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Top Tourist Attractions In Melbourne
October 16, 2017
Melbourne is a city you can visit and enjoy no matter what season it is. From wandering through the grand tree-lined streets and hidden laneways to the acres of parklands and gardens that surround the CBD, the city of Melbourne is multicultural, elegant and vibrant.
Some of the key attractions in Melbourne include the following:
Melburnians were divided when in 2002 Federation Square opened to commemorate a century of federation. Some people loved it and some absolutely hated it. Despite the mixed feelings, it has turned into an integral focal point of the city and an excellent place for tourists to get started with their sightseeing. Its ultra-modern design of both closed and open spaces is in sharp contract with the Victorian architectural buildings that surround it. Over 2,000 events are hosted here each year, meaning tourists can always find entertainment to enjoy within the intimate outdoor venues and central outdoor performance area.
Location: Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the leading tourist attractions within the very heart of the green parkland that extends south of Yarra River, and is close to the CBD. The Royal Botanic Gardens was established in 1846 and has been rated as one the world's best botanical gardens of its kind. The gardens cover a 40 hectare area and has over 50,000 plants, which include numerous rare species. Over 1.5 million people visit the gardens every year. The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden has been designed to encourage the gardeners of tomorrow, while the Aboriginal Heritage Walk is a very popular tour that explores indigenous Australians and their rich heritage.
Location: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The MCG has a 100,000 capacity and history that dates back to 1853. It is considered to be one of the greatest stadiums in the world. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is home of the Australian Rules Football, the birthplace for Test Cricket and main stadium for the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 1956 Olympic Games, making it an integral part of Melbourne, which is Australia's sporting capital. Every day there are 75-minute tours that take visitors on a trip through sporting history, which incorporates the Olympic Museum and Australian Gallery of Sport. Visitors can also watch a game of football in the winter and cricket during the summer. Melbourne Park is directly opposite the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which hosts the Australian Open tennis tournament each year in January.