Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, Australia has been repeatedly voted as the best city in the world to live in and as a tourist you will realize why. The city has some fabulous attractions and you will hardly get bored. The city itself has a Central Business District (CBD) and suburbs as do most Australian cities. Many of the tourist destinations lie in and around the CBD. Melbourne boasts of an excellent public transport system comprising of buses, trams and trains which are integrated and the same card can be swiped in all of them. The tram service, in a limited area within the CBD, is free.
There are many attractions in Melbourne. There’s a lot of history and then in many places modern technology has been seamlessly integrated to make the experience memorable. If you went to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), for example, apart from getting overwhelmed by the sheer magnificence of the stadium that can hold 100, 000 people, you will be taken around for a tour that showcases the cricketing history attached to the ground. Further, latest 5D and virtual reality shows are played out for the visitors in groups.
Just across the MCG is Melbourne Park that hosts the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year, the Australian Open. Don’t forget to visit the museums attached to each of these destinations since they really showcase a lot of the country’s past.
From the historic perspective there is the Queen Victoria Market, which is a cross between a bargain or a flea market and is also where the locals buy their fresh produce every week. Do check the timings of the market from local listings since it is not open on all days.
One of the most happening places in Melbourne is the Fed Square or the Federation Square which was built to mark the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Australian Federation. The building is famous for its architecture; but more than that, there is an open space in front of the Fed Square that is always bustling with activity with bands performing live shows. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi connectivity here.
A little ahead of Fed Square is the Yarra River, where you can take a boat ride. There are a couple of cruises offered. Do check the timings and the cost. If you have the time, you can drive out of Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road that offers a number of attractions. You will need to set aside a whole day and if you travel in a group, the enjoyment is amplified.
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