Melbourne, located on the banks of the Yarra River, is the second largest city and a lively metropolis in Australia. Well-known as a ‘City for all Seasons’, Melbourne, is a famous holiday destination that has something for everyone. So, here are some of the best experiences you must have during your holiday in Melbourne.
Tour its wineries and forests and surf the beaches
Melbourne is a nature lover’s paradise and the best places which reflect its natural beauty are the lush forests and stunning surf beaches. Have an amazing time exploring its world-class wineries, artisan cheeses and handmade chocolate at the spectacular Yarra Valley or spot the exotic koalas at the Healesville Sanctuary. Day tours of local wineries and guided hikes through forests are popular activities at Melbourne. You can also visit the fantastic surf beaches at the Mornington Peninsula or the Bellarine Peninsula.
Cruise on the Yarra River
One of the best experiences of Melbourne has to be a river boat cruise of the Yarra River. The cruise will offer you some of the best scenic views of the river and its surroundings and give you an insight into the history of the river. There are many local cruise companies operating from the Southbank, which takes tourists to places such as Birrarung Marr or the historical Williamstown via the river cruise.
Explore Melbourne Aquarium
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, which is often simply called the Melbourne Aquarium, is a perfect destination for families. The aquarium is located in central Melbourne, on the banks of the Yarra River. Visitors, particularly kids, will enjoy several attractions and activities at the aquarium. Enjoy spotting crocodiles, seahorses, corals and penguins under one roof. Parents can cross the river to visit the Crown Casino to have an exciting time.
Visit Melbourne’s museums
Melbourne is home to some very enriching museums, galleries and other art sites. Visit the various international and Australian exhibitions here. Visit the Heide Museum of Modern Art at Bulleen or the Australian Centre for the Moving Image or the numerous sculpture parks here.
Go on a culinary tour of the city
Melbourne is a foodies’ delight! The city is dotted with all kinds of eateries including fine dining restaurants and street food stalls dishing out delicious local and international cuisines. Visit Melba to have a gourmet buffet experience or the Attica, which is one of the best restaurants in the world.
Shop for local labels or designer brands
Melbourne offers a myriad of options to travellers to shop according to their interests and budgets. Shoppers looking for high-end fashion labels can shop at places like Little Collins Street and Flinders Lane. For vintage shopping, travellers should head to the Chapel Street and High Street, Armadale. Emporium is the place to shop at for international brands. Cash-strapped travellers and those who want to savour local shopping flavour can visit the Queen Victoria Market. It is a historical and iconic shopping destination in Melbourne.