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Insiders Melbourne -- October 2011 in Melbourne
October 02, 2011

in Melbourne in October

Greetings and welcome to Insiders Melbourne for October! It is spring and getting warmer, and the beginning of the outdoor season: parks, picnics, outings, beer gardens and street cafes.

October is also a great month to enjoy the arts. If you haven’t seen the exhibition of the Vienna greats at the NVG, you have another week to take yourself to see the fantastic selection of not only of paintings, but also Viennese design of the early 1900s – very cool.

The alternative Fringe Festival, the most vibrant Melbourne arts event continues for the rest of the week. It is followed by the the famous Melbourne International Arts Festival next week. October is also the month of the renown Spring Racing Carnival, which culminates with the Melbourne Cup on November 1.

Insider Tip

If you haven’t seen it yet, there is amazing Graffiti in Hosier Lane. A Youth project has transformed the whole lane into a work of art. This is between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, just down from Russell Street.

Williamstown Ferry

There are many ways of cruising the Yarra River, and springtime is one of the best times to do it. The Williamstown Ferry is the most inexpensive Melbourne river cruising option. It leaves from Southbank and takes you to Williamstown, one of the first points of European settlement in the Bay. It presents an array of historical sites, including a bluestone tower. It was also a major cargo port and business centre in the Goldrush – showing off with an array of stately buildings along the central Nelson Place. Great place for lunch or coffee!

Melbourne Picnic

There is a unique small National Park at the edge of the city – The Organ Pipes National Park. You get there driving along the Calder Freeway and turning right just after Keilor. It sits in a valley carved by the Jacksons Creek and has some of the most amazing volcanic rock formations: The Organ Pipes – a wall of volcanic pipes looking just like it, and a plateau of tessellated rocks. Amazing piece of nature so close to the city.

Spring Wildflowers

Next Sunday, October 9, you can enjoy the wonders of Australian wildflowers at the Royal Botanic Garden in Cranbourne. This is off the South Gippsland Highway in Cranbourne. If you don’t drive you can take your bikes on the train to Cranbourne or walk. There is going to be live music, yoga, massage and family activities.

What’s new with We Love Melbourne?

We have spent the last few months updating the look and feel of the We Love Melbourne site. Please have a look and let us know what you think.

We are also updating the What’s On section, where you can find our selection of things to do in Melbourne each month. Check out the what’s on in Melbourne in October.

These are some of the October things to do in Melbourne. We'd love to hear from you what you would like to see here.

With all the best Wishes

for the We Love Melbourne team

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