While Melbourne City, Southbank and the parklands of Melbourne are all main attractions, one of the great things about Melbourne is finding new places to see, shop and visit.
Melbourne has a very diverse cultural mix – with many people of Arabic, Jewish, Greek, Italian, Vietnamese, Thai, Turkish, Sudanese and other ethnic backgrounds.
WHILE WE HAVEN’T COVERED EVERY SUBURB – HERE IS SOME INFORMATION TO HELP YOU FIND SOME OF THE MORE INTERESTING SUBURBS TO VISIT –
SOUTHERN SUBURBS – South East from City and around Port Phillip Bay.
South Melbourne is the closest southern suburb to the City – and is a mix of residential and small business premises as well as cafes and
Port Melbourne is located on the shores of Port Phillip and is where the Tasmanian Ferry Terminal is located at Station Pier. The ferries take both cars and passengers on board to travel to Devonport in Tasmania, a journey taking around 9 to 11 hours. Port Melbourne also has a small boat harbour and Yacht club too, and if you travel west from Bay Street along Beach Street and then The Boulevard, you will come to Sandridge Beach and beyond see the main industrial port facilities of the Port itself. Port Melbourne was a suburb with lots of warehouses and light industry, but in recent years many of the warehouses have been converted into residential accommodation, and it is now quite a trendy suburb to live in with a number of pubs, restaurants and cafes.
Travelling east on Beaconsfield Pde you will travel along the coastline of the Port – with sandy beaches, cycleways and walkways through the suburbs of Albert Park, Middle Park and to St Kilda.
St Kilda has a number of attractions including St Kilda beach and historic pier, beachside park, Catani Gardens with a rotunda, a wildlife sanctuary for little penguins off the pier, and Luna Park – a fun park with a roller coaster and other attractions. Head to Fitzroy Street, on the tramway- the main street to find a host of small shops, cafes, restaurants, bookshops and bars.
St Kilda is a large suburb extending away from the beaches too. From St Kilda Beach, and Marine Pde, turn into Blessington Street and head to the St Kilda Botanic Gardens. St Kilda Town Hall is located off Carlyle Street.
Staying on Marine Pde -
Brighton and Brighton Beach – are further around the Bay and have their own beaches and attractions, the main one being the 82 Bathing Boxes set up between Brighton Baths and Green Point. The painted bathing boxes all identical in size make for great photos and date back to the late 1800’s and early twentieth century. Brighton is still considered one of Melbourne’s favourite beaches and a great place for walking, sunbathing and picnics.
From The Esplanade the keep travelling south on Beach Rd along the coastline to Sandringham, stopping wherever you see something of interest. Beach Road leads to the Nepean highway and suburbs beyond, all the way to the Mornington Peninsula and Portsea – with the Mornington Peninsula National Park and Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park on the furthest point.
SOUTH EAST from City
South Yarra – is considered one of Melbourne’s most interesting shopping destinations, with the main shopping street being Chapel Street. The street is a long street stretching from its northern Yarra River end (Church Street Bridge where there is also a cycleway running alongside the river), all the way past Prahran to St Kilda. At the northern end is the Como Centre (cnr with Toorak Rd) which has over 30 stores, a theatre and 5 Star Hotel. The Jam Factory building was originally a brewery and later a jam factory, hence its name. It has now been converted into a movie theatre complex, with shops, cafes and restaurants. At the Prahran end of Chapel Street on Malvern Rd is the historic Prahran Market (first opened in 1891) and also Pran Central Shopping centre. In between these bigger complexes are numbers of smaller shops, bars, night spots and other retailers.
South Yarra also has many older homes in its tree lined streets, and historic Como House, built in 1847 and set on 5 acres of gardens. It is open to the public and is located on the Toorak side of South Yarra at the corner of Williams Rd and Lechlade Avenue.
Toorak – is considered Melbourne’s wealthiest suburb, with a number of mansions built here that date back to the 19th Century. Toorak Road is also a long road, but you will find a number of high fashion shops located in the block between Williams Rd and Grange Rd. To see some of the mansions in Toorak (many are hidden from public view) look for Georges Rd, Hopetoun Rd, Albany Rd and at the corner of Toorak Rd and Orrong Rd, you will also see St John’s Church (built in Bluestone in 1862).
EAST OF THE CITY
Richmond – and North Richmond are just east of the City. North Richmond in and around Victoria Street, near the corner of Church Street, are famous for their Vietnamese food – with a number of Vietnamese restaurants, Asian Grocery shops and bakeries. It is possible to catch a tram to the street from the City (24 or 109). On the south side of Richmond is Bridge Rd, which is known for its clothing outlet stores and small fashion stores. There are also quite a few pubs in Richmond, some of the more popular ones being in East Richmond (South) on Swan Street.
NORTH OF THE CITY
Brunswick and particularly Sydney Road in Brunswick are famous for Lebanese, Turkish, Syrian and Middle Eastern restaurants, bakeries and coffee. Look for the area around Sydney Road and Victoria Street and enjoy a trip to the Middle East. There are also many wedding shops here too.
There are many suburbs in Melbourne, and we have detailed just a few.
Enjoy your time in Melbourne.