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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

Christmas Picnic

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

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a day that we remember the men who fought and lost their lives in the First World War. We also recall the end of this war on the date that it actually ended in 1918. The First World War formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.” While it officially … Read more


Aussie slang words that you need to know

Believe it or not, Australians speak English. Do you know the meaning of ‘bloody galah’, ‘barbie in the arvo’ and a ‘chocky bicky with your cuppa?’ If you’re struggling to understand these common Aussie terms, please keep reading. Aussies use slang words for fun and they’re informal and relaxed like … Read more

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Food from home

You’ve been studying at an EC English school in Australia for a while now. And you’ve tried Vegemite, meat pies, sausage rolls, snags on the barbie or other *‘Aussie’ foods. But one thing is missing… it’s that special dish that your mother or grandmother used to make for you. Or maybe it’s your favo … Read more