Pretty much everyone wants to go to Australia. Whether to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef, see the fascinating wildlife, or hang out at the big cities and famous beaches there are all kinds of reasons to go. But if you’re actually looking into planning a trip, you might want to nail down some specific sights and activities to target.
Below, I’ll try to help you do just that when it comes to a trip to Melbourne. It’s one of the top destinations in Oceania, and a city that should certainly be on your list if you ever make it all the way to Australia. These are just a few of the things you have to do when you get there.
Hang Out At Brighton Beach
You probably won’t find too many Melbourne destinations on lists of Australia’s best beaches. Most of those are in other parts of the country. But there are still some excellent beaches nearby, and Brighton Beach is probably the best of them. It’s famous for a long, colorful lineup of bathing boxes, but it’s also a huge, clean beach that is very popular among tourists.
Attend The Australian Open
This is only an option at the end of January each year, but if that’s when you visit (and remember, that’s summer in Australia), this should be at the top of your list. It’s one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world, and the sprawling event grounds in Melbourne are always festive. Indeed, there’s a lot of comparison between tennis’s majors, but many seem to believe the Aussie Open is the most enjoyable of the bunch for fans.
Ride The City Circle Tram
The City Circle Tram in Melbourne goes all around the main parts of the city, and it operates for free. That makes it the easiest and best way to see the city, and you can hop off and explore whenever and wherever you want. That’s about all that needs to be said—you’ll probably ride at some point just for the sake of convenience, if not because you sought it out!
Check Out Crown Casino
It’s always fun to find big casinos in exotic locations. They’re not quite as prominent as they once were given that, as one website put it, it’s been time for online casinos to step into the limelight. That’s fine if you’re playing from home, but on vacation there’s a certain joy in wandering onto a casino floor. The Crown’s a good one—a beautiful, modern facility in a major facility. You’ll have a great time, whether you stop by for an hour or make a full evening of it.
Hit A Rooftop Bar
Rooftop bars are always fun, and there happen to be several of them in Melbourne. You’ll have options, and the views are great from any building that’s high enough. The key idea is to make this a priority for your nightlife while you’re in town. Most of these bars themselves are terrific, and seeing a big foreign city from high up is always a thrill.
Visit The Shrine Of Remembrance
A lot of people in the western world don’t even fully realize that Australia was very active in the world wars. The Shrine Of Remembrance is a beautiful memorial area in Melbourne built to commemorate the 19,000 Victorians who died in World War I. There are different monuments around the shrine, but the centerpiece, in some respects, is a stunning building inspired by the Parthenon in Athens.
Tour The Yarra Valley
Australia is renowned for its wine producing regions, and one of the best of the bunch is the Yarra Valley. It’s very close to Melbourne, which makes it a must-see area if you have a few days in town. You can take an organized tour that will show you different wineries, which means soaking up beautiful areas and sampling some world-class wine while you’re at it!