This year, we will travel more; Amen? Lol.
And yes, some of us want to explore places as far as Melbourne in Australia.
Melbourne is the capital state of the Australian state of Victoria. It is an intimate town and has been referred to as the ‘World’s most Livable City’.
If you happen to find yourself in the city of Melbourne in far Australia, here are some of the things you can do:
- Federation Square
Federation Square is home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores, this modern piazza has become the heart and soul of Melbourne.
Since opening in 2002, Fed Square has seen more than 100 million visits and has recently been named the 6th Best Public Square of the World.
This should definitely be top of your list if you would just like to chill, have a glass of wine or want to visit an outdoor restaurant and bars, do some outdoor activities while you watch people go about their business. It also along the route of the free City Circle Train.
- Wander Queen Victoria Market
This is having a flea market meet the food market; as it is an outdoor market for food and knick-knack vendors. It is Melbourne’s favourite shopping destination where you can wander the heritage sheds for an authentic local experience.
Shop a variety of clothing, jewelery and souvenirs, and taste the atmosphere of the meat, fish and deli halls. Also, take the 90 minute Ultimate Foodie Tour, a small group walking tour for food lovers and eat the best food the market has to offer.
The best time to visit would be weekends because they have more vendors, hence bigger offerings/items.
- Moonlight Movies in the Park
Experience the nightly majorly Hollywood movies during summer. They have tickets selling for different time slots and you don’t have to worry about the rain because they monitor ground conditions, and check the weather radar.
You are allowed to bring in your food for a picnic; and don’t forget to hold a blanket because it gets cold in the night.
- State Library
The historic State Library, originally built in 1856 sees over 8 million visitors yearly. Visitors learn about the history and striking architecture of the library which is famous for its central round with octagonal shape, book lined on the walls and the original dark wood furniture.
- A Street Tour
Melbourne Street Art Tours takes people through the streets of Melbourne and shows them who the artists of the street works are, what technical aspects are involved in spray painting, stencil art and paste-ups, and what significant role the artists have made in making Melbourne one of the most important destinations in the world for Street Art.
Melbourne has some of the best artists and this helps you understand why the city attracts so many artists from around the world.
Most tour tickets cover the tour, drinks, light foods and support to local artists.
- City Circle Tram
This allows you to run through the city’s highlights from one point to another on zero fare. The Old Melbourne Gaol, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium, the Immigration and even cities who do not have an available transport system will be seen.
Passengers are welcome to hop on and off at any of the stops along the route, and visitors will also be happy to know that the tram also has free commentary in English. The pre-recorded commentary will give you an overview of the historic landmarks and their significance to the city of Melbourne.
- The Dandenong Ranges
This must-do experience is one of the city’s hidden under-appreciated treasure. It features a blend of lush Australia rainforest, many nearby smaller towns full of quaint shops with lovely walking tracks. It is seated on 400 hectares.
Activities in the Dandenong Ranges include; Burrunja Cultural Centre, Pick-Up Trail, Cool climate gardens, Cuckoo Restaurant, Grants picnic ground, MT Evelyn street party and many more.
- Werribee Open Range Zoo
This is a 225 hectares African themed zoo, just about 30 minutes from the city. It is the largest and the best zoo in the country containing a massive amount of different safari animals which are cared for to mimic a realistic display.
It is also one of the world’s leading zoo-based conservation organisation.
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
This Anglican cathedral which was constructed in 1868 and well maintained, is one of the Melbourne’s major architectural landmarks built in a Gothic transitional revival style. It is located in one of the most convenient locations, close to the main shopping district, the Federation Square and many more.
It gives an inspiration only visitors can experience.
- Eureka Skydeck
For a first-timer in Melbourne, the Eureka Skydeck, which contains 88 floors is a perfect way to start exploring the city as it gives you an amazing view that pinpoints landmark around all parts of the Melbourne city.
As it is popularly said, “Melbournians and tourists never run out of activities or places to visit”. So, have fun when you visit and let me know if you found this list helpful.