Think you’re a Melbourne expert? Before you can consider yourself a resident of the World’s Most Liveable City, there are 17 things you must accomplish before you can call yourself a Melbournian.
Exclaimed it Mel-born
If you wish to blend in and speak as a native, you must master the correct pronunciation of Melbourne. Try saying Mel-buhn or Mel-ben instead of Mel-borne. By learning the correct pronunciation, you will impress the locals and appear less like a tourist.
Develop a dependency on coffee
Melbourne is a city where everyone drinks as much coffee as a Gilmore Girl, and if you leave without being addicted to caffeine, you haven’t lived like a local. Melbourne residents appreciate the art of coffee making, and their favorite varieties include the flat white, latte, and espresso. They prefer local cafes over chain brands.
Observed an AFL match
AFL, which was founded in Victoria in 1896, is an integral part of Melbourne’s culture. Not only is the Grand Final held annually at the MCG, but the Friday preceding it has been designated a public holiday since 2015. Choose a team, purchase a football jumper, and attend a game if you are staying in Melbourne for an extended period.
Utilized Myki Card
To ride the train, tram, or bus in Melbourne, a Myki Card must be purchased in advance from a ticket office or authorized retailer. Please note that smartcards cannot be purchased onboard trams or buses. Melbourne’s public transportation network is the easiest way to navigate the city and its suburbs, despite the system’s complexity.
Performed a Hook Turn
When driving in the city, motorists are terrified of one thing: the dreaded hook turn. Melbourne is one of the few cities in the world that allows this maneuver, which entails making a right turn from the left lane. Foreign drivers who have successfully executed the turn should pat themselves on the back.
Four seasons were experienced in one day.
The weather in Melbourne, which has been immortalized in songs by Crowded House and the Beatles, is a major topic of conversation among locals. The seasons are fashionably late, unpredictable, and you must always be ready for anything, including hail in the summer and mild winter days. Always keep an umbrella, a sweater, and sunscreen in the trunk of your vehicle.
Utilized the Tram
Melbourne has the longest urban tramway in the world, with 250 kilometers of track and 25 routes, making it the easiest and most convenient way to explore the city. In Melbourne’s central business district, there is also a complimentary, burgundy City Circle Tram.
Someone I met beneath the Clocks
People have gathered under the clocks at Flinders Street Station for more than a century, and subcultures frequently congregate on the stairs. Trains from every corner of Melbourne arrive at the station, making it the ideal location for a social gathering.
Exploration of the RetroStar Vintage Warehouse
The largest vintage store in Australia opened their warehouse to the public and held a sale in 2002. RetroStar Vintage now hosts warehouse events on a regular basis, and with nothing costing more than $10, it has never been easier to look like you just stepped out of a John Hughes movie. The sale attracts the most fashionable shoppers in Melbourne and has become a part of the city’s fashion culture.
Observed Myer’s Christmas windows
Throughout the holiday season, Melburnians have lined up on Bourke Street Mall to view the Myer Christmas Windows since 1956. The tradition brings popular stories to life through a series of inventive window displays that delight young and old alike. A Christmas trip to Melbourne would be incomplete without viewing the display.
Observed the Penguin March
Philip Island’s Penguin Parade, one of the most popular attractions in Victoria, is the only commercial venue in the world where you can observe penguins in their natural habitat. Observe Little Penguins each evening as they waddle up Summerland Beach and into their burrows.
Purchased items at the Queen Victoria Market.
Obtain a coffee from Market Lane before exploring the historic Queen Victoria Market sheds. It is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere, spanning 17 acres, with stalls filled with fresh produce, gourmet treats, souvenirs, and more. On your way out, don’t forget to treat yourself to a jam donut.
Sung along to Candlelight Carols
Melbourne popularized the Australian tradition of Carols by Candlelight in 1938, and the Christmas Eve event now draws thousands of spectators and over two million television viewers. The event will feature celebrity performances, Christmas carols, and Santa’s appearance. Profits contribute to Vision Australia.
Participated in the Moomba Festival
Since 1955, Melbourne has celebrated its diversity and traditions every Labor Day long weekend with the Moomba Festival. The festivities consist of the Moomba parade, the coronation of the Moomba monarchs, live music, watersports, nightly fireworks, and the birdman rally. Since then, the event has become Australia’s largest annual free community festival, attracting over a million people annually.
Been caught in Heavy Road Traffic
Every driver in Melbourne has encountered the frustrating traffic on Punt Road, which worsens whenever a football game, concert, or sporting event is taking place. Despite the 40 kilometer per hour speed limit, rush hour traffic crawls along the stretch at less than 10 kilometers per hour.
Observed the Melbourne Cup
Millions tune in on the first Tuesday of November at 3 p.m. to watch the ‘richest two-mile handicap’ thoroughbred horse race known as The Race That Stops a Nation. Race day, a public holiday since 1873, features ten races and Fashions on the Field.
The author explored Melbourne’s laneways.
Melbourne is a tangle of narrow alleyways adorned with color and art by some of the world’s most talented street artists. Explore the vibrant urban canvases of Hosier, Union, AC/DC, and Duckboard Lanes to gain a true appreciation for the city. Along Degraves Street and Centre Place, there are also quaint boutiques and cafes with no windows.
Topic: You’re Only a Melbourne Expert If You’ve Done These 17 Things
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