Welcome to Daily Blog 18. Today I am going to share Melbourne’s Top Attractions. This straight to the point guide will cover things not to miss in Melbourne. No matter where you stay in Melbourne, once you get to Federation Square, you are right in the heart of the city and then all you have to do is choose which attractions you want to see first. So, let’s begin!
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Now, let’s begin! My favourite Point of interests in Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne’s Top Attractions
- Melbourne’s Top Attractions
- People watch at the Federation Square
- Where is this stunning sunrise view from?
- Admire architecture at the Flinders Street Station
- Take the City Circle Tram
- View from the Eureka Skydeck 88
- The street art at Hosier Lane
- Shrine of Remembrance
- Before I forget,
- Relax in the Royal Botanic Gardens
- Wander in the Queen Victoria Market
- Enjoy the cafés
- Go to Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
- Sunset at St Kilda Beach
- What I used to take these photos:
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People watch at the Federation Square
Federation Sq is my no 1 point of interest for many reasons. I also suggest starting your Melbourne Trip at Federation Square. Why do you ask?
It’s simple! The reason no 1. Federation Square has the biggest Tourist Information Centre. They’ll provide you with the correct answers to your questions. They’ll connect you with loads of things that are free and fun. They’ll guide you and make your trip effortless. 2. They’ll explain the public transport (and how to use it for free) and sell you a MyKi card which you’ll need one to use the trams outside the CBD. 3. Federation Square is your starting point for almost every journey in the CBD and the ultimate reference point. 4. There is always something happening at Federation Sq, especially during festivals and events. and 5. It is a perfect place to people watch because Federation Sq is one of those places that is good both by day and night.
Where is this stunning sunrise view from?
Continue reading, you will find out soon!
Admire architecture at the Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Station is beautiful and largest station I have ever seen. The history is that India was supposed to have this architecture plans for the station but things got mixed up and Melbourne got India plans instead! So, that is why the building looks a bit like an Indian design. Flinders Street Station is an iconic landmark in Melbourne that everyone loves to admire. It is not only a great place to take a good photo but also a place where local and visitors commute every day. You can access all Melbourne metropolitan area (not regional) from this station and the ticket price is $8.20 per day, unlimited rides with trains, trams, buses. Or if you ride more than 5 days straight per week, you can get the pass, which is cheaper.
Take the City Circle Tram
The trams are the best way to get around, what’s more, they are free in the central area of Melbourne city. The system is easy to understand, the trams take you to the most happening places. They also help to convey the message that the city welcomes tourists. The tram itself retains an old, vintage-style look that adds to the charm of the experience and the authenticity of the ride. It runs at intervals of around ever 12 minutes between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm Sunday – Wednesday with extended hours available of 10 am – 9 pm from Thursday – Saturday. The audio commentary is also provided along the way for tourists that helps to point out key buildings and history while travelling from one destination to the next. The City Circle Tram is a great, efficient way to get around the city, at the best possible price – free!
View from the Eureka Skydeck 88
First time I saw Eureka Skydeck, I was in awe-struck! There is a glass-floor part (called The Edge and it is jutting out a little bit from the building) If you know me, you know I love heights, especially views from the top! So, I had to go and happy to report towering over the city’s skyline, the flashy Eureka Skydeck provides unobstructed 360-degree views of Melbourne. As expected, you can see great views “near & far” in all directions. Such as a pretty close view of the CBD skyline, the Yarra River and a fairly-distant view of Port Phillip Bay to the south, Flinders Street Station, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Federation Square and more. With the viewing platform on the 88th floor, it is the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere. There is both an indoor and outdoor area to see the sights. And the ‘Edge, ’ a small all-glass cube that gets the heart racing as it suspends you high above the ground. (not included in the entrance to the deck) I recommend going in the afternoon so you can catch both the day, sunsets and the night view.
The street art at Hosier Lane
Hoise lane is edgy and popular, and the artwork is pretty amazing. The mix of styles, colour, and messages that each piece showed was absolutely incredible and free!! The laneway was not busy when I went and is wide enough to not feel claustrophobic. It’s probably better going in the morning or at midday so that you’re better able to see everything, I think when the street gets a bit dark some of the work is unfortunately easy to miss. The artwork there changes continually, and hopefully, you’d get to see some artists live at their work. Hosier lane does not only have great street art but it is also close to lots of great bars and restaurants. Worth a look!
Shrine of Remembrance
It is a great place to visit with lots of history regarding the various wars up to the present day! Way to remember the fallen men and women of all wars as it offers a great look into the past. I stumbled upon this place while strolling through the park. It’s near to The Royal Botanical Garden. You could see this place first then go straight to the garden. It is a lovely building and a great history lesson underneath the building, it’s like a mini-war memorial. Free entrance too! Don’t forget to enjoy the view from the rooftop and underground little museum.
Before I forget,
Let me share where that view was from in picture No 1,2,3 and 4.
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Relax in the Royal Botanic Gardens
Beautifully maintained, the Royal Botanic gardens offers plenty of shaded areas you can simply relax and soak in the peaceful atmosphere while gazing upon the lovely, and natural surrounds. The best part is it is free and in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Besides the gorgeous flowers, trees, if you are in the right month of the year you can also experience outdoor cinema in the Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens, check out their website for more info.
Wander in the Queen Victoria Market
I went there on a Wednesday night upon my arrival in Melbourne. There was a big food market offering different cuisines with drink options (including popular mulled wines to stave off winter chills!), Market stalls as well as entertainment, and all mostly under cover. I was surprised by the variety on offer! The food I chose was great and I ended up eating way too much. If you don’t mind a long queue, I would suggest having a try. There was a Latin music band playing and everyone was very happy, eating, shopping for fresh produce and dancing there.
Enjoy the cafés
Melbourne is the funkiest city in Australia that is pretty laid back and is famous for its cafe culture. So, make sure to pop into one. I recommend Hash Specialty Coffee & Roasters. Their coffee and food just made my stay in Melbourne perfect!
Go to Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
If you want to explore a bit further than the city itself, go to Ballarat. Get on to Southern Cross Train station and in 2 hours train ride you will arrive in Sovereign Hill, Ballarat. It is an open-air museum, situated in an early gold diggings area. It really does have a vibe of a stepping back in time which gives you a glimpse at how it may have looked like in the old gold mining days. From the setup of buildings, shops, period costumes, blacksmiths to mining itself. There are many things you can see and experience here. I especially enjoyed the gold panning, getting dressed with the 80s theme along with interesting merchandise stores and hearty food offerings. Entertainment and fun are at every crossroad! Just make sure you have comfortable shoes on as you may want to see it all in 1 day. If not, You can keep your pass and come back the next day, which would be easy to do with so much there. There were also motels around there and If driving, there were lots of parking available. Worth a visit!
Sunset at St Kilda Beach
St Kilda Beach is on Port Philip Bay, a short tram ride from the City of Melbourne. It is a small coastal town with many bars and restaurants and the perfect spot for the sunsets! At the beach is a pathway that you can walk for quite a distance, perfect for a stroll. It can get quite windy here in the winter, so carrying windproof jackets always helps. From St Kilda Beach it is a short walk to amusements parks, nature parks and also Acland Street. St Kilda is a great day trip and when in Melbourne a must see.
Now, the following activities also come highly recommended. Great Ocean Road. Then go to the Melbourne Museum at 11 Nicholson St and look at some amazing stuff there. Visit the State Library of Victoria (328 Swanston St) for some peace and quiet, free wifi and books. Go on a wine tour, See the Como House and Gardens, Visit NGV Australia (180 St Kilda Rd), enjoy the Fitzroy Gardens and a day trip to Phillip Island.
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