Melbourne boasts an array of tourist trappings that delight one and all visiting this Australian metropolis. From a fascinating culture to enthralling architecture and scintillating beaches to scenic drives – the destination offers it all. Here is a quick rundown on some of the not to be missed attractions in and around the city.
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in Australia, houses around 2,000 marine creatures. Feel the adrenaline rush as you get up close to some of the rarest of aqua species such as sandbar whaler sharks, freshwater sawfish, and a grey nurse shark at the 2.2 million litre ‘Mermaid Garden Oceanarium’. Crocodile’s Lair, Bay of Rays, Coral Cave, Ocean Discovery and River to Reef are some of the other popular sections that exhibit marine and animal life from different parts of the globe.
Melbourne is blessed with many beautiful beaches, and Brighton Beach is perhaps the most spectacular among them all. Take a leisurely walk along the scenic coastline, play beach volleyball or simply lie down to sunbathe – there is something for one and all. The area around Brighton Beach is full of lively bars, cafes, restaurants and shopping precincts, making it a popular hangout.
The Great Ocean Road
If you love scenic drives, hit the Great Ocean Road. The magnificent views of cliffs and tranquil bays, the winding roads and the pleasant weather make the drive here an experience of a lifetime. Make sure you carry a camera to capture the beautiful scenery! If you are up for an adventure, stop for exciting activities such as climbing the peak of a volcanic crater, zip-lining and spotting wildlife.
Dominated by high rises and other elements of opulent commercial development, Southbank is one of the most prominent business and tourist centres in Melbourne. While strolling along the scenic Yarra River, you can admire the gorgeous views of the Melbourne Skyline. The Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct is a great place for enjoying waterfront shopping and lively entertainment. Plenty of restaurants here serve a variety of preparations, ranging from quickly done up fast food to elaborate and fresh seafood.