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Things to do in Melbourne
If you are in Melbourne for the first time then well, you will not be disappointed by this amazing, welcoming city simply because there are so many places to see, so many activities to do or things to try! Your Melbourne vacation will offer you a lot of unique moments and experiences from visiting exquisite art galleries, exhibition centres and museums, to mesmerizing cathedral tours or sports tours.
Top Places to Visit & Things to Do in Melbourne
If you want to learn more about the culture of this city and expand your current history knowledge then it is a good idea to pay a visit to the Melbourne Museum, one of the most popular and loved museums in this country.
Afterwards, you might want to take your kids to the Melbourne Zoo in order to see baby tigers or cute little elephants and finally explore the Arts Centre in Melbourne where you can enjoy a concert or admire the wonderful art galleries. More artistic works can be explored through its fashion culture, entertainment spots and exquisite restaurants. Contemporary art can be seen at the local commercial galleries and artist-run places.
Popular spots include Artplay at Birarung Marr on Batman Avenue which is designed for children between the ages of 2 years to 12 years. Children can also be entertained at the aquarium and on the skating rink. Another interesting place you may want to visit is the Cooks’ Cottage at the Fitzroy Gardens on Wellington Parade in East Melbourne. It is the oldest building in Australia and is a famous tourist attraction.
You might think that Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city and might not offer older architectural marvels such as those seen in cities like Rome. You might be actually right and wrong at the same time. Melbourne does not have a big number of impressive building structures from the ancient times but you can find a surprise discovery at the St. Paul’s Cathedral which comes in typical Gothic style. What’s more, this cathedral sits opposite the historic-looking Flinder’s Street Station so making a visit here will please any history buff any day! If you have a thing for panoramic views, Eureka Skydeck is a must visit. This is the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform which allows you to enjoy breathtaking views of the cityscape. The best time to visit is certainly during sunsets so that you can witness the changing colours of the horizon.
Speaking of panoramic views and heights, balloon flights over Melbourne’s city centre and the Yarra Valley can be an activity you should consider if you are an adventure seeker. Hot air balloon flights provide a unique experience and Melbourne is one of the few cities that let you go on such a magical journey over its skyline.
Are you a sports buff? The Melbourne Cricket Ground is perhaps the most popular sporting venue in Australia – a place with a lot of history, drama and emotion. Tourists who visit this country shouldn’t miss out the opportunity to take a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground or attend an AFL match.
On the other hand, if you like beer then you might want to check out Aussie Brewery Tours and sample from a large variety of tasty beers produced by this country. Also, it is a good idea to take advantage of a minibus or a coach in order to get from one location to another in a quicker, safer and more comfortable manner.
Melbourne also offers you a lot of places to stay, depending on your budget and preferences. For example, you can find a lot of hotels equipped with small kitchenettes, party hotels, hotels on theriver, hotels that feature stunning views of the city, hotels near certain tourist attractions as well as hotels situated in a quieter part of Melbourne. Make sure that you speak with your family members in order to make the best decision possible. Also available are the scenic camp sites in the caravan parks.
This city offers you a lot of options that you can take advantage of in order to taste delicious foods, broaden your culinary experience and have a great time overall. For example, the Epicurean Fine Food and Wine Tours are always waiting for new tourists to join as well as the Queenie’s Food Tours.
If you love chocolate then Chocoholic Tours are suitable for you! The restaurants and eateries in Melbourne offer cuisines from all around the world so there’s always something for every taste bud out there! It is a place where gastronomic delights are fulfilled.
Travelling around Melbourne
It is a good idea to reserve a few days from your Melbourne vacation in order to explore the city by foot or by bike and be amazed by the numerous natural beauties and stunning buildings featuring amazing architectural designs which are surrounding you. For example, the Melbourne by Foot tour is one of the most appreciated in this city and you definitely should try it out.
For lone travellers, it is advisable to get yourself a MYKI card which enables you to travel around the city as with it, you have the option of using the trams trains and buses. All visitors can purchase it at differing rates either for full fare or concession. If you intend to travel for more than a day, then the MYKI card can be topped up at metropolitan train stations, at retail outlets, at the PTV Hubs or at the 750 Collins Street Docklands.
If you are a large group of travellers and this is the first time you are visiting Australia, it is highly recommended to take advantage of coach hire or mini bus services in order to get around Melbourne comfortably and safely. When you factor in the convenience and the number of people you are ferrying around, it makes it well worth the cost compared to getting public transport services such as taxi rides for a group of people.
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