“I’ve been coming here for almost 20 years now,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed it and now my family does too.”
Long time visitor Roger Federer must have an extra-special spot in his heart for Melbourne having recently won the Australian Open. Act like tennis royalty! Take a ride on the Puffing Billy steam engine through the lush forests of the Dandenong Ranges, just over an hour outside the city centre.
When Heston Blumenthal moved his restaurant Fat Duck to Melbourne for a short period of time we knew he loved the city. Now, he has an acclaimed full-time restaurant, Dinner by Heston, in Southbank. How much does he love Melbourne’s food scene? He said it:
“The Australian food scene is remarkable, and Melbourne should be on anyone’s list of cities to dine in. I love it. It is exciting, cultural, vibrant, and has a fantastic diversity of restaurants. The moment I arrive in Melbourne, I feel relaxed – and that’s because of the city’s soul.”
The flashy Formula One driver took to social media in March to hype up his presence at the Melbourne Grand Prix. Check out this video to see him touring the street art in some of Melbourne’s creative laneways or better yet, grab a map and start plotting a route yourself!
The award-winning singer entertained to recording breaking crowds of 75,000+ at Etihad Stadium in March during the Australian leg of her world tour. During her hit Hometown Glory, she charmed the crowd with visuals of Flinders Street Station and other recognizable local scenes. Later, she shared black and white shots of her time off in Victoria to her Instagram, including a fun snap of the set of Neighbours. Good old Ramsay Street!
Trust this down to earth charmer to be seen out and about town living like the locals do. The beloved Aussie star is often spotted making trips to the area, even once surprising commuters by taking the Melbourne Central to South Yarra train line. Jackman reportedly even proposed to his wife of 20 years in the Royal Botanical Gardens of Victoria, a stunning green oasis in the heart of the city.
When asked about Melbourne, the city in which he now lives, the Wolverine-actor says, ““It feels very comforting and comfortable and it makes me happy. I think we have a great balance of life here. We have a go, and don’t take ourselves too seriously.”
The Thor actor missed home so much he relocated back to Australia with his young family. He has since gone on to become a compelling ambassador for the country, and Victoria in particular. Having spent time on Phillip Island in his youth, he returns for some refreshing quiet and awesome surfing (not to mention an abundance of penguins).
Here’s what he’s had to say about Melbourne:
“I distinctly remember the city’s strong multicultural scene that I experienced as a kid, and that has only grown today. There’s such a diverse mixture of communities including Greek, Lebanese and Vietnamese, which means that the ethnic food is fantastic. The arts there are also rich.”
[on where to visit in Melbourne]
“Definitely Flinders Lane, a street with lots of bars and restaurants that are great to hang out in. Bar hopping there is fun. And a meal at Matcha Mylkbar is a must. The restaurant serves only plant-based food and has one of the most inventive menus I have ever seen.”
Arnold caused quite a stir when he jetted into Melbourne to hold his bodybuilding competition ‘the Arnold Classic’ in the city for the 3rd consecutive year. The event was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, giving the action star great views of the city on the banks of the Yarra River. Like a true, fit Melbournian, Arnold even took to the streets on a bike. Next time, don’t forget the helmet, mate!
Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that the football superstar travels the globe in style. CR7’s Melbourne visit was a whirlwind of posh dinners and frantic fan encounters. He enjoyed several nights of gambling and fresh seafood at the Atlantic and Nobu on the riverside terraces of Crown Melbourne and even fit in a haircut at Kings Domain in South Yarra. Oh, and of course the real reason he was there, displaying his fancy footwork for Real Madrid at the MCG.
The fastest man in the world left partygoers in his dust after DJing at the exclusive Club 23, famous for its prime views of Melbourne’s skyline. Swapping one endorphin rush for another, he put on his racing spikes to participate in the Nitro Athletics series at Lakeside Stadium, entertaining the crowd with his usual banter.
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