7 Reasons to Travel to Melbourne

Written by  on September 16, 2011 

Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, is the second most populous city in Australia. Located on Port Phillip Bay in South East Australia, the city is a cultural hub. It has a rich history and has grown to become Australia’s centre of arts, entertainment and sport.

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It is popular tourist destination, with many travelling to Melbourne for weekend getaways, weeklong holidays and yearlong visits. In order to see this city for all it is worth, there are many Melbourne tours that can be taken. These tours capture the essence of Melbourne and include visiting Melbourne’s most popular landmarks.

7 landmarks that make Melbourne stand out over any other Australian city are:

1. The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is known as one of the most scenic drives in the world. On this drive, you’ll see the sheer diversity offered by Australia. You’ll explore the spacious beaches, rich rainforests, striking headlands and unique rock formations. Along this road, you’ll encounter noteworthy sites such as the Twelve Apostles and the London Arch.

There are a variety of Great Ocean Road tours to choose from. These last between 1 and 4 days, include meals and accommodation and cater for all budgets.

2. Melbourne Cricket Ground

The MCG is the tenth largest stadium in the world and hosts sports including cricket, soccer, rugby league and Australian Football League (AFL) games. It can hold over 100,000 people, so get amongst it. Experience the atmosphere as fans cheer on their team.

3. Culture scene

Melbourne is known as the cultural centre of Australia. The range and popularity of shows performed and seen at this city are unmatched by any other city. This culture can be seen at the Victorian Arts precinct and Federation Square. It can also be seen in the many festivals and parades Melbourne hosts annually, as well as its art performances, such as opera and theatre, and its many music concerts and sporting events.

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4. Melbourne’s Trams

The tram network of Melbourne is the largest in the world. They are a popular means of transport for Melbournians, as well as tourists. The trams operate in the city’s roads, and there are also specific restaurant and heritage trams.

5. Bells Beach

Bells Beach is a popular surfing location. It is known for its surfing conditions and hosts the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival, the world’s longest running surfing competition. Whilst it is 100kms out of Melbourne, it’s famous conditions draw in both tourists and locals.

6. Queen Victoria Markets

Melbourne is renowned worldwide for its shopping. One of the favourite shopping locations for tourists and locals alike is the Queen Victoria Markets. This market is 130 years old and is the largest outdoor market in the Southern Hemisphere.

The market stocks grocery items as well as a diverse range of clothes, jewellery and homemade arts/crafts. Queen Victoria Market is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, indicating its significant cultural value.

7. Rich historical buildings

Melbourne has rich historical value. For example, it was a significant location during the Victorian Gold Rush. This history has been preserved and can be explored. Key buildings which provide an insight into Melbourne life hundreds of years ago are the Old Melbourne Gaol, Parliament House and Victoria Barracks.

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Whilst there are hundreds of other attractions in Melbourne, these 7 significant attractions represent the strong culture of Melbourne. It is this culture that makes visiting Melbourne an enjoyable experience.

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