Melbourne: beautiful city by the bay
Quick facts about Melbourne
Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and cultural capital, with buildings from the Victorian era and offering extensive shopping, museums, galleries, theaters, and large parks and gardens. Many of its almost 5 million residents are from diverse ethnic background as well as sports-loving. The capital of Victoria’s south-eastern state, located at Port Phillip Bay’s, Melbourne is attractive for migrants from around the world and is consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Luna Park Melbourne. Traditional theme park dating all the way from 1912, featuring iconic rides such as Mr Moon, Great Scenic Railway and Carousel. Crown Towers Melbourne. Renowned as one of the best hotels in the country, Melbourne’s Crown Towers is the pinnacle in luxury on the Yarra River bank. The opulent surroundings create an unprecedented grandeur environment complemented by exemplary service. Melbourne Museum. Based in the area of the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, which is listed as a World Heritage site, the museum features a number of exhibition areas with their own permanent collections and temporary displays.
St Kilda Beach, Victoria. Popular beachside neighborhood in Melbourne. Featuring Sunday St Kilda Esplanade Arts and Craft Market, and a Luna Park. Melbourne Cricket Ground. A cultural icon and one of the most popular cricket grounds globally, affectionately known as ‘ The G ‘ to locals and cricket fans all over the world. Werribee Open Range Zoo. Zoo nearby Melbourne, with African-style safari tours in the open plane, 225 hectares savannah.
Shrine of Remembrance. The Shrine was designed and built by First World War veterans, inspired by classical architecture, to commemorate Australians who served in global conflicts throughout our country’s history. Great Ocean Road. Scenic coastal route with many landmarks and beautiful views for spectacular photography opportunity. Royal Exhibition Building. The building is one of the oldest exhibition pavilions in the world and was originally built for the 1880 Great Exhibition. It also hosted the first Commonwealth Parliament in 1901, and in 2004 it was Australia’s first building to gain a World Heritage List.
Healesville Sanctuary. Only one hour from Melbourne, this wild life sanctuary for animals native of Australia in the stunning Yarra Valley wine region. State Library Victoria. One of the great libraries in the world, the Victoria State Library is the leading reference and research library of the state and a gateway to the information of the world. The Library houses items that show the cultural life, past and present of Victoria and make them available to the public through a variety of services, exhibits and cultural programs. Dandenong Ranges National Park. Established in 1882, the Park has expanded to around 3500 ha since the initial development of a small reserve near Ferntree Gully. It is renowned for its Mountain Ash Trees (the world’s highest flowering tree) and lush fern gullies.
From other attractions in Melbourne we recommend: Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Fitzroy Gardens, Chinatown Melbourne, Dandenong, Arts Centre Melbourne and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.
Top things to do in Melbourne
Melbourne is large city with many attractions to offer. We listed about 30 of them above. As with many cities in Australia, many exciting attractions are located outside of cities, such as national parks and nature trails and wild life reservations.
If you are adventurous, we recommend to take one of those tours and explore surroundings of Melbourne.
Festivals and events
Melbourne is packed with festivals and events all year around and here are some top recommendations.
Australian Open (January),
Melbourne International Film Festival (August),
Melbourne International Arts Festival (October),
Australian Moto Grand Prix (October), Melbourne Cup (second Tuesday in November) and many more.
Interesting facts about Melbourne
Best time to fly to Melbourne
The peak season for flights to Melbourne is May, June and November. The low season for purchasing tickets is July, August and September.
Melbourne is served by these airports: Essendon Airport (MEB), Tullamarine Airport (MEL) and Avalon Airport (AVV). Direct flights to Melbourne are offered by 24 airlines.
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