Melbourne isn’t short of adventures, places to go and see, food to eat or coffee and wine to drink. With the tram system connecting most corners of the city to each other, it’s easy to explore rain, hail or shine - and knowing Melbourne all the seasons could happen in one day. With over 1700 stops on 24 different routes you’ve not no excuse not to make a day of it.
I’ve put together my 13 favourite stops on some of the most popular lines, so why not get out and pay a visit to some or all.
Beginning at the docklands, on the southside of the city, and travelling all the way through the northern suburbs to Bundoora, just over 20kms north of the city centre, the 86 has a great route through to Melbourne’s infamous northside and the hills beyond.
Bourke Street Mall Stop 5 Elizabeth St/stop 6 Swanston St.
A shopper? This is the place for you. Lined with High Street stores and the Emporium right there, if you need it you’ll find it. Also a hotspot for buskers so entertainment doesn't stop.
Parliament Stop 9 Spring Street
It’s all about the building really and the cool facade, unless you’re super interested in the workings of the inside of the building and who runs the country. Perfect photo opportunity!
Carlton Gardens Stop 12 Melbourne Museum
The gardens have made their comeback here (talked about them in this article and all about Carlton itself). They are pretty though, so can’t help myself and with summer fast approaching you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the nicest spots on the northside to soak up the sun.
Brunswick Street Stop 13 Brunswick St.
Renowned for it’s high end shops, boutiques and cafes alike Brunswick Street has so much to offer. Perfect for a day date at lunch or an evening date for dinner! It’s vegetarian/vegan heaven, but don’t worry because next door will cook steak, so everyone is keen!
Cute house hunting Stop 14 Napier St.
If this isn’t on your agenda then why are you in Fitzroy/Melbourne? Everyone that’s anyone can dream - start here.
Fitzroy Pool Stop 21 Alexandra Parade
Speaking of places to soak up the sun in the northside, Fitzroy Pool well and truly sees it’s fair share. When there’s no beach and it’s hot hot hot, we all gotta have somewhere to go where we can be seen and of course cool off, it’s the place to be. Plus you can actually go and do laps too, your choice.
Edinburgh Gardens Stop 22 Smith Street
59 acres of green green grass, a few tennis courts and some others things. Melbourne’s northside definitely isn’t short of places to go and enjoy the summer sun. This one is a crowd favourite, and definitely my favourite. With your priorities in order, cafes, bars and restaurants are just a stone throw away when you’re parched.
Merri Creek trail Stop 25 Clifton Hill Interchange
70km of river that flows south into the Yarra and you can take yourself for a walk along the Merri Creek trails for a little slice of peace within the bustling streets of Melbourne/Northcote.
Palace Cinema Stop 27 Westgarth
With the new addition of an outdoor cinema, Palace Cinemas in Westgarth holds a lot of history with it’s 1920’s art deco features making it popular and picturesque. Grab a meal, drink and catch a film at this iconic theatre.
Beautiful view of the city Stop 30 Clarke Street
Even though you’re on your way out and the point is to not be enjoying the city, this view is irresistible - stop for a moment and take it in. I’ve never looked at the actual buildings of a city the way I do Melbourne to - why are its buildings prettier than other Australian cities? Perfect photo opportunity!
High Street, Northcote Stop 31 Town Hall/Stop 32 Mitchell Street
Boutique heaven is High Street. Hop off at the Town Hall (another photo opportunity) and wander through the streets and in the shops. Independent businesses rule! Perfect photo opportunity!
Welcome to Thornbury Stop 36 Darebin Road
With a function room and permanent bar, the infrastructure outside designed to accommodate food trucks on a nightly basis. Often holding themed vegetarian/vegan nights, WTT is a great place for a drink and feed, regardless if the sun is shining or not!
La Trobe Uni Stop 60 La Trobe University
The nature is finally here woo! You’re out of the city, there’s so much grass and it’s time to really really enjoy your surroundings.
Words & Pictures by Sarah Caust
If you enjoyed this little journey through Melbourne, take a look at more city culture stories on Issue 2 of our print journal. Follow the link and check it out! https://store.acitymadebypeople.com/