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  • Traveller
    Melbourne, Australia9,765 contributions
    My wife and I attended Day 3 of The Australian Open 2022. We have attended this event a few times before in the past and are very glad we live in Melbourne so that we can attend this annual event very easily. Just a short ride on Tram number 70 from our house direct to the entry gate at Melbourne Park.

    The Australian Open is one of four Grand Slam Tennis Events. The other three events are the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

    This year, there were not many spectators due to the Covid surge and due to very few international and interstate visitors as a result of the pandemic.
    Written 19 January 2022
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia10,431 contributions
    The Melbourne Cup Carnival is run over four days from 31 October to 7 November.2020. It's a great outing for the gliteratti. The Victoria Derby kicks off the Carnival; traditionally ladies wear black and white. On Tuesday, Cup Day, ladies wear their best hat or fascinator. The third day, the Oaks, is a special "ladies day." The Oaks is for 3-year-old fillies, and ladies want to look their best. The fourth day, Stakes Day, is a special fun day for children and families. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is one of the biggest events of the year for Melbourne. You don't have to love horses to love the Melbourne Cup.
    Written 12 August 2020
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  • Inokashirakichijoji
    Sydney, Australia7 contributions
    I wanted to go to the Melbourne “International” Flower and Garden Show as I saw it last year on TV on Better Homes and Gardens. I went to the show this year and felt it was not as good as what I saw on TV last year. I watched Better Homes and Gardens again last night, and it again looked so good on TV. This is because the TV crew can actually enter the displays and get up close. They also get to film before the crowds enter.
    In reality, the garden show is very crowded due to its popularity, making it difficult to even get close to the barriers, from which the displays are viewed. Displays seem so much smaller and less interesting when you are annoyed by the crowds. I went during the week. I would imagine the weekend is even more crowded.
    Much of the space is taken up by retailers selling their plants and garden tools. If you are after bulbs, then this is the place to come, with many varieties to choose from, and the sellers get the tulips to flower in autumn, giving nice “spring” displays. I would have liked to see some orchids, bromeliads, cactus and bonsai sellers, but did not. Victoria has many more great plant sellers that were not present at this show.
    I think “International” should be taken out of the name. In reality it is a show case of local businesses. I would have liked to see some plant societies, such as a bonsai society, orchid society and bromeliad society. I was expecting to see tables showing off rose, orchid and camellia varieties.
    More seating is required. I couldn’t find a vacant seat. The building and grounds are nice and large, well maintained, and the perfect location for this show. Walking to the show from the tram stop, I found the path difficult to cross due to very high steps, which require jumping down of. Trams to the show were poorly labelled as the tram travelling away from the garden show, displayed “garden show”, possibly because when it started its journey, it moved passed the show, but the display did not change after it passed the show. Passengers going to the show from the Southern Cross stop were confused about which direction to travel. Signage at the tram station was confusing.
    Flower displays were creative but the organiser provided cheap back grounds which were too low, so the back grounds in my photos are not nice.
    Overall, I think it is worth visiting this garden supply, garden designer and florist expo. I enjoyed the commercial side, but would have like to see even more plant and flower varieties displayed.
    Written 29 March 2019
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  • Swell Traveller
    Melbourne, Australia3,769 contributions
    Moomba happens every year around early March.

    It begins on a Friday afternoon and progresses over the weekend and ends on the Monday which is usually a public holiday.

    Every night at 9.30pm - 9.45pm there are fireworks than can be viewed along the Yarra River, near Birrarung Marr and the Melbourne Tennis Centre.

    From Alexander Gardens end to Birrarung Marr you can find a range of rides, stages with music and food vendors. There are street performers and other stalls to capture your attention. You need to buy tickets for the rides and they are not the cheapest, especially if you are a family. The Friday night has a special ticket pass, which is better value.

    There are other free events over the 4 days such as the Birdman Rally, a novel way to design a contraption that will possibly fly far over the Yarra River from a launching platform, that the public can enter and water skiing event and tricks.

    The most popular part of Moomba is the Moomba Parade. It runs for about an hour on the Monday morning from 10.45am. It showcases the cultural diversity of Melbourne through music, dance and the Arts. There are dancers, acrobats, musicians, floats and of course the king and queen of Moomba which can be a celebrity or someone else chosen. This year we had 2 comedians / TV presenters / actors.

    This is a great family event and they line the streets with blankets and snacks for the best view from as early as 9.30am. It usually starts at Birdwood Avenue, Kings Domain and then concludes along Linlithgow Avenue.

    Parking is a hassle for the event as many of the parade members park in the main areas [understandably] and some are closed off. Your best bet would be to get public transport, walk or taxi it there.

    Don't miss it!

    *Photos taken by myself
    Written 6 April 2020
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  • Moo1964
    Melbourne, Australia132 contributions
    I haven’t laughed so much for ages. Get out and support the acts I especially liked the unknowns that are in small venues. It is much more involved and fun. Special shout out to Akmal…. Really entertaining and the city is stunning at night!
    Written 21 April 2022
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  • 13Astroboy
    Greater Melbourne, Australia365 contributions
    We have seen the white night a few times of the years but now it all seems like every one wants a piece of the action as it was more like a carnival atmosphere. There were a few displays on the buildings like the Treasury building which was fantastic, but other attractions were too far away and this lost the excitement of the night, other buildings like the town hall and the old museum didnt even get a mention this year. Also the things they had at Birrarung Marr spoiled it for me, as it took away from the art aspect of the event turning it into another royal show or moomba.
    Written 25 August 2019
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  • RonWamberal
    Sydney, Australia13,239 contributions
    Two sides to every story; it's very expensive if you want to be sure of a seat. a package bought early is the only guarantee of a seat and you won't know then if your team will be playing.
    If you follow Jet78948 advice, you will not be sure of success in the allocation and that only happens if your team is in the final.
    For football tragics, this is the day of the year and you just pay what it takes and make the most of the day.
    This will include the breakfast at the Crown (which is barely adequate) and perhaps the after-game parties.
    Even though you may have heard Up There Cazaly countless times, it still sounds special.
    It was hard to hear the entertainment this year, could barely hear John Williamson and Paul Kelly was the only one with impact.
    And even though the game was one-sided, there is still a thrill being part of 100,000 spectators watching 2 gladiatorial teams.
    You can pick the day apart for any reason but it is still the one day of the year, not to be missed by tragics.
    Written 10 October 2019
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia10,431 contributions
    The Boxing Day Test Match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the highlight of the cricketing calendar. Everyone looks forward to a day full of action. No matter if you're in the exclusive members area or in the outer, everyone sees the same game. The MCG is Australia's most impressive sporting arena, with a capacity of over 90,000 spectators.
    Written 19 September 2021
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  • jeffryb
    Keysborough, Australia371 contributions
    The highlight of New Year's Eve in Melbourne is the fireworks. The fireworks cover the whole of the CBD. Good places to watch include Federation Square, Southbank and the waterfront. The fireworks seem to get better every year. If you are looking for somewhere with a bit of class, the Eureka Skydeck has a New Year's party with refreshments provided. Plus, it's hard to get a better view of the fireworks. The celebrations in Federation Square cater for children; there's a free concert and the celebrations start early and finish early. Flinders Street Station is just across the road.
    Written 23 August 2020
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  • Natalie1964
    Melbourne3,610 contributions
    Having never been to Chinese New year before I did not know what to expect. There was dragons, dancing, eating and plenty of people. Food trucks lined Southbank and Crown casino had an amazing display in the foyer. Chinese lanterns line the walkway which was lovely to see. We had dumplings at a food truck which were nice enough. It was so wonderful to see happy, smiling people having a good time. There was also celebrations at Docklands with a few food trucks.
    Written 29 January 2017
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  • gaye s
    Melbourne, Australia58 contributions
    Longest lunch at Montalto was superb! Welcomed with nice wine & canapés. Great to see Chisholm hospitality students getting valuable advice. Would go again.

    Next night’s regional dinner at Paringa was disappointing. The wine was excellent, the food was excellent: so why am I a bit disgruntled? Because it was 50 minutes from our ticket time of arrival before we had any food or wine! Paringa if you don’t have sparkling wine for arrival - serve Stoniers wine, and at least get the bread on the table. Melbourne Food & wine organisers take note to tell restaurants that the punters expect a glass of wine as soon as they get to a winery.
    Written 15 April 2019
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia10,431 contributions
    The Melbourne Festival evolved from the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Its first outing will be in 2021, no-ne knows what to expect yet. The expected date has yet to be publcised. The corona virus pandemic has played havoc with the public arts. The festival will not be held in 2020, but if we are lucky the Melbourne Festival will get its first outing in 2021.
    Written 19 August 2020
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  • EndlessTravels
    Greater Melbourne, Australia35,310 contributions
    great short film festival based in sydney. they occasionally have it in other cities as well. good fun watching it at fed square with thoysands of other film buffs
    Written 26 February 2017
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  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia954 contributions
    This on the third floor in the second entrance of the Block Arcade opposite the Bendigo Bank. It is usually held during March and April each year and the biggest film festival in Australia.Like so much other venues and shows it has been cancelled this year due to COVISD 19. Last year people were out n the streets giving out booklets showing what was on. While budget and time means I have never been to one I have read the books and know that they offer many shows.It is a star studded events and has many emerging local talent. Tickets sell out quick and it is always cheaper to get them on line

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    Written 3 May 2020
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  • EndlessTravels
    Greater Melbourne, Australia35,310 contributions
    fantastic event that raises money for the good friday appeal. the course takes you over the bolte bridge which is closed for event. great cause
    Written 18 May 2017
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