All the suggestions so far have been great, except for the one that suggested that the Melb Aquarium and Healesville Sanctuary might be a bit tame for the kids. :rolleyes: Both venues are brilliant for all ages, but ESPECIALLY for young’uns who have not grown up here. Being up close and personal to all the marine and other wildlife forms is a great hoot!
Some of the hidden gems though are getting up back of the Dandenongs during berry season: pick 'yer own, and maybe a ride on Puffing Billy on the way back.
Canoeing down at Studley Park: it’s a National Park within spitting distance of the CBD and again the local fauna is great…watch out for snakes in summer of course!
Check out the Queen Victoria Market, but even more interesting is the Preston Market (or the Dandenong Market) which don’t have the ‘cool’ factor but are grouse IMHO. Wogs everywhere, and bargains a’plenty. Sydney Road Brunswick is the Middle Eastern food centre for Melbourne, Victoria Street Richmond for Vietnamese (as is Springvale in the outer south east), Footscray is now the centre for African cuisine, and for all things kosher, Carlisle St in Balaclava.
Melbourne is an INCREDIBLY multicultural city, and different suburbs reflect the predominant ethnicities of the population there. The eastern suburbs tend to be more anglo, but on the fringes, you’ll get a veritable melting pot and the food is mostly to die for!
For a posh experience go to Toorak or Brighton. For working-class head to Frankston or Sunshine. In between you can go anywhere you damnwell like.
Mordialloc is cute with all the old boats in the creek that comes in off Port Phillip Bay. Lot’s of old dinghies and couta boats, not too many ocean-going vessels (they’re mainly berthed down at Brighton hahahaha).
And just for the sheer buzz, stand under the clocks at Flinders Street Station or at Southern Cross Station between 8-9am and 4-6pm. It’s a steaming stream of humanity, and reminds me of a wilderbeest stampede on a David Attenborough doco.