1. Flinders Street Station, 2. View back onto Melbourne CBD
I would say Melbourne has become Australia’s trendiest city, after all it has won the world’s “most liveable city” award six years in a row. For that reason alone you have to check out Melbourne to see what all the hype is about; who knows, maybe you’ll even want to move there.
I visited Melbourne twice last year and both times I spent three days in the city. Here’s a run down of what I recommend.
3. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, 4. Hosier Lane
Flinders Street Railway Station- this is Melbourne’s main railway station, located on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets. It serves the entire metropolitan rail network and makes for an iconic photo of Melbourne.
Hosier Lane- the city council of Melbourne grew tired of seeing lots of unwanted and messy graffiti on buildings, and spending thousands of dollars in getting it painted over. Instead they decided to dedicate a few particular streets and lanes within the city, providing graffiti artists with a space to create without getting in trouble with the law. This particular lane has been noted for high quality and often political nature of its art. Thousands of tourists flock here to see urban street art in all its glory.
Degraves Street- provides very chic vibes with row upon row of outdoor seating. Very hip, very Melbourne. Good luck deciding where you want to eat in this busy little hub of very trendy restaurants. I suggest checking out E-dumpling just off the corner of Degraves Street.
Federation Square- this is one of Melbourne’s most popular public spaces and is where people come to watch the major sporting events and is often shown on television while the events are happening (cue Australian Open).
Royal Botanic Gardens- if you have a few hours to spare and it’s a lovely sunny day, check out the beautiful gardens.
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium- allow for an hour or two to peruse through the aquarium. This is perfect for little kids or rainy days.
National Gallery of Victoria- if you an art lover, this place will definitely satisfy you.
Shrine of Remembrance- this is a nice walk from the CBD and up to the Shrine. The architecture is beautiful and definitely something to check out when in Melbourne.
St Kilda Beach- a must for all Melbourne visitors. Definitely not the best beach Australia has to offer, but it is an icon for Melbourne and if you are a tourist, you may as well play tourist. The surrounding shops and cafes are really nice also. Allow for half a day to enjoy lunch or breakfast here.
Fitzroy- if you are interested in architecture and enjoy perusing the streets everywhere you visit, check out Fitzroy. Catch a tram and enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD, surrounded by beautiful terrace houses. I suggest coming here in the late afternoon and finding a chilled out pub or restaurant to spend your evening in.