Best Things to Do in Melbourne
Melbourne is Australia's second largest city (language: English, currency: Australian dollar), located on the south-east coast of the country, at the mouth of the Yarra River and adjacent to Port Philip Bay.
Melbourne has been chosen since 2011 as the best city in the world to live, because of its high levels of quality of life and low poverty rates. The city is famous for its mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture, its extensive network of trams, its gardens and Victorian parks, as well as its diverse and multicultural society.
In Melbourne, there are citizens from 194 countries, who speak more than 180 languages or dialects, and practice 116 religious denominations. It is very interesting to see how many nationalities live and reside in a remarkable harmony and peace, something that has also supported to be voted since 2011 as the best city to live.
Melbourne is well known for its changing weather conditions. The phrase "four seasons in a day" is part of popular culture and so if you don't like the weather, you only have to wait 10 minutes for it to change. But you must keep in mind that in the southern hemisphere, the winter is between the months of June and August, together with the highest rainfall, and the summer is between the months of November and February being the hottest months.
The first major recommendation in Melbourne is to enjoy its restaurants and rooftops which are numerous and with a wide range of cuisines. The city has a reputation as a culinary capital and you will discover when using apps like foursquare, that there are a lot of establishments with perfect qualifications. I can not really recommend a single specific place but I can tell you that they will find all kinds of cuisines (Australian, Vietnamese, Hindu, English, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Brazilian, Peruvian, Greek etc) and fusions, Food or international cuisine.
If you like meat, I recommend you try the kangaroo meat, which is very common to eat in Australia, even in supermarkets you will find sausages, hamburgers, and any meat product made with kangaroo.
The best place to start touring the city is at Flinder Station in the downtown center. This is a popular meeting place, at the intersection of two of the city's most important roads: Flinder Street and Swatson Street.
In front of Flinder station is Federation Square, a public square where events and festivals are organized as well as broadcasting events for the public on a giant screen, as well as several restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, theaters and part of the gallery Of art of Victoria.
Very close to the Federation Square is Hosier Lane, a street dedicated entirely to urban art, undoubtedly one of my favorite places to photograph in the world, it is overwhelming the amount of works in graffiti that you will find and which constantly change.
My other two favorite places to photograph in Melbourne are the sunset at Princess Pier, and the Webb Bridge at night, both can be reached by making use of the trams of the city.
For those addicted to art and history, Melbourne has a large number of museums, the main ones being: the Royal Exhibition Hall, the Melbourne Museum, the Victoria National Gallery, the Immigration Museum and the Arts Center Of Melbourne.
Shrine of Remembrance is a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I and is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in the war. Next to this you will also find the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne.
Something that you can't miss in your visit to Australia is to discover the animals that only live in this part of the world as kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, platypus, wombats, Tasmanian demons or dingoes. It is fascinating to know these animals and even to live with them and this is possible in sanctuaries or conservation parks. In Melbourne I recommend visiting Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park or Ballarat Wildlife Park, both are outside of Melbourne and you can feed wallabies, kangaroos, koalas and take pictures with them and appreciate the other species.
Another recommendation is Brighton Beach, the most famous beach in Melbourne thanks to its Bathing Boxes and this is a postcard not to be missed.
There is a highly recommended day trip from Melbourne, a visit to the 12 Apostles, a grouping of limestone spiers that protrude from the sea on the coast of Port Campbell National Park, along the Great Ocean Road route.
Local sports are also a very unique experience, if you have the possibility to attend a rugby match, Australian footbal or cricket of local teams, you can have fun and observe the passion australians have for sports in this part of the world. I highly recommend Australian football as it has a combination of football, rugby and basketball, which makes it an extreme sport.
One suggestion I have is that you should try to learn a little of the Australian slang since their English differs a bit from the British or American with their very own terms. This goes from calling Macca's to a McDonald's, Hungry Jack's to a Burger King, barbie to a bbq, etc.
And don't forget to try local products such as vegimate, tim tams, eucalyptus sweets, cadbury products among others.
Australia is a unique country and although it has other elite cities like Sydney, Melbourne is the best city to live in the country and in the world thanks to the balance of all the cultures that reside in it and this is reflected in the architecture of the city, food, peace and various activities ... certainly an example to follow.
I say goodbye as always with a video in 4k Melbourne, until next time!