One of the best cities in Australia is Melbourne. There are a number of ways you can enjoy this city. Here are a few activities you should do when in Melbourne.

1. Gallery Hopping

The National Gallery of Victoria is located in Melbourne, and there are impressive permanent works that you can check out there, and best of all you can view the international collections for free. The premier gallery, which is located on St. Kilda road, is a good place to visit and you’ll love touring the place. You can pay a visit to the Ian Potter Centre, which is in Federation Square, and it is home to some amazing Australian collection and the ground floor gallery contains various Aboriginal works that you will love viewing.

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2. Rooftop Views

Did you know there are plenty of bars and pubs that offer rooftop views? Sure, you may have to purchase a drink or two or some food, but it’s worth it. The views at some of the bars and pubs are amazing, and best of all you won’t have to pay a bunch of money to enjoy the views.

3. Arty Alleyways

The laneways in Melbourne aren’t just shortcuts for people to take to get to where they are going, as some of the alleyways have turned into street art, but don’t expect to find Banky’s work here. However, there are plenty of other murals to gawk at and to admire, and you’ll even have the chance to view street art by local artists who are well-known in the area. The best place to start your alleyway tour is Hosier Lane and then you’ll want to head north, and don’t worry about getting lost because it is quite hard to do.

4. The Markets

People love the markets in Melbourne because there are so many different types. You can easily find markets that sell produce that is fresh and from local sources, and you can find markets that sell handmade crafts and secondhand goods and even gourmet dishes. Browsing the markets doesn’t cost anything and you’ll likely be able to indulge in free samples of food.

The Queen Victoria Market is a must visit, but there are other markets that are less touristy that you can visit. If you want to visit a market that has a flea market vibe to it, then go to Camberwell Market or head over to the Rose Street Artists Market if you want to check out creativity. There’s also a number of farmer’s markets you can visit too.

It doesn’t matter what you’re into, Melbourne has something for you. Those are only a few of the many activities you can do in the city. Visit Melbourne today and find out for yourself what makes this city so great.

Whether you are looking for style, privacy or both, choosing window treatments if often a daunting task. Should you do your shopping online, at a home center or specialty blind shop? How sheer or formal are you wanting to go with them?

Amount Of Light and Privacy

How much light and privacy do you require? You need to determine whether your preference is for the room to be on the airy and bright side or shuttered up and more cozy. What is you main goal? Is it having heavy curtains hanging in your bedroom to get a good night sleep or is it having sheer curtains hanging in your kitchen to allow the light to shine over your sink? Are the windows that you are needing to cover close to the front door of your house or do they face the side of your house where the sun shines in? These factors all help to determine which fabrics and styles will suit your home the best.

Budget Considerations

Does just one window need covering or your whole house? You might want to allocate more of your overall budget on specific windows and then scale back on others. How much window treatments cost is determined by size, therefore larger treatments will of course be more expensive. Other factors that can increase the cost include custom sizes, patterns, fabrics and other specialty features.

What amount of time and effort do you want to spend on cleaning

You can clean standard blinds at home, however they do require frequent cleaning and tend to be magnets for dust. Fabrics and shades with textured weaves hide soil better. To tend to these issues the best thing to do is vacuum or have them professionally cleaned.

Your Decorating Style

Do you have a formal, comfortable, casual or chic style? Bold colors may be amusing or striking. Subtler hues are ideal for rooms decorated in earth or neutral tones. Are corded, sleek cordless or streamlined styles the best?


Does your household include any young children? If yes, you may need to install streamlined cordless blinds and shades.

Good Housekeeping Blinds and Shades

If you’d like to be able to able to adjust your blinds to let in the sun (or not) then blinds that have tiltable slats is probably the best option. They are attractive, clean-looking and provide plenty of privacy. The price of blinds tends to go up as you go from viny over to aluminum, faux wood and textured vinyl and then finally wood, which costs the most.

Blind Types

Wooden blinds come in painted as well as polished finishd, and also dark or light tones. Our own GH line offers a broad selection that ranges from lighter Country Cottage to darker Peruvian Walnut. These are ideal for both dens and offices. They tend to not be the best choice for bathroom and kitchens, where damage can be caused by moisture (select polymer or faux wood instead), or in living rooms and bedrooms if you are looking for an effect that is more romantic and soft.

Insulating blinds may also help with conversing energy and filtering or blocking light. The GH insulating blinds that we are offer are available in 15 different colors, ranging from Sage over to Natural Linen.

Exterior and interior blinds both help with reducing solar heat gain and at the same time maintaining your preferred elvels of ventilation, privacy and light. Reflective blinds (white as well as near white) can decrease heat gain up to 45 percent on sunny windows when lowered and closed.

Outdoor Blinds

Frequently exterior blinds are more effective compared to interior blinds. Unlike interior binds, heat is blocked by exterior blinds before it gets through the window to heat the room up. Adding them onto existing windows can be tricky, so using them on new construction tends to be better. As time goes on the cost of outdoor blinds sydney will reduce as the volume of orders increase due to their increasing popularity.


Drapes can help to insulate your house in the summer against solar heat gain and in the winter from heat loss, depending on their color and fabric weight.

Medium-colored drapes with a white plastic back can help to reduce solar heat gain by as much as 33 percent when they are kept close during the year’s hottest months. A tight seal is needed for maximum performance, like with other types of window treatments. You need to hang drapes up to the ceiling and then down to the floor or hung from a cornice. Position them as near to the window as possible.


Awnings provide a home’s exterior with added personality as well as excellent protection against the sun in areas that have hot weather regularly. Exterior awnings can reduce increased solar heat up to 65 percent on a south-facing window and up to 77 percent on a west-facing window.

Roof Overhangs

Roof overhangs work very similarly to how awnings do. When they are designed properly, during the summer the right roof overhang blocks solar heat out and in the winter allows in desirable heat to warm up the interior of the house. Consult with an architect or a designer with passive solar design experience. The professional with consider different factors like latitude, climate and window size.

High Reflectivity Film

Given the film’s high reflectivity, the DOE suggests that it be used in areas with short winters. The film reduces heat gain over the entire years, including in the winter, where solar heat can be a benefit.

Silvery, mirror-like film is more efficient compared to transparent film. On big windows, high reflectivity film is quite effective.

Contact details:

Design Outdoor Blinds Sydney
8 Rawson St, Epping NSW 2121
(02) 8294 9891

In the Melbourne VIC area, environmental issues are at the forefront of the liveability of the city. Here’s some of the great environmental initiatives in Melbourne:

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The goal of achieving carbon neutrality in the city of Melbourne by 2020 has been set by the Zero Net Emissions by 2020 Strategy.

Commercial buildings, distributed energy, and transport have all been identified as areas where a reduction in energy consumption can occur as well as improvements made in energy efficiency.

What many people don’t realize is that across the City of Melbourne, the commercial building sector is responsible for a large segment of the municipality’s greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, this sector creates 48% of them.



Small business owners and residents in Victoria have access to the free service provided by Byteback when they want to get rid of used, old, or unwanted computers in a way that’s safe for the environment.

Our environment is harmed by the chemicals and material components used in the manufacture of computer equipment. These items can reach into the surrounding area when they’re placed in a landfill.

Byteback collects the equipment and takes it to Recycling and Recovery centers for electronics. There, it is disassembled into the insulated wiring, printed circuit boards, cathode ray tubes, batteries, precious metals, and plastic that it’s composed of. Once this process is complete, it’s recycled and recovered throughout Australia and the rest of the world.

Conserve Water

Melbourne Water hosts the Conserve Water website. On it, you’ll learn how to conserve water and other interesting facts.

Here’s a fact found on the website. It turns out that during the course of a single shower, the average Australian uses 120 liters of water each day on average. That’s twice more than the average used by 2/3 of the people living on the planet on a daily basis.

Because of the financial cost, the difficulty in finding new catchment, and environmental considerations, Melbourne is not considering the construction of any new dams in the near future. That’s why, since Melbourne continues to grow, it so important to help people learn to conserve water.


Cool Melbourne

If you are looking for information about sustainable and practical ways to help the environment, Cool Melborn should be your one-stop-shop. It’s packed with information and provides a link between schools, businesses, our community, and science.

You’ll find articles written in plain English that help you to understand environmental issues such as global warming. In addition, it’s filled with local greens stories. You can keep up with what people are doing to help the environment and learn more about the challenges faced by our community. Asbestos Information Site

WorkSafe, the Victorian Department of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPS) Victoria developed this website in collaboration. Each of these agencies shoulders the responsibility to regulate asbestos exposure in the environment, at home, and at work to protect the people of Victoria. For more information about asbestos in Melbourne visit or

ENVY (Environmental Network of Victorian Youth)

The members of envy are pragmatic and passionate. They are also young and dedicated to helping the world species and environment by working for change.

They come from twelv different schools, all are under the age of 26, and they are 30+ strong Victorian youths. As young people, they want to end the environmental problems found in the nation by working together.

Melbourne Comes In At Number 1 For The Most Liveable City In The World

Does having sunshine, great coffee and AFL, coupled with a stable environment, good healthcare and education sound good to you?

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual liveability index analysed 140 cities worldwide and gave Melbourne number one spot for liveability. That’s six years straight that Melbourne has won the prize, and now Sydney has lost its place in the top ten.

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Safety, education, healthcare, environment and infrastructure, are some of the factors taken into account when ranking the 140 cities, thus providing an overview of great living conditions, as well as terrible ones. The scoring is based on a mark ranging from 1 – 100, starting with acceptable, then moving down to tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable and lastly intolerable. A score of 100 is the best conditions possible, whereas a score of 1 is the worst possible. The relative city, that being the city which gives the point of reference for marking, is New York City.

Medium sized cities in developed countries, which naturally benefit from a low population density and an adequate level of stability, tended to receive higher rankings. In general these cities showed a higher amount of leisure activities, without a rise in crime of problem with infrastructure. Countries that have seen a recent improvement in civil stability were seen to move up the ranks. Cities such as Iran, Bangkok, Tehran and Thailand are examples of such, even though they are not within the top ten.

In 2015 Melbourne had a rank of 97.5, with Vienna in Austria coming in only 0.1 behind. As well as Melbourne and Vienna, Toronto, Adelaide, Vancourver and Calgary were all listed as some of the most liveable cities.

Adelaide kept the number 5 position, now forming a joint position with Calgary in Canada. The top 10 also saw Perth taking the number 7 spot.

Both Singapore and Hong Kong moved up the rankings by three places, coming in at 46th and 43rd, however the main reason for this was the downward trend in quality of life in other places, for example the increased terrorism concern in western Europe and Turkey, as well as east Europe and Asia seeing geopolitical tensions.

In 72nd place came Suzhou, the Chinese city known for canals and natural beauty, overtaking Beijing in 73rd place and becoming the most liveable city in China. In comparison with last year however, each of the eight Chinese cities ranked saw a slight fall in their positions.