Exploring the City Center of Melbourne

Melbourne is listed as one of the ‘world’s most liveable cities’. When it comes to culture, architecture, history, arts, sports, entertainment, wine and dining or simply shopping and relaxation, Melbourne has it all. You will find that one day is barely enough to explore and indulge in the kind of diversity that Melbourne offers. Here are the main city center destinations to explore for a complete Melbourne experience.

St. Kilda Road

Some of the city’s well-known landmarks and lush parks are located at the St. Kilda Road. Take a tram to the south of Melbourne to view the National Gallery of Victoria, The Royal Botanical Gardens that is home to a numerous plant and wildlife, The open-air cinema allows you to enjoy a classic movie and the Alexandra and Queen Victoria’s gardens with its beautifully manicured lawns with fountains and statues. Further, towards the river, you can get in some fresh air as you walk past riverside vistas, boat sheds, and palm trees. The king’s Domain has outdoor performances at the Sidney ‘Myer Music Bowl’. At the very end, you can take a look at the striking ‘Shrine of Remembrance’, a war memorial to the fallen soldiers of Victoria.

Sports Precinct

This is the ideal place for all those sports fanatics to catch in a cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) or other sports events at the Melbourne Park and AAMI Park. Another stopover would be at the National sports museum located at the MCG which has a collection of sporting memorabilia.

Arts Precinct

Situated along the Yarra River’s south bank towards St. Kilda Road, Melbourne’s lively arts pocket is nothing but a spectacular place to be as you get to experience internationally acclaimed work of arts, classical ballets, symphonies, abstract art and emerging artists at work. You can catch in performances at the Arts Centre or the Victorian college of the arts and also watch a blockbuster at the NGV international. As you proceed further south you can get to the Southbank Theatre, the Melbourne Recital Centre, The Malthouse Theatre and The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. These buildings carry exquisite detail of exterior that catches the eye.

Southbank and Southwharf

This is best known as Melbourne’s waterside for dining, drinking, and shopping; both, the Southbank and the Southwharf are accessible by tram; train or even water taxis or boats. The area is packed in with all kinds of restaurants, pubs and diverse bars with mouth-watering eateries to choose from a long list. The area also has designer boutique shops to retailers where you can find a bargain.

Yarra Precinct

The Yarra river precinct is home to a number of public spaces filled in with dining areas, bars, parks, gardens and bits from the Arts precinct.  Get started at the ‘The city square’, the city’s creative hub with Ian Potter centre, NGV Australia and Australian Centre for the Moving Image. As you move towards North you can check out the Aboriginal Rock Carvings at ‘Birrarung Marr’

Laneways

Navigating through Melbourne’s busy lanes are a unique experience even for the most ordinary spectator as they encompass famed restaurants, bars, cafes and boutiques that are unique in their own way. These lanes can give you anything from Jazz clubs, sophisticated wine bars to student hangouts and hideaways. There are places that give you a taste of old-school restaurants as well.

Flinders Quarter

Melbourne fashionable quarter houses boutique fashion stores, bars, design stores, writers studio’s and galleries.

Bourke Street Mall

The street is one busy one with pedestrians and trams crossing each other with popular department stores are open for new fashion retailer clothing.

Docklands

The docklands promises fun and shopping for everyone. You can enjoy a fun-filled day at the harbor and get a flight to Melbourne’s star observation wheel, skating at O’Brians or get some fun at the wonderland. The harbor town shopping centre has many options for shopping. Take a cruise and add in a few locations to spend some time out of Melbourne. There are ample luxury hotels Victoria offers.

Chinatown

Indulge yourself in authentic Chinese cuisine music vibes at bars and Chinese museum

Arcades

Check out the various Arcades such as the block, the royal, Manchester unity, cathedral and Campbell arcades that has advanced artwork, independent fashion, imported music and stunning design.

Collins Street & Little Collins Street

Whether it’s haute or hip, the Collins Street’s are the place for proper luxury and sophisticated fashion and accessories. Check in the most renowned international brands of clothing lines, perfumes, and jewellery. The true essence of luxury shopping begins here.

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