The Top 10 Things to See in Melbourne

Melbourne is an elegant, multicultural, and vibrant city located in southeastern Australia. Melbourne is among the most liveable cities in the world. The town is blessed with a tangle of hidden laneways, delicious food, and Victorian buildings that give Melbourne a unique, European feel. On top of all of these benefits, here are the top ten things to see in Melbourne.

1. Federation Square

The square opened in 2002 and is now an integral part of the city. Federation Square is a great place to start your sightseeing. The building has an ultra-modern design with both open and closed spaces. The square is also a host of more than 2,000 events annually, so you can always find entertainment.

2. Royal Botanic Gardens

Established in 1846, the Royal Botanic Gardens are in the heart of green parkland. The gardens cover two locations: Melbourne and Cranbourne. The Melbourne area covers around 38 hectares with over 8,000 unique plants. If you are visiting during the summer, you will enjoy a live theater under the stars. The gardens have a popular picnic site by the lake, or you can visit The Terrace Café for a traditional high tea. You do not have to pay anything to visit the gardens.

3. The National Sports Museum

Being the sporting capital of Australia, the National Sports Museum is a top tourist attraction. The Museum dates back to 1853 and has a capacity of 100,000. The Museum is the birthplace of Test Cricket and home to Australian Rules Football. The 75-minute tour will take you down memory lane of the sporting world.

4. Southbank and the Arts Center

The Southbank is located on the banks of Yarra River and a short walk from Flinders Street Station. The area is filled with indoor and outdoor cafes and live entertainment. Every Sunday, you will find great arts, and crafts work in the market. You can easily recognize the Southbank by its spire, the Arts Center.

5. National Gallery of Victoria

With more than 70,000 works of art, the National Gallery of Victoria is the oldest public art gallery in Australia. The international collection was opened in 1968 and renovated in 2003. The building is known for The Great Hall, where tourists lie on the floor and gaze at the beautiful stained glass ceiling. The gallery holds the history of Australian art from the Aboriginal era to the current mixed media.

6. Eureka Tower

The tower has 91 stories above the heart of Southbank. The gold crown and gold-plated windows add to its glamour when the sun shines on the top of the skyscraper. The 88th floor has the Skydeck, which is the highest public view in any building in the Southern Hemisphere. You can also experience The Edge, which is a glass cube that slides out three meters from the building.

7. Arcades and Laneways

The lanes and alleyways around the Bourke, Flinders, and Collins streets reveal the elegant, and interesting Melbourne. The sleekest arcade is the Block Arcade in Collins Street. The jewel has a mosaic floor, period detail, and specialty shops. You will want to take a morning cup of tea at the Hopetoun Tearooms, which dates back to 1892 and the only original shop in existence in the arcade.

8. The City Circle Tram Tour

Melbourne’s public transport system uses trams. The City Circle Tram provides free trips to tourists for a leisurely sightseeing tour. The tram has a commentary and passes the many grand historic buildings such as the Old Treasury Building and the Princes Theatre.

9. The Zoo

The Melbourne Zoo dates back to 1862 and is home to over 320 animal species. The animals are protected using modern enclosure facilities. The Trail of the Elephant and the Orang-utan Sanctuary are among the major tourist attraction. The Zoo also provides twilight music concerts and behind-the-scenes tours of selected enclosures.

10. Shrine of Remembrance

The shrine sits in Kings Domain gardens and was built in remembrance of Victorians who were involved in the Great War. Currently, Australians use the sanctuary to commemorate all servicemen and women.

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