Melbourne is a populous city in the state of Victoria and rates highly in terms of tourism appeal. The city has a population of more than 4.5 million, and is home to large cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Cricket Ground. With a temperate climate, it is a truly comfortable experience for any traveller when exploring Melbourne's many places of interests, including those in the City of Moreland. If you wish to enjoy what the suburb has to offer to the utmost, and you are travelling in a group, it is highly recommended that you take advantage of coach hire in Melbourne.
With a population of just over 147,000, the City of Moreland lies between four and fourteen kilometres north of Melbourne's city centre. There is plenty to explore here as Moreland covers the suburbs of Pascoe Vale, Oak Park, Hadfield, Gowanbrae, Glenroy, Fawkner, Coburg North, Brunswick East and West, and more. Interestingly, more than 39% of the residents living Moreland speak more than one language (other than the English language). The top ten languages that are spoken here include Vietnamese, Mandarin, Arabic, Italian, Hindi, Punjabi, Nepali, Urdu, Turkish, and Greek. The City of Moreland offers a bustling inner city lifestyle, and with its strong mix of commercial and manufacturing activities, it has attracted many locals due to promising employment opportunities. Some of the major events that both locals and tourists look forward to here include the Brunswick Music Festival and the Sydney Road Street Party. The former is an annual affair and is a major multicultural event. The latter is a celebration of the arts, culture and core community of Moreland. Whether you seek to feed your artistic appetite or want to take a long break from your work life, Moreland offers a wide array of recreational opportunities.
Located in Brunswick, Counihan Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that inspires as well as promotes diversity and innovation in Sydney’s visual arts. In addition, the art gallery aims to encourage debate and further discussion of new ideas and issues in contemporary art and culture through annual and/or regular workshops, exhibitions and talks. Entry to Counihan Gallery is free!
The Farmers Market in Coburg features the freshest produce from local growers and farmers who have come from all regions across Victoria. In places like these, there is always a steady supply of seasonal fruits, fresh vegetables, eggs, meats, nuts and oils, cheese, bread, pies, cakes and even wine and cider! If you have the habit of waking up early, you are in for a treat because there will be a great range of breakfast and lunch stalls that serve fresh juice, coffee and chai – a perfect way to kick-start your morning before a busy day of exploring Moreland. If you plan to buy anything, do remember to bring your own bags because Coburg Farmers Market is plastic bag-free!
Hands up if you think going to flea markets is fun! When you visit the City of Moreland, do not forget to check out the Brunswick Flea Market whenever it is available to the public. This is one of Melbourne’s best markets of interests and you can find anything from handmade and/or vintage jewellery, vinyl records, books, vintage clothes and even artisan bakers. Brunswick Flea Market is set in the car park of Howler and is open on the second Sunday of every month.
Barkly Square is a big shopping centre located in Brunswick. A popular and convenient mall, Barkly Square will satisfy all your needs during your stay in Moreland. The mall features more than thirty specialty shops including Kmart, Woolley and Coles. If you are seeking shelter from the hot sun and happen to be in the area, Barkly Square is a suitable “pit-stop” to refresh yourselves. What’s more, they offer free Wi-Fi!
If you like a physical challenge, the Merri Creek Trail is a must-try. The trail is 21 kilometres long and is easy to navigate. It starts at Dights Falls which is a nearby area where the Yarra River and Merri Creek meet. The trail follows the creek so the walking path is also right next to the creek. As you navigate the trail, you will eventually pass by the CERES Community Environment Park, Brunswick Velodrome and Coburg Lake Reserve. Moonee Ponds Creek Trail The next trail on easy mode you may consider is the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail. The popular trail starts on Footscray Road and at Melbourne Docklands. You can follow the creek that flows under and around the Tullamarine Freeway. Then head north after passing Bell Street and walk through a series of parks. Not long after, you will walk under the large trestle bridge at Jacana Retarding Basin before arriving at the Western Ring Road Trail. All in all, the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail is approximately 25 km long and will ensure you break into a good sweat!
If you are an avid sports fan or just like to keep to your exercise regime even when you travel, be sure to consider visiting Active Moreland. Active Moreland caters to individuals of any interests and abilities, and offers an easy-to-use search tool that allows users to find a suitable activity according to their skill level, age, budget, date (the user's availability), motivation level and preferred activity. At Active Moreland, you can enjoy activities such as cricket, netball, football, personal training and more.
If this is your first time visiting the City of Moreland, the above list of destinations will give you a good idea on what to include in your travel itinerary. If you plan to explore more than one destination, be sure to opt for a bus hire service. When you take advantage of a professional driver’s skills and expertise on the road, you and your travel companions can travel in comfort and utmost safety.