Reasons to Recommend: The ancient Puffing Billy Railway started in the early 20th century and is now a famous tourist train, becoming one of the more popular tourist activities in Melbourne. The small train has witnessed historical changes in Melbourne for the past hundred years. The small train, with a speed of only 20 kilometers per hour, takes you back to the not so distant past. The open wooden carriage allows you to intimately connect with nature and breathe in the purity of forest air. Shortly after the train leaves the Belgrave station, passengers will see the most famous landmark of the Puffing Billy railway line, the Monbec Creek Trestle. In addition, there are many stations along the way where passengers may exit the train.
Reasons to Recommend: Eureka Skydeck 88, located on the 88th floor, is 285 meters above the ground. With a direct elevator, you can overlook the entire city of Melbourne, 360 degrees, in a few seconds. There is a viewfinder for accurate observation of important landmarks throughout Melbourne. There is a small outdoor area called The Terrace that is closed during strong winds. There is also a glass cube called The Edge that extends out of the edge of the building. If you are looking for excitement, you can challenge the Serendipity mobile glass cube. You can slowly launch out of the building along with the cube, hanging in the air, which is extremely exciting.
Reasons to Recommend: The Melbourne Aquarium is located on the banks of the Yarra River. It's a circular structure decked out in a blue-white color scheme. The aquarium has many exciting areas to explore for an unforgettable travel experience. It's home to Australia's massive Australian saltwater crocodiles, a rich variety of seahorse and sea dragon species as well as king and gentoo penguins. The idea of having a bit of fun with huge sea turtles and hide and seek with Nemo is no fantasy here. You can even take a transparent glass bottom boat for an adventure behind the curtain while traveling back and forth on the water yourself in search of excitement.
Reasons to Recommend: In the heart of Melbourne, you will find Australia's oldest zoo, The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens or Melbourne Zoo for short. Easily discover 320 animal species from different climates or stay overnight at the historical Elephant House to view nocturnal animals in their natural habitats through guided tours. The Melbourne Zoo opened to the public eye in 1862 and offers 55 acres of exotic animal sanctuaries, flower gardens and picnic areas. Keep your family in awe by taking a stroll through the Butterfly House, the Great Flight Aviary or The Trails of the Elephants.
Reasons to Recommend: Federation Square is known as one of Melbourne's landmarks. The architect transformed static concept graphics into dynamic real world geometry. After the sun passes, after a shower or when night falls, its atmosphere, colors, texture and grain undergo amazing changes that have shocked those in the construction industry. Federation Square is located in the heart of Melbourne. Its main structure consists of 11 buildings and some open areas. Most of the Square's functions are designed to meet the cultural and leisure needs of the people. It is an ideal place to connect with the community, share culture and expressive features, and showcase Melbourne and Victoria lifestyles.
Reasons to Recommend: The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, Australia, contain amazing plants from all over the entire world. The perfectly landscaped gardens, first established in 1846, are lush and beautiful. Spend a soothing day relaxing in the greenery and gaze at the beautiful swans and water birds that call the gardens home. There are special educational programs designed specifically for children, so bring the kids. Getting Hungry? Grab some refreshments at the Observatory Cafe or enjoy a full meal at the formal Terrace restaurant. The Plant Craft Cottage sells unique souvenirs, mementos and handcrafts.
Reasons to Recommend: St. Paul's Cathedral is located at the intersection of Swanston Street and Flinders Street. Built in 1891, it is a famous building in the city of Melbourne. It is famous for its bluestone and fine wall lines. In 1932, the church added three more spires to make it look more magnificent. The church has stained glass windows, glazed tiles, wooden chairs and red vaulted skirts. There is also a huge organ, its brilliance and lustrous color blended with the red decoration of the church. There are several memorial statues stationed outside the church as well as a very beautiful small garden.
Reasons to Recommend: Go back in time and learn about the fascinating history of life in Victoria and the world at large at the Melbourne Museum. Take a ride back to the 1890s in a restored Luna Park Big Dipper carriage, view over 170 artifacts and relief sculptures from the Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia and see how Victoria has evolved over the last 600 Million years. Reconnect with nature and observe the amazing world of insects with over 100 live species, view the delicate beauty of the deep marine ecosystem and take a walk in an authentically Victorian rain forest and unravel its hidden secrets. These wonders of the world and more await you daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reasons to Recommend: Centred at the eastern end of Little Bourke Street, Chinatown sits next to the Swanston commercial street in the bustling Melbourne CBD. Chinatown is a one-way street, nearly fully occupied with Chinese restaurants and grocery stores. With Chinese signs everywhere, locals not only come here to enjoy Chinese cuisine, but also to experience Chinese culture and art. During Spring Festivals, Chinatown is extremely lively with all kinds of traditional performances, such as lion dance, dragon lantern show, etc.
Reasons to Recommend: A modern learning organization in the heart of historic Melbourne, the State Library of Victoria is an interesting blend of library and museum. The largest library in the state, it is home to over 2 million books and volumes of audio and video recordings. The library also contains a large selection of artwork and historical artifacts on display for the public to view. The library also plays host to an assortment of traveling exhibits and entertainment acts. This library is much more than just a place for reading. Come explore, delight in the art and maybe take in a little something.
Reasons to Recommend: For art fans visiting Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria needs to be at the top of your list of attractions to visit. Founded in 1861, the national gallery is the oldest public art museum in Australia. The collections features a wide range of examples of art history; from early indigenous art to current day multi-media art work. The museum also features kids friendly programming to open the world of art to them. The museum also houses a art related store, and multiple eateries that you can sit back and rest after a long day.
Reasons to Recommend: One of the many small lanes and arcades in Melbourne, Hosier Lane is a cobbled vehicular and pedestrian way near the southern edge of Melbourne’s central city. Hosier Lane is a celebrated repository of sophisticated urban art. The graffiti-covered walls and art-installations have become a popular backdrop for fashion and wedding photography. For those who appreciate such art, you will certainly not want to pass up and opportunity for a stroll along Hosier Lane.
Reasons to Recommend: The lower end of the Yarra River near Melbourne, Australia, is a must-see location if you love nature. The river is home to a vast and fragile ecosystem, including several species of fish. Dolphins are often seen swimming upstream into this river due to the salinity of its southern waters. The banks of the Yarra River are home to cultural events, such as Melbourne's annual Moomba festival which includes a water skiing competition. Rowing is another popular sport along the Yarra and Melbourne's private schools are known for training their teams here.
Reasons to Recommend: To commemorate the discoverers of Australia: the famous British navigator James Cook, the Australian industrialist Sir Russell bought Captain Cook's parents in the former residence of Yorkshire, England, as a gift to the Melbourne citizens. Captain Cook’s Cabin is therefore the only building in Melbourne that was truly built in the 18th century. In fact, Captain Cook has been exploring the unknown land for the rest of his life, and he probably never stepped in this former residence in Yorkshire.