Not only the sights make Melbourne so amazing. It is truly a vibrant and vibrant city, filled with cultural values and so much creativity that many Australian trends come from here. Whatever you are interested in: architecture, history, music, cinema, entertainment, sports, or shopping - the capital of the state of Victoria will be able to offer you more than enough to keep you busy all day. Here are just a few amazing places to visit in Melbourne.
1. Luna Park "Melbourne"
As one of Australia's oldest theme parks, Melbourne Amusement Park is undoubtedly one of the first places to go in the city. This colorful pearl is more than a hundred years old and is located on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, in the historic outskirts of St. Kilda (about 6 kilometers from the city center). He is easily recognizable by the giant face of Mr. Moon at the entrance. Although you can find an incredible variety of attractions and other interesting activities in the park, the roller coaster remains the most important, important and interesting attraction that you can not miss. These are said to be the oldest non-stop roller coasters in the world. But do not be afraid of the age of the park. Many attractions and activities are completely new and without a doubt are able to catch their breath.
2. Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Zoo is the most family-owned attraction in the city, where there is something interesting for a representative of any generation. While you are amazed at the variety of animals that live there, including the rare species of tree kangaroos, kids can take part in a “spy mission” that takes them to the secret corners of the zoo where they can learn all about wildlife conservation. Melbourne Zoo also has a special school vacation program offering free admission for children.
3. St. Kilda Beach
Undoubtedly, St. Kilda Beach is one of the most popular destinations in Melbourne, where millions of tourists flock every year. Getting to the beach, it is easy to understand why it is so fashionable: sand, waves, cafes, gourmet restaurants and shops will offer entertainment for every taste. St. Kilda Beach is also good for those interested in water sports such as kitesurfing, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, windsurfing, paddleboarding. Along the coast there are numerous sports schools and equipment rental companies.
4. Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market is the largest open market in the southern hemisphere, located right in the center of Melbourne. If you want to wander through the ranks of this huge flea market, you will certainly be impressed by the widest range of goods on offer, including fresh agricultural products, clothes, jewelry, leather goods, and, of course, an amazingly huge selection of Australian souvenirs. Whether you are a shopaholic or just looking for something new and interesting in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market will definitely not disappoint.
5. Eureka Tower
The Eureka Tower is hard to miss, wandering around the streets of Melbourne, as it rises almost 300 meters above the central business district, being the tallest building in the city. What is even more remarkable, here is the highest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere, Eureka Skydeck 88 (on the 88th floor), from which you can enjoy a bird's-eye view of Melbourne. However, this attraction is not for the faint-hearted tourists, since the floor is also glass on the viewing platform.
6. Federation Square
Federation Square is a cultural oasis located right in the middle of the bustling central business district of Melbourne, spread over an area of 3.6 hectares. Here are the Australian Museum of Art, futuristic buildings, shops, restaurants and bars, as well as exhibition facilities. All of these facilities, together with the fact that more than 2,000 events take place annually, put Federation Square on a par with Melbourne's most popular attractions. To assess the scale of the area’s services offered, you can book a tour of it.
7. National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria will be a fantastic pastime for tourists, being one of the most interesting cultural attractions of Melbourne. About 68 thousand exhibits from around the world are presented here. The gallery truly has something to attract your attention. There are even a variety of classes and sections for aspiring artists who will allow you to try yourself in a variety of artistic styles.
8. "Melbourne Cricket Ground"
Australians do not like sports so much, which becomes even more obvious when visiting venues for sports such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground stadium, or the MCG, the epicenter not only for cricket, but also for the Australian Football League. Since MCG holds cricket and football competitions for more than 90 days a year, you have every chance to see the arena in all its glory and glory. Even if visiting the Melbourne Cricket Ground wasn’t part of your plans, at least once in your life you need to hear the roar of a hundred thousandth crowd of excited fans after every goal scored!
There is much more to see in Melbourne. And with such a variety of attractions, it is not at all surprising that the city is one of the most visited places in Australia, and is also among the first five places in the world where it is worth living.
Restaurants in Melbourne
Speaking more specifically about the gastronomic institutions of the city, we mention one that is among the best in the world - we are talking about the Flower Drum restaurant. Fans of Italian culinary delights can be advised to visit the institution Grossi Florentino, and lovers of oriental cuisine - one of those located in the Chinatown area. By the way, keep in mind that on Fridays and weekends in Chinatown you are unlikely to be able to find a free place, so worry about making a reservation in advance.
Restaurant Grossi Florentino
This is the most popular institution in the city, which specializes in Italian gastronomic traditions - both historical and modern. Here you can order some culinary “chip” from the chef, or try something simpler. A renaissance reigns in the Grossi Florentino restaurant, the spirit of the establishment does not change over time, it is a kind of icon of the city, which is a magnet for connoisseurs of gourmet food. Chef Guy and his brother Chris Rodriguez prepare dishes from the highest quality products, while always trying to introduce some innovations into the process, so the list of dishes on the menu is constantly updated.
The facility is located at 80 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000, you can make inquiries by phone: (03) 9662-1811. The restaurant is open every day, schedule: 07: 00-22: 00. On average, eating here will cost from 20 to 50 dollars. You can find more information on the institution's website: http://www.grossiflorentino.com/.
Restaurant Flower Drum
This popular and expensive restaurant serves Chinese - or rather, Cantonese cuisine. Among institutions of this type, it is the most expensive in the city. Translated, its name means "Flower Drum": there is such a Chinese dance, elegant and beautiful. I must say that the name corresponds to the atmosphere of the institution, where the staff “elegantly and beautifully” guesses the wishes of their visitors. Most often, Flower Drum ordered a Peking duck, connoisseurs of simple and sophisticated Cantonese cooking can also enjoy fresh scallops and many other seafood, enjoy salads, soups, lamb stews and really excellent desserts.
The institution is located at 17 Market Lane, you can contact by phone (03) 9662-3655, or find the necessary information on the official website: http://www.flower-drum.com/. The restaurant works according to the following schedule: from Monday to Saturday - 12: 00-14: 30, 18: 00-23: 00, on Sunday - 18: 00-22: 30.
This place offers visitors Bavarian culinary delights - yes, Australia can surprise you! The restaurant specializes in national German cuisine with real Bavarian delicacies, and the choice is very wide: here you can taste pork ribs, classic Bavarian sausages, juicy strudel, calf schnitzels. You can drink this yummy beer - naturally, German, and the choice of varieties here is simply huge.
Hofbrauhaus Restaurant is located at 18-24 Market Lane. Telephone for inquiries - (0 3) 9663-3361. The institution is open on schedule: from Monday to Saturday - from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 17:30 to 23:00, and on Sunday - from 17:30 to 22:00. You can obtain more detailed information on the official website of the restaurant: http://www.hofbrauhaus.com.au.
In this city you can easily find cafes or restaurants where you can dine for only $ 5. Of course, these are mostly fast food restaurants, which are usually full of people. Five-dollar cafes are always friendly places with a fairly small menu. Such cafes usually specialize in a couple of dishes that will be served immediately.
Here are some inexpensive cafes to choose from and here’s what you can buy there:
Delicious buns for $ 5 can be bought in a small cafe "Bowery to Williamsburg" at 16 Oliver Lane. Seven varieties of bagels, sweet and savory, with cherry and onion filling, for every taste. Other fillings are lemon curd, peanut butter, cream cheese with black caviar, shallot and dill, in general, hearty and tasty!
Sushi and rolls for $ 2.80- $ 3.70 can be enjoyed in the restaurant "Hinoki Japanese Pantry" (279 Smith Street, Collingwood). The assortment of rolls there, by the way, is excellent! Take home a salad with seaweed, if, of course, you like something like that - these salads are also very cheap there and sold by weight.
Whoever does not know, Dim Sum is a traditional Chinese dish that is served for lunch. These are small portions of dessert, fruit, vegetables or seafood. It can also be small pies with different fillings and chicken legs. Dim Sum from three pieces of chicken, cabbage with lemon peel for only $ 5 can be ordered at the cafe "Jimmy Grants » (113 St Dav /> Or order a hearty pita bread with taramasalata (Greek appetizer, a mixture of smoked cod caviar, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic), also for $ 5.
Soup is a dish of Vietnamese cuisine, and it is a delicious soup with rice flour noodles, sometimes with beef or chicken, or fish. Order such a soup fo (for $ 4.90) in one of 15 cafes "Rolld" (for example, these cafes can be found in large shopping centers). Or, try rolls ($ 2.80- $ 3.80) with barramundi fish, crab, and barbecue chicken.
Pies can be bought generally everywhere. But we can recommend:
- pies with spinach, lemon or onion in "Mankoushe" for $ 5 (address 323 Lygon Street, Brunswick), $ 3 cheese pie in A1 (643 Sydney Road, Brunswick and 203 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong),
- spicy pies with lamb meat or cheese and spinach for $ 3 per "The Borek Bakehouse" (481 Elizabeth Street) or at the Queen Vic Market in a stall.
pizza with ricotta for $ 4.50- $ 5 or Italian calzone pies (crescent) in a bakery "Fatto a Mano" (228 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy),
- baked rolls with lamb and African spices for ($ 4.50) or pies with mashed potatoes and chicken (for $ 5) in a pastry shop Zumbo (14 Claremont Street, South Yarra)
- a three-layer pie with cheese, spinach and nuts, as well as spicy pizza with chili and cheese and falafel in Oasis Bakery (Shop 9, 993 North Road, Murrumbeena)
This is a traditional Mexican dish, it is tortilla with beef, pork, chicken, seafood, chorizo, beans, vegetables, stew of Mexican cactus and various seasonings (for example, cheese, coriander, guacamole, etc.). Tacos for $ 6 can be ordered at the restaurant Los Hermanos Mexican Taqueria(339 Victoria Street, Brunswick). And, if you are in the western part of the city, quesadilla, tacos and corn tortillas stuffed with toastados (for $ 4.50- $ 4.70) can be found in the cafe "La Tortilleria" (72 Stubbs Street, Kensington).
Try a slice of delicious pizza for $ 5 in a restaurant "Shawcross" (324 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy). Especially good in this restaurant is Margarita (Fat Tony) - 55-centimeter in diameter, on thin dough - good at any time of the day, and is simply necessary at three in the morning after a weekend party.
This is a dish of Vietnamese cuisine. In general, this is a baguette with different fillings, a sandwich. $ 4.80 bang mi can be found at "Nhu Lan" (116 Hopkins Street, Footscray and 152 Victoria Street, Richmond). These sandwiches are hot and cold, sweet and salty. A vegetable salad with pieces of pork is very cheap here ($ 2.60), and it is very tasty!
Try Xiaolongbao traditional Chinese dumplings for $ 10 in a restaurant "Shanghai Street Dumpling"(146 Little Bourke Street, 342 Little Bourke Street and 64 La Trobe Street). The plate with these cute delicious pork dumplings is really delicious!
Delicious waffles for $ 4.50 order at "Tuckshop" (2 Charles Street, South Melbourne) with nine types of toppings, including homemade bolognese sauce or cheese, plus there are always special offers in this cafe, for example, then you are lucky and you can try delicious “cheeseburger waffles” for $ 5 (beef, tomato sauce, mustard and pickles).
How about pork in sweet and sour sauce with pineapple and sweet pepper Guo Bao with soft tofu for $ 4.20 per "Wonderbao" (4 / 19-37 A'Beckett Street). And also here you can order stew with shiitake mushrooms, tofu and vegetables (for $ 2.20), or eggs, Chinese sausage and shiitake (for $ 3.50).
Kongji-porridge of white rice, which is often served for breakfast or dessert in eastern countries. Order a plate of kongji for $ 3 at HM Quan (store number 5, 68-82 Hopkins Street, Footscray). Plus, the atmosphere in this small restaurant is wonderful - you sit on low bamboo stools that are on the carpet a la grass. Choose your favorite interesting oriental dish from 15 types of possible species, and also order kimchi (spicy seasoned pickled vegetables, in particular, Beijing cabbage, this is a dish of Korean cuisine) and fish.
Order a breakfast called McPorgie breakfast, which includes an English bun stuffed with ham, Emmental cheese and scrambled eggs for $ 5.50 per "Porgie and Mr Jones" (291 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn). And a similar $ 5.90 breakfast, which includes bacon, tomato and chutney sandwiches, omelet and cheddar, is available at Friends of Mine ((506 Swan Street, Richmond)
Melbourne cafes and restaurants will surprise tourists with the variety of dishes on offer. Indeed, in a multinational city, Asian and European cultures were ideally mixed. As a result, local cuisine has absorbed the best tricks and recipes of world cuisines.
What it is worth eating and what you can refuse in Melbourne
Along with Australian pork and lamb steaks, tourists in cafes and restaurants can enjoy rabbit, ostrich, possum and kangaroo dishes. Besides the fact that such delicacies are expensive (kangaroo steak will cost 30-70 Australian dollars), so they also taste completely different from what they are expected.
Fans of exotic should definitely try the Aboriginal cuisine, whose dishes are cooked on an open fire. Such food is called bush tucker. This food may not be so unusual for many tourists, but it is tasty and affordable. At bush tucker establishments, you can eat for $ 20-25.
Institutions in Melbourne will delight tourists who prefer desserts. The selection of sweet dishes in local cafes is quite large. Plus, the taste of pastries and cakes is simply incomparable. Australians uniquely prepare oatmeal cookies with coconut. This simple but very tasty pastry is called anzac. Pavlov’s world-famous meringue cake is also considered a local dessert. For younger travelers, the cafe should be ordered cake lamington. It is a sponge cake covered with chocolate fondant and sprinkled with coconut. Sometimes cakes are stuffed with strawberries, raspberries or whipped cream.
All these sweets can be tasted on Commercial Road, 13-15 in a cozy Cafe La Colline. The pastries in this place are always fresh and for every taste. Polite staff and low prices attract not only tourists, but also local residents to this confectionery. A coffee bill and a serving of dessert rarely exceed AU $ 20. A pastry shop is open from 7 am to 4 pm.
Tourists taking walks along the streets of Melbourne may have the impression that the townspeople eat only street food and dishes from fast-food restaurants. Since there are tents and whole food courts with all kinds of junk food on literally every corner, in any passage, and even on the main streets. In reality, local residents use the services of such institutions only when there is absolutely no time for a full dinner. Preference is given to eating in the fresh air. This is probably why the open terraces and verandas of many cheap cafes are usually full, and guests of Melbourne have to wait a long time for a free table.
Confirmation that Melbourne is a very expensive city for travelers will be the size of the account in most local establishments. The average cost of a meal is 40 Australian dollars. But you can always find cafes that offer a snack for much less money. Moreover, the service and quality of food in such establishments is at a decent level. And tourists should not worry at all that the money saved will go to poisoning medications.
Relatively inexpensive places in the city
Among low-cost establishments with an average account of approximately $ 20, there are the following:
European Bier Cafe at Exhibition Street, 120.
This establishment is located in the heart of downtown Melbourne and offers tourists not only local and European dishes, but also a large selection of beers (Carlton Draught, Crown Lager and Pure Blonde). From Monday to Wednesday, tourists at lunchtime can take advantage of a special offer and a great meal for $ 10. Good service, delicious caramelized pears and chicken under parmesan will make tourists return to this place again.
This open-air cafe is located on Bourke Street, 555. The restaurant serves the best Thai street food. Spicy grilled pork sausages, pork roast and crispy green beans are cooked in front of visitors and immediately served in the heat of the heat. The institution uses only fresh and high-quality products. No wonder travelers have to wait for an empty table or stand in a small line for food they like.
The cafe on Hardware Lane, 23-25 can surprise tourists with its location, as it is located not only inside the building, but also on the roof. In Melbourne there are a lot of institutions with a home-style location. However, most of them are considered elite and expensive. Campari House, in turn, is a budget option and offers good wines and pizza for little money. From time to time, the institution holds Mussel Monday, when visitors receive a glass of wine and an unlimited number of mussels for $ 18.
Cafes and Restaurants at Crown Casino
No matter how surprising it may sound, tourists can relish relatively cheaply and nourishingly at the Corona casino in Melbourne. It is in that which is recognized as the most beautiful and largest casino in Australia. The casino itself operates all week round the clock. However, inexpensive lunches and dinners in restaurants and cafes of the gambling house are offered to visitors only on weekdays. It is worth noting that on Friday for little money you can only have lunch, but the bill for dinner will not please budget travelers at all. Not all restaurants and cafes of the casino participate in this offer. Those interested in the offer will need to find one of the following establishments: Margo’s, Merrywell, Cotta, Sho Noodle Bar, Vietnamese restaurant Tia To or Italian restaurant Emporio Pizza & Pasta.
An acceptable lunch or dinner at the listed cafes, bars and restaurants has two options. The first offer consists of a glass of wine (a bottle of beer) and a main course, which often includes salad and main dishes. Such a pleasure will cost travelers 13.95 Australian dollars. The second offer costs a little more - 18.95 Australian dollars. In addition to the main course, visitors are offered to choose one of the institution's desserts and soup. This option is more suitable for dinner, as Australians eat soup late in the evening.
As for me, the proposed lunch option is quite good. Tourists who are limited in spending do not have to be denied the opportunity to eat deliciously and tasty.
There are food courts at the casino with fast food restaurants, such as McDonald's, KFC, Calatrava, Ten Miles and others.
When is the season. When is the best time to go?
When planning a trip to Australia, do not forget that Ozzy's new year begins in the summer, and from June to August a real winter rules here - in some regions even with snow! And if in Sydney this season is more favorable to local residents, then even Siberian immigrants freeze in Melbourne. Using heaters costs us hundreds of dollars a month, so the vast majority of Australians prefer such free versions of insulation as wool sweaters, socks and uggs. To make you understand the scale of the disaster, I can only say that sleeping in the Australian winter is comfortable exclusively under an electric blanket. Only in September there are more and more warm days, and less and less rain. And let the winter temperature + 7Cº not mislead you, because coupled with the Antarctic wind, it sometimes feels like all -20Cº. Therefore, if you dare to travel in the Australian winter, feel free to pack light down jackets, scarves, caps, gloves (for touch screens - to take selfies without freezing hands) and waterproof boots.
If you do not like frank heat, I recommend visiting Melbourne in October-November, when the grass takes on its natural emerald color. In these months you can bring home the most beautiful landscape photographs.
In December, I tried to celebrate New Year on Brighton beach in a T-shirt and slippers, but ended the fun wrapped in a fluffy blanket, because, despite the hot days, the nights at this time are still very cool.
Starting in January, summer comes to Mel, and in the red-hot City Center you can escape from the heat in shopping centers and under the umbrellas of street cafes.
In the summer (December-February), in addition to city attractions, you have beaches and boardwalks where you can bask in the sun, play volleyball, bast shoes or table tennis. Take with you as light clothing as possible and be sure to use hats, the air in the summer months can warm up to 45 ° C. Do not forget to apply sunscreen daily - do not underestimate the sun of the southern mainland!
If you travel by car, leaving it in the parking lot, open the windows one centimeter - all the Australians use this trick to reduce the temperature inside the car by an average of 10 degrees.
In December, be sure to appreciate the beauty of Christmas light installations and decorations on the main streets of the city!
Melbourne in the fall
Autumn is beautiful everywhere, except in Melbourne it is slightly wetter than we would like. Gloomy rains may chase you, so do not forget to get a big and strong umbrella that can withstand the wayward Melbourne weather, and make a list of attractions where you can hide from bad weather.
Melbourne in winter
Winter Melbourne is extreme. But lovers of romance and “the sea out of season” will definitely like to wander along empty beaches to the accompaniment of wind and the sound of the surf. Above all, do not forget to bring a warm scarf, a thermo mug with tea or twenty dollars to warm yourself in the nearest cafe.
The temperature can drop to 5Cº, and the cold wind can drive you crazy. I warned you!
Areas. Where is better to live
The city center is quite small, it is easy to identify by the towering skyscrapers of the business district. Basically, Melbourne is stretched out in space due to the fact that there are practically no multi-storey buildings - Ozzy live in private houses and town houses with their own territory, garden and garage. Apartments, studios and apartments - the lot of the poor and people of creative professions. That is why it makes sense to find a hotel or hostel nearby or in the very center of the city (Melbourne, Southbank, Carlton), so as not to waste time on the road in public transport.
It will be interesting to stay at the hipster Fitzroy, which seems to be doing just that it eats and has fun. From here it is easy to get to the center by tram or even walk on foot.
Having settled here, you will always have something to put on Instagram, because it is Fitzroy that is famous for its chic graffiti walls for every taste. One has only to go into the alley and voila - kilometers of pictures are at your disposal!
To enjoy the ocean views every day, you can choose your accommodation at St. Kilda Beach. From here, a tram will take you to the city center in 15-20 minutes.
Budget tourists can stay in popular hostels that offer not only a bed, but also additional amenities such as a swimming pool, shared kitchen, gym or movie theater. For example, in the Space Hotel, located in the very center of the city, a bed in a room for 8 people will cost you $ 33.
But a separate room with the same magnificent views (but from a private balcony!) Can get travelers resting on a grand scale. A night in a room with a terrace at The Langham Hotel will cost $ 480.
The price of housing in Melbourne does not depend on location, but rather on its quality, so to save money, you should pay attention to what the same Booking offers. Compare prices from different sites here. If you are ready to chat with locals and make friends, you can explore this site ads with offers for renting private apartments.
What are the prices for vacation
The cost of living in Australia is high, but the cost of vacation is even higher. You can always check the prices of entrance tickets on the official website of museums, but on average a trip to the gallery for an adult will cost $ 12-20. Aquarium visit costs $ 40 ($ 32 if you buy a ticket online). Entrance to the Melbourne Zoo zoo - $ 32, climb the Eureka Skydeck tower - $ 20.
Taxis in the city are expensive, but by the standards of local salaries, it’s quite lifting. A trip from St. Kilda Beach to the northern area of Thornbury will cost you about $ 25, but it's almost a half-hour trip.
The bill for potato in a village (Potato Wedges) with sauces and salad, a cup of coffee with cheesecake in an ordinary cafe will be $ 22.
You can save as much as possible by living in apartments with a small kitchen, microwave, kettle and toaster. Supermarkets have everything for a simple and tasty dinner: frozen convenience foods ($ 2-5), great vegetables, sauces, fresh pastries. Breakfast in Australian style with toast with avocado and Wedjimight pasta or oatmeal ($ 2-3) with milk ($ 2). It's very cheap! Do not be afraid to buy discounted goods: bread, cakes and fruits, packed in plastic bags, are 2-3 times cheaper on sale, but they are still fresh. Take advantage of the free grill, which is in every, even the smallest park, to cook yourself a steak bought at the market. Take sandwiches and drinks with you for city walks, or rather a whole lunch box (sold at Coles and Woolworth) so you don’t waste money on restaurants! Believe me, here you will not be reproachfully squinting, because in Australia everyone does what is convenient for him.
Return items you don’t like, even if it’s already an open package of milk or hand cream - the Australian customer service policy allows you to be fussy. Rent a bike to travel around the city (and do not forget to take a helmet in the nearest "7 / Eleven"), it will cost less than the metro, bus or tram. Go to dinner at the vegetarian cafe with the pay-as-you-go policy “Lentil as Anything” - there are as many as five in Melbourne: Thornbury, Preston, Abbotsford, Footscray and St. Kilda. Just do not expect a high level of service, all the people working here are volunteers. However, the food there is delicious, and the atmosphere is magical!
If you are a student or haven’t reached the age of 30, bring an ISIC international student ID with you. This card allows you to receive discounts in cafes, restaurants, hotels and museums. A complete list of ISIC host locations can be found here.
Well, of course, find yourself a company - together not only more fun, but also cheaper!
|Eating (lunch / dinner) in a reasonably priced restaurant||699 rub|
|Lunch / dinner for two, 3 course, middle class restaurant||3494 rub|
|McMill at McDonald's or similar combo lunch||437 rub|
The main attractions. What to see
The tourism program in Melbourne can be divided into museum, pleasure and nature. If natural is beaches, gardens, zoos and fauna parks, a visit to which can cost a pretty penny, then walking is completely free and includes unpopular tourist routes along tiny lanes, colorful areas and boardwalks.
A huge number of attractions in Melbourne cannot be visited in a month of life here. But the next five are a kind of visiting card of the city. And best of all, four out of five are completely free!
- Flinders station and Federation Square
The building of the old Flinders Street Station is not only an existing station, from which all the lines of the underground metro depart, but also the main tourist attraction. "Meet me at seven o'clock!" - Australians say to each other, referring to this particular place.
And Federation Square is located right across the road!
- Melbourne museum
To find out about Australia the most interesting, be sure to wander through the dark rooms and corridors of the Melbourne Museum. He will talk about the culture of the natives, the flora and fauna of the continent, the times of migration and the gold rush. Here you can climb into the antediluvian house of an Australian and poke your fingers on the touch-screen talking screen to learn something new about genetics, geography and anatomy. This museum will be interesting not only for adults, but also for children. Therefore, you will not regret about the 14 dollars spent on the admission ticket!
The amusement park near St. Kilda Beach is definitely one of the city’s most recognizable attractions. A big head will open its mouth for you in the world of entertainment, photo booths and cotton candy.
- St. Kilda Beach and Penguin parade
Only after six months of living in Melbourne did I learn that to see the penguins, it was not necessary to go to Philippe Island or buy a ticket to the Melbourne Aquarium. Every evening after sunset, flocks of penguins returning home can be seen on St. Kilda Beach. It’s easy to find a secret place, you just have to go to the very end of the pier, past all the gazebos and the restaurant, where the waves crash against the stones, go down the wooden stairs to the water and wait for the performance with the same enthusiasts as you. Do not forget to bring warm clothes, in the evening it is cold here even in summer!
- Beach cabins on Brighton Beach
Another place that you will repeatedly see on postcards that are sold in souvenir shops on every corner is Brighton Beach with its colorful beach stalls. At the beginning of the 19th century, they were used as women's changing rooms, now it’s not just garages for storing beach accessories, but an investment and a sign of a high standard of living. Each booth has its own number, and its owner does not have the right to lease, repaint, or use it as housing. However, hardly any of their owners needs this, because the price for one booth can reach $ 260,000!
Beaches. Which are better
I very rarely observe on the beaches within the city bathing Melbourites. Basically, these are tourists spanking barefoot on the foam, or new immigrants who have not yet been fed up with the icy ocean.Water in the ocean warms up to 20 degrees only two months a year - in January and February, so it can be cold to swim even in a wetsuit. But you can sunbathe on a warm sand at almost any time of the year. Locals often go to beaches designed for surfing or bodyboarding away from the city, such as the resort town of Torquay, 90 kilometers from Melbourne. However, all the beaches of Australia are beautiful in their own way! And if you are not a fan of cold baths, then you will definitely enjoy walking to the sound of the surf and the hungry cry of gulls.
Not so much a beach as a place of power. This is one of the most popular places to relax: from morning till night people ride roller skates, skateboards, bicycles, cut waves under the sails of kites, play volleyball, bast shoes, walk, sunbathe and sit in a cafe with ocean views. And in February, a huge free music festival takes place on the beach with two stages and dozens of popular bands and artists. St.Kilda is Melbourne's number one beach!
Named after an English town on the English Channel, Brighton is Australia's favorite place for sunset walks on the warm sand. Located 11 kilometers from the business center, it offers a view of the carved outline of skyscrapers against the sky. A narrow paved path stretches along the coast all the way to St. Kilda Beach. This 10-kilometer route between the beaches will appeal to lovers of skates and skateboards. Once I even walked on it, forgetting to anoint myself with sunscreen. Do not repeat my mistakes, because the sun in Australia is merciless!
- Half moon bay
Crescent Bay is a very peaceful beach with bare cliffs, small waves and a curious marine life. Therefore, there are often not only lovers of bronze tan, but also snorkeling. Half Moon Bay is not only a beach, but also the location of the famous Black Rock yacht club, which occasionally holds championships and celebrations. It is located only 17 kilometers from the city center, and its beauty is absolutely worth the time spent.
Churches and temples. Which are worth a visit
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
Gothic architecture in Melbourne is infrequent, so St. Paul's Cathedral, towering among an island of skyscrapers and office buildings, always attracts the eyes of tourists. It is located opposite Federation Square and Flinders Street Station, and admission is free. Take a peek into this Anglican Cathedral if you are looking for a peaceful place to catch your breath and relax from the noisy stream of rushing passers-by and admire the decoration of the Gothic exterior.
- St michael's uniting church
St. Michael's Church, on the corner of Collins and Russell Street, draws a three-century history of creation and reconstruction. The main attraction of the building is the organ, which you can listen to for free every Thursday at 13:00.
- St. Patrick’s cathedral
Melbourne's main cathedral is one of the wonders of the city's architecture. It is beautiful both outside and inside. As in all of the above churches, there is no entrance fee, so you can evaluate the magnitude and magnificence of the Catholic Cathedral at any time from 7 am to 4 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 5:30 pm on weekends. And at the Sunday evening mass you can not only admire the decoration of the cathedral, but also enjoy the singing of the church choir.
Museums Which are worth a visit
- Melbourne museum
The Melbourne Museum, which I wrote about in the Top 5 Sights section of the city, is the coolest museum in Melbourne, which gets 10 out of 10 points from me. I recommend visiting all of its guests and residents of the cultural capital of Australia!
- National Gallery of Victoria (Ian Potter Center)
NGV has two buildings (St Kilda Road and Federation Square), located close to each other, represented by Australian and international art objects. Ian Potter Center holds about 20 thousand works of Australian art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints. This collection is one of the oldest, most famous and valuable in the country.
- Immigration museum
From the first settlements of British convicts to the civilized system of protecting the borders of today - immigration occupies a large place not only in history, but also in the culture of the southern mainland. Every Australian citizen has repeatedly heard numerous stories of legal and illegal immigrants and has his own views on the country's immigration policy. For $ 14, the Immigration Museum will shed light on the history of the country's development and demonstrate the harsh living conditions of the first settlers.
- Royal exhibition building
The Royal Exhibition Center is located in Carleton Gardens and, in addition to its favorite venue for wedding photo shoots, is a pavilion that hosts dozens of events and exhibitions annually. History buffs can purchase a guided tour that starts every day at 2 p.m. Ticket price per person is $ 10.
- Royal botanic gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens extend over 38 hectares and are akin to Central Park in New York. Unless without such a dense human traffic. Green, neatly trimmed lawns, blue lakes with ducks, swans and pelicans, shady arbors, asphalt paths and a rich variety of plants - there are all the attributes of a good outdoor recreation.
- Carlton Gardens
Carleton is a quiet park three steps from the city center with fountains and walkways for walking, where you can take a breath for lunch, go for a morning run or indulge in contemplation of ducks in a pond.
- Fitzroy gardens
The main attraction of Fitzroy Gardens, in addition to 26 hectares of greenery, is Captain James Cook’s small cottage, built by his parents in 1755 and in a disassembled condition, brought from England to Australia in 1930. The entrance ticket to the house costs $ 6.5, and every Saturday at 10 hours In the morning, the guide conducts a free tour, which originates near the tourist center.
- Abbotsford convent
The little-known corner of kindness and tranquility, Abbotsford Convent, is famous not only for its children's farm and weekend market, but also for its unique Lentil as Anything pay-as-you-go restaurant founded by Shanaka Fernando. After a delicious lunch, you can sit on the grass in the park or take a walk along the vineyards and the banks of Yarra.
- Pop up patch
Would you like to drink coffee in a place that you will never forget? Take a peek at PUP, literally in the heart of Melbourne, admire the skyscrapers and see how great the guys have transformed the abandoned rooftop parking lot into a city garden. This secret place is located on Russell Court, behind Federation Square. The main thing to keep in mind is that PUP is open to visitors only from Friday to Sunday!
- Westgate park
The Westgate Ecological Reserve is its own attraction. Firstly, it stretches over one of the longest bridges in Australia, the West Gate, 2.5 kilometers long. And secondly, it is here that you can observe a rare natural phenomenon - a lake with pink colored water. Color change occurs during a long 40-degree heat in the absence of rain, when the concentration of salts in the lake rises. There are very few such lakes around the world, and many of them are located in Australia. Therefore, if you suddenly are not lucky with the weather, then at least you are lucky with unique pictures of pink waters!
What to see in 1 day
What if you dreamed of seeing Australia for so long and planned so much that there was very little time left for Melbourne? Let's say you have only one full day to see the sights of the city - what to do? I suggest you trust my taste and repeat this route I developed specifically for Tavelask. You will walk around the city center, visit the main museum, discover secret places and streets known only to locals, look at the city from the top of a skyscraper and enjoy the sunset on St. Kilda beach!
We start our walk at 10am with a visit to the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. Enough to spend inside half an hour, unless you lose track of time near the aviary with the penguins. After leaving the Aquarium, cross the Kings Way Bridge onto the opposite side of the Yarra River. At the end of the bridge, turn left and descend onto the Yarra Promenade and enjoy a morning walk. There will be a river to your left, cafes and restaurants to your right, and runners, cyclists and scooters around. Cross William Street at the traffic lights and continue on until the Ludlow Bar & Dining Room. Travel time 15-20 minutes. When you reach the Ludlow Bar, turn right and with a confident step head towards Eureka Skydeck 88 to view the city from a bird's eye view. After exploring Eureka, return to the promenade and continue to the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge. Under the bridge there is a small but cozy cafe Ponyfish Island, where you can order lunch and a glass of champagne (to mark the beginning of such a wonderful day)!
Let's check the clock - at my half past twelve, it's time to move on! Behind the footbridge, you can already see the yellow-orange silhouette of the Flinders Street Station building, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Cross the Yarra River and follow the Flinders Walk to St. Kilda Road Bridge. Taking a picture under the watch and taking a walk along Federation Square, located right across the road, go to St. Paul's Cathedral to take a break and enjoy its beauties. After visiting St Paul's Cathedral, go in search of a kiosk with delicious Belgian waffles Belgian Waffle, located on the corner of Degraves St.
Take a walk along the famous Center Place, where the real spirit of Melbourne lives, have a snack if you are hungry, and return to Flinders Street Station to continue your journey around the city.
14.30 - if you have the strength for a half-hour walk, drive into your navigator your next stop - Melbourne Museum. If you prefer public transport to the central streets and gardens of Carlton, get to the intersection of Bourke and Swanston Streets and at the Burke St / Swanston St stop, take tram 96 (next to Brunswick) and get to Hanover Street (next to Melbourne Museum )
Leave two hours to visit the museum - it is really very interesting! Then again take the tram 96 (the next one in the opposite direction) and get comfortable - you have a 40-minute journey to the main beach of Melbourne St. Kilda. It is impossible to miss the stop of The Esplanade, because the view of the turquoise ocean will just open on the right. You will be on the beach at the very beginning of sunset - a beautiful light for photographs is guaranteed!
Pay attention to the point near the St. Kilda pier - St Kilda Pinguins, it is here that every night flocks of penguins come to sleep here.
Following the route, do not forget to take a walk to the large clownish head of Luna Park, then go to Acland Street, straight to the unusual cafe 'Lentil as Anithing', where the menu does not show prices for dishes and there is a donation box at the exit. This is a cult place where you can evaluate your dinner yourself.
That's all! I think that by the time you leave 'Lentil as Anithing' you will only have the strength to return to your hotel, and at the same time - a sea of impressions!
Approximate budget of a tourist day:
- $ 32 for a ticket to the Aquarium (if you buy it online),
- $ 20 - visit to Eureka Skydeck,
- a glass of champagne in Ponyfish Island - $ 9,
- lunch - $ 25,
- $ 35 lunch,
- $ 14 entrance ticket to Melbourne Museum,
- $ 4 (x2) - travel by tram,
- $ 20 dinner at Lentil as Anithing.
Total: $ 131 per person.
What to see in the surroundings
- Puffing billy
Billy Puffing is an exciting steam train journey along the original 25-kilometer mountain route through forests and plains from Belgrave to Jembrook. You can get to Belgrave station by metro via the Belgrave Line, then follow the signs for "Puffing Billy". The cost of a round-trip ticket for an adult is $ 51.50.
- Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
MSC is Australia's most famous stadium with a capacity of over 100,000. This is a real Mecca for fans of sports events. You can evaluate its history and fundamentality by purchasing an MCG tour, which includes a visit to a museum, library, locker rooms and viewing platforms. Tour cost $ 23.
- Port campbell national park and Great ocean road
Having been to Melbourne, you should definitely plan a trip to Port Campbell National Park, located on the most famous serpentine road Great Ocean Road, to see the famous Twelve Apostles.
- Yarra Vallet hot ball trip
Do you like wine, nature and height? How about a hot air balloon ride over the grape fields of the most beautiful region in the suburbs of Melbourne, Yarra Valley?
- Skyhigh mount dandenong
Mount Dandenong is a suburb of Melbourne with the freshest eucalyptus air, cool shade and SkyHigh observation deck. And also a great idea for a romantic dinner overlooking the night lights of the city!
- Kayabram fauna park
The main difference between fauna parks and zoos is of course the freedom of movement of animals. It is here that you are very likely to meet hand-held kangaroos rescued after the accident, cockatoos, surviving their owners, and even be able to pet a koala. And to accompany you on this unique journey through the park will be a curious quiet girl - an ostrich emu.
1. Federation Square
The central square of Melbourne, which hosts hundreds of diverse events every year. The place is distinguished by interesting modern architecture, cinemas, galleries, restaurants, a museum and venues for public gatherings are located here. The area occupies a whole city block, on the one hand it is bounded by the Yarra River. Active restructuring of the space has been carried out since the late 80s.
2. Royal Botanic Gardens
The gardens are located in central Melbourne on the south bank of the Yarra River. On their territory grow species collected from all over the Australian continent, as well as brought from other parts of the planet. The main activity of the botanical gardens is the preservation and breeding of plants brought to Australia from other places, as well as scientific research in the field of detection and identification of unknown species.
3. The monument of memory
Monument erected in honor of fellow citizens who died in the First World War. Behind the scenes, the monument is considered dedicated to all Australians who laid their heads in armed conflict. The construction was erected in the 30s. XX century designed by veterans D. Wardrop and F. Hudson. The classic architecture of the Athenian Parthenon was taken as a sample. The monument is located on a hill in the Royal Gardens.
4. National Gallery of Victoria
The oldest public gallery on the Australian continent. It was founded in the second half of the 19th century. The museum was opened a decade after the proclamation of Victoria as an independent colony. At that time, Melbourne actively developed and turned into a large and rich city. Wealthy citizens at their own expense purchased and donated art to the gallery. Among the exhibits are antique artifacts, canvases of European artists, works of Australian masters.
5. Royal Exhibition Center
The exposition is located in a majestic Victorian building of the late XIX century, which was awarded the status of a UNESCO monument. In the middle of the 20th century they wanted to demolish the building, but in the end a decision was made to organize an exhibition center on its territory. The prefix “Royal” center was received in 1884 thanks to the English Queen Elizabeth. The premises of the complex are used for various exhibitions.
6. Melbourne Museum
A large museum, divided into several thematic exhibitions. Also in the building is a research center, IMAX cinema and an amphitheater. The museum presents both historical collections telling about the history of Melbourne, and natural sciences, where you can look at the skeletons of extinct dinosaurs. Indigenous cultural centers of Australia are located in separate rooms.
7. Princess Theater
Victorian Opera House, built in the middle of the XIX century. The building was rebuilt and reconstructed several times, the last restoration was carried out in 1989.The theater even has its own “phantom of the opera”, for which they always leave free space in the auditorium. According to legend, the cast came from the singer F. Baker, who died right on the stage during the performance of the role in the opera Faust in 1888.
8. Victoria State Library
The library is considered one of the most impressive book collections in Australia. The building in the classical style was erected in the middle of the XIX century according to the project of D. Reed. At first it housed the Melbourne Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria, but later they moved to other places. The library has collected about 1.5 million books. The building is surrounded by a sculpture park, where the works of masters of the XIX-XXI centuries are installed.
9. Melbourne Aquarium
A modern aquarium located on the banks of Yarra in the center of Melbourne. In the aquarium you can see representatives of the fauna of the southern seas and Antarctica. Real harsh conditions with snow and low temperatures are created for the inhabitants of the Arctic waters. Sharks, penguins, turtles, tarantulas, scorpions, various species of fish live here. The aquarium was opened in 2000, it is considered one of the best in the world.
10. St. Paul's Cathedral
The cathedral of the Anglican church, built in the Gothic style. The building is located in the historic center of Melbourne and, along with other buildings of past centuries, forms the cultural heritage of the city. The cathedral was erected in the late XIX - early XX centuries, at first it was the tallest building in the city, but modern high-rise buildings gradually obscured it from the eyes of passers-by. Especially for the church, the organ of work of the master T. Lewis was delivered from England.
11. St. Patrick's Cathedral
The cathedral is a cathedral in the Gothic style, built for the needs of Irish immigrants. The cathedral was given the status of a "small basilica", that is, the pope can stay here if he arrives in Melbourne. Mosaic for interior decoration was made in Venice, instead of standard stained-glass windows, amber glasses were installed on the windows. The construction of the cathedral lasted 40 years, and was completed in 1939.
12. Eureka Tower
The second largest skyscraper on the Australian continent, in height it reaches 297 meters. The building was built in 2006 by a project of a local architectural agency. The name "Tower of Eureka" was given in honor of the uprising of 1854 gold miners in the state of Victoria. The skyscraper consists of 92 floors. One underground floor and 9 above ground is occupied by parking, the remaining floors are residential.
13. Flinders Street
Melbourne's main railway station, located in the central part of the city. In 1854, a wooden station, the first in Australia, was located on this site. In 1882, it was decided to build a full-fledged station, and after 37 years the first steam locomotive set off from Flinders Street. After only a few years, the station became the busiest in the world. The building was restored in the 70s. XX century at the request of the public (initially the authorities wanted to demolish the obsolete structure).
15. Cottage of Captain James Cook
A small stone mansion located in the eastern part of Melbourne. This is the home of James Cook's parents, which was originally located in the English village of Great Ayton. In 1933, the house was bought by the Australian government and moved to Melbourne. This event was dedicated to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the city. The money was allocated by local entrepreneur R. Grimweid.
16. Old Melbourne Prison
Museum complex located on the territory of the former prison. The building was built in 1841 and was used for the maintenance of prisoners and the military. In 1924, the institution was closed, and in 1972 a museum was opened in it, where prison attributes are exhibited: personal belongings of criminals, posthumous masks and other horror. Thousands of tourists are eager to visit this place because of rumors of ghosts that live in gloomy corridors.
17. Albert Park
The track of the international Formula 1 race, where the Australian Grand Prix races have been held since 1996. In the 50s. Of the XX century, the Melbourne Grand Prix races were held on this track, but at that time it was a not very popular event because of the high costs for riders and the remoteness of the continent from Europe. Albert Park is a city highway surrounded by greenery, it is laid around an artificial lake.
18. Melbourne Cricket Ground
The site was originally intended for cricket, but gradually turned into a large multifunctional complex, where football matches, rugby championships, concerts and various cultural events are held. The stadium was built in the middle of the XIX century and was modernized several times during the XX century. The modern arena seats about 100 thousand spectators, up to 130 thousand people gathered for some events.
19. Melbourne Zoo
Australia's oldest zoo, founded in 1862. At first, the zoo served as a temporary refuge for pets brought from other continents. At the zoo, the animals experienced an adaptation period and later went home. Over time, exotic species began to appear, and the zoo acquired its modern look. It is home to tigers, lions, monkeys, giraffes, elephants, Madagascar lemurs, rare birds and inhabitants of the Australian savannah.
20. Crown Casino
One of the best gambling houses on the continent, a large entertainment complex located in the heart of Melbourne. Hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals visit this casino annually. On the territory there are more than 2.5 thousand slot machines and 350 tables for gambling. There is also a restaurant, bowling club and nightclubs. The Korona complex houses the Palladium, the largest concert venue in the city.