Melbourne Travel Blog› entry 7 of 7 › view all entries
Just back in Sydney having been in Melbourne for 5 nights. Not a bad place but I can tell why alot of people who dont like Sydney like Melbourne & vice versa. Melbourne is certainly a smaller & most things are right in the city centre. I found plenty of touristy things to do like the Melbourne Gaol, MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), Immigration museum, & the observatory tower (55 storeys up). None were particularly amazing but it was nice to check out the MCG. The whole point of my visit there & what made it enjoyable was the Aussie Open tennis. The first day or two are supposed to be the best as there are so many games on & I gotta say it was great seeing players like Nadal, Hingis, Federer, Mauresmo.
Unfortunately one of the reasons why the tennis made my trip as much as it did was because the nightlife/bars/clubs aren't great in Melbourne. As well as that it's a normal thing to wear a coat there when you go out as it's hot during the day but chilly enough in the evening (unlike Sydney). I was really suprised that there weren't more bars around. If you're going there try to time it around something like the Melbourne Cup (first Tuesday in November), the F1 Grand Prix in March, the tennis as mentioned, or any major sporting event like crciket (if that floats your boat) or Aussie Rules.