Top 10 Places to Visit in Melbourne during your Australia and New Zealand Cruise
Searching for top Melbourne attractions? You can’t beat these ten exciting options.
If you are gearing up to spend the day “down under” in Melbourne, there are a variety of popular attractions you will want to be aware of before you go. The bustling city of Melbourne is a popular port stop on many Australia and New Zealand cruises. The region caters to tourists and is known for its easy-going atmosphere, rich culture and long-list of things to do. Plus, many Melbourne attractions are easily within reach thanks to a trolley system that winds throughout the city. For those who would rather tour the area instead and mingle with locals, prepare for an abundance of distinctive architecture, and countless restaurants and quaint cafes. Sure to be the highlight of your Australia and New Zealand cruise, here are our top 10 places to visit in Melbourne:
If you or someone in your traveling party is a self-proclaimed bibliophile, visiting the State Library is a must! The mere size, architecture and stunning craftsmanship are enough to warrant a visit. Constructed in 1854, you will be mesmerized by over two million boo ks in this multi-level library. Also enjoy photos, drawings, maps, artifacts and free Internet during your trip.
2. Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens
Loved by tourists and residents, the Royal Botanic Gardens is a nature-lovers paradise that spans almost 100 acres. Here you can witness over 50,000 plant species, and spend some time at the ponds, rainforest and in one of the two cafes.
3. Visit the Wildlife
One beloved Melbourne attraction is spending time with the wildlife through a variety of excursion tour companies. See koalas, kangaroos, Emus and more. Be sure to read excursion details carefully regarding clothing and shoe requirements.
4. Discover St. Paul’s Cathedral
Perhaps one of the most exquisite architectural sights in Melbourne is St. Paul’s Cathedral. Crafted in English Gothic Revival styling, visitors can enjoy elaborate woodcarvings, breathtaking mosaics and more.
5. Explore the War Memorial
If learning about history during your travels is top priority, you will want to see the Melbourne War Memorial. Constructed in 1930, here you will find the Shrine of Remembrance, which stands in honor of every military member who has served Australia. Be sure to bring your camera and enjoy the incredible view and the area’s beautiful gardens.
Are you an adventure-lover? If so, you won’t want to miss Eureka Skydeck 88. First you will soar 1,000 feet in the air and then have the opportunity to take a bold step into “The Edge” – a glass extension that extends past the building and can hold up to twelve people. With see through walls, floor and ceiling, this is an experience you won’t soon forget!
7. Visit the National Gallery of Victoria
Enjoy a day of art at the famed Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria. Find the area’s ultimate collection of Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander artwork, crafts and more.
8. Stroll around Queen Victoria Market
Spend the day at this bohemian bazaar filled with rows of stalls containing food, clothing, snacks, produce, knick-knacks and more. This is a lively Melbourne attraction filled with many locals.
9. Explore Rippon Lea
This exquisite mansion is situated among a 14-acre garden filled with a lookout tower, waterfall, ponds, windmill and more. Built in 1868 by a well-off merchant, you can tour the Hollywood-style rooms and enjoy the surrounding landscapes.
10. Discover Sovereign Hill
Sure to be on any top 10 places to visit in Melbourne list, here you will get a taste of what the gold rush days felt like back in the mid 1800’s. Find blacksmiths, confectionaries, carriage-makers, wheelwrights, mud-and-bark huts, mines and more. Ask your cruise director about excursion that travel to Sovereign Hill as it is about a 90-minute drive.
Have time to explore any of the above-mentioned Melbourne attractions on the “Great Adventure Down Under” 24-day deluxe Australia and New Zealand cruise. With all-inclusive prices starting at just $5,999, this is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
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