Absolutely perfect. That's the best way to describe Melbourne. It was voted MOST LIVABLE CITY for 4 years in a row. This city truly has something for everyone and is a total melting pot of cultures. I came here as part of a working holiday visa program and found myself quickly in love with this city! I'll point out a few of the amazing places I visited along with whats going on around town at certain points of the year!
ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS!
This is a park located just outside the CBD core that is absolutley sprawling with life. You could get lost walking in here for hours. At the center of the park is the "Shrine of Rememberance", a shrine dedicated to all the war heroes over the years. You could get lost in that place as well, so much to explore. Around October each year is the Fire Gardens festival that takes over the whole park with plenty of fire art displays and odd forms of music played live. A total must see any time of year!
Bars are everywhere in Melbourne, and lord knows I love a pint. If you're into "secret" bars there's plenty of those scattered about as well. Specifically around the back alleys of chinatown there are quite a few. The Croft Institute, for example, is an asylum themed bar in a small area where there supposedly used to be a real asylum back in the day. The place is spooky and quaint. Literally all over Melbourne there are so many nice pubs with awesome atompshere's and frothy drinks. Chapel Street, CBD, and St. Kilda just to name a few areas!
Starting from St. Kilda and going far south you can follow an entire network of beaches all along the melbourne coastline. St. Kilda is by far the most popular of all of them but I preffered Sandringham beach for its quietness. Not many people go there as it's pretty far down the line but it is easily accsessible by train. The sunsets here are to die for.
Some of the smoothest I've seen. Trains taking off in literally any area of the entire city all from the hub station, Flinders Street. Tram's also operate throughout the city and are actually free once you enter the CBD, so that's a bonus. The bus system isn't used as much seeing as the trains are so effecient but the buses are sure to cover every last area you can think of! The city is extremly bike friendly as well, especially between the city and St. Kilda. I have biked that route many times.
As I said before this city is a true melting pot. You will find people from all ends of the globe and from all walks of life each with their own story to tell and their own reason for being in Melbourne. If there's one thing I miss about the city is it's people. So much life on every corner, especially on weekends no matter where you go. Melbourne is for sure the right place to make good connections.
I spent alot of time cycling around this peaceful and calm suburb of Melbourne. It was easy to navigate and there was always just the right amount of sea breeze. This is also where you would go if you wanted to catch a ferry to Tasmania! It's a pretty big cruise ship called "Spirit of Tasmania" and disembarks Melbourne twice daily I believe. It should be noted the total crusing time is about 9 hours so pack for the ride!
Another powerhouse of a suburb, this area has alot of hipsters and amazing cafe's. Most suburbs have their own feel to them and Richmond is no exception. You can truly feel a big aussie football vibe here, as per the Richmond Tigers! Plenty of niche spots all around this suburb it is one you do not want to miss out on.
I could ramble on and on forever and ever about all the awesome little suburbs and things to do around Melbourne for ages as I spent so long living there so if you have any questions at all feel free to PM me! Cheers!