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Why I loved living in St Kilda

When discussing suburbs in Melbourne, many people instantly discount St Kilda as being “full of backpackers.” With Luna Park and the beach being an undeniable tourist draw (and the rave reviews of Base Backpackers), it’s true that St Kilda does get...
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Postcard from the streets of Fitzroy

If I hadn't lived in laid-back, beachy St Kilda, I would have lived in Fitzroy. The hipster cafes, the trendy bars, the crazy amount of vintage stores...and the street art. In the main roads, on the side streets, in the alleys: works of art with...
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The week of road trips in the new Ford Focus

After selling my first (and only) car in February, I've been living a mostly-but-not-always-blissful life relying on public transportation in Melbourne. Likes: walking more, reading on the tram, not having to pay for gas or repairs, no road rage and...
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Postcard from Bellarine Peninsula

I have a weird habit of judging cities by their names. And since "Geelong" doesn't sound very pretty, and because all I knew about it was its AFL team (winners of this year's Grand Final!), its Ford factory and its reputation for being rather...
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The magic of Melbourne in a hot-air balloon

Every so often, I'd wake up to the sunlight streaming through my window and stretch out to see hot-air balloons rising up over the curve of the Luna Park roller coaster. Floating above the city, against a backdrop of the rising sun, the balloons...
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Peninsula Hot Springs: the ultimate relaxation destination

As I shrugged my shoulders beneath the hot water and took a deep breath of fresh air, I gazed at the lush green hills and sliver of blue bay on the horizon: this is living the dream, I thought. The hilltop pool at Peninsula Hot Springs is one...
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Postcard from Brighton Beach

Best known for its brightly-colored bathing boxes, the Dendy Street Beach in Brighton is one of Melbourne's favorite summer destinations. The stretch of sand curves along the aquamarine bay, with a rainbow of boxes, St Kilda pier and the Melbourne...
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Postcard from Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Spring Racing Carnival is when Melbourne wakes up from a sleepy winter, puts on its nicest fascinator and heads outside to sip champagne in the sunshine. While Melbourne Cup is the biggest event of the year--falling on the first Tuesday of...
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The five essentials for the AFL experience

I moved to Melbourne at the beginning of Australian Football League season, and instantly fell in love with “the footy.” Melbourne is AFL-mad, with more than half of the league's 18 teams based in Victoria. Originally established as the Victorian...
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Postcard: Is it spring or is it love?

Spring has officially arrived in Melbourne: the sun is shining, flowers are blooming and love is in the air. Table for two, coming right up. 4838...
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