Melbourne Cup Carnival and “The Race that Stops the Nation”

Melbourne Cup Carnival and “The Race that Stops the Nation”

With the week-long Melbourne Cup Carnival in full swing, horse racing fever is well and truly in Melbourne! An event rich in tradition and history spanning over 150 years, the Melbourne Cup carnival is a truly unique Melbourne experience not to be missed! For many, it is an excuse to dress up to the nines, go to races, have the once-in-a-year horse race bet and generally have a good time with friends. In fact, a great tradition is to go to the track car park and have a picnic (with lots of champagne of course!). Many don’t even watch a single race! The major race days during the Carnival week are: Victoria Derby (1st Sat) – The most exciting day for serious punters with the many top level races taking place. Melbourne Cup Parade (Mon) – Not a race day but an event not to be missed! Come and watch the jockeys and horses taking part in the Melbourne Cup parade down the streets of Melbourne CBD. The streets will be packed with tens of thousands of people so arrive early to get the best vantage points. P.S. Many people take the Monday off work, have an extended 4-day weekend and a short holiday break. So book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment if you are planning to visit the popular holiday spots during this time! Melbourne Cup (Tues) – The Race That Stops The Nation! The pinnacle of the carnival is undoubtedly the Melbourne Cup race day. It is held on the first Tuesday of every November at 3 pm and is also a public holiday! I’m not sure...
Melbourne Day 2014

Melbourne Day 2014

Happy 179th birthday Melbourne ! Yes, it’s Melbourne Day again. First a little bit of history … Melbourne was founded on 30 August 1835 by settlers who sailed from Tasmania aboard the schooner Enterprize. They landed on the north bank of the Yarra River and established the first permanent settlement, close to where the Immigration Museum at the Old Customs House stands and the place today known as Enterprize Park. This year, there’s a full program of activities with the main feature – an all-ages free concert at Federation Square from noon including free birthday cake and candy floss to boot! There’s also .. a spectacular Docklands regatta where a flotilla of private and commercial vessels will fill Victoria Harbour an Urban Explorer tour around town a flag-raising ceremony at Enterprize Park by our Lord Mayor and other VIPs discounted entry for the Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Star, etc special offers at a number of participating restaurants, pubs & cafes For details on this special day, visit the official Melbourne Day website. So, head down to Melbourne City tomorrow and enjoy the festivities !...
Best Comic Book Store in The World is in Melbourne!

Best Comic Book Store in The World is in Melbourne!

I am very pleased to announce that Melbourne’s very own All Star Comics has been voted best Comic Book Store in the World! This is yet another accolade that shows what a great place Melbourne is and another reason why Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city. Beating nominees from around the world, the boys snared the prestigious Spirit of Comics Retailer Award at the 26th annual Eisner Awards in the US (as joint winners with Legend Comics & Coffee in Nebraska). As a long-time comics fan, I have known All Star Comics owners Mitch and Troy for many years as a customer all the way back to the days when they were clerks at Comics R Us. And I am delighted they have won this award as it couldn’t have gone to a nicer couple of guys. They are true comic fans first and foremost, extremely passionate about what they do and it shows! In my opinion what sets All Star Comics apart as a comic book store are: Excellent customer service – Whether its tracking down a much needed title or providing selection advice, Mitch and Troy (and their assistants too!) always serve customers with a smile and show a genuine keenness to help. I once ordered a print from them over the phone and when I told Mitch I worked on the other side of the city, he actually offered to have a walk to my building and deliver it personally! I was naturally blown away of course! (Just to finish off the story, I humbly turned him down and made the trip down to the...
Best Melbourne Day Trips – Phillip Island

Best Melbourne Day Trips – Phillip Island

With the Queen’s birthday long weekend just around the corner, I reckon a perfect article for this week would be the kick off a new blog post series where I cover the best day trips out of Melbourne. I will be sharing my own personal favorite Melbourne day trips and may not necessarily conform to what the itenary recommended in popular Melbourne travel books. Many of these places could easily be extended to more relaxing weekend away. What better way to start of the series than to cover one of my top few favorite local holiday destinations – Phillip Island. There is so much things to see and do on this relatively small but beautiful island. A reasonable drive from Melbourne CBD of around 2 hours, it is also a very popular tourist destination. To make things really easy for you, here is my recommended day trip itinerary for Phillip Island. Pelicans at San Remo San Remo is actually a small village just before you hit the bridge that takes you over the water and onto Phillip Island itself. There is a flock of huge wild pelicans that like to hang around the wharf. It’s worth a quick stop for a photo opportunity. The best viewing by far is during the feeding time around noon when the pelicans congregate en-masse like clockwork awaiting their daily feed. But since this is a day trip we will skip that and move on to the island itself. If you are staying overnight in the area, you should definitely check this out. http://www.pelicanview.com.au/feeding-pelicans Phillip Island Chocolate Factory The kids will love this one! Not long after you...
Bollywood comes to Melbourne !

Bollywood comes to Melbourne !

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014 The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) is back in town! The IFFM is a Victorian Government initiative that aims to strengthen ties between the Indian film industry and Victoria. This year, the festival will be establishing an international competition with the presentation of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards at the historic Princess Theatre on Spring Street. The festival is the southern hemisphere’s greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema and takes place from Thursday 1 to Friday 11 May. The inaugural Indian Film Festival Awards (IFFM Awards) will honour films in five categories: Best Film, Best Performance, Best Director, Best Independent Film and the People’s Choice Award. This will be the first Indian cinema awards of its kind in Australia. The Guests No doubt the star attraction this year is Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Attending the festival as a special guest, he opened the 11 day festival on Thursday – along with the brand ambassador Vidya Balan – with the Australian premiere of the recently remastered Sholay 3D.  The 71-year-old will be honoured as the IFFM International Screen Icon for 2014. He will also be giving away a scholarship, created after him by the La Trobe University, to a student there. The other notable guests at the festival includes: Malaika Arora Khan Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Konkona Sen Sharma Vijay Krishna Acharya Simi Garewal And many more! What’s Happening The 11-day festival presents a world-class program overflowing with gala events, master classes with India’s leading film figures, and over 45 films screenings across four Melbourne venues. Don’t miss the Bollywood Dance Competition...
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....

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