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Type of place:
Natural surroundings: Hills, River, Sea
Things to do: Amusement place, Aquarium, Art, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Casino, Castles, Cinema, Club, Cruise, Festival, Fishing, go-cart, Hot Air Ballooning, Motorcycle, Museum, Opera, Palace, Pub/Bar, Rail Trip, Restaurant, Safari, Spa & Welness, Theatre, Zoo
Sports to do: Basketball, Cycling, Dancing, Football, Golf, Gym/Fitness, Hiking/Walking, Kayaking, Mountain Climbing, Parachuting, Rafting, Sailing/Boating, Skate park, Sky diving, Swimming, Tennis, Windsurfing
Melbourne gives you the opportunity to view Victorian and Gothic architecture alongside modern steel and glass buildings. This city, is thus known for its mixture of styles. Some of the major landmarks in the city include:
Old Melbourne Gaol
This well-preserved 19th century prison enables you to picture what it would be like to walk the road to the gallows. The deep history of the place makes it an interesting experience.
Waterfront City Piazza & Pavilion
Waterfront City is Melbourne's most famous event and entertainment premises. The place is known for its great selection of waterside bars and restaurants.
This extremely popular tourist attraction, functions as the city's meeting place and is the focal point for all cultural gatherings. It comprises a series of buildings, which include a public broadcaster, art galleries, a museum, cinemas, exhibition spaces, auditoria, restaurants, bars and shops.
Fitzroy Garden’s Conservatory
Established in 1930, this engaging place reflects the city's commitment to horticulture. The building showcases Spanish architectural style and is a must-visit place for those who enjoy floral beauty.
This Skydeck boasts of being the highest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere. Built in the Eureka Tower, the tallest residential building in the world, the platform features a glass cube ride for those looking for a bit of thrill.
Melbourne ZooThe Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, commonly known as Melbourne Zoo, is an award-winning zoo with over 350 species of animals from all over the world, thus making it an interesting site for those enthusiastic about wildlife. It is about 4 kms from the centre of Melbourne and is easily accessible through railways and trams.
Melbourne's scenery and diverse natural environment make it a wonderful place for those who love the outdoors. You can go in for white-water rafting, have a gentle walk through tall forests, or if you are truly adventurous you can set up camp for a longer stay. Golf lovers can take advantage of a championship golf course, to tee off.
Pubs and Clubs
The multi-culturism of Melbourne is most evident in the immense variety of nightspots that exist in the city. You can easily find a place to hang-out, whatever be your taste or budget. From sophisticated bars to a place where you can just relax with a beer, options galore. Here are a few spots worth checking out:
Run by a hostess with an interesting name of Miss Pearls, this is the the perfect place to recline with a sweet afternoon cocktail.
This bar is rather unusually located inside a converted sea container. The setting makes the entire experience unique.
This is more of a local's place, with three o'clock being their favorite time. The Prince is known for its rock-n-roll spirit and relaxed atmosphere.
The weather here is capricious, although major extremes are not experienced in one day. Statistically, Melbourne generally receives about 600mm of rainfall annually, which is quite less compared to Sydney. Also rainfall often occurs in spells throughout the year, with October being the wettest month.
Heatwaves are often prevalent during the summer and daytime temperature can sometimes reach 40 degrees. Winter is usually cool, characterized by both sunny weather and cold, damp conditions. Temperatures in winter can fall as low as 2 degrees, but only on the coldest nights.
From 1901-27, Melbourne served as the capital of the country, so it was one of the first cities to enjoy good connectivity with other cities as well as with other countries. Even today, Melbourne Airport is one of the busiest airports in Australia.Melbourne is served by an extensive public transport network. It has one of the world's most extensive tram networks, almost 300 bus routes and a train system comprising 16 lines. The city has got an integrated ticketing system, called Metcard, which enables passengers to buy one ticket for use on suburban bus, train and tram services for a specified time period.