I made my first visit to Melbourne 5 years ago and have since been another 4 times! I adore it. The shopping, art, cheap coffee and restaurant prices stand out for me. In WA it is very expensive to eat out. Oh, and I love Aldi!
I love Melbourne. I love that it's got an artsy character, complete with street art, plethora of festivals and events, as well as talented musicians and buskers. I love its amazing coffee and bi-polar weather. I love its blend of rich historical architecture with new modern buildings, and of course, its quirky cosy cafes.
I do love Melbourne also, but it's just so freezing in winter.The Melbourne winter seems to be a lot colder than the Sydney winter. I think we'll be moving down there, after our parents have passed away, as our 2 daughters & 2 (so far) grand-daughters live down there. We fly down to Melbourne 4/5 times a year.
Bridge Rd certainly isn't what it used to be!! It's SO boring walking up & down that road now, when I used to enjoy it once!