An Aussie city of art, food, sports and architecture lovers, dotted by coveted landmarks and bustling with activity. Yes, it is none other than the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne! Rest assured, such diverse options guarantee that you’re not going to be short of things to do when in Melbourne for a holiday! Indulge in a few well-chosen ones to make your holiday, a time to remember:
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Start off with the city’s poster-boy, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. A hub for all sports lovers, the 'G' also boasts of being one of the best sporting venues, internationally. With a huge capacity of 10,000 people, it’s no wonder the Melbournians consider this to be hallowed ground!
Great Ocean Road Trip
One of the most celebrated coastal roads in Australia, and probably the world, a drive down the Great Ocean Road is not just about the views, but also about the landmarks its leads you to. Right from sandstone formations like Twelve Apostles and London Arch, to national parks and lush wilds, a road trip on this route promises it all!
‘Old is gold’ comes true at this zoo, the oldest in Australia and third oldest in the whole planet. See how neatly trimmed gardens give way to animal enclosures, resembling the natural habitat of their inhabitants to make them feel at home! The aquarium inside adds a splash of aqua-life to your wildlife time. Meet all the non-human Aussie natives at this one!
Move from the old to the vintage! Denoting Victoria’s cultural and historic landscapes like nowhere else, the museum talks about all that is gone or perished. Start off with gigantic dinosaur fossils and giant-squid specimens, to displays reciting various native legends and folktales. A live demo of a 3D volcano and an alfresco Victorian forest atrium are other highlights here.
Gold rush era times, anyone? Get back to the 1850s with a visit to Ballarat, a quaint town with tree-lined lanes and Victorian buildings! Go to the alfresco live museum of Sovereign Hill there, and you’ll feel the needles of the clock turn back to a time long forgotten! Right from costumed characters to old mines, shops, hotels and theatre, the place takes you back to the alluvial gold rush era in no time.
Yarra Valley Wineries & Chocolaterie
No sightseeing tour to Melbourne is complete without indulging in some local wine and chocolate. At just about 30 minutes from the city, a whole life experience to revel in local food, chocolate and wine amid breathtaking views, is waiting for you. Renowned to be one of the world's premier wine growing areas, the valley houses over 80 cellar doors and has a notable history of beer and cider production dating back to the 1800s. Restaurants serving meals made out of fresh local produce and local chocolates in many variations are also must-tries you shouldn’t miss!
Talk of penguins, as tiny as you can imagine, at Phillip Island. Less than two hours from Melbourne, this island is a native spot for fairy penguins, fur seals, and koalas. With views of world’s smallest penguins, the Little Penguins, waddling back from sea to their nests by the shore, you’re sure to have fun, no matter what your age is! When it comes to interesting native wildlife exploration, the Koala Conservation Center, Seal Rocks, the Nobbies and Cape Woolamai at Phillip Island are definitely the icing on the cake!
Melbourne times seem to be packed with Aussie food, wildlife, culture, history, architecture and art, don’t they now? Tick of all your ‘things to do’ lists in Melbourne!