I spent five days in downtown Melbourne, Australia in mid-June 2018.
I’ll list some of my favorites here, plus things I want to do next time.
Food and Restaurants
- Stalactites: Lamb platter for breakfast, open 24H
- Higher Ground: Kale and eggs for breakfast
- Chin Chin: Fancy Thai / Vietnamese
- Supernormal: Tasting menu featuring the lamb
- Laneway Greens: best consistent quick salads
Food Pictures That I Took
- NGV: Both locations are excellent and I spent several hours at each. Free.
- ACMI: Worth an hour before or after NGV nearby. The permanent installation is free and informative and fun.
- Justin Art House Museum: I was invited to visit the owners for lunch one day and enjoyed our conversation (and look inside their interesting home).
Victoria’s Creative State Summit
I was invited to be a keynote speaker at the Victoria Creative State Summit 2018, hosted at the Melbourne Museum.
Here I presented about Museum Hack and what we’re doing, and then led one of the famous REMIX “Follow the Speaker” sessions in Q&A for a large crowd. It was great.
Notes on Australian Culture
This was my second visit to Australia and the country continues to fascinate me.
Here are some new things that I noticed or re-noticed.
How to Pronounce Melbourne
First and most importantly: it is not pronounced Melbourne in the way that Americans might say it.
For my American friends: pronounce it “Melbin.”
You might feel silly saying it like this (as I did), but I got so many props and kudos for “my incredible Australian accent” whenever I called their city as they say it.
For New Yorkers: pronouncing it “Melbourne” in the American way is akin to someone calling it “Houston Street” in the Texan way.
Announcement of Indigenous People
Many meetings or presentations that I was in were started with an announcement paying respect or acknowledging the “traditional owners and custodians” of the land.
As a North American, this was very interesting and always a bit curious. I now understand that Australia has a much different relationship with their indigenous people than we North Americans have.
Tipping Not Required
Not having to add gratuity everywhere I ate in Australia because “everyone gets paid what they should” is incredibly refreshing.
I love rewarding great service, and it felt so awkward to leave a zero tip on the credit card machines that I almost always left at least one dollar. Some of my new Australian friends made fun of me for this.
My Cocktail Party in Melbourne
On Monday night, June 18, 2018, I hosted a cocktail party for readers and fans of the Museum Hack newsletter. We did icebreakers and talked about museums and galleries. Lots of fun people showed up. I definitely want to do this again.
To-Do for Next Visit
On my list for next time:
- Guided tour at the Justin Art House Museum
- Guided tour at the Lyon House Museum
- Visit some of the parks
- Kayak in the river (or swim?)
- Phillip Island Nature Parks: Penguin Parade
- Edinborough Gardens
- Explore around Smith Street
- Abbotts Ford Convent
Video Blog: My First Live TV Appearance
During my trip, I was lucky to get interviewed on live national television and radio. This video blog shows the back-story of what it was like and how it all happened.