Tips to Live like a Local in Melbourne


Melbourne garbs one of the most unique cultures around the world, as an unpretentious and welcoming city, with a rich history and an emphasis on multiculturalism. This way of living allows the city and its guests to celebrate a huge variety of sporting and cultural events. There’s always something happening in Melbourne, even if you seek something a little more low-key. Here are a few tips to live like the locals do and must see experiences to make the most of your time in Melbourne.

- Getting around Melbourne
Melbourne has a distinctive public transport system. I wouldn’t recommend trying to drive through the city if you aren’t from the area, as the trams make it rather difficult to understand road direction. If you plan on travelling in and out of the city quite a bit or if you’re heading into regional Melbourne, be sure to pick up a Myki to get around, with an average fare costing $6 a trip. There are however free trams around the CBD, check out the zones to plan your trip in advance!

- Staying in Melbourne
Where you stay depends on what sort of experience you’re after. If you’re going to spend a lot of time in the CBD, despite the price, it is worthwhile staying here as you’re a stone’s throw away from the whole hubbub, and you can take advantage of the free trams. Book a hotel or check out any AirBnBs. If you plan on a more relaxed holiday but still want a taste of the action, stay in St Kilda or the South Yarra region. You’ll get to experience the pristine Port Phillip Bay and can still join in on the action. If you’re planning on a one day trip to Melbourne in your holiday, take advantage of the breathtaking Mornington Peninsular on a beachfront campsite.

                                                                    St. Kilda Beach

- Partying in Melbourne
Unlike Sydney or many other cities in NSW, Melbourne has NO lock-out. So you can dance all night no matter how old you are! Start your night with a delicious meal along the bustling Bridge Road and delve into a variety of cuisines. Then catch the tram to one of Melbourne’s famous rooftop bars… Naked in the Sky is one of my favourites. Then, if you’re prepared to experience the full Melbourne nightlife experience, it’s time to hit the dancefloor and relish in the music genre, Melbourne Bounce. Hit the nightclub and dance all night, no recommendations, as anywhere and everywhere is always a good time.

                                                     Melbourne City Scape at Night

- Getting artsy in Melbourne
One of the more engrained aspects of being a Melbourne local is found within the artistic institutions around the city. From theatres to museums, international and local talent, Melbourne quite literally has you covered if your heart seeks the art. Check out the famous Melbourne Comedy Theatre or the ACCI for an entertaining night, or meander the galleries, notably the ACCA or the NGV. If you have the kids with you, see a musical or enjoy a wholesome family day out at the Melbourne Museum or make the trek to Sovereign Hill and be transported to 1850’s the Gold Rush.

                                                        Flinders Street Station

- Take some time out
Melbourne has such a unique character. It’s a convergence of trendy contemporaries and an historic metropolis which you cannot appreciate unless you sit still and watch. The clich├ęs are true as you stroll through the streets of the CBD - the laneway art, the coffee shops, everyone’s wearing black... And there’s more to Melbourne than being trendy. It is well worth while to take a look through its buildings and relish in the architecture and stories told of these heritage sites. Notable places to check out include Flinders Street Station, The Royal Exhibition Building and the MPavilion.

                                                          Melbourne Street Art: Hosier Lane

- Cheer like a Melburnian
Aussie Rules in Melbourne isn’t a hobby, it’s an obsession. The grand final is even a public holiday for the state! If you want to experience the spirit, enthusiasm and unity of a team’s colours, this is a truly unique experience genuinely worthwhile in Melbourne. Just be sure to pick the right team

- Treat Yourself
Melbourne’s surrounding districts are teeming with natural mineral springs and ancient geothermal pools. The water flows from underground, collecting minerals to energise and cleanse spa-goers. Venture to the natural Peninsular Hot Springs, or the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, about 1-2 hours from the city. But you don’t have to travel too far to revel in this blissful experience. Onsen Ma, is a Japanese style bath house located in the CBD.

Peninsular Hot Springs

About the author

Alex is a 23 year old lover of life, brunch & adventure. After moving to Sydney when finishing a journalism degree, he began his blog Inspire A Better Life to positively influence others to get out there and see all life has to offer. Join Alex as he discovers this life one day at a time, documenting his thoughts and other along the way!


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