March 26, 2015

The Black Caps fan guide to Melbourne!

Are you off to Melbourne to scream for our men in black?

Here’s great advice from Tourism Victoria about how to get to the MCG and what to do around the game!

MCG

Melbourne’s sporting precinct

1.      GETTING THERE
Can’t beat the crowds? Join them! Trains will be running from any railway station in the CBD – take the Hurstbridge or Epping lines. Three tram routes will ensure you arrive safely at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – No. 75, No. 48 and No. 70. Fancy a walk? Follow the crowds along the banks of the Yarra River and over the William Barrack Bridge to Melbourne Cricket Ground, a mere 15 minute walk from the CBD.

2.      FUEL UP
To help get through the nail biting action on the field, fuel up beforehand  at one of Melbourne’s impressive range of eateries from dumplings in Chinatown, Kiwi run Huxtaburger on Collins Street or grab a bite close to Stadium at Magic Mountain Saloon, Gradi or Trailer Park. Looking for a show-stopper to please your lady friend? Try Gazi, Chin Chin or Tonka.

Melbourne rooftop bar

Rooftop bar at the Curtin Hotel

3.      WATERING HOLES
For pre-drinks, or for those not lucky enough to have a ticket to the game, get amongst the action in some of Melbourne’s renowned sports bars including Duke of Wellington, Young & Jacksons and Melbourne Public – all will be screening the action live with an atmosphere and crowd rivalling that at the MCG.

4.      WHAT ELSE
Beyond the cricket, Melbourne has a vibrant and jam-packed calendar of events for Kiwis visiting the city. Before or after the excitement of the cricket why not check out the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Shifting Gear: Design Innovation and the Australian Car or Disney Presents The Lion King.

Melbourne bar

Transit Cocktail Lounge, level 2 Flinders and Swanson streets

5.      MELBOURNE AND MORE

Have an extra day or two to spare in Melbourne? Why not get out of town to explore what regional Victoria has to offer. Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Daylesford are all located within a 2-hour drive from the CBD. Explore the cellar doors in Victoria’s wine region, Yarra Valley; play a game of golf at one of Mornington Peninsula’s 19 golf courses or relax at one of Daylesford’s relaxing mineral springs.

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About Megan Singleton

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Megan Singleton is a travel writer, blogger and radio correspondent. She's been gallivanting around the world telling stories for the last 16 years and has her suitcase always half packed (or half un-packed!) Follow along on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want to keep up with the journey!

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