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Summer in Melbourne

  • January 16, 2016
  • By 50 Shades
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Summer in Melbourne

Melbourne is a very popular tourist destination all year round for people travelling to Australia from overseas or even interstate. Victoria’s capital is full of culture and sport, with a brimming artistic community and home to some of the best food, dining and live music in the country.

With such a wide variety of experiences on offer in this city and its surrounds, what’s the best highlights for the first-time visitor to Melbourne? Here are the top ten must do’s in Melbourne:

  1. Explore the city’s laneways that are filled with quirky alley ways, hidden shops, art galleries and indie theatres plus a coffee shop/restaurant or two.

    Melbourne Laneway

    Melbourne Laneway

2. See the wildlife at a Zoo or Aquarium at Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary or Werribee Open Range Zoo.

3. Travel to Phillip Island, a very popular natural destination with the world’s largest colony of little penguins, that’s reachable 2 hours’ drive of Melbourne.

4. Experience the stunning Great Ocean Road stretching over an expanse of 243km along the Victorian Coast, 1 hour, 15 minutes drive from Melbourne.Great Ocean Road

5. Shop at the Queen Victoria Market, the Queen of all markets with vibrant, exciting mix of cultures and ethnicities of Melbourne and a variety of foods and souvenirs.

6. Tour the Dandenong Ranges by riding on Australia’s most notable narrow gauge railway through the breathtaking blue ranges or visit the area by coach.

7. See St Paul’s Cathedral/Flinders Street Station and be amazed at their architecture.Melbourne

8. Go Hot Air Ballooning and absorb the breathtaking view of Melbourne CBD and the Yarra Valley.

9. Walk the pier at St Kilda beach which provides panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay. The pier is a popular destination for strolling, cycling, roller-blading and fishing. St Kilda Pier

10. Take in a major sporting event or see some of the famous sporting venues in the city – such as the MCG, 2006 Commonwealth Games Village, Melbourne Park, Flemington Raceway and National Sports Museum.

International major sporting events in Melbourne, such as the AFL Football, the Formula One, the Melbourne Cup or the Australian Open Tennis are a definite must-do at least once during your lifetime.

Rod Laver Arena

Melbourne Park venue

In January each year the city is abuzz with the first event on the World Tennis Grand Slam calendar, the Australian Tennis Open. I have been to the Australian Open and I can tell you it is a fun and exciting event. It is as though the entire city has gone tennis crazy!

So make sure you get to Melbourne in summer to experience all that this vibrant multi-cultured city has to offer. I can guarantee you will be not be disappointed!

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By 50 Shades, January 16, 2016 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

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8 Comments
  • Pinky Poinker
    January 16, 2016

    Don’t shoot me but I’ve always been a Sydney girl! However, when I read your list of things to do I realised I’ve hardly even seen Melbourne. I haven’t even been to St Kilda. Great summary of Melbourne’s highlights, Kathy.

    • Kathy
      January 16, 2016

      Me too Michelle. I did prefer Sydney over Melbourne, but I have to say that Melbourne has grown on me more over the last few years. We spent a few days here for the Australian Open a few years back and loved the place, but we did incorporate the trip with a drive along the Great Ocean Road. St Kilda is definitely one place in Melbourne to check out. :)

  • Rhonda Albom
    January 16, 2016

    I enjoyed my time in Melbourne, and did a few of the things on this list. We were lucky to have a friend who took us on a private tour to see the penguins beneath St Kilda.

    • Kathy
      January 17, 2016

      Melbourne is a great city with so much to do and see. I love the little laneways in the city and the cafe culture. Plus the shopping is amazing! :)

  • The Mandy Diaries
    January 18, 2016

    Really love your blog, Kathy! Your photos are gorgeous.
    I have nominated you for One lovely Blog Award – no pressure, just wanted to give you a shout out. Here is the link
    http://themandydiaries.com/one-lovely-blog-award/

    • Kathy
      January 18, 2016

      Thank you Mandy. I have been working on my photography skills over the past couple of years and I’m trying to improve. Also thank you for the award. I am off on holidays this week but will try to respond to the questions when I return in a few weeks time. :)

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