Melbourne has recently been ranked the most liveable city in the world for the fifth year in a row. And we absolutely agree with this! The city is home of great number of attractions and plenty of surrounding destinations. Look at the top 10 places that you should visit in Melbourne according to us:
National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria is free, apart from special exhibitions. There is a Kids Space on the ground floor for the children to play in. Designed by Sir Roy Grounds, the National Gallery of Victoria’s international art collection is really outstanding. You can spend a wonderful day enjoying the paintings, sculpture, fashion and photography exhibitions there. To go there use tram to St Kilda Road (multiple routes) or train to Flinders Street. It is open every day from 10am-5pm.
Free City Circle Tram
This is the best way to get around the city using the free City Circle Tram. It takes around 30 minutes and you can get on and off as many times as you wish. The City Circle Trams stops at places of interests such as Aquarium, Federation Square, Parliament House etc. The tram runs every day between 10 am and 6 pm.
Royal Botanic Gardens
One of the city’s most impressive treasures is the Royal Botanic Gardens and you can set aside a few hours to take a walk there. It is open every day from 7.30am till sunset. Enjoy a variety of trees, plants and flowers set on 38 hectres of land by the Yarra River.
Australian Centre of the Moving Image
This is the first centre of this kind in the world dedicated to the cinema and TV shows from the earliest time till the modern videos, moving image from the digital era nowadays. Films and documentaries are screened every day and there are many workshops even for kids. The centre is open daily from 10 am till 5 pm.
St Kilda Beach
One of the most favourite attractions to relax in Melbourne is St Kilda. It is near to the city surrounded by some great restaurants and bars. St Kilda Beach is a great place for walking, cycling, skating, windsurfing or kite-surfing on the bay. When you think about your favourite seaside resort, St. Kilda Beach will probably tick most of the boxes as it has it all.
State Library of Victoria
You could spend entire week there in the world of wonderful books, art and architecture. There’s also a Chess Room, complete with chessboards. Every year over a million people visit this great place in Melbourne. The library holds over 2 million books. It is open daily between 10am and 6 pm.
Great Ocean Road
This is definitely a high-altitude adventure and one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. This spectacular 210 mile route stretches from Torquay to Warrnambool, giving you an access to some breathtaking coastal views, mountain forests and fertile valleys. You can see the iconic 12 Apostles, limestone figures that rise from the sea near Port Campbell and also enjoy the misty waterfalls. There are many tour companies offering day tours of the road which is best if you have limited time but if you are going to self drive down the Great Ocean Road, you need at least 2 days.
Melbourne’s Federation Square is where most of the city’s events, attractions, restaurants, bars and shops are concentrated. It is hard to imagine Melbourne without the Federal Square. It was opened in 2002 and has constantly become one of the emblematic places of Melbourne with more than 10 million visits and over 2000 events each year.
Mornington Peninsula is only an hour drive from Melbourne. This is the area between Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay. You’ll find orchards, olive groves, historic mansions, and more than 200 vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula. You can make a picknick or just wander amongst olive groves and century-old rose gardens with ocean views. The Mornington Peninsula is also a favourite beach holiday destination for Victorians.
10. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
This is a great and free art gallery gathering contemporary art in all forms by living artists from around the world. The rust-red building is very interesting itself and has turned out to be a city icon. The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is the only major gallery in Australia focused on commissioning rather than collecting.
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