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The image you should have in your head when picturing Melbourne is this: A pristine, 18 hole, perfectly manicured golf course being overrun by kangaroos. Think that’s just a metaphor? Nope. It totally happens. Just do an image search for Anglesea Golf Course Kangaroos. Why this is the perfect image of Melbourne is because it encompasses the spirit of the city. Sophisticated and luxurious, urbane and dignified¦ but a little goofy, still a bit wild and absolutely and undeniably Australian. Melbourne is possibly Australia’s most civilized city, but to say it’s stuck up would be completely wrong. Here are just a couple of things you can do for fun while you’re in Melbourne – and you should absolutely be in Melbourne.
Go To Jail
Let’s skip all the jokes about Australia being founded as a penal colony and get straight to the stories of some of her more famous criminals. The Old Melbourne Gaol is, well, a really old jail in Melbourne. No longer used to house inmates, now it’s an incarceration museum not unlike Alcatraz. You can visit it at night for a candlelit tour which I suggest you do not bring easily frightened children on. Learn about Ned Kelly, the famous outlaw bush ranger and one of Australia’s national heroes. You’ll see the cells, the execution area where more than 160 criminals were hanged, and be damn glad you weren’t a criminal back in the old days. Or, at least not one that got caught.
Golf With The Roos
So, about those kangaroos: The Anglesea golf club is absolutely beautiful. Full disclosure: I am not a golfer, but I know beauty when I see it and the Anglesea has it in spades. And, while I am not a golfer, I love pristine outdoor spaces and wild animals and that is another thing that Anglesea also has. Reading about Anglesea makes it seem like simultaneously a golf course and a nature preserve. And it is. The Kangaroos are tagged and studied and roam wild all over the darn place. I’m simultaneously intrigued and a little wary. While usually peaceful creatures roos can be dangerous when provoked. Of course, if they’re allowed to wander around the green and nosh on the vegetation they can’t have caused any trouble. Aside from presenting a very unique putting hazard.
Get Up Close And Personal With Some More Dangerous Animals
OK, almost as odd as Dubai’s indoor skiing is Melbourne’s African savannah. Yup, Melbourne has a simulated African plains habitat in the form of an open air zoo where you can come face to face with LIONS. And rhinos. And gorillas. And monkeys, hippos, cheetahs, antelopes, zebras¦ Look, if it’s a famous African animal you can let yourself get close enough to get killed by it if you so desire. For the love of all that is holy you can even feed a giraffe. Why am I still sitting in front of my keyboard? I am going to go load up on acacia leaves and head to the airport.<
If nothing else I hope I Have shown you, with this tiny sampling of some of Melbourne’s attractions, that Australia’s second most populous city has something for everyone and then some. Until next time!
Located not too far from the main city of Melbourne is the beautiful and rural Yarra Valley, where you can spend a few days exploring the outback or sampling the wine at some of the finest vineyards in Australia.