NBN rollout - Introducing Melbourne
This stylish city has been dubbed quite a few things over the years; best known however as the fashion, coffee and sporting capital of Australia. But just don't mention to a Sydneysider that it's one of the world's most liveable cities - we're never going to see the end of that savage rivalry.
Curious about what this cosmopolitan mecca has to offer? Have another sip on your avolatte and check out these things to do in Melbourne, using our Optus nbn™ plans.
Take a walk down Degraves Street for its street art
It's quintessentially Melbourne; featuring vibrant street art, cute little cafes, outdoor restaurants and a treasure trove of boutiques. The street was named after pioneer merchants William and Charles Degraves and is a perfect backdrop for some amazing selfies.
Have a sfogliatella at Brunetti’s in Carlton
This Melbourne institution sits in the same spot where it originally opened back in 1974. Walk in and you're greeted with endless display windows filled with colourful cakes, biscuits, pastries, pizzas and bread. You'd be forgiven for thinking that you've stepped into a café back in Italy, as a small army of baristas pump out coffees at the 20 metre coffee bar. No visit is complete without tucking into a sfogliatella. It's a traditional Neapolitan pastry; flaky on the outside, containing a sweet ricotta, orange and semolina filling.
Shop 'till you drop and bag some bargains
There's an abundance of great places, that won’t hurt the hip pocket. Dejour Jeans in Brunswick is the city's best kept secret for custom jeans. There's wall to wall variety, from every colour and style imaginable with the average pair setting you back around $60.
No visit to Melbourne is complete without a wander through the Queen Victoria Markets. You'll find a smorgasbord of fresh food including cheeses, artisan breads, fruit and vegies, gourmet meats and much more.
If you're after local designer threads, then a trip to Chapel Street is a must. There's a great range to choose from; from upmarket designs to funky up-and-coming labels. It's the perfect place to unleash your inner fashionista.
Visit St Kilda beach
This seaside suburb is about six kilometres from the CBD and is a great place to go if you are after great food and a few drinks. Take in panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay and stroll along the boardwalk, check out the markets on Sundays or grab a meal from a variety of places in Fitzroy Street or Acland Street.
Unwind sitting in a Peninsula Hot Springs bath
How does a naturally hot mineral spring water bath sound? There's over twenty bathing experiences to choose from including a cave pool, underground sauna, Turkish steam bath and hilltop pool, that has 360 degree views.
Watch the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Get up-close and watch the world famous fairy penguins as they waddle from the water to their burrows. You can also take a walk down the Penguin Parade boardwalks that go through the penguin colony. Along the way you may spot their burrows and a few little penguins taking a nap.
Get scared silly at the Old Melbourne Gaol
Visit a real prison which once housed Australia's most famous bushranger Ned Kelly. Explore inside to discover what it was like to spend time behind bars in the 19th century. For unique experience, try their night tours and hear ghost stories from other visitors and staff.
Take a drive down the Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one Australia's most famous coastal drives, spanning 243 kilometres. Cruise down the winding road and marvel at the Twelve Apostles, Apollo Bay and Bells Beach where the Rip Curl Pro is held.
Do the 1000 steps walk
Visit the beautiful Dandenong Ranges and climb the 1000 steps of the Kokoda Memorial Walk. You'll see plaques along the trail dedicated to those that fought and died on the Kokoda Trail during World War II.
Take a ferry down the Yarra River to Williamstown
Take in Melbourne's attractions as you sail to the historic suburb of Williamstown. Home to the city's first sea port, you can explore remnants of its naval past everywhere. Walk the hidden lanes, visit an abandoned morgue and admire the architecture of the various historical buildings.
Visit 'Ramsay Street' on the Neighbours tour
If you're a fan of the long-running Aussie soap, you can see the houses featured on the show and visit the set. You may even bump into one of your favourite Neighbours stars during your visit.
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