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Melbourne for Teenagers

Melbourne for Teenagers

Are you travelling with a teen to Melbourne? The big kids know this cultural hub has some of Australia’s best art, culture and food but how do you communicate the joy of an Italian Masterpiece exhibition to your fifteen year old?

Yes, you don’t want them to miss out, but it won’t be fun for anyone if you end up with a teen tantrum on your hands.

Marriott Hotels has been clever, very clever, and started a teen concierge program. This City My Way is a website dedicated to things to do in Australia’s major cities for teens, written by teens.

Here’s 15 year old Isabelle Clarke’s suggestions for five different types of teenagers in Melbourne:

Melbourne has been voted one of the most liveable cities in the world and there’s no questioning how it got its title. With the abundance of activities and leisure opportunities we allow to our visitors, Melbourne is definitely a capital of fun for everyone, especially teens.

1. Budding artists

You’ll often hear people ranting on about Melbourne’s diverse street art – kids will find this cool too. If you’re interested in art, photography or have an artistic flare, the cobblestoned laneways filled top to bottom with fine art created by Melbourne’s own artists are a must see, and are perfect for your next Instagram post! Head down to Rankins Lane, Hosier Lane, Hardware Lane and Degraves Street to take a few shots of unique graffiti art.

2. Fitness Fanatics

The perfect road trip for the fitness junkies or those who are keen to get outdoors is the 40 minute drive out to the Dandenong Range’s 1000 Steps Kokada. Slip on your runners and take the steps fast (or slow!). Don’t forget to soak up the lovely atmosphere of the ranges. Your iPod isn’t even needed – the rainforest sounds are the perfect playlist for your workout. A picnic or Devonshire tea in the mountains is the well-deserved reward.

3. Shopaholics

Hey there big spenders! Bourke Street is the perfect place to spend your pocket money. Catch a tram into the city and start at Bourke Street Mall. With Myer, David Jones, Sportsgirl, General Pants and more, there’s something for everyone. Even non-shoppers will enjoy the buskers scattered along the strip, entertaining large crowds everyday. Bourke Street is also another good spot for a photo op in the little lanes leading off it.

4. Beach babes

Though Melbourne’s weather is unpredictable at times, our beaches are some of the most beautiful in Australia, and are a definite must for sun baking, walking, swimming, surfing, or all of the above. If you’re looking for a beach close to the city, St Kilda is closest though the best are found along the Mornington Peninsula (Portsea, Sorrento, Dromana, Rye, Mount Eliza, Frankston Beach) and the Great Ocean Road (Apollo Bay, Bells Beach, Barwon Heads).

5. Foodies

After doing your fair share of photography, fitness and shopping, D.O.C Gastronomia Italiana is the perfect place to fill up an empty tummy. D.O.C has three different locations; Albert Park, Carlton and Mornington (Main Street). Pick and choose from delicious savoury pizzas but save room for the sweet pizza – dough warm from the wood fire oven, white chocolate oozing from its centre, topped with fresh strawberries and homemade vanilla bean ice cream…yummo!

Our diverse culture, music, art and food will give teenagers a sense of belonging like nowhere else in the world.

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