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The sheer amount of innovative shops, quirky cafes, and art galleries have given Melbourne a sense of individuality not found elsewhere in Australia. Whether touring cobbled laneways packed with boutique stores, back alley jazz bars, or the embankment of the Yarra River after an art gallery outing, Melbourne is a city with a thousand hotspots, and a vibe that’s truly its own.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Laneways Tour of Melbourne
Eureka Skydeck 88
Flinders Street Station
National Sports Museum
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Bridge walk over ponds and between trees with an ancient history at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Located on the southern side of the Yarra River, 36 hectares make up a sloping land of garden beds, lakes, and lawns. With 8,500 individual species, a walk along Fern Gully or to a Garden House leads to unique flora. A bamboo forest and much favoured Aboriginal Heritage Walk are past times praised by visitors and locals.
With enough coffee shops to host an international festival and walls covered with art—you’ll love the expressions found in Melbourne’s celebrated laneways. Boutique retail stores, jazz bars, and a countless number of eateries ensure that day or night, your tour of these cobbled lanes will be one full of fresh tastes and looks.
A 297-metre-high skyscraper is an edgy city attraction, willing the adrenaline junkie in you to step on to a decking that hangs over the city. A glass cube extends from this striking building and rewards with 360-degree views of Melbourne, dare to look down?
The Yarra River is central with locals and visitors able to enjoy several events that take place throughout the year. The Moomba Festival is an event full of song, dance, and fireworks. Boat regattas run throughout the year and there’s also a Dragon Boat Festival. If you’re looking to cruise the embankment by bike or enjoy a river boat tour, rest assured, both are excellent choices any time of year.
A place of popular attractions, St Kilda is a beach suburb with palmy walkways that lead to the ocean front and then on to Esplanade Market and Luna Park. A mecca for those who enjoy a relaxing time, this hipster neighbourhood offers excellent nightlife, eateries, and pubs that can be found on Fitzroy Street.
A city icon since 1854, Flinders Street Station is in the heart of Melbourne. A prominent dome and art nouveau styling are particular highlights of the building, but also impressive is the gathering of local’s who meet under the clock to unwind after a day at work. A guided tour of the building’s interior lasts around two hours, excellent for those who like a little history with their holiday.
A tradition held dear to rivals England is cricket, and a visit to one of the world’s most iconic venues: the Melbourne Cricket Ground is to enter an iconic venue. This mighty stadium rewards with an epic tour of Australia’s sporting history, experienced in the interactive national sports museum that adjoins the stadium. Built in 1853, the ground showcases international cricket matches, music events, and Ozzy rules football.
By the waters of the Yarra River you’ll find a splendid sea life aquarium with state-of-the-art displays. An interactive experience awaits as you enter marine exhibits that include a penguin playground, coral caves, and a mermaid garden. Get up close to sharks or explore a shipwrecked land in this playful aquarium.
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