Explore the must-see destinations in and around one of the world’s trendiest cities and most livable cities. Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria, in Australia. Victoria is in the southeastern part of the country, and Melbourne sits at the mouth of the Yarra River where the river flows into Port Phillip Bay. There are lavish shopping arcades, glitzy restaurants & cafes, modern theatres, and sizzling nightclubs. Besides modern attractions, there are some exciting tourist places to visit in Melbourne, such as wildlife sanctuaries, vintage railway stations, age-old towns, and fantastic museums.
Federation Square is the most happening place to hang out in Melbourne. Federation Square or the Fed Square is Melbourne’s leading hub of significant cultural attractions and world-class events. Since opening in 2002, Federation Square has become the heart and soul of Melbourne, it has been embraced by locals and visitors alike, with an average of more than 10 million visits each year. Whether it’s a hectic and bustling cultural food festival, a relaxing cinematic screening, a vibrant and inspirational art installation, or a thrilling live performance, Fed Square constantly proves and proves again why Melburnians call it the heart of their city.
Just an hour’s drive from the Melbourne city sits the beautiful Yarra Valley, covering the upper regions surrounding the Yarra River in Victoria and home to more than 50 wineries and microbreweries. The area is filled with lush, green land and vineyards, and is one of the most popular areas to visit from Melbourne for a day trip. the valley was traditionally the land of Wurundjeri people but is now a premium wine and wildlife-viewing region. Pick up some winery specials to enjoy a gourmet picnic in the peaceful fern gullies and mountain ash at the Badger Weir Park near Healesville.
Melbourne Zoo is Australia’s oldest zoo and it is one of the biggest zoological parks in Australia. Melbourne Zoo is also known as the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens and is located only four kilometers from the city center. It was inaugurated in 1862, and a large part of the zoo is inspired by the London Zoo. Over 320 species can be found in the beautiful setting of Melbourne Zoo, some of these animal species are native to Australia, but there are many that are native to other parts of the world as well. Stroll through the lush Asian and African rainforests, Australian bushland, and even underwater! And also explore the Trail of Elephants, Butterfly House, Orangutan Sanctuary, Australian Outback, and Predator precinct. There is also a special exhibit for kids to play and have a gala time, called Growing Wild. Another highlight is the Orang-utan Sanctuary, where the animals live in their treetop home. The zoo offers animal-lovers a fun-packed experience.
Great Ocean Road
Stretching 243 kilometers along Australia’s southeastern coast, the Great Ocean Road is one of the most beautiful and scenic drives in the whole of the world. It is widely believed to be the most scenic and wonderful drives in the country and this iconic stretch starts from the surfing capital of the world, Torquay, and ends at the historic fishing village of Port Fairy. Experiencing the Great Ocean Road on a trip to Melbourne is a must. Rent a car, and ride along this spectacular stretch of road offers the most memorable ride you’ll ever have. This road trip takes you through some of the most beautiful rainforests and surfing beaches. You may even get a chance to spot Koalas, Kangaroos, and also try your hands out on zip linings, cliff climbing and enjoy your meals atop cliff beaches and make the best out of your ride across the Great Ocean Road.
Named in recognition of The Eureka Stockade, which was a rebellion during the Victorian gold rush in 1854. Eureka Tower stands 297.3 meters above ground in the heart of Southbank and it is the tallest building in Melbourne and the second highest in Australia. The Eureka Tower is more than just a tall building, it is a popular tourist spot, with quite a view. On the 88 floors of this tower is the best view of Melbourne you will ever get. The Eureka Skydeck 88, is the highest viewpoint within a building in the earth’s southern hemisphere. The skyscraper’s gold crown and gold-plated windows add to the theme and literally sparkle when the sun catches the top of the building. Thrill-seekers can also step out onto ‘The Edge’— a three-meter glass cube that suspends the bravest souls 300 meters above the ground. The towers also have a range of activities available for everyone from kids to adults. There are interactive games, one can dine here and also do some shopping.
Royal Botanic Gardens
In the heart of green parkland extending south of the Yarra River, about two kilometers from the CBD, the Royal Botanic Gardens are among the finest of their kind in the world. They house a collection of different plants and vegetation, contained in the various different lawns in the gardens, selected for their value, rarity, and diversity. Among the plants, are 11 picturesque lawns, three lakes, and two cafes to rest at after gallivanting around the vegetation. The gardens attract thousands of visitors every year for their vast ecology, with over 10000 plant species from around the world, and also the fauna apt for these habitats. It also a popular picnic spot. The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is designed to encourage the next generation of gardeners, also an absolute favorite among the youngsters, who can play in the ruin gardens, wetland area, bamboo forest, the gorge, and other specially made play areas. The Aboriginal Heritage Walk is a popular tour that looks into the rich heritage of indigenous Australians.
Queen Victoria Market
Home to over 600 small businesses, Queen Victoria Market is an authentic, bustling, inner-city market that has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for over 140 years. The famous market is spread across two blocks, with one block bound by Victoria Street and the other block bound by Queen Street – and that’s where Queen Victoria market gets its name. Also called the “Vic Market” or “Queen Vic,” the market features many stalls selling all kinds of items from meat, seafood, fruits, and vegetables to crafts, plants, souvenirs, clothes, jewelry, toys, shoes, pets, hardware tools, watches, gadgets, and lots more. Queen Victoria Market is also known for its aesthetically pleasing architecture, as some of the nineteenth-century streets and retail buildings that were constructed between 1882 and 1891 are still intact. It also hosts Wednesday night markets where the historic sheds come alive with food stalls and live music.
On the banks of the Yarra River, is this classy decked up pedestrian called the Southbank. Housing some of the important businesses, skyscrapers, and touristy spots such as the National Gallery, Eureka and so on it is now one of the prominent places in Melbourne. An excellent arts and crafts market are held every Sunday, and the area is also home to many festivals throughout the year. Take a stroll or a boat ride and enjoy views of Melbourne’s skyline and see the remarkable Gas Brigades, which send fireballs into the sky every night.
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Less than an hour outside Melbourne you can escape the bustling city and surround yourself with nature. East of Melbourne City, the Dandenong Ranges are low mountain ranges covered by an enchanting spread of lush green forests, lovely little villages, and awe-inspiring beauty. The beautiful Dandenong Ranges is a low range of mountains that reaches a height of 633 meters at Mount Dandenong. Dandenong Ranges National Park is a rainforest getaway on Melbourne’s doorstep. Here you’ll find steep volcanic hills covered in stands of the world’s tallest flowering tree, the Mountain Ash. Living among the greenery are wallabies, lyrebirds, wombats, and the Powerful Owl. Puffing Billy- running daily from the foothills at Belgrave to the mountain town of Gembrook is the most fun way to tour the Dandenong Ranges.
One of Australia’s popular, surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland, the museum is loved by visitors all across the world because it provides rich insights into the Aboriginal cultures, science, environment, and history of Australia. The Museum also organizes several intermittent exhibitions that bring in the works of several talents spread across the globe. There are numerous galleries including aboriginal exhibits, a gallery for children, an amphitheater, a discovery centre, a souvenir shop, and a cafe. The Museum was established in 2000 and since then it has been a fervent spot for visitors.
Captain Cook’s Cottage, Fitzroy Gardens
“Fitzy”, as it’s called locally, Fitzroy Gardens is one of Melbourne’s most historic and beautiful Gardens. Fitzroy Gardens features pathways lined with magnificent Elm trees and a variety of flowers, ornamental shrubs, and trees which together with extensive lawns create a diverse and layered landscape. Captain Cook’s Cottage was brought to Melbourne from Captain James Cook’s native home in Yorkshire, England, and erected in Fitzroy Gardens together with some ivy plants that were growing outside the cottage. Also in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens is the magnificent Spanish-mission style conservatory that is always filled with a vibrant floral display.