GARDENS OFFER A MINI-FOREST OF EARLY 10000 INDIVIDUAL SPECIES OF PLANTS; MOST OF WHICH ARE NOT NATIVE TO AUSTRALIA. IT’S AN EASY DISTANCE FROM THE CITY CENTRE, MAKING IT A VERY CONVENIENT SPOT TO ESCAPE THE CITY’S SCORCHING SUMMER HEAT, LIKE A CONVENIENT OASIS. THERE’S AN ORNAMENTAL LAKE ON THE GROUNDS THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL PICNIC SPOT. A COFFEE SHOP SELLS FOOD AND ICE CREAMS FOR THOSE LOOKING TO TOP UP AFTER HOURS OF WANDERIN
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
OVER FIVE THOUSAND ANIMALS REPRESENTING 320 SPECIES ARE HOUSED HERE. FEW EVER REPORT COMING AWAY FROM HERE DISSATISFIED. YOU MIGHT NOT GET TO SEE ALL THE ANIMALS THAT THERE ARE, AS DIFFERENT ANIMALS HAVE DIFFERENT ROUTINES. BUT THE LOVELY NATURAL ATMOSPHERE PROVIDED BY THE BEAUTIFUL GARDENS AND THE PARKS IS QUITE ENOUGH FOR A GOOD TIME. THE MONKEY/APE EXHIBITS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE OUTSTANDING. KANGAROOS, CATS AND KOALAS HAVE THEIR OWN FANS. WITHIN THE ZOO, THE ANIMALS ACTUALLY HAVE GREATER FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT THAT THE VISITORS DO
Cafe, Restaurant, Mall, Market
EVERY PLACE NEEDS A SHOPPING MECCA, AND THIS IS IT FOR MELBOURNE. ONE OF THE CITY’S MAIN TOURIST DESTINATIONS FOR THE SHEER VARIETY OF ENTERTAINMENT THAT IT OFFERS, THE STREET SERVES UP SOME PRETTY INTERESTING SIGHTS. THERE ARE ARCADES (GPO MELBOURNE, ROYAL ARCADE, STRAND ARCADE) AND THE FLAGSHIP STORES OF VARIOUS BRANDS INCLUDING MYERS. YOU SHOULD ALSO CHECK OUT THE RESTAURANTS, ESPECIALLY GROSSIFLORENTINO, PELLEGRINI’S ESPRESSO BAR AND THE FLOWER DRUM RESTAURANT
Bourke Street And Melbourne Central
Hosting exhibitions and educational programmes in addition to it’s function of keeping a record of Australia’s immigration history, the museum beautifully displays the personal stories of various immigrants. It carefully studies the influx, the time of the influx and the way the colony slowly developed into a nation. A fascinating part of the museum is the Interview Room, where visitors are encouraged to act as immigration officers interviewing potential immigrants from the 20’s, 50’s and the 90’s. Another curiosity is the Faith, Fashion and Fusion exhibit that explores the dressing habits of Muslim women in Australia.
Market, Shopping Center
This is yet another historical shopping centre in Melbourne’s central business district. During its early days, in the late eighteenth century and the early nineteenth century, the block was notorious for its drug and prostitution rings. Today however, it’s a lovely block filled with quaint little boutiques and shops. It lights up wonderfully at Christmas. Visitors say that the best way to get through the arcade is a little bit every day: walk in, shop, eat, repeat tomorrow with different shops an different restaurants.
Walking Area, Leisure
A popular public space, the square is also a marvel of design. It’s hemmed in on three sides by a U-shaped formation of buildings. The paving is primarily done in 470000 sandstone blocks. The buildings that surround the square are described as de-constructivist (minimalist and angular). An elevated footpath is the riverside promenade, a peaceful area with shady trees. There’s an atrium with an intricate cooling system where temperatures drop more than 10°C as compared to out in the open. There’s even a giant public screen that broadcasts live sporting events.
Walking Area, Train Ride
When you hear trams, you tend to think of San Francisco, or perhaps even Hong Kong. What you didn’t know was that Melbourne has it’s own famous system. Primarily aimed at tourists the City Circle Trams take you through most of Melbourne’s major landmarks as it circles the Central Business District nine to twelve times a day. It’s a wonderful way to start your tour of Melbourne as you can hop off at any convenient point of interest and then hop back on again. About three million people use the trams annually, so yes, it’s a little hot and crowded, but that’s a small price to pay for the experience.
City Circle Tram
View Point, Observatory, Architecture
This is the highest vantage point from inside a building in the Southern Hemisphere. And it’s magnificent. A quick lift takes you from the ground to the 88th floor. All of Melbourne lies sprawled out beneath you. There’s a specific way to going around viewing things here. As soon as you reach the 88th floor, approach the counter staff to book the Edge experience. You’ll have to wait at least 10 – 20 minutes for your turn so click away with your camera to your hearts satisfaction till then. What’s the Edge you ask? It’s a small platform that extends out of the building’s main body. The floor is clear glass, so you feel as if you were suspended in the air. It’s a freaky experience.
History Museum, Historical Site, Memorial, Specialty Museum
This attraction is for those with a fascination for the morbid. Many of Australia’s most notorious criminals were executed here for a total of 133. This included killers who had become famous worldwide for the severity of their crimes, such as the serial killer Frederick Bailey Deming. It’s function as a prison was phased out after a while and it was used as a part of an educational institution in state. During WWII, it was again used as a prison for soldiers who went AWOL.
Old Melbourne Gaol
Hosting countless international cricket matches, MCG has also been a host for Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. FIFA World Cup Soccer qualifier matches, rugby union clashes and music concerts are also held here periodically
Melbourne Cricket Ground
A 19th century structure that awes you with its first glimpse, State Library of Victoria is more than a library; it’s a landmark. Exhibiting one of the most stunning interiors of the city, the library is home to the majestic dome that stands apart in the panorama of Melbourne.With a collection of around 2 million books, hundreds of thousands of audio visual material, newspapers, maps and manuscripts; the library is a kaleidoscope of Victoria’s 150 years of history.
State Library Of Victoria
Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral
One of the finest architectural examples in the city that represent Gothic Revival architecture, St. Patrick’s Cathedral dates back to 19th century. The cathedral was designed by William Wardell, it is dedicated to patron saint of Ireland- St. Patrick