Meeting a friend from SF in Melbourne

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    Aug 12, 2012 1:02 PM GMT
    I'm meeting an on-line friend for the first time in Melbourne and wanted to get an idea of some of the touristy things a gay man might be interested in in Melbourne City and surrounds.

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    Aug 13, 2012 1:33 PM GMT
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    Aug 13, 2012 1:45 PM GMT
    Come on Melbourne is Awsome! So many things to do! and sorry to tell ya, but its not because he is gay, that he is interested in specific things... we all are just normal guys! so just hang out, have a trip to the great ocean road, have a drink .. Mel is famous for its atmosphere, music, culture....
    If you were base in Canberra, that could be a very tough question... but Melbourne!!!
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    Aug 13, 2012 1:47 PM GMT
    This is going to sound super bad but I have only been to Melbourne once in my entire life ... and I went shopping for like 14 hours in 2 days!

    Yeah got a bit addicted and have never done it again since then, but I feel I'm due for a Melbourne trip at some point haha.
    Sorry I'm not much help, but the nightlife is apparently awesome in Melbourne.
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    Aug 13, 2012 1:50 PM GMT
    I agree with HFM - it's more about what he is into than specifically gay things. Melbourne has plenty to do and both indoors and out. There always is the option to spend more time on Indoors activities if the weather is not being friendly.
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    Aug 13, 2012 2:24 PM GMT
    Thanks guys - I'm thinking since he's from the USA and they have department stores there he won't necessarily be there for the retail therapy..

    We're good friends, but I do want to give him a few things to do he may be interested in - he doesn't drink alcohol at all.

    I'm planning a trip to the Vic Markets, Lygon St for meals, maybe Chinatown (little Bourke st), Southbank - how about the museum?

    I'm sure we'll get some cafe time in there too..

    I dont plan on driving as I don't know the area well (I'm from west Aus)
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    Aug 13, 2012 10:38 PM GMT
    What I absolutely love about Melbourne is to go shopping til you drop icon_redface.gificon_lol.gif . To start things off go to the Melbourne Museum ($10 per adult). Great exhibits including aboriginal arts, history, and sciences exhibits with a nifty forest walk in the middle.

    If you go to Queen Victoria Markets, at least buy a spanish doughnut or an american doughnut from there (very popular, long lines, fast - but i prefer the american doughnut though).

    Melbourne is wonderful in terms of eateries and restaurants. Lygon street is a good choice to start it off - although I still haven't found a great italian restaurant there that wow me.

    Check out Chapel Street (yes I know, shopping hub), but you can have a nice walk there and grab a cup of coffee. Bridge Road is the same, and both are easily accessible by tram. There's also St. Kilda beach if you wanna go to the beach.

    That's the thing that made me feel at home in Melbourne - the public transportation, use of trams and trains just made me feel like I never left San Francisco.

    How about an MCG game? Some football loving maybe if he's interested in that?

    Eureka Tower is good to see panoramic view of the city.

    If you need specifics about clubs and nightlife, let me know.

    Just some ideas.
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    Aug 14, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    If he’s a queen and adult, he may be interested in rare books, and there is a rare book store (Andrew Isles) in Prahran specializing in natural history books. Also a gay bookstore a couple blocks away.

    There is the zoo – as an American, he has probably never seen a Tasmanian Devil up close (of the 4-leggged variety, anyway) or a koala.

    In St. Kilda are the St. Kilda Botanical Gardens – a great place to stroll, even if no interest in the trees. The surrounding area is also known for some 19th century houses.

    If a streetcar fan, he might enjoy a ride on the antiquish trams (like the route 78 – North Richmond?) if they still have them – they were being phased out when we were last there several years ago.
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    The Mornington peninsula is interesting – I don’t know if it’s accessible by public transit.
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    Aug 14, 2012 6:03 AM GMT
    Also there is the fantastic Napoleon exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Rd as well as the Ian Potter Centre at Fed Square for Australian art
    Have a wonderful time our town has something for everybody enjoy.
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    Aug 14, 2012 6:12 AM GMT
    I wanted to also add, that if he's into the gaming industry or video games in general, there is Game Masters exhibitions at ACMI just behind Fed Square featuring playable games, game console exhibits and behind the scene making of video games. Worth a look
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    Nov 18, 2012 12:31 PM GMT
    Thanks fellas. . one week out he fell ill and had to cancel as he was recommended not to fly ..

    Looks like I'll be doing the things I planned alone icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 18, 2012 12:41 PM GMT
    HFrenchM saidCome on Melbourne is Awsome! So many things to do! and sorry to tell ya, but its not because he is gay, that he is interested in specific things... we all are just normal guys! so just hang out, have a trip to the great ocean road, have a drink .. Mel is famous for its atmosphere, music, culture....
    If you were base in Canberra, that could be a very tough question... but Melbourne!!!


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    Honestly, you can just walk around in the city and you will find some amazing places scattered throughout it (that's what my mate and i do when we travel there). if i had to zone (Make a little square) in the city i would say Lonsdale to Russel all the way down to the river (Collins etc).

    If all else fails, walk to the Yarra river and enjoy the nightlife right next to it. Melbourne is probably the easiest city to have a good time in.
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    Nov 18, 2012 12:55 PM GMT
    Thanks mate.. yeah, thats true - I had a whole list of things to do with my friend, to take advantages of the interests he has and to showcase Melb..

    Since he's bailed on me .. I'm gonna have to rethink it - will be doing a few things not on the beaten track, and eating spicier foods...

    Had a lot of the 'arts' scene things sorted out, all the current exhibitions at the galleries and the museums - I doubt I'll do as many of those things..

    Probably do a yoga class every morning, and then onto coffee, lunch and fill my afternoons with wandering around the city..

    Sooo want to go back to Longrain restaurant .. its my favourite place to eat in Sydney and Melbourne.