This city seems to have everything a heart desires, from towering skyscrapers, green areas and parks, to an exceptionally attractive coast. Not without reason, it had been deemed “the Best City to Live in the World” for the last seven years (“The Economist” 2011-2017).
Here over 3000 music events take place every week, and one of the most interesting landmarks of the city is the historic tram number 35, which runs around the centre and stops at popular tourist spots.
The Royal Exhibition Building
The Royal Exhibition Building is an oasis in the midst of this noisy city and fast-paced life. This unique building, located in the Carlton Gardens, is one of the oldest remaining exhibition pavilions in the world. It was designed by Joseph Reed and completed in 1880. It initially served as the seat of the first Australian federal parliament, and then was used by the Government of Victoria for 26 years. The Royal Exhibition Building combines elements of Romanesque, Byzantine and Italian Renaissance art. In 2014, it entered the UNESCO World Heritage List as the first object in Australia made by humans.
If you love art and culture, and you also value a good cup of coffee, Southbank is the perfect place for you. This Picturesque Australian suburb, located by the Yarra River, impresses tourists with its unique location and a plethora of attractions. Here you will find the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the most beautiful theatres in the city, such as Hamer Hall, the State Theater and Playhouse. Furthermore, you cannot miss the National Gallery of Victoria, the oldest and largest museum of fine arts in Australia.
Federation Square is an absolute cultural melting pot. The main purpose of this square was to create a centre of cultural meetings and entertainment for Melbourne residents. Despite its extravagant and unconventional design, Federation Square is the second most popular tourist attraction in Melbourne. Today, this place is filled with restaurants, cafés, bookshops and art galleries.
Hasier Lane and street art
Melbourne is known as one of the world’s largest capitals of street art, due to its original murals and innovative street art. Hasier Lane is definitely one of the most visited and photographed places in the capital of Victoria. This is where art intertwines with everyday life, inspires and stimulates creativity, for which the city is constantly admired. Public Art Melbourne opens up to new artists and provides urban space for creative residents. The main goal of this initiative is to promote art and culture, develop free spaces, and enrich the experience of passers-by. The initiators of this project believe that public art aims at making life more interesting and colourful.
Melbourne astonishes with its charming streets full of restaurants and cafés. The culture of drinking coffee is not new, as its tradition dates back to more than half a century ago, when it was originated by Italian immigrants. Melbourne residents not only know how a perfect cup of espresso should taste like, but also have knowledge about the best beans and methods of making coffee. From the fancy flat white to the classic short black (espresso), the ritual of drinking coffee plays a vital role in the lives of residents of Melbourne and is their true pride.
For those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and get to know the wild nature, a trip to Healesville will be an unforgettable experience. Not far from the city centre, young and older travellers can discover some of the finest species of the Australian fauna. The sight of the Tasmanian devil in its natural habitat or the opportunity to pat the koala bear is a memory that will not fade away for a long time.
Made famous by the ecstatic raves of the 1990s, Docklands is a place where the city authorities have been revitalizing port areas for years. Currently, this area is one of the most interesting places in terms of architecture on the city map, combining artistic origins with the development of business and office buildings.