This beautiful article was contributed to us by Sophie M.
As one of Australia’s premier holiday destinations, Melbourne is a wonder in itself. It sits astride the lovely Yarra River at the very top of Port Phillip Bay and is also a gateway to Victoria. The stunning combination of the old and the new, skyscrapers and ethnic communities, lavish parks, gardens and also old heritage buildings- it’s a visual delight. The country’s second largest city with modern towers and preserved Victorian era architecture is a perfect base to travel to the Yarra Valley.
From Melbourne’s very own eclectic precincts city fringe to Dardenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, or Phillip Islands – it’s a great place to be. High end cuisines to low brow rock gigs, the city’s calendar remains pretty much full. Explore the historic arcades; take a stroll in the the byways lined with fine dining restaurants, lively entertainment and lovely boutique shopping.
If you are an outdoor buff, you would not be disappointed with what the city has to offer. From cycling to golf, fishing to water sports, make the most of the city’s river, parks, bays and coastlines. Sandy beaches, seeing Melbourne from a hot air balloon, kite boarding or kayaking in the moonlight- there is so much to do.
To get a taste of world class art, head to the Southbank precincts, or Federation Square, the museums and libraries, theatre and musicals. The nature and wildlife of Melbourne will make you forget that you are in a city with four million people! The tree lined pathways, Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens, magnificent beaches, zoos and wildlife, nature parks amidst this bustling city is something to see.
The Koorie Heritage Trust, aboriginal heritage walk, sites of significance in Doncaster, Blackburn, Richmond, Burrinja Gallery just a short distance from the CBD only highlights the strong and close knit Aboriginal community of Melbourne.
Fashion from independent local designers to the best of the international brands, couture, art and design, record stores, books and magazines, shopping centers and shopping tours will adhere to the ever evolving choices that make it difficult to start your spree. After a tiring day –the best way to relax is to pamper you and the city offers full range of health, well being and beauty and spa treatments.
Prepare for a great dining experiences – from cafés to pubs, bars and seafood restaurants, fine dining to humble eateries- various choices when it comes to cuisines, it is a treat for the palate. From popular favorites to groundbreaking you will get a startling array of world’s great cuisines. From modern to exotic, homespun flavors to traditional – no matter what it is – you are going to love every bite.
Even at the risk of sounding repetitive, I’ll say Melbourne is a great place to be. It does not matter if you come from Sydney or San Diego; the city is going to rise to the occasion of welcoming you. And since the city is so well planned and connected – travelling is not an issue. You go by car, plane, train or bus or cruise, the journey is a pleasant affair.