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