Top 10 Attractions - Melbourne is a great
city to visit and it offers many attractions of very
different types. Here we suggest ten of the best and
give a short description of five of them. Make sure
you try and see as many places as poosible where you
are in Melbourne.
1) Melbourne Observation Deck
2) Shrine of Remembrance
3) Queen Victoria Market
6) Melbourne River Cruise
7) Cook’s Cottage
8) St. Kilda
9) Old Melbourne Gaol
10) The Greek Precinct
Melbourne Observation Deck – The Melbourne Observation Deck is a member of the prestigious World Federation of Great Towers. It is the 21st tower to enter into this elite group. The deck is located some 253 meters above the city on the 55th level of the Rialto Towers. The towers are the tallest office building in the Southern Hemisphere.
Facilities include function room, where you can celebrate
your birthday on high altitude, souvenir outlets,
information booth, café and theatre. There
are also binoculars which give you a bird's eye of
Melbourne city and its surrounding. Usage is free
of charge. The deck offers a 360 degree view of the
surrounding. A must for all first time visitors to
Shrine of Remembrance – Melbourne's
most recognisable landmark is located at St. Kilda
Road, about 2 km away from city centre, in the tranquil
surrounding of the Shrine Reserve. The Shrine is a
tribute from the people of Victoria to the service
and sacrifice of their men and women in times of war.
The Shrine also consist 13 hectares of beautiful gardens and lawn. A unique feature of the Shrine is the Ray of Light. Each year at 11am on Remembrance Day, a beam of sunlight passes over the Stone of Remembrance in the Inner Shrine.
Queen Victoria Market – A must on the itinerary of shopping lovers. This 1878 market is not only a shopping paradise, it is also a historical landmark, tourist attraction and an institution for the locals.
Open on Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday, there are almost 1000 traders plying their trade in this 7 hectares market which consist of open sided sheds and lofty-roofed halls. Products range from local fruits and vegetables to imported hardware, clothing and souvenirs. This is a true reflection of Melbourne cosmopolitan make up. And on Sunday, this market takes on a carnival atmosphere.
Tours such as Foodies Dream Tour, Heritage Market Tour etc are conducted at this market. Each tour last about 2 hours.
Chinatown – Located at Little
Bourke Street, between Swanston and Exhibition streets,
this Far East flavoured area has been home to Chinese
immigrants for more than 100 years. The fascinating
Chinese Museum is of course located here. Offer lots
of Chinese restaurants and grocery shops. Chinese
medicine is also available here.
The Chinese population of Melbourne will gather here
during their traditional festivals. This is especially
so for their Chinese Lunar New Year festival. This
is the most important and much observed tradition
for the Chinese. During this festival Chinatown will
features traditional and contemporary Chinese cultural
activities, dance, stall of culinary and arts and
Williamstown – Williamstown
is a beautiful historic seaport which located downstream
of the Yarra River. Melbourne’s first port can
be reached by taking a ferry from Southgate or train
from Flinders Station, approximately 60 minutes and
30 minutes respectively.
Though at located at one corner, this 1835 sleepy
seaport still have the charm and lots of attractions
to offer for a day tour. For those who love sand and
sea, head to Williamstown Beach for a swim. Historical
fanatics can proceed to Point Gellibrand Heritage
Park. And there is of course, Nelson Place, the heart
of Williamstown. A street where the cafés and
restaurants are congregated. Other attractions include
Williamstown Historical Society Museum, Fort Gellibrand,
Time Ball Tower, Williamstown Botanical Gardens and
There are numbers of recommended ‘Heritage Walk”
route which you can follow to explore this historical
town. Route maps are available at the Visitor Information
Centre. After all those walk, you can end you tour
by sitting at the Gen Pier or one of the café
at Nelson Place, admiring the city skyline and watching
the world goes by.