Melbourne's reputation as a tourist destination has exploded in the past 10 years. The number of world class attractions available has risen dramatically, confirming the international notion that the city is a highly developed holiday destination. Visitors to Melbourne have the opportunity to access the very best attractions in the city at no cost.
The City Circle tram is a free ride that loops around the city and allows passengers to hop on and off at different tourist locations. One other option is the free Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle that stops at 13 key locations around the city. (Melbourne Transport Options)
Melbourne's city centre tourist attractions include; Crown Entertainment Complex, Melbourne Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck 88, Federation Square, Chinatown Precinct, Old Melbourne Gaol, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Cricket Ground(MCG), and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Beyond the city, the local suburbs offer a mix of ideas and cultural influences, each area marking its territory with its own distinct style. The list of places to visit are in great numbers, here are a few not to miss.
St. Kilda is one of Melbourne's favourite bayside villages. The many cafes, restaurants, and specialty shops give it a cosmopolitan ambience. It's home to the famous St. Kilda Pier, The Esplanade Hotel and Luna Park. South Yarra varies from fashion, food, and furnishings, which caters to Melbourne's celebrities, sport stars, and social elite... the place to be seen.
South Yarra is Melbourne's heart of sophistication and style. The lively village of Fitzroy is a melting pot of expression, individualism and alternative lifestyles. It is a concentration of the city's trendy Bohemian set that can be found on Brunswick Street. Plan a trip out into Melbourne's surrounds, perfect destinations for a day trip, short break or longer stay. Explore the coastal landscape, the Australian wildlife, and the unlimited bushwalks in popular national parks.
The Great Ocean Road curves its way from Torquay, home to Bells Beach, to Warrnambool, a place to view the Southern Right whales. The road snakes its way past sandstone cliffs, playful beaches, hidden shipwrecks, and the impressive limestone rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles.
Phillip Island is a must for animal lovers, most come for the Little Penguins the world's smallest and cutest of their kind. Also on the island, there is the Koala Conservation Centre, a chance to be up and close to one of Australia's famous animals. You could also be one of the lucking ones to see the fur seals at Seal Rocks.
The Grampians are made for the outdoors person. It is a land filled with rugged bush, rich diversity of flora and fauna, and unique rock formations which includes Aboriginal rock art. There are more than 150km of walking tracks in the Grampians, ranging from half hour strolls to overnight climbs in difficult terrain. Take a map and let yourself explore.
Melbourne as a tourist destination is a thriving city that provides a warm welcome with visitor's in mind. You will be surprised how convenient and easy everything is here. Welcome to Melbourne and it's world class attractions!