The Best of Melbourne

Melbourne, the coastal capital of Victoria, Australia, is a multicultural, sophisticated, and vibrant city, pulsating with a wealth of places to see and things to do. It has majestic 19th century buildings, a performing arts complex, and art galleries showcasing indigenous art to indulge your love for history and culture. It has romantic laneways, pleasingly old-fashioned boulevards lined with beautiful trees and long stretches of gorgeous parklands and gardens surrounding the city. Amidst all these refreshingly classic wonders, you also have a wide selection of stylish bars, clubs, and restaurants where you can have your fill of live music, jazz, cinema, cabaret, and comedy.

Melbourne has a flourishing arts scene. It is home to large, well-established art galleries, as well as to small and exciting artist cooperatives showcasing the ground-breaking works of promising local artists. You can head down to Flinders Lane for galleries which showcase indigenous art. You can go to the Ian Potter Centre in the Federation Square in the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets and explore Australian art; you can also look at exhibits of cutting-edge video art and other innovative media. You can also take a look at the National Gallery of Victoria in St. Kilda Road and look at their amazing collection of international art work.

If you have a strong passion for nature, make sure to visit Herring Island, the Heide Museum of Modern Art, or the Linden Arts Centre for outdoor artistry and sculpture gardens. Make sure to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in Birdwood Avenue in the south of the Yarra River. Considered one of the finest botanical gardens in the world, it covers all of 40 hectares and has more than 50,000 plants, including several rare varieties. Its Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden was put up to inspire young gardeners. Its Aboriginal Heritage Walk will give you a peek at the rich and deep heritage of native Australians. If you visit during the summer, you can enjoy live theatre, as well as cinema right under the bright moon and stars.

Melbourne is not known as the sports capital of Australia for nothing. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is referred to as one of the greatest stadiums in the world. The G, as it is affectionately called, has been home to the greatest moments in the sporting history of the country – the Australian Rules Football, the Test Cricket, the Commonwealth Games of 2006, and the Olympic Games of 1956. Visit the MCG, the Olympic Museum, and the Australian Gallery of Sport. Include as well the Melbourne Park right across the G – which holds the Australian Open tennis tournament each January. The park also doubles as a function and concert venue.

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