Why do you love living in Melbourne?
Melbourne makes it easy to access lots of things. From within the CBD, you are only a short trip to lots of outdoors activities. Places like the Great Ocean Road, which has great beaches, or more regional areas like Ballarat or Geelong are only a short drive away. I love hiking at the You Yangs National Park, which is half way between Melbourne and Geelong. If you’ve got a weekend to yourself, you’re only a four hour drive to somewhere stunning like Bright, Mount Feathertop or the Grampians. In the city, you’ve got easy access to a pretty good music scene and great nightlife where venues stay open late. Melbourne really does give you great access to a lot of fantastic things in a very close space.
How would you describe Melbourne to someone who has never visited?
Bad weather, good scenery! No, I would probably pitch the city as being full of little secrets – there are the bars, cafes and the little music venues dotted around the city which are great. The good thing about Melbourne is that for every 10 minutes you spend looking around Melbourne, you’ll find hours’ worth of other things to do. Every street has heaps of little alley ways off it and every part of town, like Fitzroy or Brunswick, has so many little things that you didn’t expect to find. Melbourne is all about discovery.
What is your ideal day out in Melbourne?
I would probably jump on my bicycle and head along the Merri Creek Trail to Collingwood Children’s Farm. The trail is an easy ride and is very accessible from somewhere like Richmond, which is serviced by great public transport. The Merri Creek Trail is very picturesque, with the Yarra River on one side. Once you get to the Collingwood Children’s Farm, you’ll feel like you’ve gone for hours into the middle of the countryside, but in reality you’re ten minutes from the city. The Farm has a great café and plenty of outdoor activities.
What do you like to do on the weekend in Melbourne?
I like to start my weekend at the Queen Victoria Markets, to do my weekly grocery shopping. It’s not just shopping though, there are so many places to have lunch there and meet up with friends. Then I would probably like to go for a ride and check out some local parks, maybe catch up with some mates and have a chat. Saturday night, I would go and see a concert somewhere in town – Block Place usually has free music playing, or the Corner Hotel in Richmond or the Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club. On Sundays I love to have nothing planned, so I can catch a movie at one of the really cool cinemas in Melbourne – like the Nova or the Astor in Prahran.
What is your favourite restaurant and/or bar in Melbourne?
On Bridge Road in Richmond, there’s a Nepalese restaurant called Himalayan Sherpa. The food is really good and doesn’t taste like anything else you can get in Melbourne. It’s also never too busy that you can’t get a table just walking in off the street – I hate booking stuff, so for me it’s perfect!