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Moonee Ponds

    Moonee Ponds, Melbourne (inner N/W)

Rent: apartment rents are in the lower to mid range, house rental prices are higher

Vibe: Let's feed the ducks

Location: Parks, 5-10km from city centre

Dame Edna Everage made Moonee Ponds famous. The sparkling starlet hailed from Moonee Ponds in the 1950’s, which, at the time, was about as middle class and average as you can get. So, is Moonee Ponds still average? Nah. It has a strong Italian presence a pleasant shopping village, great public transport, great architecture, nice streets, and the BEST pizza in all of Melbourne. Moonee Ponds is one very family friendly place. (More info below...)
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1. SHOPPING - FIVE OPTIONS

Melbourne has the reputation of being Australia's best shopping destination and Australia's most stylish/European city. There are five shopping options to suit all tastes and budgets.

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day-trip-penguins   2. PENGUINS AND PHILLIP ISLAND

One of the biggest tourist attractions in Melbourne is the nightly penguin parade at Phillip Island.

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day-trip-festival_thumb.jpg   3. FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Melbourne is full of festivals and big events: the Australian Open Tennis Championships, music festivals, art and film festivals, fashion, gay and lesbian festivals, the spring horse-racing festival and zoo extravaganzas.  

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day-trip-manly-to_thumb.jpg   4. GREAT OCEAN ROAD

The Great Ocean Road is one of the biggest tourist attractions: crashing waves, towering cliffs, excellent surf beaches, popular holiday destinations, and plenty of other things to point your camera at.

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day-trip-collingwood-market_thumb.jpg   5. MARKETS

There are dozens of markets in Melbourne: food, organic, craft - and they all play a huge role in Melbournian's lives. But the biggest daddy of them all is Queen Victoria Market.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   6. FOOD ZONES

Got a hankering for Hungarian cakes, Ethiopian chicken, Malaysian noodles or Peruvian fish? No problem, you are in Melbourne - home to more than 140 different ethnic groups and sensational cuisine.

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7. ART GALLERIES, MUSEUMS, STATE LIBRARY

There is so much to see in Melbourne if you are into art and museums. Most city based venues are within easy walking distance of each other. The good thing about Melbourne’s two biggest art galleries (National Gallery of Victoria and the Ian Potter Gallery) is that entry is free (special exhibitions are not included).


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day-trip-afl-parade_thumb.jpg   8. SPORT

Melbourne is Australia's sporting capital and home to one of the seven Sporting Wonders of the World. Football, soccer, tennis, Grand Prix, bike riding, cricket, rugby, marathon runs.... etc. So if you feel the need to get religion in Melbourne, sport is the answer.

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kids-collingwood-farm_thumb.jpg   9. STUFF FOR KIDS

From a science museum with a lightning show, to feeding donkeys in an inner city children's farm, to a steam train ride on the city's outskirts, being a kid in Melbourne is lots of fun.

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day-trip-kayaking_thumb.jpg   10. INNER CITY COOL 

In this city, Starbucks is a dirty word. Why? Melbourne is home to some of the best coffee in the world so why compromise? Cafe culture, shopping, drinking in interesting pubs, chowing down great food. Bring your camera and your comfy shoes and hop on a tram to inner city cool.

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bike-bay.jpg   11. BOXES, BIKES AND FERRIES ON THE BAY

So you think you look good in lycra? Join the thousands of cyclists who burn bike rubber on the roads along the bay, and check out some of Melbourne's bayside suburbs and beaches en route.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   12. WINERIES

"Wino Forever" - it's the tattoo on Johnny Depp's arm that once read 'Winona Forever'. So Wino Forever it is... and two of the best wino areas you can find just out of Melbourne are the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula.

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daylesford_thumb.jpg   13. DAYLESFORD AND SPA COUNTRY

Daylesford is food, spa and tree change territory. It’s a small country town about 90 minutes north west of Melbourne that specialises in natural therapies and relaxation. It also has plenty of accommodation choices, and good food. Nearby is a mindblowingly good chocolate shop.

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portsea.jpg   14. MORNINGTON PENINSULA

Man, this place has a lot: surf beaches, hot pools, mazes, cafes, cherry and strawberry farms, markets, bushwalks, scenery scenery scenery, and some damn good wine!

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   15. ZOOS IN MELBOURNE

Melbourne has three zoos. Each is different, offering unique experiences including overnight camping, jazz music concerts, behind the scenes looks, African safari tours, Australian animals, and small guided walks.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   16. ARCHITECTURE

You have taste and like your architecture a little on the interesting side. So does Melbourne. Wanna know where to find it?

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phillip-island-surf_thumb.jpg   17. SURF, SAND AND SNOW

In summer, Melbourne can top 40+C plus and in winter it can get rather cold. So grab yourself a surf board, boogie board, beach towel, skis, snowboard or toboggan and checkout some of Melbourne's more interesting climactic offerings.

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18. HIKING AND WALKS

Whether you like walking along beaches, in the cool forests of the Dandenong Ranges or in granite territory, there are many walking options close to Melbourne.


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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   19. GARDENS

Gotta bit of a green thumb? Fancy some exotic plants and well landscaped green patches or red sand? Check out some of Melbourne's eye-catching gardens.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   20. FREE STUFF

Find out how to get around for free if you are a tourist, or a local enroute to a touristy destination.

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