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SG
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Next best option after CBD?

I've been checking out apartments/hotels and not sure if it's okay to consider these places: South Yarra, St. Kilda, Docklands, Southbank. Which place do you think is the next best option after CBD. We're not much into bars or restos, but we want the place to be accessible to transpo and some tourist spots and near to CBD. We're also looking into budget hotels/apartments...

Thanks!

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1. Re: Next best option after CBD?

All the suburbs you have mentioned suit your criteria. South Yarra and St Kilda are both about 4- 5 kms from the city but are very well supported by public transport.

Docklands and Southbank are both within walking distance of the city. I would recommend Southbank over all these suburbs, as it is just on the other side of the Yarra River to the city and has tranport options, shopping, cafes and trourist areas, such as Southgate and the Casino.

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2. Re: Next best option after CBD?

The places you mention all have their appeal depending on what you are looking for.

Sth Yarra is a bit more 'upmarket' - designer shopping along Chapel St etc.

Be careful if you choose Docklands - near the marina it's quite nice - restaurants, bars and shops nearby, but south of Etihad stadium it a bit of an urban wasteland - desolate, windswept, no shops to speak of and empty streets most of the time.

St Kilda has the advantage of being near the beach (if you are coming over in the warmer months) with lots of pubs, bars and eating options.

Both St Kilda and Sth Yarra are well served by public transport.

My own choice would be to second Navy's opinion - go for Southbank. Lots of life, people, places to eat and drink and an easy walk to the CBD.

Cheers!

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3. Re: Next best option after CBD?

Hi I have lived in Melbourne for 40 years and constantly have people stay with us from overseas

I would definately agree with the two comments above, Southbank is right next to great transport and you are a stonesthrow to everything there. Also a nice area to stay!

Have fun!!

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4. Re: Next best option after CBD?

Hi All,

Thanks for all your replies. Will check out Southbank apartments then! Will be going first week of August so the beach is not much of any interest.

Cheers!

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5. Re: Next best option after CBD?

Just on this - Southbank is nice, and has some of the best views of the Melbourne skyline across the Yarra, as well as being very close to the CBD. But I dont think it best represents Melbourne, and Docklands is even worse than Southbank.

One of the key factors that makes Melbourne a great city are its suburbs and how they each have a different feel/vibe/culture about them. Southbank and Docklands dont have any feel or atmosphere about them in my view. Very commercialised with none of the little stores/cafes/friendly faces that make other suburbs what they are.

My preference in order would be St Kilda (10-15min tram to CBD), South Yarra, Southbank & wouldnt even recommend Docklands as an option.

Regards,

Aussie Assault

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