When people mention the island country Australia, the very first city they think of is Sydney because it’s the capital and (I apologize in advance), for the McDonald’s type Arches Opera House which is very prominent. However, travelers and visitors are missing a (pardon the pun) “golden” opportunity to visit and vacation in one of the most attraction filled, beautiful cities in Australia for an incredible saving in comparison. Here is a list of just the Top Ten Must Do Things in Melbourne, Australia
but trust me, the list goes on.
Top Ten Must Do Things in Melbourne, Australia
1.ACMI Year-Round Art Galleries
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) offers you the world of eternal imagination as you step into Screen Worlds, the permanently free world of television, film, and digital culture. It is also the host of Melbourne’s top film festivals, celebrated Australian and international cinema, and reliable screenings for seniors, kids, and lovers of cult classics.
2. Eureka Sky Deck ($15. 48)
Eureka sky deck is another Must Do Things in Melbourne ,How unbelievable cool is it to be suspended 88 floors in a glass cube that slides you out from the building and over the sprawling city below? Balancing on the edge of a glass crane the views from miles around are heavenly and spectacular!
3. Central Deborah Gold Mine ($16 -$199)
During the gold rush, 929 kilograms of gold was unearthed. It’s exciting to think that as you travel 61 meters under the city into the cool temperatures you are experiencing the conditions the miners did. A guide leads you through the twisty and dark mile long tunnels, and you realize the troubles people will go through for money. Bookings are suggested.
4. Koorie Heritage Trust – fee for tours
The Koorie Heritage Trust was founded in 1985 to preserve and promote traditional and contemporary artifacts and art,works as well as the heritage and culture of indigenous people of the southeastern Australia.
5. Melbourne Zoo
If animals are your passion, then spend some vacation time at the Melbourne Zoo. They have 3 different environments and over 250 species of animals including, wildlife, zoos & farms.
6. Philip Island:
Penguins, Koalas, Kangaroos Day Tour($ 127.75)
Because animals are the greatest way to spend family vacation time, one can’t go to Melbourne and not visit Penguins, Koalas, and Kangaroos. It’s a little pricey, but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. This is your one big ticket item. Take flight through the Melbourne skies and see the city from a unique perspective. The Melbourne Star experience is your unique introduction to the color, history, and culture of the city and beyond.
7. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Thousands of aquatic animals make their home here and the Aquarium will take you on the adventure of a lifetime as you go the depths of the deep deep blue to the freezing waters of Antarctica.
8. Queen Victoria Market – free
If it’s free it’s for me. However, shopping is never free! But, visitors and vacationers must visit Melbourne’s favorite shopping destination where they can shop ‘til they drop and visit heritage sheds for a real local experience.
9. Werribee Park and Mansion Open Range Zoo ($16.30 – 32.50)
Africa is right outside instead of thousands of miles away when you visit the open range safari and zoo of Werribee Park. These have always been my favorite kinds of parks, where you drive through the animals in their natural habitat.
10. Melbourne Star Observation Wheel ($22-46)
All four directions are reached when you step aboard this incredible 40-storey Ferris like wheel.
Melbourne Star’s grants endless 360-degree views of Victoria. No vacation would be complete without this attraction, and looking out upon all four points, from the Dandenongs to the You Yangs, to Mount Macedon and nearby Port Phillip Bay.
These 10 attractions in Melbourne I feel are a Must Do Things in Melbourne; however, if you have to bring the lovely children, and you sometimes do, I’ve added some more attractions just for kiddos. Enjoy! And G’day Mate!
Family Friendly – Old Melbourne Gaol, Kryal Castle Adventure Park, Melbourne Museum, The Enchanted Adventure Garden, Lego Land Discovery Center, Panny’s Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Water Adventure Park, A Maze’N Things, Heritage Trains, Healesville Sanctuary 16.30-32.50, Apostles Beaches – free.
Feature Image Credit Peter Mackey