When planning a trip to Australia, Sydney is often the first place on people’s lists. But Melbourne is usually not far behind, nor should it be. Though the two cities maintain a rivalry, both have great cultural offerings, not to mention a great quality of life and plenty of nightlife and entertainment to keep you busy well into the wee hours of the morning.
Wikitravel calls Melbourne Australia’s “cultural capital, with Victorian-era architecture, extensive shopping, museums, galleries, theatres, and large parks and gardens.”
Below is information on some of the things to do and places to see while you are in Melbourne. Keep in mind, there is so much more to the city then what is listed. Travelers are surprised by the variety of different activities that range from places to dine and drink to the best activities to enjoy and make the most of your time here. You can find a number of tourist attractions to visit, in addition to finding places to stay in Melbourne on Expedia. You can also search online to see what is near the more populated areas around town.
National Gallery of Victoria
Step into Australia’s oldest art gallery, which opened in 1861, for a taste of the country’s culture, art history and aesthetic. In addition to the much-praised Monet’s Garden section, there are also exhibitions on Asian art that are said to be quite good. For convenience, you can book tickets online to avoid waiting in lines once you arrive and take an audio tour to fully understand the significance of the works on display.
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Though it may not relate to Melbourne culture alone, this gallery has a number of interesting and engaging exhibits for movie lovers from all over the world. Past visitors have reported seeing relics from the set of classics such as Gone With the Wind and Wizard of Oz. From the popular costume exhibit to the interactive components, this is a truly worthwhile and enjoyable experience for visitors of all ages.
In order to understand the current culture and dynamic population of Melbourne, as well as how it came to be that way, stop by the Immigration Museum. Through a series of fascinating exhibits, you will come to understand the many groups that have made their way to Melbourne and have come to make up the diverse demographic of the city.
If you need a break from all the museums and exhibits, however great they may be, spend some time at Fitzroy Gardens, one of the city’s finest green spaces. There are numerous interesting spots to see within the grounds, but it’s great even just for taking some time out and observing the people of Melbourne going about their days.
Eureka Skydeck 88
Those with an aversion to heights may not be able to stomach this one, but even for them, it’s worth a try. This is the highest vantage point in the southern hemisphere, according to the TripAdvisor owner description, and has a glass cube that projects three metres out from the building – and those brave enough can stand in it. This is a true thrill and should not be missed while visiting Melbourne. After hoofing it around the city to see the sights, you’ll appreciate it the aerial view even more.
Eureka Skydeck 88