Melbourne, Australia Travel Vlog 2020 4K, Melbourne Travel Guide, Melbourne Australia Tourism & Vacations
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Melbourne, at the head of Port Phillip Bay, is Australia’s second largest city and the capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria.
Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital, with Victorian-era architecture, extensive shopping, museums, galleries, theatres, and large parks and gardens. Its 4-million residents are both multicultural and sports-mad.
Australia’s best base for seeing wildlife in the wild, Melbourne is surrounded by national parks and natural areas that are home to Australia’s most iconic animals – koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, cockatoos and kookaburras. Australia’s best birdwatching site is in Melbourne’s suburbs – the Western Treatment Plant – but other locations are equally satisfying and more accessible: the You Yangs, the Dandenong Ranges, the Royal Botanic Gardens (both in the city and at Cranbourne), Serendip Sanctuary, Banyule Flats Reserve and Bunyip State Park.
Reasons to visit Melbourne include major sporting events, using it as a base for exploring surrounding regions such as the Grampians National Park, The Great Ocean Road, richard mille super clone East Gippsland and visiting Phillip Island to view the penguin parade. Many UK visitors come to Melbourne for tours of filming locations of the TV soap opera Neighbours.
Flinders Street Railway Station— Arguably the defining landmark of Melbourne, a nice, colonial-era railway station at the junction of Flinders Street and Swanston Street. The main entrance is known for several clocks hanging over it, and is a popular meeting spot for locals. “Meet you under the clocks at Flinders Street station” is in the DNA of every Melburnian.
Docklands— An entire new precinct filled with shops, bars, restaurants and things to do for all the family as well as a large sports stadium with a waterside setting. Boat trips touring Melbourne’s rivers and Port Philip Bay leave from here. The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel – one of only 4 giant observation wheels in the world, and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere can be found here.
Eureka Tower— Tallest observation deck building in Melbourne, panoramic views of the whole of Melbourne.
Parliament House of Victoria— The first seat of the Australian federal government, free tours are available on week days.
Queen Victoria Market— The largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere, ‘Vic Market’ as it’s nicknamed is huge and colourful with an assortment of fresh and dry produce, souvenirs and other interesting things. A must-see experience.
State Library— Worthwhile if you’re into books, amazing city architecture and free internet. Also has the former largest ‘Domed Reading Room’ in the world, capable of holding over 1 million books.
Southgate— Pretty promenade on the south bank of the Yarra, with lively restaurants, bars and a Sunday art & craft market.
Federation Square— Modernistic and popular meeting space – fascinating architecture – to see Melburnians enjoy life whilst sitting down at cafes and bars. Also the home of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, galleries, and more
Immigration Museum— Located on Flinders Street, explore the moving stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia
Police Museum— Also located on Flinders Street, see over 150 years of stories and displays of crime, justice, courage, forensic techniques and examples of how police are making Victoria a safer place to live.
Old Melbourne Gaol (Jail)], 377 Russel St (between La Trobe St and Victoria St),Daily 09:30-17:00. A 1900s era gaol that held many famous criminals of the era (including Ned Kelly). The tour is self guiding, although there are often interpretive guides scattered throughout. The tour mainly consists of informational signs in each cell along with some videos and artefacts. Not the most exciting for young kids. Recently added is the crime and justice experience which involves being “arrested” and placed in a modern era jail. Could be a little scary for younger kids. $23, concession $18, kids $12.
The Yarra— famous as the “river that flows upside down” (because of it’s brown colouration) the Yarra winds its way through the heart of Melbourne with beautiful walks, enjoyable boat trips, and frequent opportunities to picnic or use the public free BBQs along the riverside by the botanical gardens for the full Aussie eating experience.
Shrine of Remembrance— Located on St Kilda Road, Major War Memorial with unique Ray of Light demonstration every half hour. Also offering panoramic views of Melbourne parks from rooftop balcony.
Coop’s Shot Tower— 50m high shot tower from 1888, incorporated into Melbourne Central complex underneath a 84m high glass roof