The second largest city in Australia was once known as the “Marvellous Melbourne” during the 1850s gold rush era. For a modern metropolis steeped in rich history, the city is located near the entrance to Port Philip Bay and on the banks of the Yarra River. It was in 1935 when European settlement began, but the real population boom happened in 1852 with the discovery of gold. During this period, many majestic buildings were constructed quintessential of Victorian architecture that still stands today. From hidden laneways to vintage structures, there are plenty of historical attractions which can be easily accessed by booking Melbourne bus hire.

Federation Square

Federation Square is an integral part of the city, which was opened way back in 2002 in order to honour 100 years of federation. This is a great place to look back into the past and the ancient ultra-modern design juxtaposing the architectural buildings of Victoria. More than 2000 events are hosted at this place, annually, and you can always find some form of entertainment in the intimate indoor venues and central outdoor performance spaces. Dedicated to Australian art, history and culture, the Fed Square also houses the Ian Potter Gallery.

National Gallery of Victoria

Known to be the oldest existing public art gallery in the country, the National Gallery of Victoria houses more than 68,000 masterpieces of art in two different locations. The international collection is inside the St Kilda Road Building, opened in 1968, renowned for the Great Hall. Explore the rich cultural works as you gaze at the colourful stained glass ceiling and lay on the floor. The extensive national collection is hosted at the Ian Potter Gallery in Fed Square, showcasing the history of national art from aboriginal to the contemporary periods. One of the key highlights of this place is the massive triptych format, the Pioneer by Frederick McCubbin.

Royal Botanic Gardens

A short distance from the central business district, the historic Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the topmost tourist attractions in the heart of green parkland. Spread across an area of 40 hectares with many rare species, including more than 50000 plants, this garden was established way back in 1846. Get to know about the origin of rare plants and explore the history behind this beautiful piece of parkland. Housed inside is the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden specially designed to motivate the coming generations of gardeners. Sneak into the rich heritage of indigenous Australian as you take an Aboriginal Heritage Walk. During the summer time, live theatre is the highlight, with moonlight cinema set up under the dark sky.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

With a history dating back to 1853, and a seating capacity of up to 100,000, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the greatest stadiums in the world. As the birthplace of Test Cricket, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, 1956 Olympic games and many more historic sporting events, this ground has witnessed some ground-breaking occasions in the history of sports. 75-minute tours are held daily for a trip down the memory lane of sporting history, incorporating the Olympic Museum and the Australian Gallery of Sport. You can catch a game of football during winter or a game of cricket during summer. Numerous concerts are also held at this iconic venue.

Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building

Surrounded by beautiful parkland and gardens, the Melbourne Museum is a short ride from the CBD. This contemporary purpose-built museum is home to a diverse collection depicting cultures and society. The key highlights include The Blue Box a cube, the children’s museum, Bunjilaka and the Aboriginal centre. The gallery has a sequence of hands-on activities designed to engage children. Adjacent to this historic museum is the Royal Exhibition building, which was constructed in 1880 to host Melbourne’s International Exhibition. This building also hosted the first Commonwealth Parliament in 1901. If you are a history lover, you are surely going to enjoy the conducted tours, with special events and exhibitions,

Shrine of Remembrance

Tucked neatly in the Kings Domain Gardens, the Shrine of Remembrance was constructed after World War 1 to honour Victorians involved in the battle, either at home or abroad. It reflects back to the tough past, serving as a touching reminder for all men and women, being the central focus for events on Remembrance Day, held every year on 11th November, and ANZAC Day on 25 April.  Self-guided or guided tours are available daily, with some beautiful lighting at the night!

Queen Victoria Market

A well-renowned place for tourists and locals alike, this historic place has been the centre stage for fresh local produce ever since 1878. Here, you will find everything that have been forgotten with the history. Apart from a variety of market stalls and food halls, you can buy everything from toys to unique souvenir, and clothing to artwork. Tours are available on a regular basis, with music concerts, night markets and other events taking place during summers.

St Patrick’s Cathedral

Built from sandstone and bluestone, St Patrick’s Cathedral is a prime example of Gothic-style architecture, constructed between 1858 and 1940. It is the spiritual home of the Irish Catholics of Melbourne and a majestic example of Gothic revival design. The vintage structure is situated on the borders of city centre, with towering central spire of the cathedral and the unusual dusky colours of the building. Make your way through this classic, and admire the striking design and ornate decoration.

Take in the shapes and colours cast by the beautiful stained glass windows, as you explore the history behind the origin of this place. The massive organs date from the 1870s and is sonorous and handsome in equal measures. Hear it in action with Cathedral Singers as they pair it in tandem. The tallest church building in Australia is an icon of prayer and reflection in today’s modern world.

If you are travelling in a group, make sure to choose bus hire in Melbourne for a smooth traverse to these iconic destinations.

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