Often considered the “heart” of Australia, the city of Melbourne is a fascinating place to visit. This Victoria state capital is centred in a large, metropolitan area, and is the second most populated city in Australia.
Businesses and recreation, along with many diverse cultures, create a wealth of interlocking communities in this town. Whatever one is looking for – adventure and fun, serenity and peace – a place to party or an opportunity to relax – can be found any hour of day or night.
Here are the Best places to visit in Melbourne, Australia.
Phillip Island Nature Park
This is Melbourne’s most famous wildlife attraction. If you haven’t seen penguins yet, Phillip Island Nature Park offers tourists the opportunity to view the Penguin Parade as they come home to the island after a day out in the ocean looking for food.
You can see the whole activity from an elevated platform with an experienced guide giving a history of Phillip Island and some fun facts and trivia.
Other than the Penguin Parade, the Philip Island Nature Park also hosts the Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island. You can enjoy and explore this favourite tourist spot in Australia with just a short 90-minute drive from Melbourne.
Puffing Billy Steam Train
Located near Melbourne at the Dandenong Ranges, the Puffing Billy Steam Train is a century-old tourist railway that still operates with the original mountain tracks.
It attracts tourists from Australia and abroad because of its historical roots and the fun experience that people can enjoy on this train. Lunch, snacks, and dinner are served, and you can enjoy these depending on the schedule of your visit.
Souvenirs and even fun jazz music and themed tours like Halloween and Christmas are offered to tourists. You and your family can enjoy riding on the train while taking in the beautiful view of the Dandenong Ranges.
Learn about the world and Australia in the Melbourne Museum. From marine life, dinosaurs to architecture and various artefacts every show that opens in the Melbourne Museum offers the tourist an excellent understanding of our history, earth life, evolution, and culture.
Check out the latest and ongoing shows online before visiting.
Federation Square & Crown Entertainment Complex
For an excellent source of shopping, food, accommodation, entertainment, music, and nightlife, you can visit the famous federation square in Melbourne.
Here you can find a buzz of life and activity including art gallery shows and openings, the Melbourne Visitor Centre, best of food and wine in the city, and sports events.
If you are up for some luxury entertainment, you can also try to visit Crown Entertainment Complex. Here you can find premier restaurants, hotels, and spas, bars and nightclubs.
Yarra Valley Wineries
For a taste of the best wines in town, visit the Yarra Valley wineries. A short 1-hour drive from Melbourne CBD can bring you to these beautiful countryside wineries.
You can opt for a more extended stay with accommodation at a beautiful winery estate or hotel.
If you have an affection for good quality wine, you can explore authentic local wine made by Yarra Valley growers and winemakers. You might even get a discount from buying good wine straight from the winemakers themselves.