I have visited Melbourne twice with girlfriends. The first trip to Melbourne was a placement trip which lasted for nearly a month and the second trip was about a week. Melbourne is a beautiful and interesting place and I have lots of fun and good memories spending time here with my girlfriends.
If you are looking to travelling to Melbourne from Brisbane, the flight takes around 2.5 hours. I will share with you guys what we did in the Melbourne CBD in this post.
Melbourne has a beautiful city landscape. Wandering around the beautiful botanic gardens is a good idea for a relaxing afternoon. The tallest tower that you can see in the centre of the photo is Eureka Tower. You can buy tickets to go up to the skydeck, if you like to get the best view of Melbourne, the view up there is amazing.
Photo: Melbourne city landscape.
Shrine of Remembrance was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I and is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war. It is free for admission and the view from there is pretty good.
Photo: Shrine of Remembrance.
Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building is a World Heritage Site-listed building. It is a beautiful building both in and outside. We spent some enjoyable time to chill at the botanic gardens outside of the building. Melbourne Museum is just located a short walking distance from there.
Photo: Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building.
Cook’s Cottage is a historic landmark of Melbourne which is situated in the beautiful heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens. Visiting Cook’s Cottage is like a fascinating step back in time. You need to buy tickets to visit and there is students concession price available.
Photo: Cook’s Cottage.
Napoleon is an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. The gallery hosts a wide variety of exhibition and it is free for entry.
Photo: The entrance of Napoleon.
Flinders Street Railway Station is the landmark of Melbourne. It serves the entire metropolitan rail network. This is the popular place to take beautiful tourist shots.
Photo: Flinders Street Railway Station.
Federation Square is a mixed-use development in the inner city of Melbourne. I would recommend to spend some time at the concourse outside of Federation Square to enjoy the city vibe. Don’t miss the chance to take a ride of the free city tram to see the city.
Photo: Federation Square and free city tram.
Photo: The map of Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone.
St Paul’s Cathedral is a historic building with intricate architecture. It is free entrance for public.
Photo: The exterior of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Photo: The interior of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Photo: There are many other magnificient churches along the streets of Melbourne. How good will the view up there at hot balloon be. Hopefully I can visit Melbourne again to experience the hot balloon ride.
State Library of Victoria is a Melbourne landmark and cultural icon. Personally I think it is a very beautiful building and it provides a conducive learning environment as well. I would love to spend some time to study here.
Photo: State Library of Victoria.
Chinatown Melbourne is the longest continuous China settlement in the western world. It has many good restaurants hidden inside the alleys.
Photo: Chinatown Melbourne.
Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark of Melbourne. It is the largest open air market in southern hemisphere.
Photo: Queen Victoria Market.
Photo: My favourite churros cart at Queen Victoria Market.
I guess Melbourne is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to do café hopping. I had lots of fun exploring the cafes, being a great coffee lover.
Photo: Café in Melbourne CBD.
Photo: My favourite croissants place in Melbourne: Lune Croissanterie.
Degraves Street is a short and narrow laneway at Melbourne CBD. Spend your time to explore the good restaurants, patisserie and hipster shops here.
Photo: Degraves Street.
There are still so many other places which I missed whilst exploring Melbourne CBD. Melbourne’s weather could be fluctuating even within a day, so do check the weather report before you head out to explore this wonderful city.