Australia Day

Australia Day is officially the national day of Australia. It’s celebrated annually on the 26th January, it marks the arrival of the British First Fleet in 1788 at Port Jackson, New South Wales. It also celebrates the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. In … Read more

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Australian bush fire relief

Those of us following the news reports are deeply saddened by the devastating bush fires raging in country regions of our beautiful Australia. The huge loss of life, property and wildlife is something that will take many years to recover from and although it will be difficult, no doubt the great Aus … Read more

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Australian comfort food

It’s not 2020 so you don’t have to start your new year’s resolutions just yet. Comfort food is something that you probably don’t want to eat every day, but it makes for the perfect guilty indulgence when you do. And the beauty of it is that you don’t have to share it with anyone. Comfort food provid … Read more

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The Myer Christmas windows

Not only do Melburnians look forward to the tradition of Christmas, but they also look forward to the tradition of the Myer Christmas windows. The windows are a free Christmas event in Melbourne. They’re a Melbourne tradition that is as much a part of Melbourne as trams and football. The Myer … Read more

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Hopetoun Tea Rooms

Looking for something a little more special than your regular café? Feeling a bit fancy? Recently binge-watched the historical drama Downton Abbey? Then clear your calendar – it’s time to indulge in an extravagant high afternoon tea. Famous for its elegance and the perpetual queue, the Hopetou … Read more

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Staying fit for free

Joining a gym is never cheap when you’re working full time and especially when you’re a student! Staying motivated by yourself isn’t easy either. It’s easy to tell yourself that you’ll go and catch up on your exercise tomorrow or the next day, or the next day. As winter in Melbourne can be cold, tha … Read more

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Christmas Day Picnic

The moment the hype of Melbourne Cup has died down, it’s time to look ahead to the next big holiday. By mid-November yuletide decorations have appeared on Bourke Street. People are eagerly queueing to glimpse the annual Myer Christmas window and the festive anthem ‘Last Christmas’ is being blasted t … Read more

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International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day is a celebration of all the great men in our lives. Our grandfathers, fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, nephews and not forgetting our husbands, boyfriends, mates and work colleagues. The theme for International Men’s Day 2019 is “Making a difference for men and boys.” M … Read more

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The History of Multicultural Melbourne

One thing that always surprises our students is just how culturally diverse Melbourne is. Indeed, if you’ve ever caught a tram in the CBD, you’ll know that you can expect to hear a symphony of various dialects and languages. So, how did Melbourne become such an international hub? Eureka! … Read more

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Melbourne Museum

Do you ever imagine what Melbourne looked like twenty years ago? Fifty years ago? A hundred years ago? Does your brain bombard you with questions about Australia? Like who were the first people to live here? What kind of myths and legends do Australian people have? How many unique animals can be fou … Read more