Every year, millions of travellers are seduced by the diverse landscapes, vast open spaces and beautiful beaches of Australia. With year round sunshine there is never not a great time to take a trip Down Under and explore all that this great country has to offer.
With over 22,000 miles of sun scorched beaches, the largest colony of naturally occurring coral reef in the world, and a vast internal Outback region that is 6 times the size of the UK, Australia is a country of extremes. Whether you choose to explore the deserted beauty of Uluru, or enjoy a barbie on Bondi beach, there is plenty to see and experience in Oz.
However in this post, we are going to focus purely on Melbourne and why, in our opinion, a trip here is a must for anyone who is planning to visit Australia.
Widely regarded as one of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant cities in the world, Melbourne is a city rich in culture and is also regularly cited as being the best city in the world to live in.
Of course, you don’t have to be a resident of Melbourne to appreciate all it has to offer. There are hundreds of reasons why Melbourne should be high up on your list of places to visit, including the five mentioned below.
Cool Café Culture
The year-round sunshine, pretty city-centre laneways and the local’s love of great coffee ensure that Melbourne remains one of the coolest place in the world to sip coffee and watch the world go by. From the Central Business District to the suburbs just outside, you can enjoy the very best tasting long blacks, lattes and cappuccinos made from first class beans brewed locally or imported in from the far flung corners of the globe.
World Famous Sporting Events
Melbourne is known for hosting some of the world’s most prestigious sporting events such as the Australian Open Grand Slam, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix and the MotoGP. If you are a big sports fan, it would make sense to try and get tickets for a major sporting event that takes your fancy during your trip to the city, although as expected, these can be difficult to come by.
However, even just the buzz around Melbourne can be an awesome thing to experience during any time that a world famous sporting event is being hosted there.
The city is also home to several impressive sporting venues, such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which is the largest cricket ground in the world. Tours of the MCG take place regularly – so if you’re a big fan of cricket, why not consider spending half a day exploring one of the sport’s most iconic venues?
Hit The Shops
The good people of Melbourne like nothing better than a bit of retail therapy, and the inner-city outlets have everything to impress even the most experienced of shopaholics, and then some. If browsing for bargains is more your thing, the Queen Victoria Markets is an historic market place that has vendors offering literally everything from antiques to artwork, fresh fish to fashion.
For a more casual shopping experience the historic laneways are home to a sprawling inner city maze of independent retailers and boutiques, ensuring that Melbourne really is one of the best places to shop in the world.
Take In The Culture
Without a doubt, Melbourne is considered to be the cultural capital of Australia. The city is home to a wealth of theatres, art galleries, museums and live music venues, and there are many festivals and exhibitions scheduled throughout the year. The city is always buzzing, and whether you a foodie, sports fan, music enthusiast or culture vulture, Melbourne will certainly have something to excite you.
Hit The Beach
Melbourne really does offer the best of both worlds, with its vibrant city life and easy access to some of Australia’s most beautiful coastlines.
St Kilda’s beach is arguably the best known of all the Melbourne beaches, although Brighton beach, famous its 82 colourful bathing boxes, is also a popular hangout spot for both tourists and residents alike.
Half Moon Bay is where you should head if you are interested in marine wildlife and the chance to do a bit of snorkelling whilst visiting Melbourne.