St Kilda for Luna Park, nightlife, the Baths, and “beach”. (beach because I am from South Australia so when I was at that beach I was like “you call this a beach?”) Still great nonetheless.
Sunday arvo’s on Brunswick St in Fitzroy for the diverse range of bands. Was at the Spotted Mallard last week watching Andrew Nolte’s Orchestra (authentic twenties jazz), with a hillbilly band at the Retreat, and within walking distance two other venues with bands too.
Brighton for a bike hire and a ride up and down Beach Road. Mountain bikes can be hired at Lysterfield Lake further south for some rides through the bush, but they had a burn off recently out there so it would be a little….black?
Richmond goes off at nighttime. Bars everywhere for all tastes.
Dunno much about north of the city though, but if you want to explore further out, there’s Torquay and the famous Bells Beach for the surfers. Geelong is good for a change from Melbourne. Phillip Island for seals and the penguin parade of little fairy penguins each evening. Healesville Zoo for native wildlife, a hearty country breakfast, and country markets on the weekends.
If your looking for a good day or two trip catch the V-Line trains out to Ballarat to the gold country and visit Eureka Stockade Memorial for some pioneering aussie history. The visitors centre should be your first point of call. Ask for cheap accomodation for the night and they’ll organise it there and then for ya. Spa country out at Maryborough.
There are two roads which I highly recommend for anyone visiting Victoria and both are worldclass. They are The Great Ocean Road and The Great Alpine Road. Wow, what amazing drives.