travel tips for melbourne

Travel Tips for Melbourne, Aus by Where’s Sharon

My name is Sharon and I blog all about family travel on Where’s Sharon when I am not travelling the world myself. I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband and young kids. You can also find us on facebook.

Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia with about 4 million inhabitants. It is known as being the sporting and cultural capital of Australia and also has the best food and shopping. I love my adopted home city of Melbourne and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

I grew up in Tasmania, but I have been living in the awesome city of Melbourne, Australia for the past 14 years so it is where I call home. Here are my travel tips for Melbourne, Australia.Travel Tips for Melbourne

Here are the top 5 places I would recommend to you:

1. Visit Federation Square

This popular part of Melbourne seems to constantly be home to some event or festival. There are also many bars and restaurants at Fed Square (http://www.fedsquare.com/) as well as a free museum at ACMI. This should be your first stop in Melbourne as it is also home to a great tourist information centre.

2. Eat at one of Melbourne’s great food precincts

One of my favourite parts of Melbourne is the fabulous food precincts which are spread out about the city. Melbourne is a very multicultural city and this is very clear when it comes to the food. Pick a cuisine that you like and there is a good chance that there is a food precinct which is the place to go to eat it.

3. Watch a sporting match at the MCG.

Melbournians are known for being passionate about sport. The best place to see this for yourself, and enjoy a sporting match at the same time, is at the MCG . In summer you can check out a cricket match and in winter is the very popular Australian Rules football.

4. Shop at the Victoria Market

This massive market is just on the edge of Melbourne’s CBD and is a great place to go souvenir shopping. There are also many other food and clothing bargains at Victoria Market and there is a great food night market in summer.

5. Walk around St Kilda

Melbourne has many cool inner city areas and my favourite is St Kilda. Walk around this area, eat pizza on the beach and enjoy a slice of cake at one of St Kilda’s famous cake shops. There is also a small amusement park and a craft market on weekends as well as many great bars and restaurants.

How to approach the city:

Melbourne is famous for its trams so make sure you catch one while you are in Melbourne. These go to many areas of the city and there is also a free city circle tram. You cannot buy tickets onboard so buy one at a train station or newsagent beforehand.

Pilsen Czech Republic

Travel Tips for Pilsen Czech Republic

I am Katerina Cvachova and I am an university student living and studying in Pilsen Czech Republic where I was born.
I am studying English and Arts so a lot of places I like are related to those. I like the Museum of West Bohemia and the Gallery of West Bohemia and I also love all the festivals that are here especially during spring and summer which are really great those are music festivals but also open air theatre festivals.
Pilsen or Plzeň is scheduled to be the European Cultural Capital for 2015! The city is famous for its Pilsner beer and is just 90km away from the capital city of Prague( Praha), Czech Republic

Cathedral of St. Bartholomew Pilsen Czech Republic
Cathedral of St. Bartholomew’s main area
Cathedral of St. Bartholomew Pilsen Czech Republic
Cathedral of St. Bartholomew interiors.
Cathedral of St. Bartholomew Pilsen Czech Republic
Cathedral of St. Bartholomew on the Square of Republic in Pilsen

My 5 recommendations are:

1. Summer City Fest

This is a music festival which combines different genres of music and takes place near the main centre of University of West Bohemia on Bory . The web page though is only in Czech.

2. Majales

I would also recommend another festival which is called Majales, which has almost 20 years long tradition and concentrates mostly on rock music genres. The website is also only in czech but I think it is worth seeing because of the atmosphere.

3. Brewery Museum

Because Pilsenn is also known for beer I would also recommend visiting the brewery and the brewery museum

4.Gallery of West Bohemia

I would also recommend visiting the Gallery of West Bohemia but the web sites are only in Czech language.

5. Techmania Science Center

Another interesting spot is the Techmania Science Center in Pilsen

6. Český Krumlov

Traveling Curiously highly recommends visiting Český Krumlov, an idyllic little town that’s very close to Pilsen. The little town of Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage site!

How to approach this city

 Josef Kajetan Tyl Theatre
The main theatre in Pilsen is the Josef Kajetan Tyl Theatre
 Great Synagogue
The Jewish Great Synagogue in Pilsen

There are information points right on the Republic Square where they can provide information for travellers. People in Prague are used to foreigners but elsewhere people could be surprised by foreigners but generally Czechs are kind and would help you if they understand English.

Tempe Arizona

Travel Tips for Tempe Arizona

Hello! I am Vaibhav and I moved to Tempe for studies and it has been awesome staying here. It has warm climatic conditions round the year although the summer can get pretty hot! The people are very friendly and this city has one of the places with the most exciting and happening night life.

The city of Tempe also known as Hayden’s Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona is a university-city. Named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece the city is home to over hundred thousand people.  Tempe is home to the largest campus of Arizona State University and it also has great performance venues like the Gammage Auditorium and the Tempe Centre for the Arts.

The cool thing about this city during New Year’s Eve is that it hosts the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. It’s officially one of the largest New Year’s Eve  parties!

Tempe Arizona Town Lake

Here are my 5 tips for Tempe Arizona:

1) Great Restaurants

Try House of Tricks, Piya Jungle and Chompie’s

2) Good Pubs and Discotheques

Try Monsoon Brewery, Sleepy Dog Brewery and Four Peaks Brewing Company

3) Pleasant Climate

The city has pleasant climate throughout the year.

4) Good food-both veggie and non veggie

As a vegetarian, I found a lot of good places to eat. It’s a green light for many of the fussy eaters.

5) Lots of places for hikes/camping

You could try out some easy hikes like the South Pima Canyon Road or the South Mountain National Park’s Mormon Loop Trail. There’s a hike for every level of expertise. I suggest using this link for www.tempe.gov/parks for more info.

How to approach the city:

This is a Party Town to the core. So enjoy to the fullest but don’t break any rules 🙂 There are lots of other places to visit like museums, theatres, restaurants, etc to enjoy with family too!