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My visit to Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne is one of the coolest cities in Australia. From its amazing architecture to its robust art scene, cafes and music, Melbourne is often considered the culture capital of Australia. Its narrow lanes, covered in world-class street art, hide beautiful cafés and beer gardens. It was by far my favourite spot in the country. There’s so much to see and do in this city that it leaves you speechless. Melbourne is Australia’s second biggest city and the capital of its second most populous state, Victoria. Melbourne is a self-proclaimed capital of fashion, culture, sport and food. It hosts the Melbourne Cup horse race, the Formula One Grand Prix, the Australian Open Tennis Championship and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

St Kilda - Melbourne’s famous nightlife area is home to a mixture of restaurants, bars, and clubs. If you want to find Melbourne’s wild side, this is where it will be. In St. Kilda, you can head to the beach to watch the sunset, it is unbelievable.

Fitzroy Gardens – Fitzroy Gardens is one of Melbourne’s most historic and beautiful gardens. Created in 1848, this Victorian-era garden is meant to look like the English gardens the early settlers left behind

Royal Botanic Gardens – The Royal Botanic Gardens contains gardens covering 86 acres and features thousands of flowers, shrubs, and trees from across the country and around the world. During the summer months, there are nightly movies held in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

City Circle tram – More than just a means of free transportation, the City Circle Tram provides “hop-on, hop-off” service between Melbourne’s sightseeing attractions, including Federation Square, the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House, and the Princess Theatre. There’s a running recorded commentary as you pass or stop at a place of historical, cultural, or architectural significance.

Street Art – Hands down the highlight of my visit, I loved the street art tour. It was quite a costly tour, however, the cost of the tour helps support local artists and includes drinks and cheese at the end. I learned so much about the art scene in the city and developed a much deeper appreciation for why Melbourne attracts so many artists from around the world. I can’t recommend this tour enough.

Flinders Street Station – Flinders Street Station is a major landmark and popular meeting place in central Melbourne. Built in the late 19th century, the station features Victorian architecture and large clock faces. It is said to be the busiest suburban railway station in the Southern Hemisphere, and it’s a lovely imposing building to admire.

The Penguin Parade - Philip Island is not technically in Melbourne but it’s an easy afternoon trip. Philip Island is where you can view the largest Little Penguin colony in the world. Every sunset thousands of these gorgeous little creatures emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach to their sand dune burrow homes.

Great Ocean Road - Just outside the city is one of the most scenic drives in the world. The Great Ocean Road stretches for 151 miles along the Southeast coast of Australia. During the drive, which is also on the register of Australian National Heritage List, you’ll pass by amazing natural sites including Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles.

The Eureka Skydeck 88 - the Eureka Skydeck 88 to get a perspective on the whole city. You will have 360-degree views of Melbourne from 88th floor observation deck in the Eureka Tower. You can get some great shots from ‘The Edge’, a glass cube that projects out of the building with you suspended in the air above the city.

Overall, my experience in Melbourne was truly amazing and I would definitely recommend this city to anybody who ever gets the opportunity to travel to Australia!
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