Things to do in Melbourne this Week Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens Go to Free Gigs Delve into Early Urban History Enjoy the Pubs
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne
Dating from 1857, this 38-hectare swathe of hilly green space at the edge of the CBD is divided up into different themes with a lake at its centre. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a long afternoon picnicking and then stroll the myriad paths within the park. There is also a purpose-built Children’s Garden for families with a water fountain and man-made creek to splash in come summer.
Free Gigs in Melbourne
There is a host of free gigs on all over the city pretty much any day of the week. In the city, Cherry Bar is infamous as a rock venue and has a mix of free as well as paid-entry gigs. Also in town is Ding Dong, Toff in Town and the John Curtain Bandroom. If you prefer folk, blues, jazz, pop, or even Australian hip-hop check listings in the local street press like Beat, which you can pick up at bars, pubs and cafes.
Delve into Early Urban History of Melbourne
To really get under Melbourne’s skin, ditch the CBD and explore some of the city’s urban history in the increasingly gentrified neighbourhoods of the inner north. Online walking tours of Collingwood, Abbotsford and Clifton Hill are available from the local council’s website and take you past industrial icons like the Skipping Girl Vinegar sign as well as Abbotsford Convent and Dights Falls.
Play Board Games at Pubs in Melbourne
Fancy sharing a pint with some Aussies at a local pub while pouring over a nostalgia-inducing board game or getting stuck into a giant Jenga competition? Get your geek on and make a beeline for the Royal Standard Hotel every second Wednesday at 6 pm. There are other gaming groups that meet in different parts of the city.
The Melbourne Town Hall
The building is made from a mix of bluestone and Tasmanian freestone and stands authoritatively on the main city thoroughfare of Swanston Street. It is still a well-used venue with concerts, comedy and public talks held in the main auditorium as well as the smaller chambers year-round.
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