The coastal road linking Melbourne and Adelaide is perhaps one of the most spectacular roads in the world and it certainly ranks high on the list of Australian tourist attractions. The trip itself is about 1000 kilometers. There are so many things to see along the way so it would be a shame to not spend three to four days on it. Obligatory stops on this route include the stunning cliffs of the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and the impressive lighthouses as Split Point. Not everything in life are cliffs or lighthouses, the "Great Ocean Road" also has stops with great Rests Maits path or charming towns like Port Fairy.
On a family holiday, I spotted some nice leading lines heading towards the station and along the Yarra River. It was way too crowded during the day so I waited until it quieted down a bit at night. I also like the colours.
Melbourne is a fantastic city, with incredibly diverse cultures. There is a new experience around every corner, a real breath of fresh air.
Queen Victoria Market is the life and soul of Melbourne, a must visit for all toursits stopping through. In a market that is part typical food, fruit, vegetables, pastry, meat, fish, and on the outside coexists with diverse product sales such as T-shirts and other products, some days the booths are set up outside in plan stalls at dusk, where people tasting world foods such as Spanish, Oriental, Italian, etc.
In 1835 John Batman arrived on the banks of the Yarra, where there aboriginal tribes still were, and chose the site for the foundation of a new city, Melbourne. The river divides the city into two separate banks, the North Bank and the South Bank, which despite being well-connected, have different characters. The south bank of the Yarra is more oriented towards the arts and design. On this side are the National Gallery of Victoria, very important for its collections of Australian, especially Aboriginal, art. Also there is the Victoria Arts Center. Across the river, on the north bank, the architecture is more Victorian, concentrated in the neighborhood around Swanston Street. Here you'll find the main public buildings: the State Library and Museum of Victoria, which date back to the mid-nineteenth century, the gothical St. Paul's Cathedral, the Town Hall which was built thanks to the Gold Rush, Flinders Street Station and the RMIT Building,
Flinders Station is a Victorian style building situated in the heart of the city, next to the Yarra River. It's the one place that you'll definitely want to visit in Melbourne. In fact, it's one of this Australian city's landmarks, and it's also the center of all the transportation system's activity, which makes it a popular meeting place and a common reference point. There's no doubt that you'll find yourself here at one point or another. They say that it's the biggest suburban railway station in the entire southern hemisphere. It's a Victorian-style building that contrasts with the modern Federation Square that's nearby. A bridge between the past and the present is well-preserved and impressive, both on the outside and inside. Flinders Station is on the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets and was built in 1884. It's usually open from 5 a.m. until 3 a.m. every day.
When I got to the beach I began to realize that I was in Melbourne, 20 thousand kilometers away from Spain, looking at the waters of the Southern Ocean. The girl in the picture is Bea, one of the many friends I have made this year as an exchange student in Melbourne. I especially like this photo because you can see Bea with an expression that makes it seem as she does not notice the sunset behind her in the photo.
This lovely building can be found in Melbourne, in the state of Victoria in the south of Australia. It is made out of brick, wood, steel and slate. The Carlton Gardens are home to the city museum. Here you will find a mixture of styles, including Byzantine, Lombardy and the Italian Renaissance. This is the first building in Australia to be included in the UNESCO world heritage sites. Here an International Exposition was held, as well as many other exhibitions, and also there is an Imax theater at 180 degrees. Around the building are the Carlton Gardens, which are also part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are 26 hectares and it has a good reputation for its botanical collection of conifers, palms and other plants. The gardens are typical of Victorian landscaping. They date back to the mid-19th century.
This alley is situated between huge skyscrapers in the city of Melbourne. In it you can find everything: Small stores, used book stores with no issues that are edited, musicians from around the world, Chinese weddings or craftsmen making delicious candy. It is one of the first places I visited when I came to this city to spend a year as an exchange student and, even after several months there, I kept managing to see new things on a daily basis. In the photo you can see the colors.
This museum in the centre of Melbourne, near the Carlton Gardens, mixes various topics ranging from the environment and issues relating from different animal species, to the human body and mind, and there's a part on the ground floor dedicated to Australia's Aborigines. There are often 3D movies. You'll have to pay an admission charge.
If you want a free tour of the centre of Melbourne, this is the best choice. The tram makes a rectangular journey, and the stops are located near the city's major attractions. It's a remarkable way to get around town, and you'll feel like a complete tourist. If it's summer and a hot day, remember that it's not air conditioned, so it can be a bit overwhelming. Important: you must pay attention to the schedule, as some days it stops running at 18:00 and others at 21:00. You can check your schedule on the website.
Melbourne's Botanical Gardens are one of the city's main attractions. Not far from the central business district, they can be reached easily on foot or by public transport. The Botanical Gardens cover an area of 36 hectares, and are filled with native vegetation. The best time to visit is in spring or summer, when all the plants are in full bloom, but it continues to be popular during the short winter season - it has over one million visitors annually. The gardens are divided into different sections, including the Rose Garden and Herb Garden. Admission is free, and the doors open at 7:30am and close at sunset. A great place to go for a picnic.
In the city of Melbourne is a park and in it an old house that was brought from England. It was built in 1755 and was a dream come true for James and Grace Cook (actually his initials are engraved on the front door). It was located in Yorkshire and no one suspected then that centuries later it would end up in Australia. One of the children of this couple was James Cook, the famous British sailor, who at age 26 joined the Royal Navy for 16 years. He became a captain and renowned explorer. In 1933 the birthplace of James Cook went up for sale and when this news reached Australia some history lovers bought it and brought it to Melbourne to celebrate the holidays and the 1934 Centennial. The Russell Grimwade house was bought for 800 pounds and was given to the people of Victoria. The building was carefully dismantled then rebuilt in Fitzroy Gardens, brick by brick, in 253 pieces in 40 barrels. Today it is a symbol of Melbourne, it appears in many postcards and is surrounded by a beautiful park full of flowers and plants.
This museum a must if you are in Melbourne. It shows the evolution of the people immigrating to Australia from the very first migrations to the present. It is very informative and you can view photos, notes and see inside the compartments of the boat in which the People coming from Europe and Asia stayed. I could see the museum tomorrow afternoon and stop by the Spanish Club, Spanish home, where I could contrast the stories of the museum with names of Spanish compatriots. You must pay to enter.
If you want to shop and have everything around you then this mall is for you. It's outdoors and full of trendy shops and eateries. Please note it closes at 17:30, just like the vast majority of businesses in the city. It can be reached by tram or by the free tourist bus that the city offers you.
Melbourne CBD, Victoria, Australia, April 2009. This is a very European city, which can get very sunny, but is very cold at this time of year (early winter). Beautiful architecture, carriages, and trams ... In addition, you can take a ride on an old steam train!
The "Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle" is a modern and free bus that runs through the city of Melbourne showing you the highlights of the city. The driver livens up ride with his own comments which are often funny, if you come to understand his Australian accent. Highly recommended, the full tour lasts about an hour and a half. It is perfect for when you're tired.
You're traveling to Melbourne? How exciting! The city was chosen in 2011 as the best city in the world to live and, as you'd expect, there is no shortage of things to see in Melbourne.
When you go about exploring all the top Melbourne attractions, the river Yarra is a good way to orient yourself while discovering all the best things to do in Melbourne. Design and the Arts are concentrated on the South Bank, along with the National Gallery of Victoria, the Victoria Center for the Arts, and a tower similar to the Eiffel Tower which has become one of the symbolic attractions in Melbourne.
On the North Bank, you'll discover a more Victorian side of the city as well as all the major monuments and public buildings such as Flinders Street station, the Cathedral of St. Paul and the Melbourne Town Hall. Other essential places to visit in Melbourne are the numerous parks and gardens. There are so many that the city's nickname is the "garden city." The Royal Botanical Gardens, Albert Park and Carlton Gardens are some of the most well known.
Wondering what Melbourne activities are family friendly? The kids will love the amusement park Luna Park, the Aquarium and the Zoo, where they can meet koalas, kangaroos and emus. Discover all the stuff to do in Melbourne on minube. Just browse among the experiences shared by our community of travelers and find exactly what to do in Melbourne to have a trip of a lifetime!