Thinking about travelling to Melbourne? Well, this is my opportunity to tell you about the places I decided to visit in Melbourne and give you tips about travelling this wonderful city!
Melbourne Visitor Centre
I’m putting this at the top of the list, because it’s definitely worth your time before you go off gallivanting through the city. It is located directly across from Flinders Street Station in Federation Square.
Here you can pick up city maps and leaflets containing tram details. Also (if you’re a cheapskate like me) then there are leaflets with money off particular attractions.
When I went, I picked up a 10% off voucher for the Eureka Skydeck 88 and a 20% off voucher for the Sea Life Aquarium Melbourne.
Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance is a war memorial. Yearly observances of Anzac Day and Remembrance Day take place here. It is one of the largest war memorials in Australia.
Why visit here? It is located on St Kilda Road not only can you appreciate the history and respect the remembrance of the soldiers whom died fighting for Australia, but there are also great views of the city here. There are stairs located inside which takes takes you to the balcony at the top.
It is free entry.
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Without a doubt, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne are spectacular. The 38 hectares of landscaped gardens is a nice little escape from the urban city to a beautiful scenery. Again, free entry and I’d definitely say it is worth a visit – especially on a fine day.
Hosier Lane is famous for its urban art. The quality of art is pretty
spectacular and sometimes it has political influence. This lane has become a popular backdrop for different types of photography. When I visited, there was a newly married couple having their wedding photos taken there.
I don’t know about you, but for every city I visit I love to go to its main view point to take amazing city scape photos. The Eureka Tower is the highest skyscraper in Melbourne (and the Southern Hemisphere) and has amazing 360 views of the city.
$20 for standard entry and $25.50 for a day and night entry. I bought the standard entry and decided to go at dusk so I could get day and night photos in one trip and for a cheaper price (told you I’m a cheapskate ;)).
St Kilda Beach & Elwood Beach
St Kilda Beach is Melbourne’s most famous beach. It is a sandy 700m long beach which has a pier, St Kilda Pier; this pier has a long breakwater which shelters St. Kilda Harbour and hosts a little penguin colony. The penguins come to this breakwater every day after
sunset. Even if you don’t fancy a trip to the beach after sunset, I tell you now – it’s definitely worth it to see these adorable penguins!
If you continue to walk down the beach away from the city you will reach Elwood Beach. If you want a quieter beach to relax on, this is a nice walk with great views of the city too.
At $31.60 why not visit the zoo? The zoo is not too far from the city, trains run from Flinders Street Station on the Upfield line every day, stopping at Royal Park Station (Melbourne Zoo’s very own station).
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
I honestly enjoy taking a visit to the Sea Life Aquarium’s. You may think “they are all the same”, but I personally like the local twist each of these Sea Life’s have. Melbourne has the only display in the world of Elephant Sharks (fun fact for you!). For $40.50 (or $36.45 if you pay online) you can’t complain!
Melbourne Central is home to the Coop’s Shot Tower which used to be the tallest building in Melbourne in the 1940’s. It is now inside the Melbourne Central retail complex where it’s buzzing with restaurants, unique retailers and bars. Coop’s Shot Tower is the most ‘Instagrammed’ monument in Melbourne, so it’s definitely worth a visit!
Queen Victoria Night Market
This takes place every Wednesday 5:00pm – 10:00pm, it’s such a great atmosphere and it’s filled with every type of food stall you could think of, from crazy Australian stalls (serving Crocodile, Kangaroo and Ostrich burgers), Japanese, Italian, Korean food etc. There’s also little independent retail stalls set up and different entertainment each week including bands, dancers etc.