When it comes to experiencing what Melbourne has to offer, there is far more to take in than just the wonder of the Central Business District. While yes, we live in a fast-paced world, sometimes it is worth taking the time to recharge, and the subtle and what some may call the simple life of the suburbs can have a charm all of its own.
From escaping into nature to finding a homemade creation at a Sunday market, Melbourne’s suburbs offer a sense of community and the ability to feel like a local.
Whether it’s finding your new decor item with a cheaper price tag, or as a traveller wanting to bunk up in a home away from home, let me show you the discoveries that exist beyond the city bubble.
The first secret to uncover is that of a place to spend a night, or maybe even a week, depending on what your preference may be. However, you don’t have to go out to the middle of nowhere to find somewhere comfortable.
There are some reasonably affordable places to stay when looking at North Melbourne. Here, there are many serviced apartments on offer, which give you all the comfort and feelings of home, while all the housework is done for you.
Take in the local market
Another great day trip experience is that of a local suburban market. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a culinary connoisseur or finding a great new piece to adorn your home decor.
Situated in North Melbourne, it is known among the locals that Queen Victoria Market is an institution that attracts travellers and locals alike. It’s open from 9 am – 2 pm Tuesday and Thursday and 9 am – 3 pm Friday through Sunday. During its night market season, it is open from 5 pm – 10 pm on Wednesdays.
Another market that can really make you feel like a true local is the Caribbean Gardens and Market, which is situated in Scoresby, Victoria.
The Caribbean Market operates on Wednesday from 8:30 pm – 3:00 pm and Sundays from 8:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The Caribbean Gardens is also home to a lake, which you can take a full birds-eye view of from their chairlift or by “Jungle Cruise” from the water.
This, along with train rides and mini-golf, can be a great way to keep your young kids entertained outdoors on a Sunday morning or afternoon.
Explore a bit of nature not far from the city
If you want to get a dose of nature, not far from the city, then soak it up at Wattle Park, located in the suburb of Surrey Hills. With its two classic style trams that sit among the towering gum trees and its expansive length of bushland, it is a perfect place for kids to soak up nature, not that far from home.
If you’re a couple who has always thought of having a wedding ceremony amongst nature, the chalet next door is a suitable function venue, and the park’s extensive array of namesake wattle trees can make a beautiful backdrop.