- Jonathan Chum
Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city and capital of the state of Victoria, is an energetic home to 4.9 million people. You'll find plenty of cultures here: Melbourne hosts dozens upon dozens of galleries, museums, and theaters. The city's many green spaces make it easy for residents and visitors alike to enjoy nature and escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Melbourne and its suburbs. There are countless things to do in Melbourne; here are a few highlights that you can't miss on your next trip!
The Royal Botanic Gardens
Located just 20 minutes from the CBD, the Royal Botanic Gardens are a great place to visit in Melbourne. If you're looking for something educational and fun, this is a great option. You can spend hours wandering through the gardens, enjoying all of their history and beauty.
The botanic gardens were first established as a private garden in 1846 by Sir William Jackson Hooker, who was one of the founders of Kew Gardens in London. Located next to Albert Park Lake, it's one of Melbourne's oldest parks and has over 6,000 species within its grounds!
There are quite literally thousands of flowers and plants at your disposal as well as plenty of animals too - reptiles such as blue tongue skinks (a type of lizard) can be found here along with rosellas (birds). You might even catch sight of some kangaroos grazing nearby!
Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market is Australia's largest open-air market and is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday. The market offers a huge range of produce, meat, seafood, flowers and plants, fruit and vegetables, clothing and accessories, and jewelry and gifts. There are around 700 stalls on offer at any one time --- check out their website for opening times before you go!
Eureka Skydeck 88
Melbourne's Eureka Skydeck 88 is the tallest building in Melbourne and has a 360-degree view of the city. The observation deck is located 88 floors up, making it one of the highest points for viewing in all of Australia.
The best time to see the city at night is between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm on weekdays or from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm on weekends. If you do plan on visiting during these hours, make sure to check out their website or call beforehand as they may have special ticketing deals going on that could save you some money!
National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria is a must-see for art lovers. It has an impressive collection of more than 70,000 works of art, including many by international artists. Highlights include the Florence Art Gallery, which showcases Australian and Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander art; the Nicholson Collection with its collection of European masterpieces; and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia's first dedicated curatorial department to present Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
The Arts Centre Melbourne
The Arts Centre Melbourne is a large performing arts venue in the city center. It is home to the National Ballet of Australia, Opera Australia, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO). The Arts Centre is also home to the State Theatre Company of Victoria, which presents opera and ballet performances throughout the year.
Yarra River Cruise
Get a bird's-eye view of Melbourne's skyline by taking a cruise along the Yarra River.
Take in the majestic views of the city, including Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, and Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The cruise is perfect for couples looking to explore new romantic getaway spots or families with kids who want to experience something different together.
The Dandenong Ranges
The Dandenong Ranges are a mountain range within the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. They consist of a series of low, forested hills with sharp peaks and steep slopes.
For those who enjoy outdoor activities, it is a great place to visit; there are many hiking trails in the area as well as some beautiful waterfalls. The Dandenong Ranges are also home to many attractions such as Botanic Gardens, Ferntree Gully Park, and Sherbrooke Forest Reserve.
National Sports Museum
While in Melbourne, be sure to check out the National Sports Museum. Located inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), this museum houses an impressive collection of sports memorabilia and has a museum shop, cafe, bar, and restaurant on site.
Albert Park Lake
Albert Park Lake is a lake in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. The lake was created in 1859 and it was named after Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. It is home to many water birds such as ducks and swans. The lake also has a long history of boating; there are many boats on its surface at any given time. Fishing is another popular activity here as well as rowing competitions are held every year on its waters.
The site of Albert Park Lake also attracts thousands of people each year during the annual Australian Grand Prix when it hosts some racing events for Formula One cars at one end of this body of water while spectators enjoy watching from nearby areas.
It's easy to see why Melbourne is such an appealing destination. It has a lot of green space, it has beautiful architecture, and it has amazing food and wine. The people are warm and welcoming too! With its world-class museums and art galleries, plus the always exciting sporting events that take place at the MCG each summer (and winter), there are plenty of reasons for tourists to visit this city. So if you want a fantastic holiday experience with all these things packed into one neat package? Well then look no further than Melbourne!