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David in Melbourne
David in Melbourne
Jules checks out kayaking on the Yarra

Tourist in Melbourne

Thursday, June 10, 2004
David & Jules play tourist on their own turf in glorious Melbourne.

No matter how well you know your home town, there are always things you keep meaning to do or visit. We asked David Reyne and Jules Lund to find something interesting and exciting in their home city to share with us.

Melbourne is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself is a large rectangle, with streets tidily laid out in a grid. It is a lively and cosmopolitan city, with a pleasant combination of old and new architecture, elegant streetscapes, ethnic communities, parks and gardens.

Its citizens' passion for eating and drinking is reflected in the array of restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels. It is a city of fashion, ranging from haute couture to vintage, and the nightlife buzzes.

A good way to start seeing Melbourne is a leisurely trip along the Yarra aboard a steamboat from Southbank with Melbourne River Cruises. Cruises take around 45 minutes and have an excellent view of the city skyline, passing the Botanical Gardens, Olympic Park, the MCG and Federation Square. There is a commentary which points out sights of interest and historical facts.

Another water experience starts at the Studley Park Boathouse, just 10 minutes from the city centre. This was established in 1863. You can hire row boats, canoes and kayaks, discover walking and cycling tracks, native flora and fauna and maybe enjoy a meal at Beate's Restaurant in a beautifully-restored residence. The Boathouse Café is more informal — you can eat indoors or on an umbrella-lined balcony.

Rialto Towers is perfect for getting a bird's-eye view of Melbourne. So impressive is Melbourne's Rialto Towers, it is now headquarters for the World Federation of Tall Towers! It takes just 38 seconds to travel 55 levels to the Observation Deck, 253m above the city.

The southern hemisphere's tallest office building has 13,000 windows. Four thousand people work there each day. It is a great place to take photographs.

Another bird's-eye view can be had from a helicopter. Helicopter Scenic Flights depart Moorabbin Airport and chauffeur you at around 300m, where you will see familiar sights from a whole new perspective.

They offer a wide selection, including scenic city flights and romantic sunset flights, when you might choose to sip champagne.

If you prefer terra firma, why not rollerblade along the Bay Trail? The path runs from Port Melbourne to Brighton and is well-lit for after-dark skating. Rock'n'Roll'n are there for skate and bike rentals.

A grand old Melbourne institution is the tram. They have been weaving their way through the city since 1872 and Melburnians are very protective of them.

Dining in Melbourne is almost always a wonderful experience; dining aboard the glossy tram cleverly combines fine dining and sightseeing. Cruise Melbourne's attractive streets while enjoying great food and Australian wines. It’s cosy and friendly and a very special way to enjoy the city.


Melbourne, Victoria's capital city


Melbourne River Cruises cost $20 for adults and $15 for children. They operate on weekends and public holidays.
Studley Park Boathouse half-hour kayak hire is $8, kayak, canoe and rowboat hire is $12. They open each day.
Rialto Towers Observation Deck costs $12.50 for adults and $7 for children. Open daily.
Rock'n'Roll'n roller blades hire is $8 for a half hour. They are open every day.
Colonial Tramcar Restaurant menu starts at $66 per person and is open every day.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.

More information

Melbourne River Cruises
Yarra River, Melbourne
Ph: (03) 9614 1215

Studley Park Boathouse
1 Boathouse Road, Kew 3101
Ph: (03) 9853 1828, fax: (03) 9853 9694

Rialto Towers Observation Deck
525 Collins Street Melbourne 3000
Ph: (03) 9629 8222, fax: (03) 9614 8231

Present Solutions Australia
Ph: 1800 443 871

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
South Melbourne
Ph: (03) 9696 4000

Qantas: 13 13 13

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