Australia’s second-largest city is the home of culture, with great shopping, art and indie venues set against a beautiful backdrop
Part of Australia’s charm is that it is a relatively new country and, as such, its cities have changed in tune with the pace of modern life. This is especially true of Melbourne where you can shop in independent boutiques, hop to the beach for sunbathing, then catch the hottest local band at the coolest live music venue all in one day.
If you’re going down under to see out the winter with some warmer weather, take in these five highlights on your Australian adventure.
1. Scan the city from the Eureka Skydeck
If you’re looking to get an idea of the city’s layout from above, there’s no better place to do it than from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. Take it one step further by venturing out to The Edge: a box made entirely of glass that looks directly down onto the city.
2. Explore the city by foot
Unlock the real secrets of Melbourne by roaming the side alleys and laneways by foot. Here, you’ll discover everything from the irresistible aromas of good coffee and gourmet outlets that tempt you to Degraves Street and Centre Place, to the funky boutiques and stores around Little Collins Street. There’s no way of knowing what’s around the corner until you uncover it for yourself!
3. Delve into Australia’s artistic side
From the grandeur of the National Gallery of Victoria to the humble showcase of emerging artists at the alternative public art space Mailbox 141, Melbourne is a treasure trail for art. You can also scope out innovative new photographers at the Centre for Contemporary Photography and see daring conceptual work at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
4. Experience the Great Ocean Road
The price of hiring a car to drive on the Great Ocean Road will be repaid tenfold with some of the most amazing scenery and sunsets you’ll ever see. Stretching over 150 miles, the route offers staggering vistas.
5. Rock out to some local live music
Melbournians love their music gigs, so plan to take in a few bands while you’re out here. Haunts include the Prince Bandroom, ensconced in the Prince of Wales Hotel, and Howler, the trendy warehouse-turned-live-entertainment space.