Golf: only 2 km’s from Melbourne’s busy CBD, we boast the best located Golf Course in the World and Australia’s best practice facility....ALL FULLY PUBLIC

Across Albert Park lake is the Albert Park Golf Range which is Australia’s finest practice facility, featuring a double storey range, licenced pro shop, enormous undulating putting green, bunkers, chipping areas and the best teaching professionals in Australia.

 

Both the Driving Range and Golf Course are fully public 7 days a week. The Golf Range doesn’t take bookings so just come along anytime.

Albert Park Golf Course - Cnr Queens Road & Lakeside Dve Melbourne Ph 9510 5588

 

Tennis: PH 95938188 - opening hours Monday to Thursday 2pm - 10.15pm, Friday 5pm-8pm, Saturday 11.30-6pm, Sunday 9am- 8pm Hockey Drive Albert Park

(Melway ref 57 K7)

St Kilda has a history more colourful than Dame Edna’s clothes. Forty years ago it was a haven for drugs and prostitution and a seedy ghetto for bohemians. Nowadays the area plays host to an eclectic mixture of people, from rich yuppies and fashion victims to scruffily dressed backpackers. So put on your thongs (that’s flip-flops, folks) and catch the 112 tram from the city to Fitzroy St where the adventure begins

 

Fitzroy Street (map ref: M1)

Can you feel the love? Fitzroy St was once the place where many lonely men went to seek female company – even if it did cost them $100 per hour! These days Fitzroy St is still home to creatures of the night, although the area has been transformed and is one of Melbourne’s most popular places to go out. Whether you’re splashing out or scraping by, it offers an array of eateries and bars.

Near the Bay end of Fitzroy St is Cleve Gardens (map ref: G1), a contemporary meeting place of cultural significance for Indigenous Australians. There is an unassuming memorial to Robbie Hunter, referred to by his mates simply as ‘Chief’. It symbolises the strong bonds that exist in the Indigenous community and the respect they have for their elders. Also on the site is a replica of an Aboriginal Totem Pole.

 

Secret Life of Us fans may recognise the Jacka Boulevard Pedestrian Overpass (map ref: C4). This is the sight of many a dramatic tiff on the hit Aussie show, which usually finishes with both actors storming off in opposite directions in true soapy style.

If you’re around for dinner, check out Robarta (109-111 Fitzroy St) for a variety of entertainment – from drag shows to house DJs. www.robarta.com.au. Alternatively Banff Cafe (145 Fitzroy St) provides cheap, good quality pizzas from Monday-Wednesday.

 

St Kilda Foreshore (map ref: B4)

St Kilda Pier is a great fishing spot with an awesome view of the marina and city skyline. If you want to strut your stuff beachside with the buffed and beautiful (like Safari Pete), St Kilda foreshore is the place to watch and be watched. Learn to kite surf on St. Kilda foreshore with Katani (www.katani.com.au), take a dip at the St. Kilda Sea Baths (www.stkildaseabaths.com.au) or just veg out at popular vegetarian restaurant Soul Mama (www.soulmama.com.au).

 

Acland Street (map ref: L9)

One block before Acland St is the St Kilda Community Garden (map ref: H9) where local residents grow their own vegetables. Entry is free. This street has an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, continental cake shops, second-hand stores and independent music and bookshops. Safari Pete likes to suck down a cone at the Seven Apples Gelato ice cream store.

 

The Esplanade (map ref: D4)

No other street in Melbourne is home to so many icons than The Esplanade. One of the oldest and most famous is Luna Park (map ref H6). With a mouth nearly as big as Safari Pete, the creepy Mr Moon (featured on many postcards) welcomes you. The children’s theme park was opened in 1912 and has survived several fires and attempts to destroy it by ruthless developers. Take a ride on the scenic railway for a different perspective on St Kilda.

 

Next door is the Palais Theatre (map ref: F6), a classic live music venue. On Sundays the Esplanade is home to the St Kilda Art and Craft Market (map ref: D4) where over 200 stalls offer a mix of weird, wonderful and very unique art and handicrafts. If you’re lucky you might find yourself a safari suit.

 

On the other side of the Esplanade is Alfred Gardens (map ref: E5), the site of the first building in St Kilda: a fair dinkum Aussie Stockman’s Hut built in 1840. It’s hard to imagine any cattle grazing around St Kilda today.

 

If you want to get off terra firma and get a completely different view of the esplanade, then have a go at kiteboarding where you stand on a surfboard and are pulled through the water by the wind. To bust a wave, log onto www.kiterepublic.com.au for more details.

MAJOR ST KILDA EVENTS

 

Gay Pride March - February

The colour, the risqué fun and the pride….

 

St Kilda Festival - February

Australia’s biggest music, art and community festival in the famous

beachside location of St Kilda. Best of all…it’s all free!

www.stkildafestival.com.au

 

Australian Grand Prix - March

At nearby Albert Park, the Australian Grand Prix roars into action in March every year. www.grandprix.com.au

 

Global Garden Party - March

Brings together individuals, communities and organisations to celebrate

living a harmonious lifestyle with the planet. Set in the majestic St Kilda

Botanical Gardens.

 

St Kilda Film Festival - May/June

An annual short film festival featuring over 150 films from emerging and

established film makers from all over Australia.

www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au

 

Bless Your Big BLaK Arts Festival  - September

A celebration of Indigenous art and craft in all its forms: theatre, music, visual arts, literature and film. www.isx.org.au/events

From the office of Dr Karl.

 

When I was cast as Dr Karl Kennedy in 1994 I had no idea of the popularity Neighbours enjoyed in the UK and many other countries. Back then it was a fun job that

I expected to have for a year or two.

 

Eighteen years later, Neighbours has become the most enjoyable and significant job in my career.

 

Making the programme has always been enormous fun, the only thing missing is an audience right there in the studio giving feedback on   your work.

 

That is why the Neighbour’s Night and Tours are so important to me and my  work. Every Monday night, and throughout the week on the tours to Ramsay Street, I and other actors from the show get to meet and interact with the show’s fans.

 

THIS IS THE BEST PART OF THE JOB! I attend almost every Monday night Neighbour’s Trivia event because I love meeting and entertaining fans of the show. Their enthusiasm for the program reminds me I have one of the greatest jobs in the world.

 

And, boy, do we have fun! The prizes are big, the contests are fun, there’s lots of photos, autographs AND my band Waiting Room and I play a one hour concert at the end of the night.

 

If you are coming to Australia to experience all this fabulous country has to offer I hope you will come to the artistic capital of the country, Melbourne, and enjoy all the unique Neighbour’s experiences on offer.

 

Cheers - Alan Fletcher .... AKA Dr Karl

 

What:    Official Ramsay Street tours.

               Official Neighbours Tour A Mon – Fri,

               Official Neighbours Tour B – Sat & Sun

Price:    Official Neighbours Tours – From $50.

Book:    Tel: 03 9629 5866.Bookings essential.

Details: www.neighbourstour.com.au