Melbourne is a beautiful city with a multitude of attractions for both tourists and locals. It has all of the standard things to see that you can find in major cities around the world, but also has some very unique places and events that are specific to them. Whether you want to check out some cricket matches or cruise one of the many national parks, Melbourne probably has something that you will find interesting.
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Let’s take a look at 10 of the top things to do in Melbourne:
- Port Campbell
If you enjoy national parks, Port Campbell is an amazing location in Melbourne that is widely known for its Twelve Apostles rock formation.
- Royal Botanic Gardens
These gardens are one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city. They were established in 1846 and have over 50,000 plants. The gardens see in excess of 1.5 million visitors every year. Check out the Aboriginal Walk while there that shows the heritage of Australia’s indigenous people.
- Melbourne Cricket Grounds
Another popular attraction is the Melbourne Cricket Grounds which goes back to 1853. It was the main stadium for the Olympics back in 1956. It is also the home for Australian Rules Football. The MCG, as it is sometimes called, can hold up to 100,000 people and has a reputation as one of the world’s best arenas.
- National Gallery of Victoria
Opened in 1968, the National Gallery of Victoria contains over 68,000 beautiful works of art. It is the oldest public are gallery in the country and is known around the world for The Great Hall which contains a spectacular stained glass ceiling.
- Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building
The Melbourne Museum is just a short ride via the tram or you can choose to check out a wide range of limousines for hire for all of your Melbourne travel. Hiring a private car is the simplest way to get around. The museum has a large and diverse collection of art, a children’s museum, and an Aboriginal information center. Next to the museum, is the spectacular Royal Exhibition Building which was built in 1880. This building was once the home for the first Parliament of Australia way back in 1901.
- Melbourne Zoo
You can’t really go to Australia without visiting the Melbourne Zoo. Dating back to 1862, it has more than 320 different animals. The legendary Trail of the Elephants highlights the lives of local Asian elephants via a village like setting. There is also an amazing Orangutan sanctuary.
- Visit The Forum
The Forum is not as widely known as some of the others attractions in Melbourne but now hosts some of the most popular names in rock music. It is an amazing building that also offers both comedy and theatre shows.
- Cottage of Captain Cook
Brought from Yorkshire, England, Captain Cook’s cottage was rebuilt in Melbourne to help visitors peer into the life of the famous explorer.
- Old Melbourne Gaol
If you want an interesting, and somewhat scary time, check out the Old Melbourne Gaol. First constructed in 1839, it operated as a prison from 1842 to 1929 and executed some of Australia’s most notorious criminals. Its museum displays peculiar items and information about both former prisoners as well as staff.
- Puffing Billy
The Puffing Billy railway is recognized as Australia’s premier steam-powered railway. Tourists can experience its trip through the local rainforest and surrounding areas throughout the year, except on Christmas.