The second largest city in Australia and the entire Oceania region, Melbourne is truly a traveler’s paradiseoffering up an endless array of exciting activities, picturesque scenery, stunning architecture and some truly world-class dining experiences. This bustling, lively city really does have something to offer everyone, no matter whether your idea of the perfect holiday is relaxing by the beach, taking in concerts and art exhibits, or shopping, dining and dancing.
In fact, Melbourne has so much to offer that it would take months to experience it all, while trying to tell you about everything there is to do and see would probably require a whole book. That being said, here are some of the highlights that no visitor to this majestic city should miss out on.
Exploring the City’s Incredible Architecture
Undoubtedly one of the highlights for many visitors to Melbourne is its unique mix of modern and Victorian-era architecture. The city is littered with numerous lovely arcades and quaint winding lanes, while also being home to a thriving street art scene. Visitors are sure to love spend hours getting lost in the city’s streets, making their way past incredible Victorian-era buildings like St. Paul’s and St. Patrick’s Cathedrals. Of course, very few buildings can compare to the stunning Royal Exhibition Building, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As well, the cool Art Deco Manchester Unity Building is definitely another favorite.
Dining and Drinking High Above the City
Melbourne is famous for its many rooftop bars and restaurants, where visitors can enjoy some truly spectacular views of the city while sipping on cocktails or local craft beers and wines. As well, the city is also home to several restaurants considered amongst the absolute best in the world, including the award-winning Attica.
For Art Lovers
The city is also home to several world class museums and galleries, among them the impressive National Gallery of Victoria. As well, the vibrant South Bank district is the heart of the city’s graffiti and street art scene. For those looking for a quiet stroll, the city’s many picturesque gardens and statue parks also offer a relaxing break from the surrounding hustle and bustle.
Beaches, Wine Tours and More
No trip to Melbourne can really be complete without exploring a bit of the surrounding region. From the nearby Yarra Valley wine country, with its numerous family-run wineries and local cheese producers, to the beautiful beaches of Mornington Peninsula and Bellarine Peninsula, the surrounding areas are perfect for those wanting to explore a bit of nature.