Traveling to a new city or relocating can be overwhelming, especially when you start from scratch. When google isn’t doing the trick, you may have no clue where to begin your search for restaurants, events, meet-ups and other social activities. Luckily for those coming to Melbourne, there is a huge community of people who love to share the best parts of the city and what they have to offer. These five websites will keep you informed about “what’s on” in Melbourne. Subscribe to their newsletters and always be in the know.
Hilariously written, cheeky and informative. From basic area information to specific lists to help me find everything (Where’s the best high tea? Where are the best Mexican restaurants? What’s there to do in Portsea?), Time Out has kept me updated with new restaurants, cultural references and answered all those things I’d always been wondering. They are even a bit annoying. Any time I saw something new in the city that intrigued me and sparked a writing idea, a quick search would show that they had already written about it.
Similar to TimeOut, Congrete Playground focuses on city life – eating, events, and must-see spots. I’ve learned about cool art exhibits, the latest indie film screenings and the latest on alcohol debuts in the city. You may not have money to consume it all and see it all, but you can at least drop it in a conversation and look like a Melbourne pro. My favorite section is “The best things to do in Melbourne this weekend.” Take a look at that and you might not even have to plan an itinerary.
Excellent current information on events, festivals and pop-ups, this site also has cultural information to keep you in the know about literature, film and culture around the city. Check out their article 20 Facts You Never Knew About Melbourne for some mind-blowing facts.
Written by locals, Weekend Notes is a place for community members to write articles on what they observe from their surroundings as well as reviews of places around the city. Contributors post information about local events. This is a great place to get information on smaller, more community-based events. For example, I found out about a garage sale in Kensington on this website.
Similar to TimeOut, Concrete Playground and Culture Trip, Broadsheet gives the latest on Arts & Design, Food, Nightlife and Shopping. They give you all the best insider’s information to what’s behind the best of what the city has to offer. How else would you know that a nutella food truck is about to terrorize Melbourne’s streets (when I say terrorize I mean tantalize).
Besides those five resources to help you get to know the city, there are still others out there. Check Groupon and Living Social for great deals on dining out and activities (including touristy activities, like walking tours). The CBD News also shares stories on local residents and includes a section of what’s on. Melbourne Libraries host a number of cultural events, including Carlton Coffee Tours and a lunch hour story time for adults.