Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, is also considered as the heart of Australia and it is the second most populated city of the country. The citizens of Melbourne are called Melburnians and it is a pretty fascinating and exciting place to live as well for visiting as well. There is an amalgamation of people from various countries, culture and interest and the manner in which they all are living together is praiseworthy. The architecture gives a European feeling and as far as the food is concerned, food items of almost all cuisines such as Italian, Greek, Indian, Spanish and Vietnamese are available.
The public transportation system of Melbourne is pretty good and tourists can also visit almost all the attractions by travelling in City Circle tram and if they want a tour on water, they can hire a boat and travel on Yarra River for a pleasant tour on water.
This article will be of great help to you if are planning to visit Melbourne as we are going to tell you about 15 things to do in Melbourne, Australia:
1.Get sporty at Melbourne Cricket Ground and revisit the past at National Sports Museum
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Sports is an important part of the lives of not just Melburnians but also of the Australians so it is no surprise that a cricket ground figures in the list of top tourist attractions. Built in 1853, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is also known as “The G” and while it is the 10th largest stadium of the world, it is the largest in Australia. The stadium which has a capacity of 100,000 is also home to Melbourne Cricket Club and it has also hosted 1956 Summer Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and two Cricket World Cups: 1992 and 2015.
The tourists are given a tour of 75-minutes of this stadium along with a visit in the National Sports Museum which also includes the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum. In fact, if you visit in summer season, you can get a chance to watch a game of cricket while in winter; you can watch a football match. You can also visit the Melbourne Park which is just opposite the MCG and where the Australian Open tennis tournament takes place every January.
2. Know Melbourne better with City Circle Tram Tour
Taking the city circle tram tour is definitely a must for every tourist as it is free and the easiest way of travelling the city. You can hop-on the tram as it passes many of the attractions such as Princess theatre, old treasury building, Parliament house and the Windsor hotel. The commentary is also given inside the tram in order to impart knowledge about various attractions and it runs in every 12 minutes and takes 50 minutes to complete a city tour.
3. Bring the artist inside you out on the Southbank and Arts Centre Melbourne
This area is situated on the banks of the Yarra River and to reach here you just need to take a short walk from Flinders Street Station. It is the cultural hub of the city as many festivals are organized here all over the year and every Sunday the arts and crafts market is held. There are many theatres and spaces in the area such as Playhouse, Fairfax Theatre, State Theatre and Hamer Hall and the premier space for the performance of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, while Southbank promenade also have a good number of restaurants, indoor/outdoor cafes and many options for live entertainment.
4. Find an escape in the wilderness of Melbourne Zoo
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Founded in 1862, stretched in an area of 22 hectares, the Melbourne Zoo is home to more than 320 species of animals and it is equipped with all the modern facilities for the animals with beautiful and highly technologically-advanced enclosures. It is a heaven for the animal lovers as the Melbourne Zoo offers many fun activities such as “twilight music concerts”, “roar and snore” and behind the scene tours of some of the enclosures. One main attraction of this zoo is Orang-utan Sanctuary and the other is the Trail of Elephants.
5. Queen Victoria Market is a shopper’s paradise
Any trip is incomplete without shopping and if you are in Melbourne, you just can’t miss to do shopping at the Queen Victoria Market. It was set up in 1878 and since then it has been pretty popular with the locals as well as with the tourists. You can find everything at the market stalls from clothes to toys here but for five days a week only so plan accordingly. In addition to the functions organized in the summer, tours, music concerts and night markets are also organized here.
6. Soak yourself up with nature’s heaven - Royal Botanic Gardens
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Royal Botanic Gardens are among the best and most unique natural attractions a nature aficionado can explore. The gardens were set up in the year 1846 and comprise two locations called Cranbourne and Melbourne. Spanning over 38 hectares, Melbourne Gardens have rich flora and house above 8,500 species of plants, some of which are quite rare. The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is a source of immense motivation for aspiring gardeners while Aboriginal Heritage Walk offers a chance to discover the Australians’ rich heritage. If you visit the city in summer, don’t miss live theater and a moonlight cinema here.
7. Acquaint yourself with culture at Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building
Scenic parkland and lovely gardens border Melbourne Museum which is abode of various collections that give a picture of culture and society. Some of the major ones include the country’s best racehorse Phar Lap exhibit, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Children’s Gallery.
In close proximity, tourists can find Royal Exhibition Building that was set up in 1880 for hosting Melbourne’s International Exhibition. In 1901, the first Commonwealth Parliament of Australia was held here and presently, special events as well as exhibitions are organized.
8. No tour to the city is completed without visiting Federation Square
An integral part of Melbourne, Federation Square must be in your list of places to see. The building is positioned opposite Flinders Street Station and has an ultra-modern design that offers brilliant contrast with surrounding Victorian architecture. Over 2,000 events are held every year so there’s no shortage of entertainment. Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia which gives a glimpse of Australian art are also among the major attractions in “Fed Square”, as it’s commonly called.
9. National Gallery of Victoria is a visual treat for art lovers
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It’s the oldest public art gallery of the country and houses over 70,000 artworks in two locations of Melbourne. St. Kilda Road building that was originally set up in 1968 and went through major renovation in 2003 is abode of international collection. The Great Hall is its major highlight where tourists enjoy colorful stained glass ceiling. Ian Potter Gallery comprises of Australian collection and showcases the history of native art by means of Aboriginal works. The Pioneer by Frederick McCubbin is among its major highlights.
10. Get an exotic experience of marine life at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium houses thousands of marine creatures and offers you an exotic experience like never before. Delve into Antarctica’s icy waters or explore the ocean’s depth, delight yourself with a visual treat of rainbow at Seahorse Pier or take a tour to Penguin Playground to get amazed with a sight of King and cheeky Gentoo penguins. Don’t miss to explore startling Croc Lair exhibit as this is the only place where Elephant Sharks are displayed in Bay of Rays. Ancient Oceans exhibit provides you with a chance to travel back in time and see ocean’s pre-historic giants, remarkable old animals and few wonderful creatures that lived for a million years. Your trip to the city won’t be completed without a visit to this interest, awe-inspiring and educational aquarium.
11. Offer prayers at Melbourne’s striking churches
Whether you are seeking a peaceful refuge or interested in appreciating the architectural brilliance, Melbourne’s churches are simply adorable. St Paul’s Cathedral has been constructed in neo-Gothic transitional style and the architecture has been designed by William Butterfield. In close proximity, you can find St Patrick’s Cathedral that has a medieval look. Also don’t miss to visit St Michael’s Uniting Church and St Mary Star of the Sea Church that not only offer spiritual calmness but also have remarkable designs.
12. Docklands is an entertainment hub & has a lot of offer tourists
Docklands is the newest waterfront entertainment area and there’s something to suit people of all ages. The satellite village has plenty of marvelous hotspots, beautiful parks and fine restaurants and cafes. Enjoy the stunning views from Melbourne Star, a gigantic observation wheel, or make your way to outstanding Icehouse where you can take pleasure in ice sports. Besides, Junior Wonderland amusement park and Etihad Stadium are also worth visiting attractions here.
13. Pay a visit to Shrine of Remembrance
It was constructed after World War I for commemorating the Victorians who were involved in the war. At the present time, several ceremonies are held here every year on ANZAC Day (April 25) and Remembrance Day (November 11). Lighting on the shrine at night looks lovely and visitors can also opt for tours to explore it.
14. Wander through beautiful arcades and alleyways
Explore quirky, stylish and fascinating Melbourne by wandering through pretty arcades and lanes around Bourke, Flinders and Collins Streets. Spectacular Block Arcade featuring mosaic floor, intricate details and nice shops deserves to be visited. Also don’t miss to see Flinders and Degraves Lanes as well as magnificent Royal Arcade, the oldest arcade of the city.
15. Parliament House
Constructed during Gold Rush, Parliament House is among major tourist attractions of the city. Explore imposing interior which is decked with beautiful chandeliers, gold leaf and excellent mosaic floor. Parliament House is open to public and people can avail themselves of informative tours from Monday to Friday.