With the New Year here it’s a time to think forward. I’m not one to make huge New Years Resolutions, but I do like New Year Projects. A New Year Project is something that I can work on throughout the year that improves my skills. That’s where this project comes in.
I live in the world’s best city, as voted for the record-breaking seventh year in a row! While I’ve chosen to spend more and more time in Melbourne over the last two years, after deciding that it’s where I want to call home, I still feel like I’m discovering something new each time I go out. A new cafe, a new suburb, a new treasure I want to share.
I want to know the best things to do in Melbourne and the beautiful towns and cities surrounding it.
Hosting airbnb guests gives me the chance to be able to share a little but why not share it with you on the blog? In a fun challenge for me – and it will be a challenge! – I want to explore 52 of Melbourne’s suburbs and towns in 2018 to get to know this wonderful state just a little bit better.
It’s also an opportunity for me to improve my photography skills. Two weeks ago I picked up a new Nikon D750 after an accident in Thailand – more about that soon – led me to become the proud owner of one very expensive rusty camera-shaped paperweight. I’m still not 100% confident in using Manual mode, and that’s something I want to improve on, before expanding my skills into learning how to take night sky photography and (maybe) begin creating videos again!
Regularly I will be sharing a post about one of the suburbs listed below. I’ve highlighted the next seven suburbs I’ll be writing about, but I’d love to know if there’s a place you’d like to read about sooner or if you think I’m overlooking a suburb or town worth exploring. Just let me know in the comments below or message me on Twitter!
The shortlist, so far:
- CBD: Flinders Street – Southern Cross – Stay in a 1970’s vintage Airstream!
- CBD: Southern Cross – Melbourne Central
- Melbourne CBD – It is possible to have a stylish getaway to Melbourne on a budget!
- CBD: Parliament to Flinders St
- CBD: Chinatown
- North Melbourne
- Port Melbourne
- Albert Park
- St Kilda
- Brighton – one of Melbourne’s most luxurious suburbs, best known for the Instagrammable bathing boxes!
- South Yarra
- Richmond – some tips on how to enjoy the long-weekend
surrounding Australia’s biggest sporting event.
- Hawthorn –while I’ve included places around town, it’s clear that Hawthorn is home to some of the best eggs benedict in Melbourne!
- Camberwell – home to some of the best brunches in Melbourne, just outside the city centre.
- Dandenong Ranges – The perfect location for a day trip or make a weekend away in idyllic villages surrounded by nature.
- Pearcedale – Meet some of Australia’s cutest residents at Moonlit Sanctuary
- Phillip Island
- Yarra Valley
- The Bellarine (Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Queenscliff, and Portarlington) – discover one of Victoria’s best kept secrets with a day trip to The Bellarine Peninsula!
- Port Campbell – Known best as the nearest town to the 12 Apostles, there’s so much more to see, do and eat around Port Campbell!
- Daylesford/Hepburn Springs
- Macedon Ranges – you are going to want to stay in this incredible location!
- Wilson’s Promontory
Other neighbourhoods under consideration: Chadstone, Flemington, Kensington, Yarraville, Werribee, Williamstown, Portland, Wodonga, Flinders, Kyneton, The Dandenongs, Beechworth, Hotham, Falls Creek/Alpine Drive, King Valley, Wangaratta, Mildura, Shepparton
Now it’s over to you. Let me know in the comments
Are there any other Melbourne suburbs you’d like to read about?
Do you have any tips for these suburbs?
What do you think are the best things to do in Melbourne?