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Royal Botanic Gardens

If you are someone deeply interested in botany then you must not skip the Royal botanical gardens in Sydney. The place was opened in 1816 which makes it one of the oldest scientific institution not only in Australia but in the whole world.

 

Location: The Royal botanical garden is located in the Mrs. Macquarie's road in Sydney and the place is quite accessible from most of the major locations in the city.

Highlights: It is one of the major botanical gardens located in the heart of Sydney where you will find plants of a wide variety of species.

Price: The entry is free to all which makes more people come here and explore the place.

Best time to visit: The botanical garden is open from 9 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening so you need to visit the place during these times to be able to see plants that are on the display.
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Puffing Billy Railway

Puffing Billy travels through the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne (sometimes referred to as 'The Dandenongs') All aboard Puffing Billy – Australia's most popular steam train ride! Running daily from the foothills at Belgrave to the mountain town of Gembrook, Puffing Billy is the most fun way to tour the Dandenong Ranges. Puffing Billy's rattling red carriages run across three historic timber bridges, uphill and down dale, through valleys and plains filled with tree ferns, and under the shadow of towering mountain ash. The route runs through the eucalyptus of Sherbrooke Forest, past the steam museum at Menzies Creek and the picnic grounds at Emerald Lake, in the pretty town of Gembrook. The one-way journey is 24 km (15 miles), taking just under two hours. Puffing Billy is Australia's favorite steam train and is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century-old steam train is still running on its original 25-kilometer mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.
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Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo is Australia's oldest zoo and was modeled on London Zoo. The zoo was opened on 6 October 1862 at the Royal Park site in 55-acre (22 ha) on land donated by the City of Melbourne. Before this, animals were housed at the botanical gardens in Melbourne. Visitors can see historical cages, including the heritage listed Elephant House, which has been renovated and adapted for use for customers paying to sleep overnight in tents at the zoo in popular Roar and Snore evenings. These evenings allow the public to see some of the nocturnal animals at the zoo in evening guided tours by keepers. One of the most famous exhibits was Quinine the elephant. The zoo is set among flower gardens and picnic areas. Many of the animals are now organized in bioclimatic zones: African rainforest featuring gorillas, mandrills, pigmy hippos and parrots; Asian Rainforest with tigers and otters; and the Australian bush with koalas, kangaroos, emus, echidnas and endangered hairy-nosed wombats.

 
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National Sports Museum

Nowhere in the world can you find a museum that celebrates a nation's rich sporting history like the National Sports Museum at an unmatchable venue like the MCG. In air-conditioned comfort, the museum offers something for everybody all year round with school holiday activities. Interactive gallery and Australia's largest collection of sporting, memorabilia. Across a multitude of sports, the museum features memorabilia from some of the country’s biggest heroes and Highlight moments that have shaped the traditions of Australian sport. The NSM displays: Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, Australian Football Hall of Fame, Champions – Thoroughbred Racing Gallery, MCG – The People’s Ground, Melbourne Cricket Club Museum, Backyard to Baggy Green Exhibition (including a Shane Warne 3D hologram), Australian Football Exhibition (including a James Hird 3D hologram), An interactive gallery for visitors of all ages, Game On!

 
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Old Melbourne Gaol

Since 1845 until its closure in 1929 the Old Melbourne, Gold has held Melbourne's most dangerous criminals. The original cells also held petty offenders, debtors, children, the homeless and the mentally ill along with Australia’s most infamous citizen, the bush-ranger Ned Kelly. The gallows, where 133 prisoners were hanged, are still in place at the jail. Today you can visit the Old Melbourne Jail and find out what life was life was like for the men and women who lived and died here. Explore all three levels including the execution area and see Ned Kelly’s death mask. Join the Charge Sergeant on a tour of the cells when you visit the Watch House. Take a night tour with the Hangman or join our Ghost. What Ghost? An Evening tour. Take part in the recreation of a famous trial in Court One of the Old Magistrate’s Court during school holidays. "Such is Life!" - The last words of Ned Kelly as he stood on the gallows at the Old Melbourne Jail, 11 November 1880.


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Eureka Tower

What is a trip without any adventurous activity? Get some adrenalin into your bodies when you come to Melbourne by taking part in the Europa Skydeck.

Highlights – Located at a height of 292m, the Eureka Tower promises to provide ultimate thrill and entertainment to the adventure enthusiasts.

Get a panoramic view of Melbourne City from around 300m above sea level from all 360 degrees. There are close to 30 viewfinders on the Skydeck, through which you can spot some of the major landmarks of Melbourne from the towering heights of the Eureka. This is the only place in the world where you will find “The Edge” – a glass cube located at 88th floor of the tower, providing incredible views to tourists who are suspended from here.


Location – Southbank precinct of Melbourne.

Timings – 10AM to 10PM.

Price – 20AUD per adult and 11.50AUD for kids aged between 4 and 16years. 
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Williamstown Beach

Providing beautiful views of the commercial landscapes of Melbourne, Williamstown Beach is one of the most-loved beaches in this city by locals and tourists.



Highlights –
This beach is situated very close to the main city is often one of the most sought-after weekend getaways for locals. It is fondly addressed as Willy Beach by the locals. Every month local traders put up waterside craft stalls at the Nelson’s Place Point. If you are lucky enough, you can watch the lively ambience in this waterside stall and buy some excellent local handicrafts at reasonable rates.

Location -
It is very easily accessible through public transport as it is just about 5 minutes away from Gem Pier Station.

Activities –
deep water swimming, paddle swimming, sunbaking, sailing, walking, relaxing strolls, watching fireworks at night during important festival days etc.
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Sorrento Beach

One of the scenic and beautiful beaches of Melbourne, Sorrento, is an absolute treat to watch during the sunset hours.



Highlights –
Encompassed by a canopy of Port Philip Bay waters on one side and Bass Straight waters on the other side, Sorrento proves to be an awesome tourist spot for people of all age groups. The foreshore that surrounds the beach is replete with absolute natural extravaganza, making it one of the Melbourne’s most beautiful beaches. Added to this, the beach has lots of jetties clear-water rock pools and an incredible coastline that you just cannot get enough of! Visit here during the evenings to time your trip with the sunset, to experience the beauty of the beach in its full form.

Location –
Around 90minutes from the Central Business District of Melbourne.

Activities –
Awesome walking trails which find lots of early morning walkers and joggers making full use of it daily.

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What You Should Know More About Melbourne

  • Travel Advice

    • There are umpteen options for transportation once you reach the Melbourne airport. To commute within the city take trams and public transportation instead of taxis. Trams, trains, and buses are well connected to most of the areas in the city.

    • Pronounce the names of all the places as they are so you don’t offend the local citizens and do not sound touristy.

    • Keep your passport, and all travel documents in a safe deposit once you reach this city.

    • When in Melbourne, always drive on the left.

    • Melbourne weather is variable, so do not dress as per the weather. This city experiences four seasons in a single day.

    • Melbourne is fashion centric; carry black garments to blend into the fashion taste of the locals, especially, if you are visiting art galleries, and theatres.

    • When driving, always follow the traffic rules. Melbourne has strict laws for driving on the road. Follow all the rules by the book, if you are driving on the road. Make sure you have an international travelling license before you start driving.

    • Do not ask locals about their profession or climb into the front seat in the taxi. Melbourne does not follow class difference, and you can follow the same as a tourist.

    • Australians are foodies, and fusion food is trending in most of the restaurants. Always try new cuisines when in Melbourne.

    • Explore the cities laneways and archades.

  • Drinking Laws

    Anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted to drink or supply alcohol even in licensed places. Even if they are accompanied by parents or guardian, it is illegal to drink or serve alcohol below the age of 18.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Sightseeing, museums, art galleries, parks

    Though the city is sprawled with authentic and fusion foods, you can take a visit at the art galleries and museums and get a peek into the history and culture of Australia. The Ian Potter Museum of Art presents art exhibitions in historical and contemporary art. The Melbourne museum is a natural museum and has a collection and exhibits from the pre historic era. You can find exhibits of mummies of Egypt and dinosaurs in this museum. The Birrarung Marr Park near the Yarra river, offers many tours and activities for family and backpackers. The Luna Park has many roll coaster rides and activities for children and adults. The Polly Woodside provides many guided tours within this area.

    The Royal Botanic Garden has a variety of rare plants and much landscape view that are breathtaking. Melbourne Park hosts many sports like tennis tournaments. You can also visit The Dandenong Ranges National Park that is spread across 35000 acre of land. You can take walking trails in the forest range of this park. You can also visit this park for picnics and enjoy the nature and its scenic beauty. You can also visit the Yarra Bend Park that is rich in vegetation.


    Shopping, eatery, clubs, and nightlife

    You can shop in various markets, malls, and streets in Melbourne for fashion items and souvenirs. There are umpteen places to eat ethnic and fusion foods of your choice. You can relish on Asian, Turkish, European, and American platters at these restaurants, and also try out their experimental and fusion foods. You can take day tours for sightseeing the buildings and monuments in the city. You can visit the swankiest clubs in Melbourne and get the best of nightlife. The Queen Victotia Market, South Melbourne Market?, and The Esplanade Market, St. Kilda are the most popular for shopping.


    Beaches and outdoor activities

    You can visit the St Kilda beach for basking in the sun and taking a swim. There are no water sports available at this beach. At the Elwood Beach you can take walking and cycling by the coast line. This beach has clear water and is ideal for swimming. You can go fishing and boating on the Half Moon Bay beach. The Brighton Beach has iconic bathing houses that are placed on the beach. You can enjoy eating and shopping at this beach.

    You can take a jet boat or charter a yatch on the Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne is not for avid surfers. You can still find some surfing activities on the Bells Beach and Great Road Ocean. You can also go scuba diving at the Mornington Peninsula. Gippsland offers many water sports activities like surfing, wind surfing, boating, and sailing.

  • What will like you like there?

    Food, culture, sightseeing, and nightlife

    You will simply love the food that Melbourne offers at most of the restaurants. You will also love to get a taste of their coffee culture. If you want to club and party, this is the city to be visited in Australia. You can also go on sightseeing tours and complete the tour in a day. You can shop for rare souvenirs and artifacts from the markets of Melbourne.


    Outdoor activities

    There are zoos, sanctuaries, water aquariums, and places near Melbourne that can be visited and offer umpteen options of learning water sports activities. You can have the best of holidays by visiting Melbourne. Beaches in Melbourne are clean and are ideal for swimming and taking beach walking. Kayaking, canoeing, sailing, boating, surfing, and jet skiing are the water sports activities that you can take in Melbourne.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website

    Visit Melbourne


    Books

    Lonely Planet Melbourne & Victoria (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet, Kate Morgan, Anthony Ham, Trent Holden


Most Popular Places Around Melbourne

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