Why do you love living in Melbourne?
I love living in Melbourne because I grew up here, so I don’t know any better! I think the good thing about Melbourne is that anything and everything is accessible. Whether its shops, cafes, restaurants, beaches – it’s all within easy reach. Plus, Melbourne isn’t an overly expensive city.
How would you describe Melbourne to someone who has never visited?
It's a lively city. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it’s a city that never sleeps, but there’s always nightlife happening in Melbourne no matter the day of the week. If someone wants to travel to Melbourne to study, we have a lot of the leading universities in Australia here, so Melbourne would be a good choice in that regard. Melbourne has lots of history and we have a lot of fantastic sights to see, museums to explore, beaches to relax on. Nothing is too far from Melbourne – Ballarat's goldfields are just an hour’s drive away.
What is your ideal day out in Melbourne?
Sitting somewhere in a café with a coffee, chatting away and taking it all in – and hoping that its sunny! I think Melbourne’s social café environment is something pretty amazing and isn’t found in that many places. I’ve been to Sydney, Queensland and a few other places around the world and I don’t think you get that same experience that you can find in Melbourne.
You’re a bit of a nightclub expert – where in Melbourne would you suggest heading out?
In Melbourne, there’s really only one ‘superclub’ left – which is Trak in Toorak. It’s really good because you have your electronic music, your R’n’B, and they have a good range of specialist nights as well. Somewhere a little more accessible is the Crown complex. It’s got nice bars and a couple of different nightclubs, which is good if you’re new to the city. The casino is also there if you feel like a bit of a gamble – it’s renowned as the best casino in Australia. CQ on Queen Street is also quite good on a Saturday night.
Where do you love to shop in Melbourne, and why?
I never really stick to the one place to go shopping – it depends what I’m looking for. If I’m bargain hunting, I would check out the factory outlets near the city. Bridge Road in Richmond, Smith Street in Fitzroy are both good shopping options. Female clothes shopping is also good in Abbotsford, where there are quite a few outlets. If you venture out west of Melbourne, Highpoint is a large shopping centre that has plenty of great shops.