Multifarious Melbourne City TravelAustralia & Pacific | Ricky | June 30, 2009 at 7:42 am
The chic, multi-ethnic Melbourne is the Mecca for wide-ranging world class attractions. Experience the magnificent annual Moomba Parade with its splendid array of float displays in Technicolor which culminate to the final events of water-skiing, humorous trivia playoffs and bands.
Soak in the adrenalin pumped tone at the scenic Albert Park during the four day Formula One Grand Prix, metal-on-metal thumping action at the V8 Supercar racing amongst a host of several exalted sporting events. Many throng the city for the annual NAB cup held at the Telstra Dome.
Revel in the horticultural haven of the World Heritage listed Carlton Gardens and the majestic Royal Exhibition Building which hosts more than a decade old, annual top-rated Flower and Garden Show. The Carlton Gardens are domicile of the prized Melbourne Museum, IMAX theatres and the fine Hochgurtel Fountain. The statuette of Queen Victoria and the widely featured floral clock located on St.Kilda Road amongst several bronzed statues are the prime sights on the green abundance of the Queen Victoria Gardens. Explore elaborate green landscapes at the Great Gardens of the Dandenongs on the chugging Billy Steam Railways, Fitzroy & Treasury Gardens, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Royal Park amongst the countless green patches in the city. Check out the stunning oratory experience of 39 electronic bells at the Federation Bells, ArtPlay and several children havens at the Birrarung Marr.
Brave the waves on Victoria’s jagged, tricky surf coast located at Bells Beach or experience the little penguin paradise at Phillip island which is also famed for its abundant wilderness, Grand Prix Circuit, the visually teasing ‘Maze’N Things’ or the explore the fresh produce and the numerous festivals at the Churchill island. Survey the panoramic vision of Melbourne by going airborne atop a hot air balloon as you mend gracefully over the scenic Yarra Valley and other prime locals across Victoria, take a chairlift ride or head up the towering Observation Deck for its pristine views of the city and its audio-visual spectacle- RialtoVision. Down beneath located on the banks of the Yarra River is the Melbourne Aquarium spanning four exciting levels with live interactions with thousands aquatic forms at the Oceanarium. One can explore the city by boarding a cruise from Southbank.
The Aboriginal communities which were predominant in Port Phillip are evident in its influence on the culture and tradition in Melbourne which are effectively highlighted in the hundreds of museums and art galleries that span the city.
For a grand family voyage, venture into multi-specie Melbourne Zoo to explore the rainforest setup, butterfly paradise and follow the paths of elephants. Enjoy the Werribee’s Open Range Zoo with its innate grasslands settings, famed Victoria State Rose Garden and safari expeditions or the wildlife haven at the Healesville Sanctuary for a close bump into a platypus or the widely diverse Bundoora Park.
The urban paradise at the Docklands with an array of top class eateries, go art work hunting, water events or hitch a Shuttle from Federation Square up to Docklands. Check retail paradise at the Brunswick, Smith, Swan and Victoria Streets in city of Yarra and the South CBD, Chadstone- the fashion capital or haggle-hearty Bridge Road in Richmond.
Soak in the therapeutic waters of Hepburn springs, Daylesford and Macedon Ranges. Sip into the finest vintages in Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and Dandenong ranges. One must visit the city during the annual Beer festival to experience the huge array of choices that various breweries offer. One can get lost in the wondrous hedge maze of Ashcombe and the water gardens spanning 25 acres to pure pleasure.
Melbourne has so much to offer the traveller making it the ideally liveable places on earth.