Best Melbourne Attractions You Should Visit
If you – like us – just love to travel the world, then you could certainly do worse than a nice trip to Melbourne. The capital of Victoria and the second most populous city in all of Australia, Melbourne is a popular tourist destination for anyone who wants to relax and unwind in the sun. From glorious food to an abundance of attractions and entertainment, you won’t know where to start in Melbourne!
But sunshine and relaxation is not all that this city has to offer; there are in fact plenty of interesting destinations worthy of a visit! Here are some of our personal favourites.
The Royal Botanic Gardens
Honestly, as soon as you’ve stepped within the walls of these gardens and have seen the natural beauty within, you’ll never want to leave! Thankfully, the Royal Botanic Gardens are only a short walk from the centre of the city, meaning they’re easily accessible to all – the walk there is actually rather a nice one, strolling along the Yarra river!
It’s a must-see if you’re travelling with any little ones in tow, as the Children’s Garden will simply take their breath away! A guided tour happens each and every day, and best of all it’s free, so make sure you take advantage of it.
St Kilda Pier
Now, you’re probably not going to believe us, but we’re telling the truth here – you can go and see penguins in Melbourne! Lots of Melbourne residents don’t even know about them; they’re a closely guarded secret. Head down to St Kilda Pier (not too far from the city centre) and walk along, right to the very end of the pier.
The best time of day to visit is just after the sun goes down, as you’ll have the most chance of seeing the funny little critters because they’ll all be coming home to rest after a long day’s fishing. They will get very close to the pier (they nest here) so you won’t even have to pay to see them! You’ll be saving money by seeing them here instead of at Philip Island; save even more by booking your flights at cheapflights.com.au.
The Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine is a war memorial, built to commemorate the lives of those who died during the First World War. Built back in 1934, the Shrine of Remembrance’s design was based on that of the Mausoleum of Maussollos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and it is home to two temporary exhibitions. Get yourself down to the visitors’ centre to find out more about the Shrine, and make sure to stroll around the sanctuary.
If you want to see something truly memorable, you’ll have to visit the Shrine of Remembrance on Remembrance Day, the 11th of November, at 11am. The sunlight hits a hole in the roof at exactly the right angle to cast a beam of light onto the word “LOVE”, written on the Stone of Remembrance. What a beautiful day to commemorate the signing of the Armistice, ending the First World War.