Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Great Reasons to Visit Melbourne in the Autumn

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Great Reasons to Visit Melbourne in the Autumn

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Byline: Ann Rickard

MELBOURNE is famous for its unpredictable and crazy weather, but during the autumn months it seems to settle into a more consistent pattern. The days can be warm and sunny, the nights cool enough to throw on a jacket.

Those hideous hot days have passed and the chill of winter is yet to arrive. Autumn in Melbourne is marvellous. Here are 10 reasons why you should visit.

A FIX makes you know you are alive. While Paris, New York or London would be nice, Melbourne is within distance and budget and it definitely has a big city flavour.

All the city-life you want is there, from restaurants to theatre to museums and galleries, to shopping ... it never stops.

THE autumn landscape in Melbourne is gorgeous and the transformation from parched and baked, to a haze of burnished reds, golds and yellows as the trees shed their leaves, is worth a visit alone.

A walk along tree-lined St Kilda Rd, or a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens will make you wish autumn was a permanent season.

TRAMS. What's not to love? They're synonymous with Melbourne, and the City Circle Tram is free. It's a very Melbourne way to get around the CBD, and these free maroon and green trams look spiffy with their yellow and gold trimmings.

ACCOMMODATION in the heart of the city will have you within walking distance of everything Melbourne has to offer. We love Double Tree by Hilton, opposite the historic Flinders St Station. Its location is perfect, then there are the warm chocolate chip cookies brandished at you on arrival, and the Sweet Dreams bedding and Verbena and Lavender by Crabtree and Evelyn bathroom products.

ANY cuisine you want is available in the city from hundreds of bistros, cafes, restaurants and bars that exude style and city flair. We can never go past MoVida in Hosier Lane with its Spanish wines and the best croquettes outside Madrid.

Another favourite is Lucy Liu in Oliver Lane (you'll have to search for it as it's very hidden) where the Asian share plates will have you giddy for choice. We swooned over the crispy pork buns with spicy kimchi, and the tempura prawn betel leaves. …

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