What’s not to love about Melbourne?

As we prepare to launch a number of projects in Melbourne, here's a bit about why we love this city

January 30th, 2018

With a number of projects soon to launch in Melbourne for Poly Australia, we thought it would be a great time to share with you some of the things we love about living in Melbourne.

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Melbourne is the Australian capital of arts and culture

Sorry Sydneysiders, but Melbourne has this one covered. Celebrated by the annual Melbourne Festival, the domains of dance, theatre, music, visual arts and multimedia are passionately embraced by all Melbournians.

Popular festivals include the International Comedy Festival (one of the three largest stand-up comedy festivals in the world), Food & Wine Festival, Jazz Festival, The Big Day Out music Festival, Fashion Festival and the list goes on.

An airport that’s easily accessible from all major arterial roads and suburbs

No doubt you will need to allow extra time for your journey during peak hour, however a 20 minute drive from the CBD pretty much says it all! The Skybus operates between the city and airport for around $20, leaving every 10 minutes. Pretty easy and handy for the budget conscious!

Awesome bike paths that connect suburbs (and could even stretch to Canberra)

Not that anyone would want to ride to Canberra, but there are 670 kilometers of bike paths around the city! This showcases Inner urban connectivity at its finest, and offers hope for all of our waist lines.

Around the bay in a day

Pump up your tire’s or drag out the old push bike and get ready to wind through the wine districts of Mornington and down to the historic towns of Portsea and Sorrento. From there, jump onto the ferry to Queenscliffe and then you’re on the home straight: Melbourne via Geelong. Oh and a word of advice, try to avoid the stairs the next day!

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The Queen Victoria Market

So after you’ve dropped a few kilos doing Around The Bay In A Day, head over to the Queen Victoria Market, known to locals as the “Vic Market”. Stock up on fresh fruit, fish, meats and delicious deli produce which rivals the likes of Italy and France!

Feast on a well-deserved indulgence known as the institution of the hot jam donut! This open-air market is renowned for its friendly bargaining and competition between stallholders. Don’t be surprised if you get a few extras thrown in to keep you coming back!

The residents like to live high 

At 197 meters, Melbourne’s tallest building, Eureka Tower, is the second-tallest residential building in the world. So if you’re scared of heights, time to face your fear and head straight to the 285-meter observation deck – a glass cube that projects three meters outward. You will be so stunned at the views that you’ll forget you were ever scared of heights!

Pedestrians rule in Melbourne’s CBD

A large portion of Bourke Street, the shopping mecca in the heart of the city, has been a pedestrian and tram-only mall since 1983. A section of Swanston Street, which intersects Bourke, has been free of private vehicles since the 1990s. This creates an urban oasis where trams, bicycles, horse-drawn carriages (for our loving tourists) and of course let’s not forget our feet, allow people to get about the social way! We see it’s catching on in Sydney, with the upgrade of George Street!

AFL Shout therapy

Melbournians love Aussie Rules football so much so that 9 of the 18 teams are based in Melbourne. Good-hearted banter and yelling at the opposition is probably the best stress relief you will get for a week. Even a state holiday has been granted for the footy final!

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Street Art

Cobblestone laneways are bought to life with striking graffiti and stencil art. World-renowned British street artist Banksy loves Melbourne and has contributed many works over the years. Exploring the interconnecting laneways and discovering cool funky bars along the way is pure Alice in Wonderland delight.

The friendly ‘Red Shirt’ Brigade

No, not buffed fire fighters, but lovely volunteers with a wealth of local knowledge who’ll point you to the right direction if you get lost and may even throw in a few city recommendations to visit during your stay.

A public holiday for a horse race

The race that stops a nation as it is so lovingly called. The Melbourne Cup – a world renowned horse race that carries about $6 million in prize money and most importantly a public holiday for the rest of the city. Whether you’re one of the 100,000 people who get to the race track or not, bars and entertainment venues around the city are buzzing with energy, beautiful fashion and maybe just a couple of extremely happy people!

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Free trams

Look out for the maroon City Circle tram for which you don’t need a ticket!

We’re looking forward to sharing more of what we love about this beautiful city with you – stay tuned as we prepare for some major announcements in the coming months.

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