As Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne offers everything from art and culture to sport.
Arts and Culture:
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is a beautiful building that houses the world’s largest collection of Australian art. The NGV has exhibits from Aboriginal, European, contemporary, Southeast Asian, and Chinese artists in several galleries; there are also interactive displays for children and exhibitions on photography and textile works.
The Melbourne Museum is another popular tourist attraction and the largest museum in Australia. The Melbourne Museum has permanent exhibitions on Australian wildlife, aboriginal cultures, Egyptology, dinosaurs, and more.
If you are looking for something a little more contemporary, the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) is home to various rotating exhibits by Australian and international artists.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is the largest cricket stadium in the world and home to the Melbourne Football Club, the oldest Australian Football Club in Australia. The MCG holds traditional events such as the AFL Grand Final, Boxing Day Cricket Test, and even the odd State Of Origin Rugby League match. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is also known for its famous “Great Southern Stand,” which rises above the rest of the stadium like a huge sail; it’s an iconic part of Australian culture that you’ll want to see if you’re in town during one of the big events!
Melbourne’s shopping scene is one of the best in Australia, if not the world. The city has everything from small, independent stores to large shopping malls and department stores. Collins Street is a high-end shopping precinct that offers designer brands such as Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and more. If you’re looking for something a little more affordable (or a big discount!), Swanston Street is the best place to find souvenirs and other great deals.
If you’re in Melbourne on a weekend, be sure to check out the iconic Victoria Market – an open-air market featuring local produce as well as handmade clothing and accessories for sale. It’s also a great way to get some exercise!
Melbourne is well-known for its many cafes, restaurants and bars. There are so many fantastic places to try that it’s impossible to list them all here! If you’re looking for a nice dinner out or just want something quick and easy on the go, there are plenty of options available in Melbourne. A few notable restaurant strips include Chapel Street in South Yarra/Prahran, Fitzroy Street in St. Kilda and Lygon Street In Carlton. If you fancy some Asian delights, then Victoria Street in Richmond is sure to please. Then of course there is the Crown Entertainment Complex on the banks of the Yarra River in the CBD.