Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia after Sydney save a plenty of interesting tourist attractions. Melbourne has four times get the title of “The World’s Most Liveable Cities” (the city most comfortable place to live) from The Economist, which in 2002 and 2004. In 2011 and 2012, Melbourne get the first level of The World’s Most Liveable Cities.
Melbourne is wonderful mix of modern and Victorian architecture, it has vast convention centers, cultural and historical landmarks, avant-garde festivals, and exciting sporting events. Also vacation would not be complete without the shopping and the food, Melbourne has it all.
Here are top tourist attractions in Melbourne
1. Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road is a road that was built on the southern coast of Australia between Geelong and Warrnambool in Victoria. This road was built during the Great Depression, between World War I and World War II as the Australian Government’s efforts to open up the job. Because it is built on the edge of the coast, Great Ocean Road present spectacular views Bass Strait and a variety of natural beauty in the form of rock formations such as the Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles and London Arch. Some cities also became a place of tourism such as Lorne and Apollo Bay.
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground
This stadium is home to the Melbourne Cricket Club. It is the tenth-largest stadium in the world, the largest in Australia, the largest stadium for playing cricket, and holds the world record for the highest light towers at any sporting venue. The MCG is within walking distance of the city centre and is served by the Richmond railway station, Richmond, and the Jolimont railway station, East Melbourne. It is part of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct.
3. National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV, is an art museum in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1861, it is the oldest public art museum in Australia. In addition to the Australian collections, international collection areas include European painting (historical and modern), fashion and textiles, photography, prints and drawings, Asian art, decorative arts, Mesoamerican art, Pacific art, sculpture, antiquities, and contemporary art. It has strong collections in areas as diverse as old masters, Greek vases, Egyptian artifacts and historical European ceramics, and contains the largest and most comprehensive range of artworks in Australia.
4. Yarra Valley Wineries
The Yarra Valley was Victoria’s first planted wine region. The Yarra Valley is popular for day-trip and tourist area, featuring a range of natural features and agricultural produce, as well as the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail. The Yarra Valley is host to a thriving wine growing industry. The area’s relatively cool climate makes it particularly suited to the production of high-quality chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wine.
5. Soverign Hill, Ballarat
Sovereign Hill is an open air museum in Golden Point, a suburb of Ballarat. Sovereign Hill is located on the site of one of Ballarat’s major gold diggings. The discovery on August 21, 1851 by James Dunlop and James Reagan. The gold diggings are the centre point of the complex, featuring a winding creek in which visitors are able to pan for real gold. This area is surrounded by tents and buildings contemporary to the early years of the gold rush. Here you can also see the houses and the quaint shops on a dirt road traversed people with models dressed in the 19th century, and a horse-drawn carriage. You can follow the school of that era (even learning to write with a dip pen), look at the workings of an ancient steam engine (which still runs perfectly), panning for gold in rivers, ancient bowling alley up to see the camp of Chinese immigrants.
6. Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Philips Island is perfect for animal lovers. Every afternoon, the Penguins were in the sea go back to the mainland. In Phillip Island, you can see directly these innocent birds marching towards to the mainland and brushed past your feet. If you want to see the penguins from the the nearest distance, come most early and grab a seat close to the waterfront and pathways of the penguins. The island is also recognized as having some of the most consistently reliable and varied surf conditions in the country. The island has hosted various surf events in the past, such as the Rip Curl Pro in 2005 and the Roxy Pro Women’s Surfing Festival.
7. Eureka Skydeck
Eureka Tower is a 297.3-metre (975 ft) skyscraper located in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The observation deck (Eureka Skydeck 88) occupies the entire 88th floor of the Eureka Tower and is the highest public vantage point in a building in the Southern Hemisphere at 285 m (935 ft). It opened to the public on 15 May 2007. An entry fee applies to access the Skydeck. The Skydeck features thirty viewfinders that help visitors to pinpoint numerous significant landmarks around all parts of Melbourne, along with several free binoculars. There is a small outside area called ‘The Terrace’ which is closed in high winds. There is also a glass cube called ‘The Edge’, which extends itself from the building to hang over the edge of the tower and add to the viewing experience.
8. Federation Square
Federation Square is a civic centre and cultural precinct in the city of Melbourne. It is a mixed-use development covering an area of 3.2 hectares and centred around two major public spaces: open squares (St. Paul’s Court and The Square) and one covered (The Atrium), built on top of a concrete deck above busy railway lines. There are a number of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants, and cultural facilities such as Melbourne Visitor Centre, The Edge theatre, National Gallery of Victoria.
9. Healesville Sanctuary
Want to see koalas at close range or shake hands with a kangaroo? you should try to Healesville Sanctuary. In contrast to Melbourne Zoo, in this place the animals allowed to live freely aka not stable, so that you can interact directly with the animals (except with the koalas because they sleep 20 hours a day). Do not feed the animals that were there because they generally have a specific diet.
10. Parliament House of Victoria
Parliament House in Melbourne, located at Spring Street in East Melbourne at the edge of the Melbourne city centre, the seat of the Parliament of Victoria, Australia. The building is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. Public tours of Parliament are conducted on days when Parliament is not sitting. Public tours take place at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3.45 pm from the Vestibule.