Don Don - A Cheapskate Oasis

CHUG | Melbourne

Looking for a Japanese quickie at lunchtime? Then look no further.Don Don is located on Little Lonsdale St, right next to Melbourne Central. Come during lunchtime and you’ll find lines out the door, but that’s all right because the service here is almost instant. Before we even have a chance to put our change in our pocket, we receive our meal. Not only is Don Don incredibly cheap it’s ...

Westgate Park - Pink Lake

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Earlier this year, everyone was rushing to drop by Salt Water Lake at Westgate Park. This is due to the reason given by the park below. The lake had turned pink and no one knew how long it was going to stay that way. Months later, I checked to see whether it was still pink. Instagram pictures told me yes! So I noted to drop by. It is part of Westgate Park, quite literally a minute off t ...

The Handmaker's Factory

EricaL

The make do and mend mentality is a phrase that is no longer reserved for wartime Britain.  Old school handicrafts have made quite the comeback in recent years, as we see households take on new hobbies in sewing, knitting, weaving and crocheting to either make their own clothes and gifts, or repair what they already have. Making and mending requires a certain level of skill, which for some is pa ...

Docklands Fireworks Boat Cruises

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Most people are probably aware that during July and August, the city of Melbourne holds fireworks every Friday at Docklands. To contrast the gloomy weather and draw you and your family out of your home, it's a great idea. You can drop by Docklands and enjoy a great view, but even better you can take a boat cruise and make it more of an exciting occasion. Boat cruises are offered by Pleasure Boa ...

Melbourne's Baddest Burger (& Why It's Actually Amazingly Good)

CHUG | Melbourne

Back in high school it was always a wonder what made the bad boys so popular; how was it that they slacked off in class and still managed to get the girls? And how on earth did they ever manage to make sweatbands look fashionable?While these are mysteries of the universe that may never be answered, but we are able to tell you what makes Badboys in Melbourne so dam sexy. Badboys is a teeny-ti ...

Round She Goes Fashion Market

EricaL

We all know that secondhand and vintage fashion is an ethical and budget friendly way to fill our wardrobe, and Melburnians are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to preloved shopping.  With its plethora of trendy vintage stores as well as top notch opportunity shops, there is no shortage of recycled fashion for shoppers in Melbourne.  On the other hand, for those that prefer to shop unde ...

NICA Circus Showcase

EricaL

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) situated in Melbourne’s trend-setting suburb Prahran offers the only Bachelor of Circus Arts degree found in the country.  Each year, graduate NICA students perform their highly tuned skills to a public audience in their annual Circus Showcase. Circus student artists present an eclectic mix of skills matched with their physical strength with performa ...

Sushi Trains in Melbourne

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No matter where you are in Melbourne, you are bound to find sushi. Sushi stores have so much competition, it's really hard to differentiate from others, except for your location. If you are near a corporate section, you are bound to attract customers - and that's almost everywhere in the CBD.Sushi trains are a hit overseas, but they are slowly infiltrating the lives of Melburnians too. Here's some ...

Melbourne Frock Swap

EricaL

In January 2014, two sisters, Rachael and Nicole, got together to organise a charity focussed second hand clothing market, raising money for a struggling small local craft business.  Their fashion bazaar proved to be great fun as sellers purged fashion from their wardrobes, and buyers went home with new fashion pieces for a bargain price.  Due to the success of the market, Rachael and Nicole sou ...

Cape Otway Lightstation

EricaL

On the seacoast of Cape Otway National Park, a quick detour from Victoria's iconic Great Ocean Road, sits Australia's oldest lighthouse.  Cape Otway Lightstation sits 90 metres above the 'Shipwreck Coast', a coastline filled with historic tragedy in claiming hundred's of ships within its 130km stretch toward Port Fairy. The construction of Cape Otway Lightstation began in 1846, following the trag ...

Altona Dog Beach

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Past the main beach pier, located on the cusp of Hobson’s Bay – a secluded piece of land has been dormant for a couple of years. Its existence has become widely recognized, and has consequently gained it's title as ‘’Altona Dog Beach’’.   Ideal for dogs that are experiencing large masses of water for the first time, or for those who are a bit scared of it. My Kelpie pup had been intro ...

A hidden cafe called Little Rogue

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Little Rogue cafe lies in an alley between Swanston Street and Little Lonsdale Street, A small cosy cafe that was quite an experience for me. Being a student , a cup of coffee in the morning always help me get through my day and Little Rouge did just that. Walking into the cafe gave a sense of cozyness within its relatively small space.Proceeded to order a Magic, which cost $4. I guess that is the ...

Love Desire and Riches Exhibition: The Fashion of Weddings

EricaL

Rippon Lea House & Gardens, under the care of the National Trust of Australia, is one of Melbourne's grand historic estates positioned 20 minutes from the CBD.  This suburban historic house of beauty boasts manicured gardens of some 5.7 hectares surrounded by age old trees and a tranquil lake, the Southern Hemisphere's largest fernery, and an orchard with a vast number of heritage apple and p ...

The Bumblebee Baby & Children's Market

EricaL

The cost of buying new clothes and products for children can really add up.  Sometimes it seems completely unjustifiablebuying new clothes for children, particularly small babies, considering most seem to grow out of them quicker than a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.  Toys and baby accessories are used for such a short space of time, and are often stored away in garages and spare rooms unti ...

Elceed

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North Melbourne has become a hot spot for opening cafes in the last few years. It's very likely that you've been to the more popular ones like the beloved Auction Rooms on Errol street and the cosy Twenty & Six on Queensberry. Their popularity means it's often difficult to get a seat during peak hours, so it's a perfect chance to explore the quieter cafes that can be overlooked, when you're no ...

Celebrate Melbourne Day 2014

EricaL

Melbourme turns 179 years old on 30 August 2014, and to celebrate the city's coming of age there will be a range of special activities and events to entertain young and old.  Flag-raising ceremony at Enterprize Park  Lord Mayor Robert Doyle will kick off Melbourne Day celebrations on the corner of William and Flinders Street.  The Melbourne flag will be raised at Enterprize Park, the point wher ...

Ice Hockey - Canada vs USA

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Traditionally a big sport in America, ice hockey is coming on tour to Australia, full of excitement and hype. And why not? After all, they're bringing the best teams with the biggest rivalry, USA and Canada, to showcase one of the most popular sports and provide the full experience. There will even be American commentators, jumbo screens, sound and lighting effects, entertainment and more. Image c ...

Kryal Castle

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If you're travelling to Ballarat from Melbourne, Kryal Castle is located just before the lovely country town. Kryal Castle is a medieval themed castle that is particularly popular with children. The castle is also located on top of a hill, creating a stunning first impression as you drive up and feel like you're being transported back in time. The daily schedule involves various shows and activit ...

The Ersatz Fantasia Project at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

EricaL

An explosion of childhood toys and relics have taken over the exhibition space within the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum in Lilydale.  The Ersatz Fantasia Project, a new art installation by artist and photographer Rachael Hanillan, features a large scale display using hundreds of colourful plastic toys from decades gone by to the current day, that would otherwise be destined for landfill.  ...

ACMI Family Day: Vikings and Dragons

EricaL

Entertainment hubs in Victoria's capital city provide a wealth of activities to keep children busy over each school holiday period, and the forthcoming winter break holds no exception.  Youngsters prepare to re-embrace the enchanting mythical world of Berk, the Viking township seen in widely acclaimed fantasy film blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon produced by DreamWorks Animation, as the much ...