Best tourist destinations in Melbourne

Melbourne is a city that has been awarded as the best city to live in six times consecutively and hence a tourist attraction. It has some of the top-rated tourist attractions, and because of being an elegant, vibrant, and enchanting city, it frequently grabs the top spot in the ranking of liveable cities. Melbourne Zoo, Botanic garden, Yarra river cruise, Federation square, Eureka Tower, St Kilda Beach, Elwood Beach, and other tourist attractions are some of the most important tourist sites that add to the beauty of the city. If you are planning on visiting Melbourne soon, here are some of the places that you should not miss seeing during your stay there.

Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo is in similarity with London zoo and is the most ancient zoo in Australia. It is located around 4KM away from the city centre. The zoological garden contains more than three hundred and twenty distinct species. These species are both native as well as exotic. Melbourne zoo is home to some of the most delicate species in the whole world. Among the most significant attractions are the Elephant trails and the widely popular close-up animal encounters.

Melbourne Botanical Gardens

Melbourne Botanical Gardens are the sight to see for everyone who wants to lay their eyes on the greener side of the earth. It comprises of almost 94-acre sanctuary and contains more than 8500 plant species. These species contain native plants as well as exotic too. These plants are intrinsically selected for the purpose of conservation and are chosen on the basis of their rarity and value. These plants are separated by sweeping lawns and flowing lakes. Melbourne Botanical Garden also has two magnificent cafes for people to take a rest while moving around the plants.

Yarra River Cruise

River cruising on a boat is a great and fun way for the purpose of sightseeing. Along with sightseeing, Yarra river cruising also provides an insight into the Yarra river’s history. If you want to visit the city and explore it on foot, you should get yourself relaxed on a Yarra riverboat cruise before visiting any other place. Apart from this, if you are running short on time, take a one-hour Yarra River Sightseeing cruise as it will cover almost every top sight of Melbourne city.

Federation Square

Federation Square was opened in 2002, and since then has become the top spot for visitors and tourists. It is referred to as the heart and soul of the city. The Federation Square includes three public spaces, including a big screen and a wide range of bars and restaurants. It also boasts about having a theatre and has space for events. Federation Square is home to SBS’s radio and television headquarters.

Eureka Tower

Eureka Skydeck 88 is a 297.3m tall building in Melbourne and holds the honour of being the tallest building in the metropolitan city. Eureka tower flexes on being the third highest building in Australia. Apart from these specifications, it has 88 floors, and its elevator allows the visitor to go to the top floor. After reaching the highest floor of the building, visitors can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city without any hindrance. For people who have the heart and are real daredevils, Eureka Tower provides them with an ultimate chance to prove it. It contains a three-meter glass cube that allows its visitors to move out onto the edge of the building, only if they dare.

St Kilda Beach

If you are visiting Melbourne, then there is no chance that you will miss visiting St. Kilda Beach. You can enjoy it if you are visiting the place in summer. They say in Australia that summer isn’t summer if you haven’t visited St. Kilda Beach. Along with activities such as walking, jogging, and swimming, St Kilda Beach provides plenty of refreshment opportunities to its visitors either at the bars or at the restaurants. If you are a wildlife lover, you can always head towards the breakwater to see the little penguins that are living peacefully near the beach.

Elwood Beach

Elwood Beach is not your ordinary everyday beach. Instead, it is a less crowded yet magnificently beautiful beach that allows its visitors to create memories. If you are visiting Melbourne with your family, then this is the place that you must visit. It is relatively peaceful here than St Kilda beach and has multiple playgrounds as well as kiosks. For the past few decades, Elwood Beach has been fully modified for swimming, windsurfing, and fishing. Due to the availability of these multiple opportunities for fun, the beach has become the top tourist spot in the whole of Melbourne city.

National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria contains more than 73000 artifacts, and the numbers are still rising. It is one of the most ancient and is till now the most visited art gallery of Australia. It is home to artifacts that were designed and made by the top masters of art such as Picasso, Cezanne, and, most importantly, Rembrandt.

State Library of Victoria

State Library of Victoria is celebrated as the oldest library in the whole of Australia. Along with this State Library of Victoria holds the honour of being the world’s first free public library ever. The library is home to more than 2 million books. The State Library of Victoria boasts about seven reading rooms. Along with this, the library holds the records and diaries of the founders of Melbourne, i.e., John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner.

Melbourne cricket ground

It has the honour of being the largest, most ancient, and widely acclaimed cricket stadium in Australia. The ground provides for sporting events other than cricket. Melbourne cricket ground had the honour of hosting many international matches in the past. Apart from hosting these international cricket matches, Melbourne cricket stadium hosted the first-ever test match in history and also honoured Australia by organizing the 1992 world cup final match. There are some other sporting events that are attached to the history of this ground, such as the 2006 commonwealth games, the final games of VFL/AFL, the 1956 Olympics, and many more. Apart from this, the ground is known to host the FIFA world cup qualifiers matches too.


ArtVo is an immersive trick art galleria that is the first of its kind. It is not like your traditional art galleries or museum in which people aren’t allowed to touch things. Instead, it encourages the visitors to experience the art through touching and interaction. Apart from this, the art gallery is also open to creative photography. ArtVo boasts about spanning over 1400 square meters where tourists can visit different zones. Each of the zones has its own delightful paintings. These paintings are actually hand-painted artworks that are painted from the wall to the floor in a manner that looks almost real. Apart from the feels, ArtVo allows the visitors to immerse themselves in the different scenes and enjoy. It is situated in District Docklands and can easily be accessed through a tram or a train from Melbourne Central.

Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol, which was once a 19th-century prison, is now among the top tourist places in Melbourne, Australia. Take a step back in the time and walk on the road, get yourself arrested in a police station (not really), or you can also choose to put yourself on trial in one of the oldest prisons in Melbourne. Old Melbourne Gaol has been home to one of Australia’s notorious criminals, such as Ned Kelly, the famous bushranger, and the gangster Squizzy Taylor. Apart from this, the ticket to Old Melbourne Gaols grants the visitors actual visiting rights to the present, past, and future of the crimes and the justice.

Shrine of remembrance

The shrine of remembrance is the most important landmark in the history of Melbourne. Victorians from all over the world have come to honour the sacrifices of brave men and women of Australia since 1934. The shrine of remembrance is the tribute to the men and women of Australia who have worked for the country in times of war and in peace-keeping efforts. Hundreds of thousands of people come to the shrine every year to pay their respects. All the tourists and visitors are invited to take part in the remembrance ceremony that proudly features a ray of light enactment.


Melbourne is a city with a rich culture. It is seen as the rival of Sydney and is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and areas of wilderness. It allows its visitors to enjoy a full day visit and the weekly visit and has been ranked as the top tourist destination for quite some time now. If you are making plans to visit Melbourne anytime soon, you must visit all of these places. Believe me, these are the must-visit attractions in Melbourne city, and you will not regret spending some of your quality time there. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now and visit the land of wonders and enjoy your stay there. Happy Visiting!

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