I have to say that it’s taken me some time to get this post started. Being a long time resident of Melbourne, the need to do my city justice on The Sheep Was Here has certainly been present, but the concern that people might accuse me of being biased is also there. Some people don’t think favourably of other biased people I’m told. A lot’s been buzzing around in my head and to be honest it hasn’t been that enjoyable, but I eventually had to convince myself that I should write what I want.
One of the first cities to stand in Australia, the capital of Victoria has meant a lot to many in one way or another. First founded in 1835, it’s been called the restaurant capital, the most liveable city in the world several years running (a fact we locals are proud of) and for the Browncoats who might be reading, it inspired the name of an oceanic planet in Joss Whedon’s Firefly (the man himself came here to speak in 2010 and brought out nerds in the thousands. I should know because I was one of them). I however just see it as home, and whenever I’m crossing the Yarra River on a bright day I look out at everything on offer and get a reminder of how special it is. Half of my parentage comes from the city so it’s definitely in my blood.
Melbourne, Victoria (taken 2014)
Right next door to the Shrine is the Royal Botanic Gardens, an unceasing display of greenery in the urban sector. This is definitely a hotspot for anyone wanting to take a walk back to nature. The Royal Botanic Gardens are a haven for over 10,000 species of both domestic and international plant life that attracts visitors all year round. Birdlife is always present, with the black swans being a notable example. If these birds are social enough (or think you have food), they’ll follow you around for a bit.
The gardens are all about promoting conservation, as well as encouraging the next generation to get their hands dirty and grow their own fruits and vegetables. An example of this commitment is the children’s garden that has been set up by the entrance. Being so large, when you come into this place you might just forget you were in a city to begin with.
And lastly I’d like to mention Hosier Lane which is opposite Federation Square. The cobblestones are still the same, but whilst it isn’t a shopping spot it’s since become an outside gallery of vibrant graffiti art which has appealed to many a local and tourist and their cameras. It also has its very own Spanish tapas bar, MoVida.
Links: www.thatsmelbourne.com.au, www.shrine.org.au, www.rbg.vic.gov.au/visit-melbourne, melbournefoodreview.com