Melbourne has some amazing sights and attractions no tourist should miss. From day tours to Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road to sampling some of the city's best restraunts and shopping strips, we've got the must see tourist attractions you don't want to miss when next visiting Melbourne:
The Great Ocean Road
No visit to Melbourne is complete without a trip to the Great Ocean Road. Experience the high cliffs, spectacular coastline views, rock formations and rainforest. There are plenty of great tours you take from Melbourne which will have you returned to the CBD by the evening. Plan this day well in advance as you will need to head out early in order to fit everything in, especially if you are returning to the city the same day.
Shopping hot spots
Melbourne is well known as the fashion capital of Australia. Therefore it stands to reason that no trip to Melbourne is complete without getting in some quality shopping time. Visit Chapel Street to find everything from second hand gems to top end Aussie designer brands. Bourke Street Mall is also a favourite amoungst shopaholics with high end stores and vendors carrying a range of designer clothing and accessories. These are just two of the locations that are favourites for those wanting some retail therapy. Once you visit these areas, you'll see why Melbourne has become such a popular spot for girly weekends away.
Experience Melbourne's vibrant art scene
Melbourne has long been known as the Australian city that offers artists, muscians and desigers alike, a chance to display their skills in a number of well-known venues and galleries. The Southbank area is the place to head in Melbourne if you want to immerse yourself in the city's diverse arts and cultural scene. Visit the National Gallery of Victoria, the Victorian Arts Centre and the Malthouse Theatre. Then go wandering to find pockets of smaller galleries and venues to see what the locals have been working on.
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens extend over 36 hectares with more than 50,000 plants. With events, tours and an amazing array of plants it's no wonder why the gardens are such a favourite tourist spot for visitors. For a full list of events and to find out what's going on at the gardens during your stay in Melbourne, check out their website.
Phillip Island is just a short distance from Melbourne's CBD and offers visitors a range of activities coupled with breath-taking sights. Of course, no Phillip Island Tour is complete without watching the penguin parade. The island is home to one of the largest Little Penguin colonies in the world. In the evening, the penguins come out of the water and head to their burrows. This incredible sight is not to be missed.
Melbourne has such a diverse range of activities which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. I hope our list of the top attractions you don't want to miss has given you some useful ideas for some great ways to spend a day the next time you take a trip to Melbourne.