Posts Tagged ‘docklands’

Costco Melbourne

Melbourne's Costco A couple of months ago, I had a bike ride on the Capital City Trail. The trail loops from Carlton North  through to Flemington down to the Docklands, and along the Yarra back up north again. On the way down to Docklands, I spotted a sign for Costco. Costco, for those not in the know, is a huge bulk buy store for food, alcohol, clothes, electronics and everything in between. Why buy a half litre bottle of tomato sauce when you can buy a 5 litre bottle? When I travel to the US, I make a point to stop by a Costco to pick up pain killers (96 for a few dollars) and gum in bulk.

According to the AAP, Costco Dockalnds will open in July and the company plans to open up a Sydney store at a later date. Any shakeup to the duopoly of supermarkets in Australia is great for competition and will hopefully mean lower prices for Melbourne.  When I first heard that Costco was going to open in Docklands, I thought it was not going to work due to lack of parking and accessibility for cars. I stand corrected as it has positioned itself in an area with ample parking located on Docklands Highway just near the Citylink on ramp. Incidentily, it happens to also be on the Capital City Trail. At least if they can get Costco open it will make up for the debacle that is the Southern Star Observation Wheel. .

Southern Star Observation Deck

Big Wheels Keep on Turnin'

Although very similar sounding to a location you’d expect on the starship Enterprise, it’s actually that huge ferris wheel in Docklands. As of tomorrow, it will be open for business so you can get that great view of…umm…the docks? I’m still not convinced on Docklands as a city destination for entertainment. Lygon Street=Italian Feel, Chapel Street=Ritzy Feel, Swanston Street=Student Feel, Docklands=No feeling at all. Despite being the red headed step child of Melbourne, only time will tell with the addition of an ice rink and a Costco soon.

Like the Eureka Tower, expect to see a marriage proposal on tomorrow night’s news (Adrock, you should have held out a bit longer).

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Southern Cross Observation Deck [via The Age]

Adult: $29 / $58 (no waiting in line)

The Rat Race ver. Melbourne

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While perusing the Docklands website for a great place to eat, I chanced upon a great urban competition that will appeal to the adventurers-at-heart. Called the Rat Race, it’s the first time the race has left Britain and competitors wil, over two days, challenge themselves both physically and mentally. As a thrill-seeker and and outdoor junkie myself, I was thrilled. From the website:

Coming to Australia for the first time, the Rat Race sees competitors running, biking, climbing, kayaking, abseiling and navigating their way around the city in a course that is only revealed hours before they begin. Previous events have taken place in London, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh, and 2008 sees the inaugural Melbourne event.

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Where Art Thou Week 17: Variety Entertainers of the Century

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Located in Waterfront City, Docklands and measuring 11m long, the stunning mosaic mural is a tribute to the greatest Australian entertainers. Created by renowned mosaic artist David Jack and based on an original artwork by Jamie Cooper, the mural captures each of the 100 entertainers in their hey day in a unique tribute.

In fact, the mural is soooooo long, I had to take several steps back just to catch the entire mural in its entirety. Here’s how it looks in its full glory.

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