Victoria’s capital city of Melbourne lies at the northern end of Port Phillip Bay on the Yarra River. The cosmopolitan city is the home of Federation Square, Crown Casino, AFL football and Victorian Racing. Sports, scenery and living it up a little are on the agenda here. Spoil yourself with waterfront wining and dining, take in a match at the MCG or have a flutter at the track.
The city centre hugs the picturesque Yarra River which is fringed with pathways awaiting you to explore the city sights. Alternatively hop on a river cruise at Federation Wharf and appreciate Melbourne afloat, catch the City Circle Tram or City Tourist Shuttle Bus which operate free in town, or hire a bike at Federation Square and utilize the bike circuit.
in the heart of the city sees plenty of action. The Visitor Centre is located here, it’s always hustling and bustling, Flinders St Station is directly across the road, there are bars, restaurants, shops and museums and the big screen in the square broadcasts sporting events for the public to enjoy.
The Crown Casino is a diverse entertainment centre, particularly for nightlife. An extensive selection of gaming, wining and dining, bars, clubs, shows, accommodation and packages are available here. Enjoy a night out in the city where it’s all at your fingertips.
Docklands is another happening place, on Victor Harbour, with waterfront dining, shops galore in the Harbour Town Shopping Centre and picturesque views overlooking the water. Visit the new Icehouse skating centre or catch a footy game at Etihad Stadium.
Footy matches are a popular event in the “capital of Aussie rules football”. Both Etihad Stadium and the Melbourne Cricket Ground host matches throughout the season as well as a variety of other sporting events, including another Aussie favourite, the cricket at the MCG. Tours of the grounds are run all year round and the National Sports Museum at the MCG (gate 3) is of particular interest.
Horse racing is another exciting event here, with Caulfield and Flemington race courses being popular tracks, hosting prestigious racing events throughout the year, notably the Caulfield Cup, Victoria Derby and Melbourne Cup. Get a taste of the exciting racing atmosphere this city is famous for and head to the track.
Luna Park in St Kilda is fabulous entertainment for the kids and kids at heart. The park features a huge variety of rides and amusements to cater for all the family. From thrill seeker rides to roller-coasters and tamer family rides there’s something for everyone at Luna Park.
Werribee Open Range Zoo is a unique attraction in the city’s west. The zoo features a safari tour through the property of savannah plains to discover African animals adapted to their Australian home. The 45 minute guided bus tour gets you within metres of zebras, rhinoceros, giraffes, ostriches and antelopes. Then you are free to roam the park and see the hippos, lions, cheetahs, monkeys and all the other animals in enclosures. The Werribee Zoo experience is open daily from 9am to 5pm and is located on K Rd in South Werribee.
Next to the zoo is Werribee Park and Victoria’s largest old residence, the Werribee Mansion. The enormous restored mansion of the 1870’s is decorated with antique furnishings, intricate designs and lavish lawns and gardens. The mansion is of Italian style and free of charge to enter and explore.
The Victoria State Rose Garden at the Werribee Park entrance boasts a stunning array of magnificent coloured roses of various kinds. The exquisite blooms compliment each other in a burst of kaleidoscopic colour making a very enjoyable stroll through the gardens.
The Royal Botanic Gardens on Birdwood Ave in South Yarra offer a beautiful display of colourful plants, manicured lawns, ornamental lake, walking trails and café. The gardens provide a pleasant setting and peaceful atmosphere in the busy city, a haven to escape from it all and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. The gardens are open daily from 7.30am until sunset and entry is free.
The city of Melbourne is not only a great holiday destination, but the gateway to another.
The closest capital city on the mainland to the apple isle of Tasmania is the departure point for the Spirit of Tasmania, which is Australia’s largest passenger and vehicular ferry operating between Port Melbourne and Devonport. The cruise ship departs daily and advance bookings are essential.
Melbourne is a city of excitement and entertainment with plenty to see and do. The big cities might not be for everyone but they sure do impress when you get around to visiting them!
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