Melbourne has many attractions, indoors and outdoors, to suit all age groups and interests.
If you like getting out and about, there are some lovely parks and gardens to explore. On a good day you can walk for miles, along the Yarra River, through the Alexandra Gardens, and then into the Kings Domain, which has the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Queen Victoria gardens, and the iconic Shrine of Remembrance, with its perpetual flame.
Family attractions are abundant here, with the Melbourne Zoo being a real highlight. Like your creatures in water? Then visit the very trendy Melbourne Aquarium, which invites you to not only look but feel as well! You could easily spend a day at the Melbourne Museum, and near there is the Imax theatre. Kids and adults will also love Scienceworks, where science really is fun.
A trip to the iconic MCG (Melbourne Cricket ground) is a must. Even if you don’t get to see a game of AFL or watch a test match you can still explore the Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum here.
The arts precinct in Melbourne will satisfy your cultural side, with the National gallery of Australia hosting some rare international exhibitions as well as highlighting some of Australia’s most famous artists. Just across the road is Federation Square, with its weird and trendy design that really got Melbourne talking when it was under construction. It is a great location for art and entertainment, as well as just sitting around and watching the world go by.
Australia is home to one of the Earth’s most diverse populations of marine life. We’re surrounded by ocean, so it seems logical that we should have some pretty decent aquariums. And Melbourne certainly does. Opened to the public in 2000, Melbourne Aquarium quickly cemented its reputation as one of the world’s best.
This facility hosts an amazing collection of animals from Australia and beyond, including a large contingent of ocean life from Antarctica. Some of Melbourne Aquarium