Why do you love living in Melbourne?
I love the range of events that are on offer in Melbourne and I love how everybody gets involved. Places like the MCG, where you get 80,000 people going to an AFL match – it’s just great. Everyone gets really excited and I think everyone in Melbourne takes great pride in what the city has to offer. The public really gets involved in big events and it’s very exciting.
How would you describe Melbourne to someone who has never visited?
It’s a really vibrant mix – a really great mix of cultures is in Melbourne, which you can see from the different food and the different areas that you can visit. It’s quite an arty scene; it’s not a really polished city I don’t think, but it’s got soul – it’s cool. It’s easy to get around and there are lots of great parks and open spaces that are easy to access. Melbourne has beautiful beaches too – it’s just a really fun, vibrant, happening city.
What is your ideal day out in Melbourne?
If I’m heading out with my children, there is such a great selection of parks to visit. I would say that the perfect day would be to head down to one of the local coffee shops and grab some breakfast – we’re really spoilt for choice in Melbourne with the amount of great cafés. Then we would probably hop on a tram and go one of our favourite parks – the Rocket Park in Hawthorn. After spending the morning there, head home for some lunch and then catch up with some friends for a nice early evening dinner.
If I’m having a day to myself without children, I would start the day with a nice long run in the Yarra Bend Park – it has the best running trails ever! I would then go for a coffee with the papers and then catch a tram into the city. Do some shopping along Bourke Street, maybe pop into Myer or David Jones – I’d have to visit the new H&M too. I’d probably spoil myself with a nice massage, and then in the evening head out for some cocktails and dancing in Fitzroy.
What is a great thing to do with the kids in Melbourne?
On a sunny day, the Collingwood Children’s Farm is always a winner. It’s really nice to just walk around; you can feed the animals and pat them as well. They’ve got decent food there too. On a rainy day, you can’t beat the Melbourne Museum – they’ve got a huge natural history section, which we love to go and explore to check out the dinosaur. They’ve also got a really good little kiddy area with activities for younger children and a really good play area outside. Then you could head to Lygon Street for a nice bowl of pasta!
Why is Melbourne a great place for families to visit?
There’s just so much to do! So many different things to do and places to see – you can have a really fun day at the beach or you can have a great day exploring the city. If you’re in the city there are loads of really good museums and activities for kids. It’s very easy to get around on the trams, the kids love them. People are also really friendly around Melbourne and always open to making friends.