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The Inside Track (Part 2): Selina Low – Melbourne

When exploring a city, nothing beats having insider recommendations. SELINA LOW shares on Melbourne


SELINA LOW Melbourne, Australia
Selina Low first moved to Melbourne in 1997 to further her tertiary education, first at Taylor’s College and then RMIT University. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, the eldest child of Richard and Lilian Low worked full-time at an advertising agency. Living in the heart of the city, she came to know the Melbourne CBD inside out; on weekends, the intrepid explorer organised day trips to discover the Victoria countryside. She met her husband Kevin Law in Melbourne in 2004, where they also got married and now raise their two children, Samuel and Sophie.
A popular attraction to check out…is the Twelve Apostles (Port Campbell National Park). This rock formation is very popular with visitors. Over time, many of the rock structures have eroded due to natural elements, so it is best to view them sooner than later. The four-hour drive from Melbourne along the renowned Great Ocean Road is very scenic.
Markets in Melbourne…are good for reasonably priced fresh produce. Queen Victoria Market (at the corner of Victoria Street and Elizabeth Street) is a favourite with locals. Go there for freshly shucked oysters. They shuck each oyster in front of you — you can’t get any fresher than that!
My favourite place of interest…is Yarra Valley, Victoria’s wine-producing region. There are several award-winning wineries here; consider joining a winery tour. Spend a lazy afternoon at one of the wineries and enjoy a long lunch. My friends and I had a seven-course degustation menu at De Bortoli (Pinnacle Lane, Dixons Creek). It was a brilliant afternoon.
Australian food…is hard to define especially in Melbourne, as it is such a multicultural city and a true melting pot of flavours. There are some restaurants that serve “modern Australian” food. Try No. 8 by John Lawson (8 Whiteman Street, Southbank), Cutler & Co. (55-57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy) and Attica (74 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea). End your meal with a cup of artisanal coffee. Melbourne is Australia’s coffee capital — check out the java joints along its laneways (such as Ora, Brunetti and Three Bags Full) and you’ll see why!
The best place to people-watch…is Melbourne City or the South Bank. There are always interesting street performers and people around.
Trying kangaroo meat…is not something I would recommend. It is game meat and hence difficult to get cooked right. The only time I tried one was at De Bortoli, and I found it tasted like a piece of tough steak.
Good gifts from Melbourne…are coffee, wine, cheese, fresh fruit, nougat and Ugg boots.
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