Visiting Melbourne for the First Time: Things to Do

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Visiting Melbourne for the First Time: Things to Do

Melbourne is one of those cities that can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. Also, it can steal your heart in a second. It is a multicultural city and the cultures in it are all combined, contributing to its beauty.  Architecture, nature, attractions, culture, the weather… There is something for everyone. Regardless of the reason for your visit, it is certain that you will find more than what you came for. If you are not sure where to go and what to do, here is a list of activities that could help you make the decision.

Enjoy the architecture

Although there are not a lot of skyscrapers, Melbourne shows its beauty at almost every corner. Interesting architecture and green gardens are not something that you should miss. There are many beautiful buildings that you can explore and find out more about their history. Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens, Flinders Street Station, impressive ANZ bank built-in Venetian-Gothic style, State Library of Victoria… The list just goes on and on.

Visit Queen Victoria market

This market has been the heart of Melbourne for over one century. Also called “Vic Market”, it is spread across two city blocks. The former cemetery ground, now a market, attracts a lot of locals and tourists because you can buy anything there. If you are looking to buy food, clothes, or souvenirs, you are at the right place. You can even have lunch there considering that many restaurants are surrounding it. Since no trip is complete without shopping, explore Vic Market and find what you like at affordable prices.

Experience extreme weather

The area that Melbourne is in has a temperate oceanic climate. Due to Melbourne’s geographical location, you can experience all four seasons in just one day. Drastic seasonal changes may bring pouring rain and cold wind. Moments later, it is possible to see the sun breaking through the clouds. Before you know it, it gets really warm and you can take your jacket off. Remember to bring some extra clothing since you are probably going to need it.

Go on a tour or a trip

With such beautiful nature and bayside, you could enjoy Melbourne tours & day trips. There are a lot of destinations and attractions to choose from. You could visit the picturesque Mornington Peninsula or Bellarine Peninsula which are famous for their beautiful sights. The diversity of wildlife and many seemingly endless beaches are breathtaking. If you are a wine lover, maybe you should try some of the Mornington Peninsula wines. Sightseeing, wine, and good food are calling out to you.

Meet alleyway culture

In Melbourne, there is always something new and exciting waiting for you just around the corner – when we speak about the lanes, at least. Something that began as a rear access to properties had become one of the largest attractions in the city. Tourists like to go there because you could spend days in the lanes and there will still be something new to find. Laneways are great for pedestrians and you can explore them until you find something you like. They are also famous for their street art. There are many bars, art galleries, and exhibitions to choose from.

Visit Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Founded in 1846, these impressive botanic gardens extend across 38 hectares of land. If you want to experience a variety of colors, shapes, and flowers then this is a place for you. In these gardens, you can find rare and endangered species of plants. There are beautiful trees, lakes, and sweeping lawns that are home to many insect and animal species. Gardens are family-friendly so it can be a great choice if you are traveling with your family.

Enjoy food diversity

Melbourne is famous for its multicultural heritage, especially when it comes to food. There are not a lot of cities in the world where you can try so many different cousins. Although there is no authentic Melbourne dish or cuisine, you should be able to find something for yourself. Its vibrant immigration history brings up the best dishes from many different cultures. Whether you are a vegan or a meat lover, you will find something for yourself.

It is not a coincidence that Melbourne could be found in almost every traveler’s wish list. Time is not of great importance when you are in Melbourne because even if you are there just for a weekend, you will be thrilled.

Diana Smith

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