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I would be one of the first to put my hand up when it comes to a girl’s weekend away. There is something about getting away with your BFFs and indulging in all things that girls enjoy. I’m talking about things like seeing live shows, walking in Botanical Gardens, eating out for every meal, browsing shops or markets and enjoying a few drinks together. I recently got to do all of my favourite things with my favourite girl – my daughter, in the city of Melbourne. So here is a girl’s guide to a weekend in Melbourne.
The welcome to Melbourne brochure is spot on! Visitors to Melbourne are spoiled for choice with sporting events, arts and culture, great shopping, incredible cuisine, quirky arcades and laneways, and pretty public parks and gardens.
This state capital city located in southern Victoria on Port Phillip Bay is a vibrant, throbbing, and sports mad metropolis. With Melbourne’s exciting mix of style, sport, culture and dining it gets under your skin and you’ll never want to leave – believe me!
The tram network in Melbourne City is amazing. There is a free tram zone that includes the city centre and extends from Queen Victoria Market to Docklands, Spring Street, Flinders Street Station and Federation Square. But there is also the free City Circle Tram that is great to get your bearings and hop on and off at your leisure for sightseeing the city.
Otherwise you get yourself a myki card available everywhere, so that you can use Melbourne’s public transport network, including trams, buses and trains. $10 will easily get you around Melbourne for a day.
A great place to start your Melbourne City adventure is at the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, located opposite Flinders Street Station. Here you can obtain maps, brochures, souvenirs and even book tours.
We were fortunate to get a great deal via Travelzoo for a couple of nights at the Pullman Melbourne on The Park Hotel. This 4 star hotel is located adjacent to the Fitzroy Gardens, on the fringe of Melbourne CBD, close to the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Luxury Escapes are currently running a great offer for a “French Escape with Sofitel Melbourne”, located right in the heart of the city in Collins Street. Check it out!
Melbourne is renowned as the “Coffee Capital of Australia” and offers a vast array of laneway sidewalk cafes brewing up the best coffee. There is no doubt that Melbourne is a serious culinary hotspot, with everything from burger joints to swish eateries with big-name chefs, and there’s also a thriving bar scene.
This is where we ate and drank during our two day visit:
We arrived into Melbourne early Saturday morning and immediately ditched our bags at the hotel, and set off on foot to the city centre. There was no time to waste, as we had a long list of things we wanted to see and do and another list of where we wanted to eat and drink in Melbourne City.
Strolling along Collins Street, we came across the Regent Theatre and noticed that Priscilla: Queen of the Desert was playing. We enquired about tickets and before we knew it we had two tickets to the 2pm matinee that afternoon.
We also noticed that the Melbourne Comedy Festival was in full swing during the weekend and grabbed ourselves a ticket for Sunday to see Cal Wilson at the Victoria Hotel.
But there was much more to experience and here is what we packed into our two days:
We only skimmed the surface of what this great city has to offer over a period of two short days. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe our weekend in Melbourne, however brilliant, breath taking, buzzing and beautiful do come to mind. Bring on the next girl’s weekend away!
Do you like getting away with your girlfriends for weekends of girlie stuff?
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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