Here are some terrific City based sights and activities to occupy yourself with the next time you swing through Melbourne CBD.
A unique fixture of the Melbourne tram system, Tram Sessions is a musical organization that’s dedicated to hooking up local musicians with free mobile shows on trams all over the city.
Running into Tram Sessions isn’t easy to plan out, but if you happen to see a crowd of folks unpacking acoustic instruments in your tram car, you might want to skip your scheduled stop and hang on for the show.
Pop Up Patch
Check out a little bit of Melbourne’s environmental spirit at this community garden housed on the rooftop of the carpark at Federation Square. Pop Up Patch is a growing concern – in more ways than one – that specializes in providing the public with personalized vegetable-growing plots right in the heart of the city.
The Patch currently boasts more than 140 individual plots housed in recycled apple crates, and the vast majority of them are available for leasing.
A clever idea that’s well worth a look, the Silent Cinema is a regular feature in Southgate. The intimate screening room seats just 60 people, but the big attraction here is the venue’s headphones-only policy. You’ll be provided with a personal set of headphones so that you get the perfect mix of big screen visuals and stereo sound without any distractions from your fellow cinephiles.
The best part of a vibrant downtown is the little treasures you find tucked away. They don’t come any littler than the Switchboard Cafe, located on Collins St. This micro-restaurant prides itself by operating out of a storage cupboard. Seating is, as you’d expect, minimal, but the quality of the cafe’s coffee is tough to beat.
Another downtown mini-attraction that’s worth a quick look is this pint-sized gallery on Flinders Street. Converted from a bank of mailboxes in a foyer, now this piece of variable installation art showcases a splendid range of local artists’ works in its glassed-in cubbyholes. Featured artists change frequently, so stopping by every few months is a great idea.