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In the fall of 2011, I spent 2 months backpacking up the eastern coast of Australia, starting in Sydney and taking a hop-on/ hop-off bus up to Cairns. I stopped in Darwin and had plans to go to the Interior and see Uluru and then head to Melbourne and along Victoria's magnificent Great Ocean Road before returning to Sydney and then back to the States. Circumstances cut my trip short, so I'm determined to finish this second leg soon!
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Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Aerosol-wielding artistsfrom around the world have lefttheir mark on Melbourne. HosierLane, declared a “graffiti tolerancezone” by the city council, containsthe area’s densest collectionof spray-painted masterpieces. —Chris Baty This appeared in...
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135 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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Although this is a franchise (there's one in the Lower East Side of Manhattan), it's worth a stop for the pork meatballs and burrata. The staff is friendly, and it's a good option when you can't bear the wait at nearby Chin Chin.
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125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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One of the best places to enjoy Thai food in Melbourne is Chin Chin, which also serves local wines (they have Old World wine options, too). Chin Chin doesn't take reservations, but there are plenty of places to wet your whistle (or change your...
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Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
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This is a fun place to relax, have some beers, and shoot the breeze with friends on a sunny day. It's just south of the Finders St. Station and north of Southgate. We happened to discover it on Christmas Day and enjoyed ourselves immensely with...
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Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
Every once in a while you find yourself in one of the world's great "bike cities." Examples are Portland, Oregon; Fukuoka and Kyoto, Japan; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. These are cities where the bicycle prevails and is an integral part of each...
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252 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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One of Melbourne's top picks for ambiance and great food is Cookie. Unfortunately, I didn't take photos of my entrée to visually back up my claim. You'll find Cookie on the first floor of a multi-level walkup. Additional establishments occupy the...