Melbournians always feel a little jealous of Sydneysiders. If nothing else, at least for the weather. It may be sunny in the morning, chilly in the afternoon with the heavens opening up by evening leaving you all sultry at night. It can get pretty unpredictable.
But when it comes to sights worth visiting, Melbourne can more than hold itself against Sydney. Melbourne is teeming with amazing sights. Here’s a list of the ‘must see’
- Great Ocean Road: There is a reason why the great ocean drive makes the list every time. It’s that amazing. Ideally, keep aside 2-3 days just for this when you plan. Can go wrong this amazing drive. Lots of places to see on the way to the Imperial 12 Apostles.
2. Philip Island: Penguins, Koalas, Wallabies, amazing ocean vistas. Need we say more. Check out the Philip Island. Read more here.
3. Yarra Valley Wineries: Whether you are a Wine connoisseur or just curious. You will find the wine tasting holiday in the Yarra Valley, one of a kind and something that you will cherish. You can see the art of wine making and sit down with your wine and cheese against an amazing backdrop.
4. Queen Victoria Market: From Gourmet food to Deli food and everything in between. If it’s on an Australian’s menu, you will find it here. It’s not just about the food, but also the experience. take in the sights and sounds. Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 6am – 2pm / Friday 6am – 6pm / Saturday 6am – 3pm / Sunday 9am – 4pmClosed on Monday & Wednesday. Website
5. Walking in the Melbourne lanes and CBD: The occasional traffic congestion notwithstanding, Melbourne is a very walkable city. You will have many photo ops. So keep those cameras ready.
6. Daylesford: At just over a 100kms from Melbourne, Daylesford has been a favorite getaway for the Melbournians. No reason why should not check out this soothing getaway. Just hire a car and go!
7. Melbourne City Circle Tram: This iconic tram lets tourists spend all day on a City Circle Tram. Information leaflets, including an ‘easy to understand’ map of the city are available on board each City Circle Tram. The City Circle Tram can be used as a ‘hop on – hop off’ service, this way tourists can enjoy each of Melbourne’s sites and have the added bonus of traditional Melbourne transportation.
8. Royal Botanic Gardens: These sprawling gardens are the much-needed lung space close to the heart of CBD. Ideal for a day’s lounging or a family picnic. Website.
9. The MCG: Melbourne Crocket ground or fondly called the MCG is one of the biggest cricket stadiums in the world. If you are even remotely a cricket fan, a visit here preferably for a cricket or an AFL match would make your day. Check the website and fit it into your schedule.
This is just a small list of what Melbourne can offer.
Stay longer to find surprises on your own. Check out things to do with your kids!
Australia Visa for Indians: Indians need a visa to get into Australia. I applied through VFS Global. It was pretty straightforward.