The best way to make the most out of a visit to a new place is to do some research on what the place has to offer, well in advance. Melbourne is a rather popular travel destination, and with good reason. A tourist in this part of the world is literally spoilt for choice with a variety of things to do and places to see.
Here are five places that should not miss on your itinerary when visiting the Australian city of Melbourne.
Art lovers cannot afford to leave Melbourne without a visit to Federation Square. Federation Square plays host to more than 2000 events annually, most of which are free. There is bound to be a cultural festival, fashion show, concert or even a concert at the Square during your duration of stay in Melbourne. You can also enjoy a great film on the massive screen over at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Watching films on this large screen has become something of a tradition in Melbourne, and will make your visit quite memorable.
If you are keen on sampling the cuisine in Melbourne, then be sure to drop by St. Kilda before you board your flight out of Australia. St. Kilda is particularly known for its fine cake establishments situated on Acland Street. St. Kilda is also home to some of the best restaurants in Melbourne. Fine dining establishments such as Circa The Prince, The Stokehouse and Donovan’s will let you experience the best of Australian cuisine.
Animal lovers would also be in for a treat thanks to the Melbourne Zoo. The zoo is home to more than 300 animal species, with its major highlight being the Butterfly House. Here, the butterflies are allowed to fly freely within their enclosure and some are bound to end up settling on you. The zoo is a good place to visit especially if you happen to be with the kids. If you are lucky enough to during meal time, the kids may get the chance to feed some of the animals at zoo.
Sports enthusiasts are not left out either. With the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) just minutes away from the central business district, you can get your adrenaline running by catching a game of cricket or football at the “People’s Stadium” as it is commonly referred to. Though not as popular as the English Premier League, the Australian Football League (AFL) is equally exciting with fierce rivalries and massive crowds!
Last but not least, the night-life in Melbourne is bound to excite the more outgoing kind of tourist. There are more nightclubs and bars than you will be able to sample. From the Camino Bar to the Golden Buddha Lounge and even the Brown Alley which is located underground, you can dance the night away as you enjoy your favorite drinks and bond with the locals.
It is not possible to list each and every attraction in Melbourne. One thing is for sure though: that there is something for everyone in this Australian city.