In October 2012 I returned from living and travelling abroad for a year. I began my travels in Australia. A country so vast, I could only explore a small section.
For the majority of the time I was there, I lived in Melbourne. Although Australia appears to be quite far behind design and innovation wise, in comparison to Europe and the rest of the world, you can’t deny the fact this city is buzzing with life and colour!
The small, vintage inspired streets of Fitzroy fill you with the hope that independent shops and artists can make it in a big city. Boasting graffiti lined streets and lively characters, you can take a wander around Rose Street Artist Market, featuring a range of artists from different disciplines, from textiles, to graphics, and jewellery.
Come rain or shine, which tends to be unpredictable in Melbourne! There’s always something to do and see. Explore the Botanical Gardens, the extensive array of Museums and Art Gallery’s, the young and traveller’s haunt St Kilda, and the little gem (when in a city) of Williamstown and Williamstown Beach. You can walk endlessly, (or use the trams for those less interested in achy bones!) for hours exploring all areas of the city, stopping for amazing cups of coffee from talented Barista’s, one of my favourites being Mies Coffee Bar, in Spotswood, the suburb in which I lived. And if you’re lucky, they have some of their infamous chocolate brownies!
Melbourne also has a great music scene, ranging from old rockers, to pop. If you’re lucky enough to be there to enjoy St Kilda Festival, you will have a fantastic time, exploring new talents, and market lined streets.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg when exploring Melbourne… my advice, put on your walking boots and enjoy finding places as you go!
All images Gemma Lofthouse ©
I am a textile print designer/maker, with a strong passion for striking prints. textiles, design, colour, texture, interiors, fashion, travel & different cultures.