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The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, is a museum about the history of film and media, its entrance and its impact in Australia. There are posters, displays from old Films and TV shows, working models of very early video-games systems, a car from Mad Max and other visual displays. Worth a visit for anyone with an interest in Film or TV, and best of all its FREE!

Galleries open daily 09:00 ~ 17:00


Shakahari (meaning ‘vegetarian’ in Hindi) offers fresh, tasty and well presented vegetarian dishes, with some vegan and gluten-free options too. The menu changes quarterly based on season, so that only freshly available ingredients are used. The restaurant is not huge but enough space for a group if you book ahead, it does fill up.

Staff were friendly, the ambiance is nice and everyone there seemed to be enjoying themselves, and the food!

Slightly more expensive than other places with entrees and desserts around AU$15 and mains at AU$22, but reasonable for the quality of food. Portions are not huge but not tiny either.

Mon – Fri – 12:00 ~ 15:00 / 18:00 ~ 21:30
Sat – 12:00 ~ 15:00 / 18:00 ~ 22:30
Sun – 18:00 ~ 22:30

Brighton Beach Huts (Vic)

Like those of Brighton in the UK, Brighton Beach in the south of Melbourne has a long line of colourful Bathing Boxes. This is a popular tourist/photo spot and the boxes are all painted in different styles and themes, even one with an Australian flag! It’s not really the nicest beach for actually swimming but its quite scenic and a long beach coastline to walk.

About 30min south of central Melbourne with by car (with expensive parking at $5/hr) or direct train from Flinders Street to Brighton Beach Railway Station, and walk from there to the beach.

Shrine of Remembrance

Opened in 1934, the Shrine of Remembrance is a memorial built for those from Victoria who served in WWI, and now to all Australians who served in war. It is one of the largest memorials in Australia and a main location for ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.

You can climb stairs to the top and look around at the surrounding parks and gardens, and there is a war museum underground. Guided tours run at 11:00 and 14:00.

Kings Domain on St. Kilda Road
Open daily 10:00 ~ 17:00 (closed Good Friday & Christmas Day)

Puffing Billy Train

The Puffing Billy Train is an old Steam Train that runs through the Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Gembrook, including a stop at Emerald Lake. It takes about an hour to reach Lakeside, and you can sit on the window sill and hang your legs over the edge as the train chugs along

Its quite expensive at $52 for an Adult return to Lakeside, and you won’t find much at Belgrave or Emerald if you don’t make it to the lake (some trains stop at Emerald, one stop before the Lakeside Station). But it is mostly about the ride, and the novelty factor of riding a steam train, so unless you have interest in the train itself, your $50 might be better spent elsewhere.

It takes about an hour to get from Central Melbourne to Belgrave, and the Puffing Billy runs roughly 10:30 ~ 15:30, with times and stops varying each day, so check the timetable in advance and head out early to make sure you have enough time.

Hosier Lane

Just off Flinders Street is Hosier Lane, a cobbled street with walls covered in graffiti and urban art. A few other connecting lane-ways have also been given decorated. I even saw a couple taking wedding photos with the walls as a backdrop. Its not lit well at night so go during the day to get a good view.

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Nostralis has a good reputation for their veggie pizza in Melbourne. But to be honest, we weren’t that impressed. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t great, and adding $5 to a medium pizza for vegan cheese + gluten free option ($2.50 each) it just didn’t seem worth it. A bit out of the way to get to also, maybe try delivery or Mr Natural.

Tues – Sun 17:30 ~ 22:00


Radhey Chai Bar is a cute little coffee shop with vegan snacks, salads, burgers, a few main meals, cupcakes and drinks (They have gluten free options too). Friendly staff run the shop that sits about 10-15 people inside for a cosy break. Great for a cofee, tea, having a chat or escaping the cold in winter.

Open daily 12:00 ~ 21:00