Come Alive in Melbourne

My friend Deepti, is on a month-long holiday to Australia since the 18th of Dec. She has already covered Adelaide and now she is in Melbourne. She has been sending me these awesome updates of her holiday that I am on a virtual holiday with her, on my smart phone!

Thanks Dips…keep them coming! This photograph in particular drew me to hit the web world and know more. I’ve always been drawn to the sea and the beaches.

In fact any ‘beach destination’ is our favourite holiday as a family. As I surfed exploring for ‘beachy’ holiday destinations in Australia… Melbourne caught my fancy. Also this contest couldn’t have come at a right time – What’s your reason for falling in love with Melbourne, the most livable city in the world?– And I thought to myself what’s not there in this city to fall in love with! It is a place that has just about everything… the beaches, the gardens, the visual experience, adventure, fun-sports, street art, the food and shopping… that’s everything  any holiday-er looks for!

My virtual exploration of Melbourne took me to more amazing places of interests (just my kind!) other than the more touristy ones as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Zoo, the National Gallery of Victoria and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and so many more!

Melbourne has a great bicycle sharing system and a superb network of tram, an affordable and convenient way to get around the city. Just my kind of holiday… to explore the city at my pace. Now what would you do if you have only three days to be in Melbourne? You plan and pack the most in those three days! Keeping Melbourne CBD as the centre-point, here is what I have sorted out for my kind of holiday…customized and tailor-made for the traveller in me and not the tourist,  in three days flat! 

Fall in Love with Melbourne Once! Beach Hopping!

Start your day early with a tram ride to St Kilda Beach, a hotspot for tourists and locals; the ocean is calm and is great for all water sports.

Have your fill of water sports and then head over to the palm lined trendy cafes for some great sea food. Once you are donesatiating your taste buds, hop on a direct bus or get on a short train ride to head towards Brighton beach, an ideal spot to laze in the late afternoon sun, and make plans for the next two days. The beach is dotted with charming bright, multi-coloured bathing boxes; It would make a great beach holiday photography destination!

Head back to the city to end the day at Federation Square- a potpourie of culinary diversity, from world cuisine to authentic Australian cuisine, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets.

Fall in Love with Melbourne Twice!  A little adventure and a little sightseeing.

Get ready for an incredible experience on board a Hot Air Balloon!

Start the day early in the morning on a Balloon ride, enjoying the city below as it comes to life. How about having breakfast suspended in the air! Sounds like an incredible adventure…definitely in the to-do list!

After that adventurous morning, walk through the city streets, lane-ways along the Yarra River to be dazzled and delighted by the world-famous Street Art and unravel a whole new perspective to street art. A countless public artworks worth every minute of your time…and once you are done exploring the art and clicking pictures…

melbourne photography by Cuba Gallery

Image Credits-Cuba Gallery

…hop on a bus towards King’s Domain Gardens-  a historic garden with plenty of big trees providing shade and lush green lawns…a perfect place for a quiet n cozy evening time followed by unwinding under the stars with a film, (if it is a Saturday night) with a bag full of popcorn and something scrumptious from the trucks lined with street food. Moonlight Cinema – the outdoor cinema on the Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens, a perfect way to end the day!

Never mind if you don’t have a Saturday in your three-day trip, there is a similar experience atop Curtin House right in the heart of the city, go in for an exhilarating view of the city-scape at night followed by watching a movie on the Rooftop Cinema…a  tried and tested movie buff hangout.

Rooftop Cinemas, Melbourne

 

Fall in Love with Melbourne Thrice!  Zip around the city on a Bicycle!

When you know time is a premium, you try to squeeze in every bit of the experience that you can while on a holiday. For relaxing (read ‘lazy’ holidays) there are other places, definitely not the exciting experiences that Melbourne has to offer! So, let’s get going…set course early in the morning on a bicycle (that would be my choice!)

or a tram, the choice is yours… venue of interest is also yours- Melbourne Museum or the National Gallery of Victoria. Spend the day enriching your experience in the history of Melbourne… save the later half of the day to chill out at one of the night markets in Melbourne:

Queen Victoria Market– Explore the over 200 stalls in this historic 19th century market, offering everything under the sun…definitely an unusual shopping experience to look forward to! Open during the day,this market turns even more exciting during the weekends when it throws open its doors to all the merrymaking at night-time shopping fiesta!

OR

hit the Blender Lane Artists’ Market ; it is the most ‘Artisty’ night market in Melbourne. Come evening, the streets come alive with vibrant stalls! It showcases paintings, photography, unique souvenirs and jewellery and all things related to art… I would love to be here! Not as much to buy as to explore…

Optional Treat!– If you have kids with you on this holiday or you want to re-live your ‘kiddy’ days then strike off something from your itinerary and save half a day for Luna Park, the famous Amusement Park! Kiddos or no kiddos, I am sure there is enough to keep one amused!

Luna Park, Melbourne

Luna Park, Melbourne

Shuffle the order of the days to suit your mood… I guess that’s the best that can be packed in three short days in the most livable city in the world! Or check out the for pre-made short tours of the city. I surely would like to spend at least a fortnight, to soak in all the experiences!

There are numerous reasons to fall in love with this city…it has so much to offer! I haven’t even started with the Yarra Valley Wineries experience or the Great Ocean Drive or the feeding the penguins or go seal watching or the 12 Apostles or the day at Peninsula Hot springs…the list is endless!

Is there any place that you feel is a ‘must –see’ in Melbourne that can be packed in a short trip? I don’t know…maybe if you’ve been there and done that… let me know. I am definitely putting this city in my bucket list of ‘must-see’ destinations around the world!

Let me see where all does my friend, Dipti, visits … looking forward to her updates on Whatsapp!  

And for you, since you have landed on my blog, I have something interesting… if you answer this simple question (in the comment box below), before 5th of Jan 2015, you stand a chance to win a Gift Voucher worth Rs.500!! 

Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why? 

(CONTEST CLOSED as on 5th Jan 2015, 11:59 pm) 

Contest Winner Update (11/Jan/2015): Sakshi Bhatnagar

All images are courtesy Tourism Victoria Website, unless specified otherwise.

 

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27 thoughts on “Come Alive in Melbourne

  1. Being a person who loves to travel this place has struck my eye.
    And here, Eureka Skydeck 88 is going to be first on my list.. i can just imagine the view after reading about it and i feel its going to be awesome.
    Then the St. Kilda Beach,the long walk on the beach during the sunset will be just perfect.. And finding gold is also there.. 😀
    why not get my pockets filled with some tresure hunt..Laneways and Arcades is going to be the place to explore my “Lara croft” skills.. 😀 😀
    Melbourne is going to be a great place to visit and enjoy a holiday..

  2. Given a chance to visit Melbourne, I would absolutely make a run for Eureka Skydeck 88..Imagine the view of the city from such a great height of over 300 metres and while you are suspended in air in a glass box!
    This is an experience not to be missed and I hope I get a chance to visit Melbourne and go explore Eureka Skydeck 88 soon 🙂
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  3. Hey ,Superb post ,so all set to pack bags to have a thrill at Melbourne,Now being high on my wish list .U’ve very well covered the best of Melbourne and for the entry in contest ,there cannot ever be a single place for me.It has to be a bouquet of places to calm down my zest to explore it.So naming ,first comes the Great Ocean road not just to linger or have a decent walk but to amaze myself with Jetskiing ,Scuba diving and to try swim with Dolphins,seal Yay,these beautiful creatures would be lucky to share a swim with me.ha ha.Then it would be Eureka Sky deck, to have an awe inspiring experience to be closest to sky and get the sky deck view of this liveable city, MCG to watch and cheer the players on one of the worlds best cricket ground!

    Wishing u Best of Luck & a great year ahead.

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  4. Wow! Each time I read something new about Melbourne, I want to go there even more! 🙂
    As for your questions, right now, I’m tending towards the Regent theater with so much history – watching blockbusters there would be an experience not to miss! Let me add it to my bucket list and keep my fingers crossed that we both get to visit Melbourne soon enough 🙂

  5. Interesting Post
    After reading your post and watching all the videos
    I feel I have stepped into a kaleidoscope called Melbourne
    Where Vistas of experiences would unfold one after another
    The nature lover in me is enticed by the thought of watching the penguin parade.
    Traveling though the great ocean road, soaking up the freshness as the breeze ruffles my hair gets me in the mood to pack my bags for Melbourne.
    But before I can move ,Puffing Billy whistles and invites me for a ride. The kid in me jumps with joy at the thought of visiting Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
    Even before I can deside on the list of places that I would like to see in and around Melbourne.
    What’s that noise that I hear ?
    Oh its loud cheer from MCG as the cricket world cup 2015 is about to kick start.
    So many plces to see and so much to do.
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  6. Thanks for giving me such a picturesque view of this place.I am now really fascinated by the place the way you described.Although all the destinations are worth a visit but still I would like to visit beaches the most since it was my cherished dream to experience the beauty and calmness of the sea.

    • Choosing you as the winner for this contest Sakshi! Congrats! Loved the simplicity of your wish… may it come true soon! I may need a few details from you soon… will e-mail you shortly.

  7. Nice post. And pretty well explained. I absolutely loved the way you described the places in detail. Your post gives me a feeling that I’ve been there in Australia for myself. Of all, I would like to go and experience the hot air balloon ride. Would be an awesome experience, that too one, memorable for an entire lifetime.

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  8. Wonderful post and interesting videos that make me feel that
    Melbourne invites the eternal romantic in me to hold hands with my beloved and go see the Twelve Apostles .Go on long drives on the great ocean road. In the middle of nowhere in a vineyard spread a table and enjoy a meal and a glass of wine with my dear one. Enjoy the sunsets holding hands and do lots of shopping at the Queen Victoria Market and see all the graffiti being created at the hosier lane.
    Great Post and interesting videos watching them I am sure to visit Sovereign Hill for spending some time in the era gone by. The lure of gold and panning for some nuggets is a temptation that is too much to resist. After I have found the gold I am bound to celebrate it with some wine so I will visit the vineyards and enjoy some great wine from the Yarra region .Visit the Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and have my fill with this yummy delight.
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  9. Great post! After reading your post, I’d most like to visit the Dandenong Ranges for it’s scenic beauty, breathtaking view and cool breeze blowing through my hair. 😛 I’d give anything away for driving through the winding roads which are present throughout the ranges. I’d love to stay at one of the bed and breakfast cottages and go on frequent excursions in the forests with my camera which provides excellent views. And not to forget the famous ride in the Puffing Billy, a day reserved especially for that. To add to that, there are also several picnic spots for me and my friends to spend a fun-filled day and the ranges are a perfect spot for hiking and cycling.

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  10. Its enthralling to see all these photographs..Australia surely looks like a place must to visit…

  11. I guess it would be Yarra Valley Wineyard, to experience the art of wine tasting down under.

  12. After watching all the videos, I like to visit ‘Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm’.
    I’m fond of strawberries and I have a special liking towards farms cause I love the silence and the fresh air. The green scenery is also breathtaking. So I fall for that place.

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