In the words of Gustave Flaubert, ”Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
This couldn’t have been said any better. Melbourne is a cool, cosmopolitan city that is considered by many to be Australia’s capital of culture; there is always something to see or do in the country’s second largest city. Its multicultural population is reflected in the delicious cuisine on offer and the unique neighbourhoods that make it such a fascinating place to explore.
Many international students go on to study in Australia, and Melbourne, in particular. The city holds a lot of interesting tourist-attraction sites and what good would it be to study in Melbourne and not go round seeing these places?
Remember, the essence of your study-abroad programme isn’t just to get the academic certificate. It is also, to live life to the fullest, through various travel opportunities. If you’re ready, let’s take you on a journey through these attractions in this beautiful city of Melbourne:
The Royal Botanic Gardens
Within the Royal Botanic Gardens, you can stroll along the Australian Forest Walk, admiring local species and plant life along the way. Breathe in deeply while in the Rose Collection, a colourful array of blooms with a very romantic atmosphere. On the shore, you can join a small boat that lets you see the garden from a new perspective.
The Queen Victoria Market
It dates back to the 19th century with a huge open-air market, one of the largest in the world. Locals call it Queen Vic or just Vic Market. The name comes from the location at the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets. The best way to experience the market is on foot.
The Eureka Tower
The tallest observation deck in all of Melbourne provides a panoramic view. When you visit, you’ll head to one of the twin elevators. In under 40 seconds, you’ll be whisked all the way from the ground level to the 88th floor. If you are bold, you can exchange the views of the Skydeck for the thrills of The Edge. The Edge is a glass square where even the floor is clear, providing unparalleled views from every single angle.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The largest cricket stadium in the country and one of the largest in the world, located in Yarra Park, the stadium is known to locals as simply The G. Built in the middle of the 19th century. the Melbourne Cricket Ground is virtually always going through some sort of renewal or remodel. You’re free to check it out while exploring the National Sports Museum, which is located on the grounds
National Gallery of Victoria
Australia’s biggest, oldest and most impressive art museum. known to locals as NGV, is made up of two parts. The first, located in St. Kilda, is called the NGV International. This is where you will find art from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. At the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, works come from indigenous people, early colonial settlers and contemporary Australian artists.
This is the heart and soul of Melbourne. It is a central meeting place where lots of locals gather, and the ultimate spot for people watching. It is also a place you will almost certainly pass through at some point since it is a major transport hub. Federation Square is where you will find the Australian section of the National Gallery of Victoria as well as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Linger at the sidewalk cafes and bars to experience some of the local flavours.
You will find this in the Parkville district of the city. This zoo is special because the animals live in natural settings, their habitats designed for animal comfort rather than visitor views. While the Melbourne Zoo boasts many local animals, you will find some fewer common species as well. There is a Wild Sea Exhibit, where you can see penguins and seals up close. Also, the baboon lookout, a spectacular spot where you can look for the members of a large baboon family. There’s also a 19th century English carousel in the zoo that kids will definitely want to ride.
Just a short walk from the banks of the Yarra River, Hosier Lane is ground zero for local street art and culture. The stone pathway is lined with walls that serve as canvases, and each is decorated with a variety of pieces. You can admire hastily drawn sketches next to murals using bold, bright colours. Grab a camera and walk up and down the lane on your own, or take part in a guided tour. Since you are in the area, keep walking until you hit Rutledge, a less known but equally impressive gallery street in the area.
The gardens date back to 1848 located on the edge of the Central Business District. It plays a role as Melbourne’s people’s city and as the garden city. it boasts a number of older, tall trees. Blue gums, willows and elm trees were all popular during the 19th century. Today, you can tour the Victorian landscapes, but you can all see an ornamental lake and even the cottage where James Cook’s parents once lived, which was brought all the way from England to Melbourne.
Royal Exhibition Building
Located in the district of Carlton. It was constructed in 1880 whose structure served as the meeting place for the very first Australian Federal Parliament. While parts of the building are gone thanks to fires, the main hall still stands, topped by an incredible domed ceiling. The Royal Exhibition Building is a common place for local events and conventions, but you can walk right in during open hours for a self-guided tour. Explore the incredible galleries, the beautiful furnishings and the impressive designs of the original architect, Joseph Reed.
Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia, is a clear winner for an Australian getaway. An overview of the best attractions in Melbourne with great food, nightlife, shopping, and sports. As a student, you can never go wrong with weekend tours of this great city.