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Tourist Places To Visit In Melbourne
Melbourne is one of the most lively cities of Australia, situated on the bank of Yarra river. It has been a significant spot on the world map, for business as well as pleasure. A vibrant city, Melbourne has a number of tourist places that will excite every type of traveller. The city is steeped in history and culture, and yet, it moves at a fast pace keeping in time with today’s youth. From Museums to Zoos, from fancy observation decks to the peaceful wineries in the countryside, there are a number of tourist places in Melbourne which should be on every traveller's visit list.
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Located in Federation Square, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image is Australia’s National Film and Audio-Visual Museum. It houses a record of the films, moving art, video games, and digital culture made in Australia. The Museum has two cinema halls capable of playing every film, video and digital format with the latest state of the art technology and sound systems. Both halls can together accommodate over 500 people. ACMI has been host to some of the most popular exhibitions and shows over the last decade. It has a regular schedule showcasing indigenous, classic and independent films of Australia. For the film buffs, this museum will be a paradise. It is open from 10 am to 5 pm on all days of the week.
The Melbourne Museum is the country’s natural and cultural history museum. It is made in a contemporary modernist fashion allowing all aspects of Melbourne's culture, history, society, education and its people to interact in a holistic manner. The Museum has also won the best Tourist Attraction award at the Australian Tourism Awards. Apart from its galleries, the museum also houses an IMAX theatre which showcases movies and documentaries on the large screen. The museum complex also has an amphitheatre, a Discovery Centre, a café and a souvenir shop within. It is open to visitors from 10 am to 5 pm, 365 days of the year, with only Christmas and Good Friday being an off.
The oldest zoo in all of Australia, each trip to the Melbourne Zoo will be a different experience even for regular visitors. The zoo will surely be a fun place to visit for the entire family with a wide range of exhibits, events and the various species of animals and birds. The most exciting and perhaps the largest exhibit here is the Wild Sea exhibit displaying the excellent aquatic skills of penguins and seals. The zoo also has an Asian Elephant Trail which is home to 5 Asian elephants. For the adventurous, there is also an option to spend the night at the zoo with the elephants.
Great Ocean Road
A 243 km long stretch of road along the southeastern coast of Australia, the Great Ocean Road is the world’s largest war memorial built by the WWI returned soldiers. This excellent stretch of drive also has many attractions including the very famous Twelve Apostles. Other attractions you can drive to include the Gibson Steps, a set of Oceanside cliff with a viewpoint and Loch Ard Gorge which is the point where the Loch Ard, a Clipper ship carrying 54 passengers and crew got wrecked.
If you have had enough of the vibrant city life in Melbourne, a lovely escape would be Yarra Valley. An hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Valley is home to some of the best wineries of the area. It has small, quaint accommodation facilities and even some parachuting opportunities. Healesville, a small country town will lead you into the vineyard region. The area is known for its warm hospitality and delectable food made from all organic homegrown ingredients. Explore sunrise from a hot air balloon as you relax with a glass of pinot noir. While at Yarra Valley, do try and visit the Abbotsford Convent which has now been revamped to host exhibitions and events along with serving food and ale.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
If you want a quick break from the fast-paced city life of Melbourne, head right to the Royal Botanic Gardens located in the heart of the CBD. The Botanic Gardens are home to over 8500 species for flora and the expansive grounds ensure there is ample space to find your own corner to relax in after exploring the gardens. The gardens are divided into different sections and the best way to explore them would be to take a guided walking tour. Your native tour guide will also give you the details of the gardens, its history and show you the uses of certain plants - both as food as well as medicines. The gardens are open to visitors from 7:30 am to sunset.
The largest seated theatre in the entire continent with a seating capacity of 2896 people, Palais Theatre is located in the suburb of St. Kilda. It was built in 1927 and is included in the Victorian Heritage Register. The Palais is a concert venue, a theatre and a cinema. It had been a family-owned business till 1957, being owned by the Phillip brothers. Today the venue is famous for more live performances as opposed to cinema earlier.
Eureka Skydeck 88 and Edge
Eureka tower located in Riverside Quay is home to the Eureka Skydeck 88 and has the thrilling experience of the Edge. This is the highest public vantage point from where you can see the entire city of Melbourne. From 88 floors above ground level, it is a completely different experience altogether, to soak in the beauty of this diverse city.
The Edge is a glass cube located on the 88th floor, which projects 3 meters out of the building with you inside it. It gives you an experience of seeing the whole world from that height, with the glass floor beneath you.