Melbourne holiday makers are well advised to take a trip on the free City Circle tram service to acquaint themselves with the attractions of this great holiday destination.
Melbourne’s yellow and green trams are a much loved part of the city landscape, faithfully carrying the local population to and from work and transporting visitors to the many popular attractions to be found throughout the city. A popular tram ride for visitors is the trip to St Kilda Pavilion and the pier.
Flinders Street Station is the pivotal point for all the suburban train travel throughout Melbourne. This Australian landmark is where generations of Melburnians have arranged to meet under the clocks.
In more recent times, the nearby Crown Casino towers over the Yarra River and provides the city with entertainment and gaming. Melbourne is a very “walkable” city with mostly flat terrain and gentle inclines and there is no shortage of great walks throughout the city.
Many a visitor to Melbourne has called in to have a drink in the company of Chloe at Young & Jacksons Hotel, arguably Australia’s most famous hotel. Any tour that takes in Melbourne’s history should include St Pauls Cathedral, the historic Captain Cook’s cottage in Fitzroy Gardens, Como Homestead in South Yarra and Ripponlea near St Kilda. The Old Melbourne Gaol is best known in Australian history for being the prison where the bushranger Ned Kelly was hanged.
For magnificent panoramic views of the city, a recommended visit is the Rialto Towers observation deck on the 55th floor. A popular city destination is the Queen Victoria Market to see the produce vendors in action. For a change of pace, visit the Melbourne Aquarium where the adrenalin junkies can swim with the sharks.
Melbourne is home to Australia’s most diverse ethnic mix. Anglo Saxon, Italian, Greek, Chinese and Vietnamese are just some of the nationalities to be found in Melbourne’s shops and restaurants. A Melbourne event not to be missed is the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in March – April when all the great cuisines of these various cultures are on display.
Melbourne prides itself on being Australia’s art capital and art lovers should plan to visit the National Gallery of Victoria and the Victorian Arts Centre. Open air concerts at the Myer Music Bowl are a Melbourne institution.
Sports lovers will find plenty to choose from in Melbourne. The crowd atmosphere at a football match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is a memorable experience. The ground is the home of cricket during the summer and in winter it becomes the headquarters for the AFL (Australian Football League) also known as “Australian Rules” football.
The southern fringes of Melbourne are home to Werribee Park Zoo, Werribee Park Mansion and gardens, and the adjoining Victorian State Rose Garden. For those with an interest in things aeronautical, a visit to the Air Force Museum at Point Cook is recommended.
Any visit to Melbourne should allow for day trips, or preferably longer, to the magnificent regions surrounding Melbourne. Phillip Island, the Mornington Peninsula, Bellarine Peninsula, the Yarra Valley and the Macedon Ranges are just some of the destinations that should feature on any Melbourne travel itinerary.
A Melbourne car rental will allow the independent traveller to reach all of these attractions with a minimum of fuss and bother. If you plan on an extended self drive tour, there are plenty of campers, motorhomes and 4WD campers that will meet your requirements.