Gabriel is a Study Melbourne Ambassador. Study Melbourne has 15 international student and alumni ambassadors for 2019. During their time as ambassadors, they regularly share insights and experiences to help international students have a great experience while studying here in Victoria. Check out our Facebook, Instagram and website for their wonderful stories!
Where to start? I’ll meet you under the clocks
Besides being one of Melbournians most popular tourist hotspots, the phrase “see you under the clocks” is also convenient for anyone in the city to find an easily identifiable spot to meet. The clocks are located at the main entrance of the of Flinders Street Station, at the south-west corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets.
Need an energy boost?
Yawning after your train commute or walk to Flinders Street to meet your friend who is not surprisingly running late. It might be a signal that you might need to boost your day. So, what about a coffee? Melbourne is well known for its variety on coffee options. Being on a budget is not a limitation to finding a good coffee. You might find options varying from one to five dollars. If you’re in a rush, 7Eleven self-service coffee, for just one dollar, will be your go to.
Take a deep breath!
Being surrounded by cars and trams, and the environment of a busy city may not let you set your ideas for the day ahead. It might be time to go and a take a deep breath at the glorious Alexandra Gardens. Just a short walk from Flinders Street Station, you will find a peaceful, green and quiet environment where you can appreciate the popular boat houses and palm trees right next to the Yarra river.
Lest we forget…
Visiting the Shrine of Remembrance is a must for anyone looking for a peaceful place to go. The solemnity of the environment and kindness of the staff will make you feel great. Also, it’s the perfect view to take a great photo of the city skyline.
Time for Art
Just across St Kilda Rd and 800m from the Shrine of Remembrance, you will find the National Gallery of Victoria - offering free access to some exhibitions on regular basis and it’s the perfect stop over on our way back to the city.
Now time to head into the heart of the city where you can enjoy the street performers and famous laneway art. One of my favorites is down ACDC lane – the colour is so vibrant.
Shopping? At least have a look
If the crazy Melbourne weather is too much outside, you may want to make you way to Melbourne Central or the Emporium and hit up the shops. Theses shopping centers are interconnected and you may not even realise you’ve ended up at the famed clock installed in Melbourne Central near the exit of La Trobe and Swanston Streets. If you are lucky enough to be there on the hour, you will enjoy an almost magical display.
State Library Victoria
Just right in front of Melbourne Central Shopping Centre is the State Library of Victoria, the newly renovated Library conserves iconic architecture and offers continuous free access galleries and exhibitions. The sinking library sculpture is a historical landmark of Melbourne and an obligated spot for a photo.
Time to move around
Now, it is time to move and explore the other side of the city. You can easily take a tram and make your way to Docklands and get off at the newly named Marvel Stadium. By the way, don’t worry about the public transport costs, this stop is still within the free tram zone.
Watching the sunset
After getting off the tram you will see the Central Pier Harbour. Here, the docked boats and sea breeze just make the perfect environment for an ideal sunset. You may find it glorious enough to finish your day or might complement you experience with a drink at one of the pubs or restaurants close by.
About the author
As an engineering alumnus, Gabriel is looking forward to sharing his valuable skills and experiences with international students. He is passionate about helping people build their careers, challenge themselves and explore new opportunities. Meet the 2019 Study Melbourne Student Ambassadors.