Clean dorms 4—6 beds , twins and doubles, all with shared facilities. The Rainbow Hotel 27 St David St T9419 4193, Cosy little boozer featuring free live music jazz, blues, funk or country nightly and on weekend afternoons. Costs, money and banks Prices in Melbourne are pretty much on a par with Europe or North America, if anything a little cheaper. Babies, unwanted by their mothers, were also abandoned along its banks. Rivalry between the two cities — in every sphere from football to fashion and business — is on an almost childish level. Sport, especially Australian Rules football, is almost a religion here, while the Melbourne Cup in November is a public holiday, celebrated with gusto.
Tickets are usually cheaper on Tuesdays and, in some places, Mondays too. The city boasts the largest concentration of live music venues in Australia, and there are still several long-time, reliable pubs and bars such as The Corner Hotel see p. Later, during World War I, Luna Park screened propaganda movies — audiences were encouraged to throw objects at images of the Kaiser. Downtowner on Lygon 66 Lygon St, Carlton T 9663 5555, T 1800 800 130, W www. Explore all corners of Australia's fastest growing city, with the clearest Melbourne maps, street.
The Rough Guides Snapshot Australia: Melbourne and around is equivalent to 106 printed pages. Most local libraries also provide free access, while public kiosks in some laundries and larger shopping malls will have you online for a small fee. Flower Drum 17 Market Lane, off Bourke St T9662 3655. In Australia, driving is on the left-hand side of the road and, by law, you must wear a seatbelt. Venue for productions by smaller local theatre companies and fringe plays by overseas guests. Mon 8am—5pm, Tues—Fri 8am—10pm, Sat 9am—10pm, Sun 9am—5pm. Discover Melbourne's coolest bars and the hippest Melbourne hotels to the immense changes to the fabric of the city itself.
Various other lanes also enter at street level, taking visitors via boutiques, cafés and juice bars to the food court below. Chocolate Buddha Federation Square, T 9654 5688. Growlers 153 Gertrude St, Fitzroy T9416 4116. Has live music and cabaret nights worth looking out for too. Secluded, quiet location 5—10min walk from Fitzroy Street. The model apes typical Tudor Kent villages, complete with thatched cottages, school, hotel, barns, church, streets plus an incongruous scale model of the house in which William Shakespeare lived in Warwickshire. NightRider buses depart from the City Square in front of the Westin Hotel on Swanston Street, the Crown Casino or any other NightRider stops along one of its nine routes hourly between 12.
At the NewQuay residential and restaurant precinct on Victoria Harbour, visitors come in their droves for the streets and promenades studded with buzzing cafes and eateries like Bhoj see p. Provides a free pick-up service from the airport. Features include detailed coverage on the lively Melbourne city centre and dynamic outer suburbs; the cafes of Fitzroy. Café Di Stasio 31 Fitzroy St, St Kilda T9525 3999. Leafy setting and very friendly atmosphere.
Jacques Reymond 79 Williams Rd, Windsor T9525 2178. No-frills cooking, with such dishes as short soup and sweet-and-sour pork served on laminex tables with knives and forks. There are red post boxes throughout the city. Carlton Yacht Club Bar 298 Lygon St T 9347 7080. A walk along the strip north of Bourke Street Mall to the State Library of Victoria see p. The centrepiece of Melbourne movie life is the annual Melbourne International Film Festival see p.
The Prince St Kilda 29 Fitzroy St T9536 1177. You'll find authoritative background on Melbourne's history, film and books. Discover Melbourne's coolest bars and the hippest Melbourne hotels to the immense changes to the fabric of the city itself. Get to know the best budget-friendly bistros in Melbourne, discover Perth's craft beer scene or join a vineyard tour in the Barossa Valley with our comprehensive reviews. For information on Internet access in Melbourne, see p. Attracting a twentysomething, party-going crowd, this is a good place to head for some solid drinking and dancing. Adding depth to your travels, our Contexts section sheds light on Aboriginal culture, indigenous wildlife and over 40,000 years of Australian history.
To escape the throng, head for the St Kilda Botanical Gardens — across Barkly Street and up nearby Blessington Street sunrise—sunset; free — which include a huge rose garden, an indigenous plant section, a duck pond and a conservatory. Australia-wide online employment websites include the JobSearch website at W jobsearch. You'll find authoritative background on Melbourne's history, film and books. Ladro 224 Gertrude St, Fitzroy T9415 7575. On arrival in Melbourne, register with a few agencies to ensure you get a good spread of the jobs on offer. Packed with detailed, practical advice on what to see and do in Melbourne, get the lowdown on Melbourne's renowned live music and club scenes and whet your appetite for its restaurants with an insert on its eclectic multicultural cuisine for all budgets. A new visitors centre daily 10am—4.
Retro Café 413 Brunswick St, Fitzroy T9419 9103. Well-furnished and friendly hostel above the English-style Elephant and Wheelbarrow pub see p. The Australian bush habitat, densely planted with more than twenty thousand native plants, contains wombats, koalas, echidnas, monitor lizards and cockatoos, while a maze of underground enclosures allows you to observe dozing groups of wombats and includes a small tunnel where you can experience the burrowing lifestyle of these animals. Brunetti 194—204 Faraday St, Carlton T9347 2801. Crowded, low-ceilinged, dimly lit favourite that brings in the diehards with its 7am weekend closing.
Further up, the towering I. The building is also used for special events such as exhibitions and live performances. Fares are most expensive from mid-June to mid-August and in the two weeks before Christmas, and cheapest from April to midJune. MoVida 1 Hosier Lane T 9663 3038. Discover The Melbourne s coolest bars and the hippest Melbourne hotels to the immense changes to the faic of the city itself. Established Greek café with all the classics, including taramasalata, moussaka and souvlaki. There are also restaurants such as Stalactites p.