As you know, reputable newspaper around the world conduct surveys on”the world’s most livable cities”. And Melbourne is among the cities that always come up on the results. It is such city… ideal for living, different, and its nickname is”The Wonderful Melbourne”…
From a city with ideal living standards are expected some usual features; the crime rate should be almost zero, public transportation should operate precisely, municipal services should be high-quality, city planning should be in harmony with nature, etc… Well, Melbourne has all of these! On the other hand, Monocle -one of the most important business and culture magazines added two more criteria to its research:”lovability” and”24-hour liveliness”. Considering the criteria including the new ones, 25 cities were chosen and”The Wonderful Melbourne” could enter the list again, as the 5th city.
In fact, the distance between here and Melbourne makes the city more inaccessible, thus, more legendary to us. Plus, everything in the city is there to tell you are in a fairy tale: Yarra River which runs through the city and people on an excursion on canoes on the river, small boats floating on the water, parks by the river; attractive gardens and beaches; fashion, art and exhibition activities, the famous amusement park and many more tempting features. Having said that, the city which is far from the center of the world draws attention of all sport fans. Melbourne hosts many important sport events such as Australian Open Tennis Championship and Australia Formula 1 Grand Prix.
The best way to see around in Melbourne is the tram. As it is an”ideal” city, you will have no trouble with transportation. First of all, I suggest you to go to 300-meter high Euroka -the highest building of the Southern Hemisphere in the city center. You can see all around the Melbourne from top of the building.
After seeing panoramically where you are, you can stop by St. Patrick’s Cathedral at Albert Street, it is the largest cathedral in Australia.
Royal Exhibition which was the highest building at the time of completion, in 1872, is a must-visit exhibition area. Next to the Royal Exhibition, you can enjoy your time in Carlton Gardens. Victoria Library, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station which you will encounter inevitably worth seeing before you come back. And the market of the city is Victoria Market. Here you can find vegetables, fruits, charcuterie products and authentic dishes.
5 activity suggestions for Melbourne
1. Visit Royal Exhibition and Carlton Gardens.
2. Enjoy the 3-D Imax cinema in Melbourne Museum and visit the gallery made specially for children.
3. Drop by cafes and bars in Federation Square.
4. Discover the ocean in Melbourne Aquarium.
5. Go to famous Melbourne Luna Park which has been drawing great interest since 1912.