GLS***92While everything is expensive in Melbourne, this free hop on tram is like a gem for budget travelers.It brings you around the city center, with audio commentary introducing the attracting spots, for sure you won't miss any interesting place in the town.
Jonathan GoddardThis wonderful and well-laid-out zoo offers a chance to see unique Australian wildlife that you rarely get the opportunity to spot in normal life. There’s a duckbilled platypus, wombats, Tasmanian devils and koalas, as well as the more easily spotted kangaroos and emus. It was great to get up close to animals like the platypus and wombats.
GLS***44Displays and exhibitions are detailed and realistic, many of which are interactive. The Museum is ideal for both the curious child and learned adult, making it perfect for day out for the family. Don't miss seasonal exhibitions (the most recent one being Jurassic World which was very impressive). Be prepared to spend at least 2 to 3 hours to fully enjoy what the museum has to offer. They also have a cafe and souvenir shop.Tip: It gets really busy (sometimes chaotic!) during the school holidays so try a weekday morning during off-peak seasons for a more relaxed experience.
The Canary Islands enjoy permanent sunshine throughout the year. For some of its islands, like Lanzarote, up to 2,500 hours of sunshine a year is reached, a record in Europe. The temperature in winter is never lower than 14 degrees (57 F) and goes up to 20 degrees (68 F) on sunny days.
Canary Islands have something to offer for all of us. It is the right choice for a relaxing, sunny holiday or for doing sports with your partner or family. Here you can practice water sports, windsurfing, scuba diving and observe the seabed, turtles, dolphins or birdwatching.
Seven main and magnificent islands await you: Tenerife which is the largest and most populous, Lanzarote and its still active volcano, Fuerteventura, the hottest and flattest with its kilometre-long beaches, La Palma which is the greenest but also the wettest, Gran Canaria which is in the centre and is a good compromise for family holidays or for sportsmen who want to trek on its steep hills, but also the islands of El Hierro, La Graciosa and La Gomera. If you want to treat yourself to a stay like a star and cross Brad Pit, stay on the island of La Palma at the "Faro Punta Cumplida" hotel. This former lighthouse has been converted into a boutique hotel with 4 magnificent suites. Oscars winners, in addition to their statuette, are invited to this unique hotel in the world. Book your flights to Canary Islands and your accommodation at the best price.
Address - 181 Ferrars St, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
Ambiance/Facilities - Fine Dining Japanese Restaurant
Highlights - Super delicious and fresh nigiri sushi, roll and tempura
Additional comments - Visited this restaurant at their old place and it was very amazing. I came with 2 other friends and all the food we ordered are as displayed on the pics. Those dishes alone however is enough to make 3 fully grown adults full for that day. The roll was very delicious and all ingredients used were fresh. The prawn tempura is very crispy and very delicious as well. The highlight of the day has to go to the nigiri sushi. We ordered the salmon, otoro, chutoro and beef. All of the pieces are made from fresh cuts and you know it’s fresh from the taste alone. They have since moved to a new place at the address above but the taste hasn’t changed at all. Definitely one of the best places for a Japanese Fine Dining in Melbourne
Avg. Price per Person - AU$ 50 - 100 (depending on what you order) (there are also set menus with different pricing)
Rating - 5/5
I was really looking forward to pitching my tent smack in the middle of nature, something that’s unfortunately tricky to pull off without a car in New Zealand. Thankfully this DOC campsite is just a 30-40 minute walk from Mt. Cook Village and very straightforward to reach via Hooker Valley Road or the Kea Point track. Once the bus dropped me off in Mt. Cook Village, I schlepped out there with all my gear and set up camp for the night.
Camping at the White Horse Hill campsite is $10 per person, whether you’re in a tent on the grassy knoll or in your car in the nearby parking lot. It’s first come first served (i.e. you can’t book in advance), and you’re meant to leave your campsite fees in an envelope and attach the corresponding tag to your tent or car dashboard. There was someone from the DOC who came around to check tags the next morning when I was there, so you might not want to skip the payment. There are toilets and a kitchen/dining room where you’re free to cook your meals – though note that this is essentially just a big open room with tables and benches and nothing more, so you’ll have to supply your own cooking equipment and cutlery.
I can’t even tell you how fantastic it was to wake up in the morning, unzip my tent flap, and gaze directly out at the sun rising between the mountains. I had a clear view without any other tents or cars in front of me. If I opened the flap on the other side of my tent, I was staring straight at the glacier-studded mountains which gave way to a couple small but thundering avalanches during the day I spent there.
Best of all, camping at White Horse Hill campground leaves you aptly positioned to take on the nearby hiking trails: Hooker Valley, Kea Point, and Sealy Tarns.
Address - 385 High St, Prahran VIC 3181, Australia
Ambiance/Facilities - Rustic Victorian Cafe
Highlights - Delicious brunch with lots of food options to choose from
Additional Comments - Located along the stretch of High Street, Prahran, this cafe is quite famous in the area for serving delicious brunch and being pet friendly. Visited the place multiple times in a span of 2 years and the food that they serves never fails to impress me. The most memorable dish that I personally think is the best from this place is the Raspberry and Coconut Pancake. It taste superb. All visits I’ve made and every single time, I would always choose this dish along with the other dishes. Beware that this place do get very busy at around lunch time somewhere between 11am - 1pm and you would have to wait in a line to be seated. That aside, definitely a place to visit for brunch or lunch with friends and family
Avg. Price per Person - AU$ 25 - 40
Rating - 5/5
Address - 146/148 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Ambiance/Facilities - Family restaurant serving Chinese foods
Highlights - Delicious Chinese food with affordable price in the heart of Melbourne
Additional Comments - Visited the Chinatown branch multiple times on multiple occasions, they always serves you good food with consistent quality throughout the whole year. The best dish that they serve has to be the Pan Fried Beef and Cheese Dumplings along with their Xiao Long Bao (all variants). For the Beef and Cheese Dumplings, some branches might not have it but the Chinatown branch definitely have it because every time I visit I would always order that. Be sure to ask the waiter for the Fried version of the Beef and Cheese Dumpling because they also have the boiled version. Some of the more authentic Chinese food in town that fits the taste of my whole friends and family. They have several branches throughout the Melbourne CBD, so definitely give it a try if you’re looking for an affordable Chinese food restaurant
Avg. Price per Person - AU$ 20 - 40 (depending on the food ordered)
Rating - 4.5/5
Manchester Press, a cafe you CANNOT miss if you are in Melbourne. Flanked by colourful graffiti streets, MP is hard to miss. The bagels are out of this world I am not kidding. 😱
I settled for Mel’s Maple Mayhem. So it sounds rather simple – toasted blueberry bagel topped with bananas and bacon and a huge wad of mascarpone drowned in thick maple syrup – but DON’T BE FOOLED because it really is going to be the BEST BAGEL you’ll ever have in your life.
Unlike the blueberry stuffed bagels that we normally get, this entire bagel is blueberry flavored and you can s
It was toasted to PERFECTION. The edges light and crispy while the middle was left fluffy and airy, the generous serving of bacon had almost no fat, the chunk of mascarpone helped balance the sweet maple syrup, basically it was perfect.
If you want something savory, I was told that the Avo & Feta Smash is a popular one (be sure to add chorizos), and if you’re really hungry, go for one of the closed bagels. Be sure to come early because the queue starts 30mins before opening. 😀
8bit Melbourne is famous for its burgers and hotdogs. Heard so much about it, I had to try it. I went for the Fatal Fury Hotdog which I dare say is the most interesting (and delicious) hotdog I’ve had in my life.
The rather harmless looking jalapeños-packed hotdog was hidden under a generous portion of chilli beef and this bomb of a combo was paired with cheese sauce on a fluffy bun. Man, it had me at first bite. Definitely explains the queue.
The burgers seemed like a more popular choice though. Since most of the cafes close before dinner time, you could choose to grab dinner – or even supper – here. 😋
Dead Man’s long black is much lower in acidity, unlike the usual Melbourne black coffee. If you’re someone who constantly switches between a long black and a flat white, then you might really like this one. The espresso dominates the flavor without being too overpowering, definitely my favourite place for coffee.
Got scrambled eggs to go along with the coffee and that was delicious as well. This cafe is also located right ‘round the corner of South Melbourne Market. 😊
Located just 5 minutes walk away from Queen Victoria Market, 7 Seeds is the perfect place to stop by for your daily caffeine fix before heading over to the market or a much needed afternoon fuel before a night in the night market. Got my usual flat white and it was simple but awesome.
Opt for a simple spiced fruit toast to go with your daily cuppa. A chic blue exterior in the middle of a rather dull street, you certainly don’t have to worry about not being able to find this cafe.