Melbourne is a huge, sprawling city – but there’s so much more to it than Parkville, Carlton and the CBD!

As summer is rolling around, it’s time to get out and explore the suburbs! Here are all the things the GSA team loves to do in suburbia.

Enjoy the beach at Williamstown

Hop on a Williamstown Line train at Flinders Street Station and head out to this lovely old seaside town. It’s a hidden gem, and a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon.

You can sit by the beach with fish and chips, and get off at Spotswood for an afternoon at Scienceworks on your way home.

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The Japanese Bathhouse

There is a traditional Japanese onsen in Collingwood, inner Melbourne!

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon doing nothing in particular, and if you’re feeling particularly luxurious, indulge in a massage.

Note that the website is very old, but the baths are still open and operating!

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Studley Park Boathouse

Nestled on the banks of the Yarra in leafy Kew, Studley Park Boathouse is a reminder of a bygone era.

Enjoy a walk along the Main Yarra Trail, go boating on the river, or just enjoy a drink on the terrace. This is a perfect place to wind down after a long semester!

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Camberwell Sunday Market

Every Sunday, the carpark of Camberwell’s regular food market fills up with market stalls and food trucks.

The Camberwell Sunday Market, which you can enter by gold coin ($1 or $2) donation to Rotary Victoria, is a Melbourne institution. The stalls are made up of craftspeople selling their wares, professional market traders, and people trying to sell some of their clutter.

Take a lot of small change, and you’ll be amazed what you can come home with!

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Amazing vegan food

We feel pretty comfortable stating that Melbourne is home to some of the best vegetarian and vegan food on the planet.

A few of our team’s favourite spots include:

Collingwood Children’s Farm

Collingwood Children’s Farm is a delight for adults and children alike!

Wander around and meet the animals – or time your visit to enjoy a cuddle with a guinea pig, or learn how to brush a cow.

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Darebin Parklands

Darebin Parklands are only a few kilometres from uni, but they feel like they’re a million miles away.

A walk around the whole park takes about an hour and a half, and winds past duck ponds, streams, and a big grassy area where there are always dogs running around and playing.

You can truly feel like you’ve spent an afternoon in the country without going more than a few hundred meters from a main road.

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Cat Cafe Melbourne

If you’re in need of a cuddle, Cat Cafe Melbourne is home to fifteen cats (including Shakespeare!).

Cat Cafe Melbourne was Australia’s first Cat Cafe, and all its cats are cuddly, delightful, and excited to get to know you. Book a time, and enjoy a coffee and a snuggle.

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Amy Claire Thompson

Amy is Communications Manager at The University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association.