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Parks and open spaces
Amongst the grand architecture and contemporary culture lies an extensive network of parks and open spaces. Melbourne embraces it’s parks giving the populace a great range of city landscapes to benefit from and contributing to the Melbourne’s title as one of the world’s ‘most liveable cities’. Classic Victorian gardens such as The Royal Botanical Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens featuring grandiose tree boulevards and conservatories to dramatic contemporary sculptured terraces such as Federation Square’s Birrarung Marr are all accessible to anyone who would like a leisurely stroll or picnic in an open space.

City laneways
Melbourne’s inner city laneways are notorious for their charm, eccentricity and intimate bars and restaurants. These blue stone paved laneways, originally the seedy back streets of the city, now present an edgy and chic culture of fashion, design and art. Contemporary art including graffiti and installation art fills the walls of buildings once stained with the dust of the city. Creative boutiques offer up Melbourne’s hippest designers and cosy coffee houses spill into the laneways reminiscent of a walk through the streets of Rome. Hardware Lane, Meyers Place and any of the laneways off Flinders Lane are a great outdoor experience. You will find that even some elements of shopping centres such as QV and GPO are imitating the laneway culture. Dine alfresco after a spot of shopping and enjoy the inventive and inspiring local culture that is Melbourne.

Local Beaches
Melbourne’s local beaches are in close proximity to the city. All presenting diverse landscapes and activities. The sleepy town feel of Williamstown beach to the cosmopolitan vibe of Port Melbourne Beach and the exclusive bayside neighbourhood of Brighton are all complete with fabulous city views, not to mention great water activities on offer. During the winter months take a refreshing walk along the St Kilda Marina or an invigorating walk along Elwood Beach with its backdrop of native coastal vegetation. A drive out to Sandringham beach on a winter’s Sunday afternoon is not complete without a coffee or a glass of wine at one of the many cosy bars that line the esplanade.

Western charm
If you make your way across the Westgate Bridge to Scienceworks, go west and have a coffee in Yarraville a suburb with a quaint village impression. With its narrow streets and standout examples of Edwardian and Victorian architecture, Yarraville has a unique charm that attracts an individual and diverse brand of locals. The Sun Theatre with its bookshop and cafe has been restored to original art deco splendor. The cinema draws film goers from all over Melbourne with its large comfortable seats and intimate cinemas. The atmosphere of Yarraville is one of creativity and culture, comedy and community. It is rare to come across such a place so jump on a train or incorporate it into your visit to the west. On public transport take the Williamstown or Werribee line train to Yarraville station.

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