Australia's second biggest city is the "capital of cool," according to Conde Nast Traveler. Survey respondents said that Melbourne is "one of the classiest cities in the world" and mentioned its "abundance of parks and fabulous public art."
In August 2014, the Economist Intelligence Unit recognized Melbourne as the world’s most liveable city for the fourth year in a row.
The City Circle Tram. is a free and convenient way to see the sights of central Melbourne, while experiencing a ride on one of the city's much loved heritage trams. The service is aimed mainly at tourists, as the tram passes by many local attractions and museums
Horse-drawn carriages can show you a different side of Melbourne. Catch a ride from Swanston Street, or pre-book your trusty steeds and driver from one of the local tour operators.
Established in 1856 as the Melbourne Public Library, the State Library of Victoria is Australia's oldest public library and one of the first free public libraries in the world. A look below at the La Trobe Reading Room.
Sitting at the top end of Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD, the Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia. It hosts the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush era, as well as rare and historic documents from Public Record Office Victoria highlighting key moments from Victoria’s history.
The Victorian gold rush was a period in the history of Victoria, Australia taking place between 1851 and the late 1860s. The discovery of gold resulted in more than 500,000 Australians, Europeans and Chinese rushing to the southeast state to stake their claim to fortune.
St Paul's Cathedral is the seat of the Anglican Primate of Australia and home church for Anglicans in Melbourne and Victoria. Here is a look at its Neo-Gothic interior.
Melbourne is known as one of the world's great street art capitals. Hosier Lane is its most famous laneway.
Take a stroll down Hosier Lane and admire the numerous styles of street art. It’s one of the most popular things to do in Melbourne and it’s free!
Hosier Lane is filled with regularly changing graffiti and a series of light boxes that exhibit the work of up and coming contemporary artists.
Established in 1878, the Queen Victoria Market is the largest market in Australia and one of the largest in the world. Covering 7 hectares of land within Melbourne, the Market remains essentially intact to its date of construction, with many of its buildings still in use today.
Most Melbournites skip the grocery stores to shop for fresh produce and food at the Queen Victoria Market.
Charming and picturesque, Brighton Beach is a cove on Port Phillip Bay that is adored for its rainbow bathing boxes and views of Melbourne’s city skyline.
When viewed together, the bathing boxes turn the beachscape into a collective work of art that can change by the hour according to season, light and colors.
The 82 bathing boxes are unique because of their uniform scale and proportion, building materials, and sentry order alignment.
Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern day police station or put yourself on trial in court. Between 1842 and its closure in 1929, the Old Melbourne Gaol was the scene of 133 hangings including Australia's most infamous citizen, the bushranger Ned Kelly.
Luna Park is a historic amusement park located on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria. It opened on December 13, 1912 and has been operating almost continuously ever since.
Luna Park is the giant face of fun in St Kilda!
A day at Luna Park cannot be missed when visiting Melbourne, no matter your age.
Housed in an ultra-modern facility, the Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria, from its natural environment to its culture and history. It is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere.
Holgate Brewhouse is a small, independent, family-owned brewery in Woodend, Victoria, Australia. The brewery operations began in 1999 and today is best known for its India Pale Ales (IPA's).
The Great Ocean Road is one of the most incredible coastal drives in the world, with awe-inspiring limestone cliffs and incredible rock formations. Stretching a total of 151 miles, it is home to the most amazing collection of sandy beaches, lush rain forests, spectacular waterfalls, and arguably, one of the most breathtaking views in Australia – the iconic 12 Apostles.
There are a ton of sites to see along the Great Ocean Road, but most of all, enjoy the ride!
The Twelve Apostles are imposing limestone stacks that rise from the ocean in Port Campbell National Park.
I spotted this mother koala and her baby up in the high trees of Great Otway National Park in Victoria, Australia.
Rippon Lea was a cherished family home to two families who collectively spent nearly 100 years living on the estate. Today, it is a historic property under the care of the National Trust of Australia.
The ‘Hollywood style’ Drawing Room inside Rippon Lea Estate.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) (left) and the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (right), commercially known as AAMI Park.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Australia’s premier sports stadium and a cultural icon. It is the country’s largest, oldest, and most popular sporting venue. The stadium can seat a total of 100,024 people and hosted the 1956 Summer Olympic Games.
Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe-inspiring view of Melbourne from the observation deck of the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere - the Eureka Tower.
As dusk falls on Melbourne, the city becomes a place of bright lights and welcoming venues where people gather to talk, eat, and enjoy themselves.
Nightime view of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) (left) and AAMI Park (right).