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MELBOURNE ATTRACTIONS - MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA

Melbourne SightseeingMelbourne 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
4) Chinatown
5) Williamstown
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 Melbourne.

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 crafts.

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 Customs House.

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.

 

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