Widely regarded as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne offers numerous attractions with historical, natural and artistic significance. Here are a few of them that you should visit at least once in your life:
Shrine of Remembrance
Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
The shrine is a landmark and a state memorial dedicated to Australians who served in wars throughout history. Famous features such as the Eternal Flame on the Forecourt and The Man with the Donkey bronze sculpture grace the shrine. The building also contains galleries with over 800 artworks and artefacts.
Technically, this one is not in Melbourne, but it’s just a day trip away. With pristine beaches, amazing wildlife (such as penguins, fur seals and koalas) and exciting activities like motor sport and surfing, there’s something for everyone here.
National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Also known as NGV, this is Australia’s largest and oldest art museum. More than 70,000 works by a wide range of international and local artists from all disciplines and styles are featured.
Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
The 26-hectare park is one of the city’s most beautiful gardens. Designed in a classic Victorian era layout, the park’s diverse landscapes include elm trees, floral displays, ornamental shrubs and trees as well as Spanish conservatory, Cooks Cottage and multiple sculptures.
Hosier Lane, Melbourne
When walking in Melbourne, chances are you can enjoy free art exhibitions right in the alleyway. But if you’re short in time and can’t venture to too many places, some of the city’s best street arts could be found in Hosier and Rutledge lanes. The colourful murals, created by local and international artists, will make the best pictures.