The Victorian Golden Era in the mid-19th century saw the early beginnings of the city. Today, the Victorian past remains, reflected in the architectural designs of the city’s old buildings combined with modern structures. Its laneways have an array of cafes, bars, and restaurants which make the city a popular tourist destination in southern Australia.
Here’s a list of some of Melbourne’s top attractions:
The Royal Botanic Gardens
Perching on Birdwood Avenue in South Yarra, the Royal Botanic Gardens remains one of Melbourne’s top scenic spots. Just within a walking distance away from the city’s central business district, it covers 40 hectares of land. It is home to over 50,000 plant species of which many of them are rare and endemic. You can also have a chance to peek into the rich heritage of indigenous Australians.
National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria stands out as Australia’s oldest public art gallery. It has two locations: one on St. Kilda Road and the other at the Federation Square. The gallery boasts of more than 68,000 art collections. The international art collections are housed in the St. Kilda building while the local artworks that depict Australian culture and history filled the spaces of the Ian Potter Gallery in Federation Square.
Southbank and Arts Centre Melbourne
Take a short walk from Flinders Street Station to the Southbank and Arts Centre Melbourne on the banks of the Yarra River. The place is replete with outdoor and indoor cafes, bars, restaurants, and live entertainment. It also holds arts and cultural festivals throughout the year.
This modern architectural marvel filled with open and closed spaces is a place of entertainment, arts, and fun. It has become an integral part of the city since it opened in 2002 to commemorate the federation’s century mark. Located at the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets, Federation Square is a great place for visitors to tour around and is equipped with free wi-fi.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne is Australia’s sporting capital and it is the location of one of the world’s biggest stadiums, the 100,000-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground. MCG was the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games. The 1992 World Cup was also held here. Located opposite to Melbourne Park, you can watch some cricket and football matches at MCG. It is also the venue for numerous music concerts.
Shrine of Remembrance
Overlooking the city, the Shrine of Remembrance is Melbourne’s iconic landmark. It was built in 1934 to honour the services and sacrifices of the men and women who fought the war to keep the peace. It serves as a reminder of the sorry consequences of all wars. Located on Birdwood Avenue, the war memorial is a beauty to behold at night due to its lighting.
On 7 Riverside Quay on Southbank stands the 91-storey Eureka Tower. The tower was named after the Eureka Stockade in recognition of the prospectors who rebelled in the goldfields of Victoria in 1854. You can climb up to the 88th floor at the Skydeck, the highest viewpoint available to the public. From there you can see the skyline of Melbourne.
City Circle Tram
Ride the city tram for free and you can have a short tour around Melbourne’s CBD. The tram brings you to places of interest in the city. Operating daily, it is a good ride to start if you want to know more about Melbourne. You can hop on and off the tram as it passes many historic buildings and tourist attractions.
Queen Victoria Market
This iconic Melbourne landmark is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. It’s been providing the public with fresh produce since 1878. You can find almost anything you want to buy from the market both food and non-food items. Located on Queen and Victoria Streets, Queen Victoria Market also holds night markets and music concerts during the year.
Arcades and Laneways
Wandering around the arcades and laneways of Melbourne would be like drowning yourself in fascination and excitement. The alleys and lanes around Collins, Bourke, and Flinders streets are peppered with boutiques, shops, and souvenir stores. There are also bars, cafes, restaurants, and coffee shops to spend the time with your friends. Exploring the labyrinth of the city’s laneways and alleyways would be worth it.
By Kelvene Requiroso, content writer and member of the SEO team of the Melbourne-based Get Lost Travel Group.