Destination Dispatch: Melbourne


A destination dispatch will never replace a great guidebook, a detail-oriented travel memoir, or a thorough travel guide. It is simply a short and sweet summary of my own travel experience, designed to give you the flavor of a place. 

If you’re planning a trip to Melbourne, this destination dispatch is a great place to start your research. If not, let this little report transport you to Australia’s cultural capital for a minute or two. 

Where: Melbourne, Australia

When: While it was incredibly warm, I went to Melbourne in January so that I could attend the Australian Open tennis tournament. I wouldn’t change it, but I would definitely bring more sunscreen. 

Do: In January, it’s the Australian Open tennis tournament. The raucous Aussie atmosphere on the grounds, easily walkable from the city center, is fun and relatively inexpensive even for non-tennis nuts. Outside of tournament time? It’s a walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens along the Yarra River, a bit of green right in the middle of the bustling city.

View: Head to the top of the Shrine of Remembrance, inside the (beautiful) Royal Botanic Gardens for a stunning skyline view. It’s free! 

Read: When You Go to Melbourne by Maree Coote

Watch: Mrs. Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, a sharp-witted series following a glamorous female sleuth in 1920’s Melbourne. 

Listen: Riptide by Vance Joy, a Melbourne-born musician whose music I’ve loved for a while now. 

Eat: When I think of Melbourne’s food, I think of avo toast and poached eggs and granolas. The food at Hash surpasses its fun laneway location (which is saying something). 

Drink: You can’t come to Melbourne without indulging in Australia’s coffee culture. Order a flat white from Market Lane and thank me later. 

Shop: Head to Queen Victoria Market and shop the second hand wares, used book sales, and fresh food stalls. I stumbled upon a book sale and it was one of the highlights of my time in Melbourne.

Stay: I stayed at Melbourne Central YHA. While it was inexpensive and the location was great for walkability in the Central Business District and access to the tennis tournament, it wouldn’t be a repeat for me. The rooms were hot, noisy, and messy. Because Australia offers working holiday visas, there are a lot of long-term hostel dwellers. Instead, I’d splurge on an Airbnb like this even if it meant staying further away from the action, like I did in Sydney.

Pack: A versatile and comfortable pair of linen shorts like these linen pull-on shorts from Target would be a must-bring item for me.

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