With an enviable reputation , Melbourne is Australia’s event driven destination. There is always something happening in the central city or if you know where to look, you can create your own insider list of things to do not far out of town.
With our on-going “Melbourne From the Inside” posts, we will give you some great tips that will have others thinking you are a local.
This month we have a look at jazz, food and bright lights.
Hitting a High Note
Let’s start with some music and one of the best jazz clubs in the world as endorsed by numerous international musicians is right here in Melbourne.
“Birdland New York was known for being Charlie Parker’s resident Jazz club in the 1950s, and of course, his namesake.In addition to Bird, the club has been home to many famous Jazz musicians since its opening in 1949. As Alan Morrison, the long time editor of Ebony Magazine, put it, “Birdland was both a cultural vantage point and a barometer of trends where all the big names in jazz performed”.
“Melbourne is the first of Birdland’s ventures outside of New York. Bird’s Basement is the stage of past, present, and future jazz legends.”…..Bird’s Basement.
Coupled with this , if you really like to immerse yourself in the Melbourne music theme, book into the Jazz Corner Hotel. “Situated in the heart of Australia’s most cultural city, The Jazz Corner Hotel is within Melbourne’s Corporate and Legal precinct and offers travellers both the necessary work/play amenities. The Jazz Corner Hotel is walking distance to fabulous shopping, cosmopolitan food markets, sophisticated restaurants, the iconic Etihad Stadium, specialist roaster cafes and, of course, above Bird’s Basement. Combined, they make for a great Melbourne insider experience. In addition it is situated right across from the lovely Flagstaff Gardens and just down the street is the classic Victoria Market- what more could you ask for. Opened March 9th,2017, it is the “in” place to stay.
Fancy hiring a car and travelling into lovely countryside? Well, one place to head for is the Mornington Peninsula . Approximately one hour by freeway, Port Phillip Bay’s east side extends into a peninsula bordered on one side by the bay and the other by Bass Strait and The Great Southern Ocean.
One little insider tip is to stop at the Merricks General Wine Store for lunch.
“The store was built in 1922 by the Joyner family, with the distinctive bullnose verandah that was a feature of that era. In the early years the building was a post office, store and meeting place for the local rural community. Over the years it has also been a favourite with day-trippers and surfers who dropped in for pies, chips, hot chocolate and milkshakes.”
” …..this iconic destination has transformed from the traditional concept of a ‘general store’ to a culinary must for discerning travellers, locals and wine enthusiasts.”……quote Merricks General Wine Store. Having been there a number of times it is a must. Enjoy.
Look on the Bright Side.
If you are in Melbourne in February, you’ll be able to catch the lighting up and colourful projections on the various city icons. Starting in 2013, White Night has become a feature of the city’s events calendar and draws locals into the various precincts .
With displays ranging from illuminated inflatable rabbits, coloured railway stations, watery scenes from our coastlines , King Kong scaling the Town Hall, Night Gardens on the State Library , possums in a tree and many other bright ideas for a night’s entertainment. In addition there is plenty of music and food. If you are here in February , keep an eye out for, and get along to, the most illuminating night of the year.
Seafood, Sushi and Sangria
Melbourne has several good markets around the city area of which the South Melbourne Market is one. On a smaller and more local scale , this market has evolved over time as has the surrounding area, into a rather interesting place to spend some time. Not only does the market have events happening at different times but the general locale has some hip places to eat and do coffee.
Buy yourself some fresh produce and then wander back into town. The main thoroughfare is Clarendon St and its northern end leads you straight into the city proper. So if coming from town, remember, while walking along the river towards the Crown Casino , at the Convention Centre crossing you’ll come to Clarendon Street. Swing into a left turn and it’s an easy walk up to the market. Often missed by visitors but not forgotten by locals.
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