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Travel Tips to Melbourne (MEL)
Melbourne – Australia’s most European city
Melbourne is the second largest metropolis on the continent. It serves as the capital of the state of Victoria and 4.25 million people live in the economic, cultural and political centre of the region. A great deal of the city’s population is immigrants from countries such as Greece, the UK, Italy and Croatia, as well as from China and Vietnam. If you want to explore Melbourne in detail, the tram network is highly recommended. At 148 miles in length, it is the largest in the world.
St. Kilda is the most creative and vibrant corner of Melbourne and it directly faces the beach. Here there are nice cafes, welcoming restaurants and an energetic nightlife. Every Sunday, you’ll find an art market along the Esplanade. Immerse yourself in Melbourne on foot - that’s the best way to discover it!
Eureka Tower: Observation deck and glass cube
You can experience a panoramic view of this exciting city from the observation deck by the name of Skydeck 88 in Eureka Tower. The number indicates its floor number. There’s no hanging around: the elevator leading to the deck can cover 30 feet in only one second. If you want some extra excitement, go into the glass cube. The 1.6-inch glass is the only thing separating you and the 935-foot high free fall to the ground. It may make your skin crawl!
Enchanting plants and birds at the Royal Botanic Garden
The Royal Botanical Garden is a lovely oasis of peace and calm after a flight to Melbourne. You can follow the relaxing walkways with fascinating plants and flowers abound. Among the highlights is the fragrant rose garden as well as the rainforest path amongst the tropical growth. The “Children’s Garden” with its labyrinths and great opportunities for adventure will keep your children entertained. Also, you can spend your time bird spotting with the cockatoos, the kookaburras and the black swans. The tours from Aboriginal guides are also recommended. Spend time with nature and learn many interesting things about the uses of plants as medicine, food sources and tools.
Check out the Great Ocean Road
Melbourne is a perfect starting point for a road trip along the Great Ocean Road. The Great Ocean Road or the B100 is a 151-mile long road stretching along the southern coast of the state of Victoria. Thanks to a stunning landscape and its cultural significance, the Great Ocean Road has been included in Australia’s National Heritage List since 2011. You can take a nice drive along the seemingly endless coastline and relax in one of its small fishing villages.
Although the Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks are a bit of a drive away, it’s worth the effort by the time you glimpse the eucalyptus trees. These areas function as natural sanctuaries for koalas. It’s not just the breath-taking wildlife, either; the trip along the Great Ocean Road is also unforgettable. At kilometre 180, there’s a place that you should drop by. There, the Twelve Apostles stand prominently above the sea. These limestone stacks of up to 200 feet tall in front of cliffs and white sandy beaches are one of the main landmarks along the Great Ocean Road, and are the most photographed tourist attraction besides Ayers Rock. Today, only eight stacks are still visible from the original formation of twelve.
National Gallery: Artwork by the Aboriginals and the world’s famous
Art created by the finest artists can be viewed at the National Gallery of Victoria. It was founded in 1861 and thus is the oldest gallery of its kind in Australia. Around 63,000 works of art of international renown can be admired here. It includes exceptional works of Aboriginal craft, Greek vases and European ceramics. Famous names such as Peter Paul Rubens and Giovanni Battista are represented, as well as Paolo Veronese and Tiepolo. If you really want to appreciate the collections in detail, you may need to set aside a few hours. Book your flights to Melbourne with FlyDoha - and don’t forget to bring your camera!