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Title: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on August 05, 2018, 05:33:55 PM
I am coming to australia next month. specifically ill be in the gold coast, sydney, and melbourne for about 2 weeks.

i was in sydney, melbourne, and canberra last year so i have a little bit of knowledge on getting around but im always looking for recommendations on  shops to check out and any DIY spot info. i mainly skate parks these days. last year i went to bondi, belconnen, fitzroy, and a bunch of random parks on the coast driving from sydney to melbourne.

so any general advice and recs are welcome.

also, if any pals want stuff from the states let me know and lets see if we can work out some bartering for local brands or something like that.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: clamy on August 06, 2018, 01:10:35 AM
Sydney has a whole bunch of new parks, check out Sydenham (right near the airport) and Mona Vale if you've got the time. Shops in Sydney worth checking out are UPS and 335.

Melbourne gets a new park almost every month, so take your pick there. Public skate shop would be the place to go.

Hit me up if you come through Canberra again.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: colt cannon lunchbox on August 06, 2018, 02:12:05 AM
Are you more into skating transition or ledges? So many new parks around Melbourne. The best parks are a little bit out of the city but not too far.

Public has closed down unfortunately. Go speak to Pete at Goliath in Brunswick the dude has been working in the Australian skate industry for about 30 years and I think knows every park/shop in Aus.



Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: rejectpaul on August 06, 2018, 03:10:08 AM
Are you more into skating transition or ledges? So many new parks around Melbourne. The best parks are a little bit out of the city but not too far.

Public has closed down unfortunately. Go speak to Pete at Goliath in Brunswick the dude has been working in the Australian skate industry for about 30 years and I think knows every park/shop in Aus.

thats a bummer, they had the sickest shop team (Calluym Paul, Jack Kirk, Bryce Golder to name a few), wonder if those dudes will go back to fast times?

Hemleys is a rad shop too, on brunswick street Fitzroy. don't get tricked into going into Zumiez (Fast Times) even though it is a sick shop and will have everything you need!

Prahran is a rad skatepark, its got a gnarly vert, and a perfect mini and street course!
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: behavioralguide on August 06, 2018, 03:12:26 AM
shame, public was nice, owner seemed friendly. showed me where to get closest beer from melbourne museum
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on August 06, 2018, 09:55:31 AM
Are you more into skating transition or ledges? So many new parks around Melbourne. The best parks are a little bit out of the city but not too far.

Public has closed down unfortunately. Go speak to Pete at Goliath in Brunswick the dude has been working in the Australian skate industry for about 30 years and I think knows every park/shop in Aus.

im a fat old guy so transition is best but im always down for low ledges and manny pads.

i forgot to mention id really like info on local brands that are going to be hard to get back home in the states. im thinking more like hoddle and less like butter and passport since i can get those here.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: Snacks on August 06, 2018, 09:34:33 PM
Are you more into skating transition or ledges? So many new parks around Melbourne. The best parks are a little bit out of the city but not too far.

Public has closed down unfortunately. Go speak to Pete at Goliath in Brunswick the dude has been working in the Australian skate industry for about 30 years and I think knows every park/shop in Aus.

im a fat old guy so transition is best but im always down for low ledges and manny pads.

i forgot to mention id really like info on local brands that are going to be hard to get back home in the states. im thinking more like hoddle and less like butter and passport since i can get those here.
Definitely try to pick up something from Private Joy in Melbourne
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: colt cannon lunchbox on August 07, 2018, 12:52:12 AM
Are you more into skating transition or ledges? So many new parks around Melbourne. The best parks are a little bit out of the city but not too far.

Public has closed down unfortunately. Go speak to Pete at Goliath in Brunswick the dude has been working in the Australian skate industry for about 30 years and I think knows every park/shop in Aus.

im a fat old guy so transition is best but im always down for low ledges and manny pads.

i forgot to mention id really like info on local brands that are going to be hard to get back home in the states. im thinking more like hoddle and less like butter and passport since i can get those here.

http://www.skateboard.com.au/v2/index.cfm?&action=search&new=1&glocal=Melbourne

Check this out for parks around Melbourne. Also Bluestone and Preston are pretty decent D.I.Y. spots. For brands, Daylight is hot shit (technically out of NZ) but also Diane, Office Hours, UNO, Come Sundown, and 4 are all local companies I doubt you can get in the US. 
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: rejectpaul on August 07, 2018, 03:13:07 AM
Are you more into skating transition or ledges? So many new parks around Melbourne. The best parks are a little bit out of the city but not too far.

Public has closed down unfortunately. Go speak to Pete at Goliath in Brunswick the dude has been working in the Australian skate industry for about 30 years and I think knows every park/shop in Aus.

im a fat old guy so transition is best but im always down for low ledges and manny pads.

i forgot to mention id really like info on local brands that are going to be hard to get back home in the states. im thinking more like hoddle and less like butter and passport since i can get those here.

http://www.skateboard.com.au/v2/index.cfm?&action=search&new=1&glocal=Melbourne

Check this out for parks around Melbourne. Also Bluestone and Preston are pretty decent D.I.Y. spots. For brands, Daylight is hot shit (technically out of NZ) but also Diane, Office Hours, UNO, Come Sundown, and 4 are all local companies I doubt you can get in the US.

you should try check out the uno DIY in preston? st georges road? its funnest thing DIY to skate, if its still there, i got to skate it about 3 years ago while i was in melbourne

never got to skate bluestone but that looks amazing too!
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: AsianVegan on August 08, 2018, 05:48:20 AM
Bluestone is back up and running - not quite back to the glory days - but it's so fun still.
The new Sunshine park looks fucking fun too.   
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: Gay Imp Sausage Metal on August 08, 2018, 05:54:27 PM
Try and find some Time boards while you're out here. Arguably one of the best brands/ teams to come out of Australia back in the day (with graphics by Wade to boot). Recently doing sort of a reboot/ reissue so do check them out:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BmK6ABMFoOH/?hl=en&taken-by=timeskateboards
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on August 08, 2018, 07:46:32 PM
Are you more into skating transition or ledges? So many new parks around Melbourne. The best parks are a little bit out of the city but not too far.

Public has closed down unfortunately. Go speak to Pete at Goliath in Brunswick the dude has been working in the Australian skate industry for about 30 years and I think knows every park/shop in Aus.

thats a bummer, they had the sickest shop team (Calluym Paul, Jack Kirk, Bryce Golder to name a few), wonder if those dudes will go back to fast times?

Hemleys is a rad shop too, on brunswick street Fitzroy. don't get tricked into going into Zumiez (Fast Times) even though it is a sick shop and will have everything you need!

Prahran is a rad skatepark, its got a gnarly vert, and a perfect mini and street course!

haha, i totally spent a bunch of money at fasttimes last year! i also went to hemleys and i think public
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: Owen on August 08, 2018, 11:57:33 PM
Www.skateboard.com.au is a good guide to skateparks in Australia

Riverside skatepark in the centre of Melbourne's city is a good spot if you're looking to meet up with other people. The State Library (think Passport vids) and Prahran skatepark have decent scenes too. There's endless (literally hundreds) skateparks in Melbourne lookup what tickles your fancy.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on August 10, 2018, 05:05:18 AM
Thanks for all the advice. I started looking at that site and I had no idea how much stuff is in the Gold Coast.

I also canít wait to skate that bowl at the burrito place in Melbourne.

Seriously, if anyone wants something from the states please let me know.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: rejectpaul on August 11, 2018, 09:43:39 AM
Thanks for all the advice. I started looking at that site and I had no idea how much stuff is in the Gold Coast.

I also canít wait to skate that bowl at the burrito place in Melbourne.

Seriously, if anyone wants something from the states please let me know.

I heard they filled it in? i could be wrong though
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: rejectpaul on August 11, 2018, 09:52:02 AM
Thanks for all the advice. I started looking at that site and I had no idea how much stuff is in the Gold Coast.

I also canít wait to skate that bowl at the burrito place in Melbourne.

Seriously, if anyone wants something from the states please let me know.

I heard they filled it in? i could be wrong though

actually i think the whole place is closed
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: JoelyRighteous on August 11, 2018, 07:45:17 PM
Definitely check out Sydenham Green park when youíre in Sydney. Itís got lights til 11pm so good for an evening sesh.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on August 15, 2018, 10:26:36 AM
can anyone recommend music venues / listings for sydney and melbourne? mainly interested in indie and punk.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: Dad you're embarrassing me on August 15, 2018, 01:00:12 PM
can anyone recommend music venues / listings for sydney and melbourne? mainly interested in indie and punk.

Marrickville bowlo has legit punk shows, circles, people throwing elbows and whatnot. If you plan on swinging past Sydenham dm me, the bowl is super fun.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: Owen on August 16, 2018, 01:24:20 AM
can anyone recommend music venues / listings for sydney and melbourne? mainly interested in indie and punk.

Depends what style of music and the size of gigs you're after? There are shows on just about every night.

In Melbourne

Small: The Tote, Bendigo Hotel, Gasometer, John Curtain Hotel, Old Bar. All these joints are around the Fitzroy, Collingwood, Carlton inner city areas.

Bigger: Festival Hall, Margaret Court Arena, Croxton Hotel, the Corner Hotel, Palais

As far as listings, there's two local streetpress papers Beat and Impress. Not sure if they have websites. Maybe check their social media pages.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: rejectpaul on August 16, 2018, 04:35:20 AM
can anyone recommend music venues / listings for sydney and melbourne? mainly interested in indie and punk.

Depends what style of music and the size of gigs you're after? There are shows on just about every night.

In Melbourne

Small: The Tote, Bendigo Hotel, Gasometer, John Curtain Hotel, Old Bar All these joints are around the Fitzroy, Collingwood, Carlton inner city areas.

Bigger: Festival Hall, Margaret Court Arena, Croxton Hotel, the Corner Hotel, Palais

As far as listings, there's two local streetpress papers Beat and Impress. Not sure if they have websites. Maybe check their social media pages.

Definitely go to Cherry Bar if you're on a night out, its night near Flinders Street station (gold Rails DD destroyed) two of the nicest scariest bouncers, ones some older punk dude with face tattoos and the other is an overweight Lemmy, Fri/Sat nights are rock n roll, thursday is funk/soul, great times
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on August 16, 2018, 10:49:29 AM
just poking around music sites and i think im at least going to try and see hockey dad my first night in sydney and then the clowns on my last night.

thanks everyone
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: rejectpaul on August 17, 2018, 01:18:33 AM
just poking around music sites and i think im at least going to try and see hockey dad my first night in sydney and then the clowns on my last night.

thanks everyone

clowns are rad!

hopefully for your sake ORB or Amyl and the sniffers (or anyone out of flightless records) play a show while you're out there
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 06, 2018, 11:16:29 PM
whats up with portside? can you just show up and skate it or do you need to be with someone?

leaving tomorrow and getting stoked.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: 5teve.0h on September 08, 2018, 06:58:30 PM
whats up with portside? can you just show up and skate it or do you need to be with someone?

leaving tomorrow and getting stoked.

The DIY at Portside is pretty chilled, you can show up on your own it'll be fine.
Might just have to weave through some scooter kids.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: quaintly on September 09, 2018, 01:54:16 AM
pm'd
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 09, 2018, 01:11:32 PM
Word. Thanks guys. I missed my connection yesterday so Iím only getting to Sydney today and leave for the Gold Coast on Wednesday.

Gonna hit bondi today and Sydenham tonight.

Mona vale tomorrow
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 10, 2018, 07:03:17 PM
Trecked out to manly vale today only to find it being painted by the park service!
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: JoelyRighteous on September 10, 2018, 07:14:50 PM
can anyone recommend music venues / listings for sydney and melbourne? mainly interested in indie and punk.

Landsdowne Hotel and Bald Faced Stag are both great live venues too.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: 5teve.0h on September 10, 2018, 10:42:24 PM
Trecked out to manly vale today only to find it being painted by the park service!

Mona Vale would have been the park to check out rather than Manly Vale, worth the trip if you are still in the area. Mona Vale has lights till about 10pm
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 10, 2018, 10:53:47 PM
Mona vale was too difficult to get to in my short time. I wanted to skate the pool at manly vale.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: 5teve.0h on September 11, 2018, 12:13:27 AM
Fair call. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: Gay Imp Sausage Metal on September 11, 2018, 12:14:38 AM
Mona vale was too difficult to get to in my short time. I wanted to skate the pool at manly vale.
Kierle Park is just around the corner (and is my old local)
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 11, 2018, 12:18:38 AM
Mona vale was too difficult to get to in my short time. I wanted to skate the pool at manly vale.
Kierle Park is just around the corner (and is my old local)

I ran across this park on my way back from manly vale. It was a pretty weird place but fun enough as a surprise.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: Dad you're embarrassing me on September 11, 2018, 01:38:31 AM
Did you like Sydenham?  That bowl is my happy place!
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 11, 2018, 02:54:55 AM
I didn't make it. Maybe next Friday night.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 11, 2018, 05:50:33 PM
What are the good shops in Brisbane and Gold Coast?
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: Dad you're embarrassing me on September 12, 2018, 12:54:23 AM
 >:(
I didn't make it. Maybe next Friday night.

Let me know, I'll try and get there
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 12, 2018, 08:13:07 PM
Went to pizzey today and wouldnít you know it was half shut down for repairs too! At least the big bowls were open.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: bigstevefitnessmodel on September 12, 2018, 10:23:54 PM
Box Hill and Noble Park are the best skateparks in Melbourne in my opinion. Both boast big bowls with pool coping as well as a lot of smaller tranny and large street courses
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: rejectpaul on September 13, 2018, 04:49:41 AM
and theyre both sort of close to each other, maybe 20 minute drive? train will take a while, might be a quicker bus!
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 13, 2018, 05:17:32 AM
I'll have a car in Melbourne so everything will be much easier
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: bigstevefitnessmodel on September 13, 2018, 05:55:03 PM
I'll have a car in Melbourne so everything will be much easier

That will definitely make life easier, both the parks I listed have lights as well and are generally lit up until 9-10pm
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 16, 2018, 10:26:19 PM
Box Hill and Noble Park are the best skateparks in Melbourne in my opinion. Both boast big bowls with pool coping as well as a lot of smaller tranny and large street courses

Do either of these parks have lights? Iím going to try and get to them tomorrow or Thursday I think.

Ended up skating 6 parks in the Gold Coast. Pizzey, Nerang, Tugun, Elanora, Varsity Lakes, and Coomera.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: GeorgeCostanza on September 18, 2018, 07:33:21 PM
Box Hill and Noble Park are the best skateparks in Melbourne in my opinion. Both boast big bowls with pool coping as well as a lot of smaller tranny and large street courses

Do either of these parks have lights? Iím going to try and get to them tomorrow or Thursday I think.

Ended up skating 6 parks in the Gold Coast. Pizzey, Nerang, Tugun, Elanora, Varsity Lakes, and Coomera.

they both do
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 20, 2018, 05:33:41 PM
Thanks. I got to both yesterday. I definitely prefer box to noble. That noble bowl is a freaking monster. The rest of the park is better though.

I really liked the bowl at box hill. I also really liked the bowls at Glenroy, brunswick, and Coburg. St Kilda was fun too.

Off to Sydney now for my last night. Not sure if Iíll get anything in today but Iím eyeing up syndeham if i donít go to the clowns show.

I donít know. I donít want to leave!!
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: Dad you're embarrassing me on September 20, 2018, 06:18:40 PM
I won't be able to get there tonight  :(
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 21, 2018, 05:18:47 PM
No worries. I did manage to make it out there last night. Fun bowl.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: Paco Supreme on September 21, 2018, 05:29:07 PM
Thanks. I got to both yesterday. I definitely prefer box to noble. That noble bowl is a freaking monster. The rest of the park is better though.


what time did you hit up box hill park?? i was there in the morning
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 22, 2018, 12:56:52 AM
Around 11.
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: Paco Supreme on September 22, 2018, 02:37:16 AM
Damn, wouldíve missed you by a bit then, I do the early run at 8ish before the parent squads show up

Hope the trip was enjoyable man
Title: Re: Australia this september
Post by: nopes on September 22, 2018, 04:02:50 AM
It was great. Now I just have to convince a skate buddy to come back with me so I wonít have family commitments when Iím there getting in the way.