Top 3 Melbourne Suburbs For Hipsters

Top 3 Melbourne Suburbs For Hipsters

Hipsters – who are you ? Melbourne has a very diverse community and it is reflected in the unique characters of individual suburbs. Melbournians with similar backgrounds tend to congregate in a particular area. This is frequently based on ethnicity and culture, but it can also be based on interests and social inclinations. In this post, I will list down the top 3 suburbs where hipsters love to stay and/or hang out. According to the Urban dictionary, ‚ÄúHipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.” It’s a bit hard to narrow down this group to a specific type but it tends to consist of people such as artists, performers, spiritualists, philosophers, dancers, etc. You know who you are ! ūüėČ Fitzroy Created in 1839, Fitzroy is Melbourne‚Äôs first suburb. Due to strong community and local government support, it has managed to retain many of the old colonial buildings giving the area a very special village feel. Traditionally a working class area, these days Fitzroy is an eclectic mix of ethnicities and socio-economic groups. With the Melbourne Fringe Festival centred around Fitzroy, the area not surprisingly attracts a lot of artists, hipsters, performers. bohemians, etc to the area. Popularly known as the Hipster capital of Melbourne It is a great place to people-watch with interesting characters abound. I love walking around the area admiring the wonderful street art, exploring the interesting shops or just chilling out at one of the many great cafes and restaurants. My...
Moving To Melbourne – Where To Live In Melbourne

Moving To Melbourne – Where To Live In Melbourne

Being a city spanning a very large land area, Melbourne consists of many suburbs of differing traits and character. Comparing all the various areas can be mind-boggling for anyone, let alone an immigrant moving to Melbourne. So¬†how do you choose where to live in Melbourne ? Which suburb or area is suitable for you? Here are 3 areas of considerations that¬†I reckon will be help to narrow down your shortlist to just a few suburbs¬†making your choice a whole lot easier! Distance A good starting strategy to deciding where to live in Melbourne would be to draw a 15 km (vary this based on your preference)¬†radius around either the Melbourne CBD or your place of work, and see which suburbs fit into your budget. Since you’re only just moving to Melbourne, I would recommend you start off renting first so as not to commit to a big mortgage on a house until you are more familiar with the lay of the land and eventually find the suburb of your dreams. ūüôā Education If you have children, a key driving factor for choosing where to live in Melbourne might be the location of a specific school. Many public schools (especially the popular ones) are ‚Äúzoned‚ÄĚ. What this means is that you must live within the defined neighborhood boundary in order for your child to be eligible to study there. Lifestyle If you like a specific lifestyle then that may influence your decision. For example, If you like beaches, places like St Kilda¬†and Altona might appeal to you If you like rivers, you can‚Äôt go past the scenic locations around the...
ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day is tomorrow and it marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I. (ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Corps) Starting in 1916, Anzac Day became established as a national day of commemoration for the 60,000 Australians who had died during WWI. As the years passed and more wars too place, the focus broadend to include all the military operations in which Australia has been involved. Hence these days in Australia, ANZAC Day is an occasion to reflect on the cost of war and commemorates all Australians who served and died in military conflict. (There are also commerative ceremonies held in New Zealand) In Melbourne, it is celebrated by a dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance. This is followed by various ceremonies including the traditional ANZAC Day march from the CBD down to the Shrine. An emotionally moving experience, the ANZAC Day march involves past and present servicemen and families representing those who have been lost. Lest We Forget....
Good Friday Appeal 2014

Good Friday Appeal 2014

It’s the Good Friday / Easter long weekend again ! It is also time when Melbournians open their hearts (and wallets) and show the world what a beautiful caring society we have here in Melbourne. The Good Friday Appeal is a proud Melbourne tradition and is held every year to raise much needed funds for equipment, research and education to support the work of The Royal Children’s Hospital. The strength of the Good Friday Appeal lies with the thousands of people who volunteer their time, expertise and creativity to organise fundraising activities throughout the year. This includes many individuals, small business and large corporates all running their small activities in order to raise funds in the days leading up to the appeal. Together they have raised more than $258 million for the benefit of the hospital since the Good Friday Appeal began in 1931. Last year in 2013, the appeal managed to raise over $16m. The Good Friday Appeal comprises of many events such as: The main event which is the telethon which is broadcast live on TV from 9am till midnight. Throughout the day, Australia’s most popular celebrities, athletes, etc will make appearances and performances to raise money. Many of them will actually man the donation hotlines. So dial in and donate ! You never know who you might get on the other line. Kid’s Day Out – The Melbourne Exhibition Centre will be transformed into a wonderland for kids, with Australia‚Äôs biggest roller-skating rink, Laser Strike, the popular Teddy Bear Hospital, art and play zones, kids cooking classes, music and dancing and so much more. The Cadbury...
Top 5 Things To Do In Melbourne On A Rainy Day

Top 5 Things To Do In Melbourne On A Rainy Day

With all the gloomy wet weather recently in Melbourne, I thought the perfect blog topic would be – Top 5 Things To Do In Melbourne On A Rainy Day !! The rain has been forecast to last a whole week and with the school holidays in full swing, the kids must be bored out of their mind too ! So here is a list of interesting things to do in Melbourne and hopefully stay dry in the process ! There‚Äôs a bit of something for everyone and not just the little ones. ūüėČ Without further ado and in no particular order ‚Ķ 1. Attend an exhibition or show event Melbourne is The Event Capital of Australia so there is ALWAYS something on throughout the whole year ! In fact, just this weekend alone there are the following awesome events to choose from: – Supanova The Sci-Fi and Pop culture event of the year featuring Lucy Lawless (Xena) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) among many others. A must attend event for all fans of sci-fi, anime, comics, etc. – Dreamworks Animation exhibition Produced directly by the people who¬†brought you¬†Shrek,¬†Madagascar¬†and the awesome¬†Kung Fu Panda¬†a world-first behind the scenes celebration of 20-years of DreamWorks Animation! It features over 400 items including rare and never-before-seen concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks much-loved and favourite animated classics. A bit more time to attend this one though as it will last until October. – Melbourne Home Show Building, renovating or making home improvements? Then visit Melbourne‚Äôs largest, most popular Home Show for all the latest products, services and innovations in...

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