The Big Issue : Edition 581
6 THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 22 FEB–7 MAR 2019 MELBOURNE Street secrets revealed by the people who know them best. VENDOR TOUR GUIDE OUR TOUR GUIDE ILLUSTRATIONBYDANIELGRAY-BARNETT MY NAME IS MARK, I am 56 years old. I was born in Adelaide, but I’ve been coming and going to Melbourne for years. Being a Big Issue vendor gives me something to do with my day; it’s put some direction back in my life. Mark sells The Big Issue in Altona, and on Princes Bridge Melbourne. 01 / WHY I LIKE MELBOURNE Melbourne is a well laid-out city with great sports, arts, cafes, restaurants and pubs. There is always something happening all year in Melbourne. I don’t know about New York being the city that never sleeps – this joint doesn’t sleep either. I like the attitude about the place. Melburnians are down to earth and have a sense of humour about themselves. 02 / MY BEST SPOT The Melbourne CBD is my favourite area. It’s like a big playground, you can find lots of mischief. I like Melbourne Museum (the Nelson Mandela exhibition is on until 3 March) and next door you’ve got the IMAX Theatre. You can see the city from the sky at The Eureka Tower Skydeck from $21. And there’s tours out to the Neighbours Ramsay Street set. 03 / BUDGET MUST-DOS At the State Library you can see Ned Kelly’s armour, plus lots of early state history. The Australian Rock Vault is a free exhibition of rock’n’roll memorabilia: Kylie Minogue’s gold hotpants, Angus Young’s schoolboy outfit sewn by his sister, Maton guitars made here in Melbourne and loads of posters. And AC/DC Lane is worth a visit for the street art and the thunderbolt street sign (there’s a pub there called Cherry Bar that Bon Scott would’ve loved), plus Chrissy Amphlett Lane in the theatre district. 04 / BEST EATS Greek restaurant Stalactites on the corner of Russell and Lonsdale Streets is open 24/7, 364 days of the year. You can get a takeaway or sit in, and have a meat platter and salads. I like Pellegrini’s, an institution on Bourke Street. And Mercedes Me on Collins Street always has a display car which they change everyweekorso;itcouldbeanF1ora Gold Wing from the 50s. You can have a coffee, jump on the simulator and drive whatever F1 track you want. 05 / OUT OF THE CITY My peaceful place is the jetty at Altona Beach – it’s less than 400m from my front door and just a 25-minute train ride from the city. It’s a nice beach with some good restaurants and takeaway options if you want to eat outdoors. 06 / BEST TIME TO VISIT March is a great time in Melbourne, because it’s the start of the Formula One year with the Grand Prix. It’s also when the footy season starts, and there’s the International Comedy Festival – the city just comes alive from March onwards.