Melbourne is absolutely a must-see city, full of vivid and exciting places to visit. And Australian Open venue is a perfect occasion for this, as it is one of the main tennis tournaments, held annually in Australia from 1905.
Melbourne is called a city of Gardens, with its amazing sceneries in every corner. So, you should definitely add this our Melbourne Travel Review with absolutelly outstanding MUST-sees to your timetable, between or after the tournament’s matches to enjoy the spare time and have a pleasant memory of staying in Australia.
1. ‘Melbourne Star’ observation wheel
Let’s start our ‘Melbourne Things To Do and See’ tour with a picturesque view from Melbourne Star.
5 main facts about the attraction:
• It is known as one of the most exciting wheels in the world with its 120 meters height and 100 meters diameter.
• Every comfortable, air-conditioned cabin offers a visitor the whole vision of amazing Melbourne with 360-degree view. Do not hesitate that you will see the Australian Open arenas, surrounded by Melbourne Park plants and trees.
• It is doing the circulation for a half of an hour and includes 420 people in 21 cabins.
• The wheel is decorated with three and a half kilometers of LED lights, which create an astonishing impression at night.
• The facilities of the Star include: Ramp / Toilet / Lift
Where: 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands VIC 3008.
Mon – Thu: 11am – 7.30pm.
Fri – Sun: 11am – 9pm.
Note: last admission 30 minutes before closing.
How to contact: Tel: 8688 9688
2. The Royal Botanic Gardens
For those who would like to have a rest after a busy week and loud arenas of Australian Open to discover the whole beauty of nature, we recommend visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens right in the heart of Melbourne.
We prepared 5 facts for you to understand that this gorgeous part of the city is a must-visit place, especially with your family or friends :
1.Considered to be one of the most picturesque in the world
Founded in 1846 and being very popular among the tourists, it hosts a year-round tours, walks, wedding ceremonies, picnics and other events, inviting more than 1,5 million of visitors annually.
2. 38 hectares of mixed native and exotic plants
The vegetation includes over 10 000 individual spices. And the variety of plants and trees composing a fascinating garden, will give you time for relaxation and rest.
3. Enjoy rich fauna
Along with lovely flora, you may also see the turtles looking for a place for their nests or graceful black swans dreaming on the calm lakes. While roaming around the gardens you may fully enjoy fish, birds, butterflies, microbats, native water rats – rakali, possums and other interesting animals in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Even foxes inhabit in the hidden places of gardens, coming out for hunting at night time.
4. Excursions & science seminars
Located in the heart of Melbourne, The Royal Gardens is an attractive place not only for tourists and visitors, but for scientists and listeners of the seminars. People can enjoy picnics, join an excursion, or take up a challenge and pass the Garden’s maze.
5. Souvenir shop
The Gardens’ Shop offers their visitors to take a memorable gift with, reminding the flora and fauna themes. The variety of books, floral art cards, accessories and home decorative things can be met in this shop.
5. Children’s garden
Children can go to the Children’s garden which can boast with busy timetable, a lot of attractions and games for little ones. It will relax them after a long day at the Australian Open arena.
The facilities: a visitor centre/ guided walks/ interpretive signs/ two cafes/ toilet
Where: Alexandra Avenue, Melbourne VIC 3004.
How to contact: Tel: 9252 2300
When: Open daily 7.30am to sunset.
3. The Melbourne Visitor Centre
The center is a very informative place, which helps tourists to know more about Melbourne and decide where to go and what to choose. It is offering a various of leaflets, city guides, maps , schedules, as well as information about public transport, city tours, accommodation and food.
Moreover, it provides the best souvenirs and gifts, which will make visiting this place useful and pleasant.
Where: Federation Square,Corner Swanston and Flinders streets, Melbourne 3000.
Contact details:Tel: (03) 9658 9658 (Mon-Fri only)
When: Every day from 9am to 6pm (except Christmas).
4. The National Sports Museum.
Displaying the largest sporting collection in the country, the National Sports Museum shows Australia’s rich sports history.
If you are interested not only in tennis, but in other sports, this museum will be a must-see in Melbourne.
Here is a small review of this attractive place:
• It consists of galleries and interactive zones, offering its visitors to Game on and have fun in archery, cycling, kicking a goal, and a lot of other activities, including reflection tests, ets.
• It also displays the 3D hologram of Shane Warne (an Australian former international cricketer), which seems to be so realistic as if he is in the room.
• In the rooms and halls of this museum you will definitely see the chronological description of tennis, cricket, football, racing, basketball and a lot of other popular sports.
The ticket price for the Museum:
Adult – 23$,
Children – 12$
Combined with MCG tour:
Adult – 31,50$,
Children – 16$
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Gate 3, Jolimont VIC 3002.
Contacts: Tel: 9657 8879
When: Open daily from10am – 5pm.
5. Melbourne Zoo
Don’t miss the show of elephants and other attractions the Melbourne Zoo is full of!
Located just five minutes from the city center, this Zoo displays more than 320 spices of animals from all over the world. Having a picturesque landscape, green lawns and beautiful animals, the Melbourne Zoo will invite you to spend at least a half of a day, to enjoy it.
As it is the oldest Zoo in Australia, you will see a lot of spices, starting from butterflies and till the tigers and orangutans. The Zoo will surprise you with different shows and amazing landscape through the corner, bushy lanes and even underwater.
Location: Elliott Avenue, Parkville VIC 3052.
Contacts: Tel: 9285 9300
When: Open daily from10am – 5pm (including public holydays).
6. The Melbourne Museum
It may sound strange but it is the place number one to go with your children as there are a lot of interesting things to observe. The skeleton of dinosaur is so huge and admirable that every child will be staring at it with great pleasure!
Having displays of history, culture and natural environment, the Melbourne Museum is a great place to go and see the nature and life in Victoria.
Established in 1854 and located in the heart of Melbourne, opposite the Royal Exhibition Building, the Museum has a variety of spheres to explore. It has a Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, telling about local peoples of Victoria, evolution gallery, science and life gallery, displaying different dinosaurs and others. It also has a large skeleton of a Pygmy Blue Whale and separate children’s area – gallery just for children from 3 to 8 years old.
The Museum presents its own Museum Shop where visitors can purchase some memorable souvenirs. (All production in this shop is dedicated to this or that part of Museum and reflects its things).
Where: 11 Nicholson Street,Carlton VIC 3053,Carlton Gardens.
Contact details: Tel: 13 1 1 02
When: Open daily from 10am – 5pm (including public holydays).
7. Shrine of Remembrance
It is one more beautiful and interesting place to visit. It is Victoria’s war memorial and Melbourne’s iconic landmark, dedicated to people of Victoria who served in World War 1.
For those who are interested in history and would like to know more about the participation of Australians in the war, the place will be interesting to go to.
The entrance is free. You may take a tour with a guide. There is a Gift Shop which will let you to take some memorable souvenirs.
Where: Birdwood Avenue and St Kilda Road, 1.3km from Flinders Street Railway Station.
Contact details:Tel: 03 9661 8100
When: Open daily from10am – 5pm (last admission 4:30 pm).
8. Melbourne Aquarium
It is one more place for those who love animals and sea life. Situated right in the city centre, this amazing place will introduce you most bright and interesting parts of a sea.
Opened in 2000, it is one of the most popular places in Melbourne, which will let you spare your time, educating and relaxing.
Be ready to see a huge amount of animals – fishes, the rainbow of colors at Seahorse Pier, fantastical penguins, and marvelous Elephant Sharks in Bay of Rays.
Where:King St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000.
Contact details: Tel: 9923 5999
When: Open daily from 9:30 am – 6pm (including Public Holidays).
Note: last admission – 5 pm.
9. Capitain Cook’s Cottage
Located in the Fitzroy Gardens (No.11 in our List), Capitain Cook’s Cottage is the oldest building in Australia, built in 1755. It is definitely a must see historical place in the list of ‘Melbourne Things To Do and See’.
The Cook’s Cottage has an interesting history. Originally it was built in England, Yorkshire by the parents of James Cook, but later in 1934 it was carefully replaced to Australia by Sir Russell Grimwade. Amazingly that every part of the cottage was carefully sent to Australia. Even the ivy, which grew in the garden of this cottage, was cut and delivered to Melbourne to decorate the Cottage and save the English atmosphere.
Feel the air of the 18th century, having a tour to this cottage. You will be met by volunteers dressed with the cloth of the 18th century and see the modern interpretation of the Capitan Cook life and adventures.
You may have either a guided tour or take a brochure and have a look at this amazing place yourself.
Where: Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002.
Contact details: Tel: 9658 9658
When: Open daily from 9 am – 5pm (except Christmas).
Note: last admission – 4:45 pm.
10. St.Patrick’s Cathedral
Built between 1858 and 1940, St.Patrick’s Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Being an amazing example of Gothic architecture, the Church decorates the city, as well as serves as a house for prayers. It is welcoming visitors to pray and enjoy the beauty of the architecture. This gorgeous construction will attract the attention of everyone who sees it. There is also a Cathedral Gift Shop, which offers a wide range of souvenirs and gifts to choose.
Where: 2-60 Cathedral Place,East Melbourne VIC 3002.
Contact details:Tel: 9662 2332
When:Open daily from 9 am – 5pm.
Note: shop is opened: Mon-Fri: 9:30-4:30 and Sun: 08:30 am – 1pm.
11. Fitzroy Gardens
Having a long history of over 150 years, Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne are definitely one of the best places to go for a rest.
Named after Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy – Governor of New South Wales and Governor-General of the Australian Colonies, the gardens are boasting with their location, which is not far from the city centre and their historical lanes and corners. Having more than 2 million visitors every year, it is one of the major places to go in Melbourne.
The gardens offer a variety of tours for visitors and have a lot of fountains, statues and historical cottages (including Cook’s Cottage). It also has a miniature of Tudor’s Village, presented to Melbourne by Mr. Edgar Wilson, British pensioner, who lived in London and making these miniatures was his hobby. In general he made 3 Tudor cities, one of which is in Melbourne now.
The gardens also have a Shop and a Pavilion Café, which can be found on the maps presented inside the Gardens.
Where: 230-298 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002.
Contact details: Tel: 9658 9658
12. The Federation Bells
Located in Batman avenue, the city centre, the Federation Bells is a composition of 39 bells, made from brass. The bells were designed by Anton Hasel and Neil McLachlan in 2001 in honor of celebration for centenary of Australia’s federation. Designed in collaboration with Swaney Draper Architects, the bells are a picturesque compliment to the beautiful Melbourne.
It is a must see place to visit and enjoy the soundings of bells. More than 100 compositions are presented to surprise the audience. The weekly schedule of the melodies can be found on the official website.
So, when do the Federation Bells ring? The rings of the bells are sound daily but in exact times. The bells can be heard from 8 am to 9 am, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and from 5 pm to 6 pm.
The entrance is free and there is no need to schedule the tour beforehand.
Where: Birrarung Marr,Batman Avenue,Melbourne VIC 3000.
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When: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm.
13. Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market will be a perfect place to go for a lunch or shopping after the Australian Open event and relax in a friendly atmosphere with your friends or family in the heart of Melbourne.
This place is the soul of Melbourne offers its visitors to eat, shop and discover the biggest open-air market in Southern Hemisphere.
There are a lot of cafes, bars and restaurants for you to choose! In the streets you may see the singers and dancers during the festivals.
Address: 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.
Working hours: Sunday 9AM–4PM, Monday Closed, Tuesday 6AM–2PM,Wednesday Closed, Thursday 6AM–2PM, Friday 6AM–5PM, Saturday 6AM–3PM
If you like activity tours and prefer to spend your time in this way, you may choose from a variety of private tours. They are – cycling, wild life tours, including diving, exploring wild nature of Australia and others.
15. Street Art in Melbourne
Besides the special tours, you may also enjoy roaming in the streets and observe the Street Art. Melbourne is the Street Art Capital. A lot of surprises are waiting for you in the corner. Wild animals, mysterious phrases and even 3D street art decorate the city.
So, come to watch Australian Open and do not forget about this our Melbourne travel guide to fully enjoy this wonderful city) No matter you are with – your family and friends or you are alone, you will definitely find the place where to go and what to do, while you are in here (during the AO)!
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