Melbourne is only a two and a half hour flight away from Brisbane but sitting on the tram cruising through the city made me feel like I was in a European city. The architecture and history is far more in depth than Brisbane.
1. One of the highlights of my trip was running the Tan Track in South Yarra. The course is only 3.8km but it is a great way to see the gardens and surrounds for example the Shrine of Remembrance and the Yarra River and the Guilfoyle’s Volcano. The gravel track is mostly flat – well flat I thought until I rounded the last bend and had to climb the “hill of death” on Anderson Street
2. Melbourne attracts Australia’s best foodies and coffee snobs. The food is modern and revolutionary as far as Australian cuisine goes and the sign of a good restaurant is a line out the door – unheard of in Brisbane.
3. The Melbourne coffee market does not seem to be dictated by a small group of big players like Brisbane. More cafes roast their own coffee and filter coffee is extremely popular (Dukes Coffee Roasters).
4. Melbourne boasts some of the best sporting facilities in Australia. Rod Laver Arena and Etihad Stadium are great facilities but the best and most famous would have to be the MCG (Mebourne Cricket Ground). Dissimilar to Brisbane where Union and league are favoured, AFL is the most popular sport with over six teams in the nationwide competition.
5. Melbourne is one of the most multicultural cities in Australia which has a direct impact on cuisine. Additionally the Gallery of Victoria boasts large names and extravagant displays.