In Melbourne we stayed in an apartment on Swanston St, between Melbourne Uni and the city centre. The location was perfect, we were so close to everything!
We went to the city centre quite often, to have lunch and to just walk around. The best thing about Melbourne is there are a lot of things to see and do around the city centre for FREE, such as:
Myer Christmas Windows, Bourke St.
Since we were in Melbourne just before Christmas, we had the chance to see the famous Myer Christmas Windows. We went there on our second day in Melbourne. It was just before noon, and not many people were there so we could really enjoy it. When we came back there a few days later, there was a long line of people wanting to see the Christmas Windows.
Carla and Renan enjoyed viewing the windows and listening to the story of the Gingerbread Friends.
Look! A giant present! For Christmas, Melbourne Town Hall was gift wrapped in red ribbons with toy soldiers standing guard. Every night, until 25 December, there was a Christmas light projection show. We were lucky to be able to watch the show. It was spectacular! You can watch the video here.
State Library of Victoria
The location, right in the city centre and only 5 minutes walking distance from our apartment, made the library a perfect place for us to relax after walking around the city centre for hours. I could sit down and use the internet while the kids were busy drawing, colouring or playing games in the Experimedia room. We also loved to read books together. The library doesn’t have a big collection of children’s books, though. If you want more options, City Library on Flinders Lane is a better option.
Carla and Renan also enjoyed running around outside the library, chasing birds.
City Circle Tram
We took the city circle tram twice during our stay in Melbourne. It was fun. We could enjoy the sights of central Melbourne and Docklands, while at the same time experiencing a ride on the heritage tram. The first time we took the tram, there was a guide who provided information about Melbourne’s landmarks and major attractions. The second time, there was no guide on board, but the audio commentary was on.
So, we managed to have a lot of fun in Melbourne, without breaking the bank!