The second largest city in Australia behind Sydney, Melbourne is often ranked as the world’s most liveable city. Sitting on the banks of the Yarra River, it first made a name for itself during the gold rush. Nowadays, it is packed full of entertainment, attractions and people from all different cultures. If you are planning a trip down under, you definitely don’t want to miss out on a visit to this incredible destination. While you are there, here are a few of the top sights and things to do!
Royal Botanical Gardens
Though it is just outside of the bustling city centre, you will feel like you are on a different planet when you are strolling around the Royal Botanical Gardens. Amazingly, it is home to over 50,000 plants including many rare species. While you are there, you can experience the Aboriginal Heritage Walk which will give you more information about the rich heritage of the indigenous people. During the summertime, the park is packed with live theatre and a moonlight cinema is set up.
The city is famous for its range of markets dotted around the city selling all kinds of fresh produce, clothing and unique souvenirs. So, whether you are looking for a hand-crafted artwork stall or a seafood market, there is bound to be something for you. Melbourne is famous for its independent traders and its markets are right at the heart of this grand tradition.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Even if you are not a big cricket fan (a lot of people feel the same way!), the cricket ground in Melbourne is one of the world’s great sporting destinations and has a capacity of 100,000. It is not just cricket that is enjoyed at this ground, it was also the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Daily tours take you around the stadium and celebrate Australia’s great sporting tradition.
Yarra River Cruise
Meandering along the river that runs through the heart of Melbourne is one of the best ways of seeing the sights. It gives you a totally different impression of the city and allows you to sit back and enjoy the sights as they pass before your eyes. Definitely not to be missed out on!
Federation Square is the kind of place where people either love it or hate it. But there is no doubt that it has become an important landmark in the city and a place where many tourists begin exploring Melbourne. It contains both open and closed spaces, and also hosts thousands of events every year.
Shrine of Remembrance
In the heart of Kings Domain Garden, the Shrine of Remembrance was built to commemorate the Victorians who lost their lives during the First World War. You can visit either on your own or with a guide but the second option will give you a much better impression of the story of the shrine.