Melbourne! Whether you follow cricket or not, you must have surely heard the name of the Melbourne Cricket Ground at least once in your life. And not without reason. MCG is popular amongst the citizens of all countries for being the venue of some of the historical and record breaking performances that form golden chapters of the cricket history.

Melbourne Map

 But that’s not all of Melbourne! Melbourne personifies life, contrasts, beauty, cosmopolitanism and a modern city that beholds a rich culture and heritage. Being the second most popular tourist destinations in Australia after Sydney, Melbourne sees thousands of visitors flocking to the city, all the year around. And yes, that’s another thing that makes Melbourne a dream destination; it’s ideal for a visit all the year round; facilitating the busy and hectic schedules of all people, whether national or international.

While Sydney combines ethereal natural beauty and fabulous structural excellence, Melbourne offers an even better prospect. Not only does it score high in these two aspects, but also combines a tinge of vibrant life and all things modern that adds a silver lining to the whole experience. If Melbourne is your destination for an upcoming holiday, then here’s something that will interest you; a list of the top 10 interesting and must visit places while you are in Melbourne:

Melbourne Cricket Ground

melbourne cricket ground

As we described at the very start, you needn’t be a cricket fan to be at MCG. Its fantastic and unbelievable history takes it to the top of the must-see list of any person, of all ages and all interests. And if you are an Australian yourself, you sure do share fond memories with the matches or performances being held on the grounds. So, why not visit it and have that ecstatic feel of being one with history.

Reaching the destination

Being one of the commonest destinations for the tourists, reaching MCG has been made easier with a close network of various transports. If you have just arrived at the Airport and want to experience the thrill at the MCG immediately, the easiest way is to hire a cab that will cost you around $50-$60. Then again, if you are already in Melbourne and staying at hotels like the Crown Towers, the Westin, the Langham or the surrounding areas, a one way cab fare would sum up to around $10-$20.

Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market

A place to enjoy the charm of the old world and shop to your heart’s desires is what makes this market a ‘must-visit’ spot. Simple, friendly sellers, a wide range of items on sale and a unique essence – enjoy every moment spent at the market and give in to your desires.

Reaching the destination

An easy-to-reach market that lies in downtown Melbourne. Cab fares will cost you around $10-$20 from most of the prominent hotels in Melbourne like the Westin, Langham and several others.

The Eureka Tower

If this is your first time in Melbourne and heights give you an adrenaline rush that you look for at all times, then the Eureka Tower Skydeck is just the thing for you. Situated on the 88th floor, this Skydeck is a dream come true for the adventure lovers and surely not for the faint-hearted. Want to make it more daring? Your wishes come true with the Edge that takes you three meters out into the open, from the 88th floor and gives you the thrill of a lifetime.

The Eureka Tower

However, if you think that this is too much for you, you can enjoy the quaint beauty of the city from the Skydeck and also marvel at the beauty of the building itself that consists of gold crown that gives a perfect flashback into the Gold Rush times.

Reaching the destination

The tower can be easily reached from the Queen Victoria Market and enjoyed on the same day if you are planning to make it one of the best days of your life. The taxi fare would be around $15 and the same applies if you are planning to take a cab directly from the hotel of your stay.

Federation Square

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An iconic structure built as a symbol of the centenary of the 100 years of the federation, this is a structural feat that draws the attention of the tourists from places all over the world. Although there is a fixed feeling amongst the Melburnians regarding this structure, yet there is no doubt that the Federation Square is a part and parcel of the city and creates a beautiful architectural symphony between the Victorian surroundings and the modern memorial structure.

Tourists can also enjoy the various performances that are being held year round at the place and also pay a visit to the Ian Porter Gallery that is dedicated to local art.

Reaching the destination

A drive of about barely 10 minutes, the Square can be reached at an average cost of about $15 from the important hotels in Melbourne and the neighboring areas.

National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria

If history, art and culture are your fields of interest, then the National Gallery of Victoria, as the oldest art gallery in Australia, is sure to offer you the right mix of what you are in search for. If you have already been to the Federation Square and have had your fill of the beautiful creations at the Ian Porter Gallery, then the St. Kilda Street section of the Gallery will unravel masterpieces from all places over the world.

Reaching the destination

The taxi fares are at par with some other places in this list and the costs around $10-$20.

The Shrine of Remembrance

The Shine of Remembrance

A cenotaph built as a tribute to the brave soldiers who died young and old during World War I and II, the Shrine is one of Australia’s most somber and recognized landmarks. The structure resembles that of ancient Greece and plays host to numerous commemorative events and services that remember the sacrifice of the brave hearts who bought freedom to the country. The place also offers a great view of the surrounding areas and is really solemn.

Reaching the destination

A ride to the Shrine from downtown Melbourne will cost around $15 and take about 6-8 minutes.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Located very close to the CBD, the Royal Gardens is unarguably one of the best specimens of masterpiece landscaping. Spread over an impressive area of 36 hectares, this garden is known to be the home to 50,000 different kinds of plants, ensuring that, irrespective of the season of your visit, you can witness the majestic display of innumerable plant species and soak in the tranquility of the place.

Royal Botanic Gardens

 

Reaching the destination

A short car drive can take you the gardens and will cost at par with the other attractions from various standard and luxury hotels.

The 12 Apostles

The 12 Apostles

So far, you have witnessed the sculptural and architectural skills of mankind. Time to get acquainted with nature’s endless work of sculpturing and what beauties can they build.These gigantic rock structures, 12 in number, are located on the Great Ocean Road and are the main features of the National Park of Port Campbell.

The constant erosion by the waves and the wind for around 20 million years have led to the formation of these giant structures out of the limestone cliffs that have eroded magnificently over time. The best time to witness these rock beasts would be during the sunset or the sunrise.

Reaching the destination

The 12 Apostles are located somewhat away from the city center and would require a car journey of about 6-7 hours that would cost somewhere between $100-$200.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

A huge cathedral built as the worship house of the Catholic Archdiocese people in the year 1868, the cathedral is an imposing structure that is sure to leave you breathless.  Its revivalistic gothic style, huge size and the utterly serene atmosphere creates an impression that can only be felt by someone who has actually visited the Cathedral. A nice place to calm yourself after a whole day of hustle and bustle in the city.

Reaching the destination

A trip to the cathedral is very cheap and costs around $10 if you are in downtown Melbourne.

The cafes and delis

Well, you may be wondering why these are on the list of Top 10 when you can have them anywhere, even in your hometown. You sure do get cafes at every other place but what you do not get is the quality coffee that Melbourne can offer.

The cafes and delis

 

Yes, Melbourne, apart from its history and structures, is also well-known for the coffee that it offers to the world. And thanks to that, innumerable stylish baristas have popped up all over the city that serve delicious coffee and also other delicacies that will leave you wanting for more.

Reaching the destination

Well, you many drop off at any decent café and you may also make your way to the Degraves Street that is known for its laneway dinning facilities. Enjoy your coffee and your life here in Melbourne!