by waving like a loon).

Spook yourself silly

spooky town hall ghost
Dare you set foot inside?

Halloween is over for another year now, but if you are in the mood for a fright night, you can still chill your bones. Visit the famous Haunted Bookshop and creep yourself out with their blood-curdling volumes of vampires and witches, before embarking on one of their ghost tours in the dark lanes of the capital. Then experience a coffin ride at the Docklands. Hopefully, you will live to tell the tale after being buried alive!

Don’t get bored…get board!

Every week in Melbourne there are board game events, so if you are on the competitive side, you might want to check out the Melbourne Boardgames Group on Facebook. Alternatively, head over to the Marché Board Game Café, and spend the day drinking tea, eating food, and more importantly, playing games.

Over to you

Have you been to Melbourne? Do you live in the city? Then let us know about some of the quirky places you have been able to find. We all need a little inspiration from time to time, especially when it comes to making Melbourne Memories! xoxxooo

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One advantage of having a mother who is a crazy Swans fan is when she offers to take you to Melbourne to see the AFL grand final…. let’s ignore that my team (the Bombers) apparently only had one player all season! I was there to cheer the Swans and do some heckling!

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Starting with a flight out from an airport with terrible coffee and a logo that reminds me of the new one for

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My first Jetstar flight. Yeah, what leg room?

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A bumpy ride and a drizzly cold grand final parade.

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Grill’d for lunch

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Myer’s dizzying heights

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Soy Gelato for dinner

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And back on the City Circle Tram, to the Docklands Travelodge.

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Dressed for the game Saturday morning. Showing my true colours.

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Coffee and breakfast at Hardware Societe.

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Rice pudding!

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Following the crowd to the G.

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As the weather gets worse and the ponchos come out.

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Fortunately we were sheltered.

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Some post match celebrations:

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Dinner at Baci at Crown

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Pizza for breakfast! One with a black rice base, the other polenta. Both gluten free from the QV Markets

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Awww poor Hawks….

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Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne
Room 507

My second stay at Ibis Little Bourke, this basic, but adequate, hotel, located ultra close to Southern Cross Station and within walking distance of all the best conference venues ;) (read about my first stay here)

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I managed not to injure myself in the shower this time. The air con was quieter, and the towels better. I did pay more ($103 per night, this time through wotif, last time was through Qantas, but it WAS school holidays and a weekend this time).

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They have a luggage storage area which we used, but don’t leave valuable there, because I kinda just walked in to get my bag and could have left with anything. You can pay for a locker there, or at the station, if you need. I just carried my zenbook around for the day ;)

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Loved the 11am checkout, and our room was available before lunch on the day we got there :) I’m sure I’ll stay there again!

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This gelato has gotten even better since the first time I had it. Nom nom nom.

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Went there twice while in town for the atheist convention. Soy Baci, Soy coffee and soy hazelnut flavours. 5 for a small. Awesome.


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We went to Lygon street in search of pasta, but wound up trying the fish and chips at Tank. And ZOMG I’m glad we did! (aside from feeling weird that I wasn’t at Bateman’s Bay and I was still eating fish and chips. Sokay, though, cos I didn’t end this meal with tea in a paper cup…)

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We got the “Tank for Two” ($26) with one of the pieces of fish grilled for me. Delish! The tartare sauce is amazing, and the calamari has a touch of chilli and is divine.

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And, I’ll have to admit that Kosher is not something I’d thought of for salt, being in Melbourne for an atheist convention and all, but David’s Kosher salt is great! Big flakes, perfect on these chips!

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Where’s your favourite fish and chips?

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne


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