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Brunswick

Known for Family-friendly, Friendly People and Budget

Join the exciting and culturally diverse communities that enrich the galleries, cafés and pubs of this inner-northern suburb of Melbourne.

How do you get to Brunswick?

Brunswick is an eclectic suburb where a contemporary crowd of university students and young families mingles with the neighbourhood’s multicultural founders. Stroll down Brunswick’s main street, Sydney Road, and find hip bars, friendly pubs and vintage clothing boutiques alongside Mediterranean grocery stores and Middle Eastern restaurants.

This suburb is home to some of Melbourne’s most popular cafés. Pick from several breakfast haunts around Nicholson Street, Lygon Street or Sydney Road. Enjoy inexpensive bakery goods with the student crowd on Sydney Road, or treat yourself to an exciting sensorial experience in a café serving locally roasted specialty coffee. Sydney Road has an intriguing selection of independent galleries and design studios showcasing work by local artists. Browse collections of the latest season’s designs at boutique fashion stores.

Rent a bike and cycle north along the Merri Creek Trail that snakes along Brunswick’s eastern border to find yourself at CERES Community Environment Park, just off Nicholson Street. This open area is a green oasis with educational workshops on the environment, cafés, plant nurseries and markets selling fresh organic produce. Hit the Brunswick Baths just off Sydney Road for a relaxing swim in the pool or a soak in the spa.

As night falls, be sure to visit one of Brunswick’s live music venues to catch acts by local musicians or touring performers. Brunswick has several pubs, as well as a wide selection of atmospheric bars serving cocktails and locally brewed craft beers. Experience Middle Eastern ambiance at one of the shisha bars along Sydney Road.

Brunswick is accessible via the Upfield train line and three tram lines, which travel north along Sydney Road, Lygon Street and Nicholson Street from the city center. Buses connect East Brunswick to West Brunswick at several major intersecting streets. Make the most of Brunswick’s designated bike paths, which include the lush and green Merri Creek Trail and the Upfield Bike Path. Visit Brunswick in March to take part in the Sydney Road Street Party, a one-day celebration of the suburb’s cultural diversity and local talents. Combine your visit to Brunswick with a trip to the Melbourne Zoo, located nearby the suburb’s southwestern border.

Activities in Brunswick

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If you still miss your first goldfish, you need to grab this chance to check-in on his entire extended family. Featuring more than 10,000 colorful sea creatures, scaly critters—even a large saltwater crocodile—this skip-the-line ticket to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium reminds you that all great things come from under the sea.

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Enjoy an enchanting dinner cruise on Melbourne's Yarra River, while indulging a 4-course meal prepared by a gourmet chef. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the evening atmosphere as you dine and cruise under the stars. Arrive at the wharf and hop aboard your dinner cruise.

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Miles of rugged beaches, wave-carved rock formations, and dense rainforest await on this full-day adventure along Australia's most famous scenic highway. Cruise along the Great Ocean Road to see icons like the 12 Apostles, stroll beneath towering trees to spot koalas and lorikeets, and linger over lunch in seaside Apollo Bay.

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Towering 120 meters or equivalent to 40 stories high over the Docklands, the Melbourne Star, the only giant observation wheel in the Southern Hemisphere, joining London Eye, Singapore Flyer and Las Vegas High Roller. Take flight and discover a truly unique experience.

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Swinging orangutans, lumbering elephants, and playful meerkats—more than 320 species are waiting to make your acquaintance at the Melbourne Zoo. Stroll between habitats like the Wild Sea, Asian Rainforest, and Australian Bush for an up-close look at creatures and critters both big and small.

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Step onto the African savannah without ever leaving Australia at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. This 500-acre (200-ha) park is home to iconic grasslands animals from the world over—from gorillas, lions, and zebras, to Australian bush creatures like kangaroos and bandicoots.