Thursday, 11 December 2014

Melbourne - My Dream Destination






Melbourne one of the most sophisticated cities of the world is situated in the south- East corner of mainland Australia. The people in Melbourne consists a great passion and love for their city. No doubt that their t city has been ranked as one of the world’s most vibrant cities of the world. Melbourne is the capital city and also a very populous city in Australia. It is also the leading financial centers in Australia as well as South Pacific region.

Melburnians love the city's vibrant energy, restaurants, fashion boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character. Melbourne is a young city and as such it never sits still. Modern, cutting-edge designs add to the fascinating mix of heritage architecture.
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit,  the city has been considered as the most livable city of the world.

Geographical Features  

The term Melbourne means urban agglomeration area spreading around 3800 square km.The total population of the city is around 4 million.Large number of international visitors visit the city for official as well as unofficial purposes. The city hosts visitors from all around the world.The  population is made up of many groups of people of all ages and from many different cultures. City residents include young professionals, international students and older couples looking to enjoy everything the city has to offer now that the kids have grown up and left home.The City of Melbourne works with other local councils and the State Government of Victoria and ensure that Melbourne is one of the safest, healthiest, and cleanest cities in the world. It supports Melbourne's position as Australia's pre-eminent centre for arts and culture, education, dining and shopping.


Climate of Melbourne

The city is  situated on the boundary of places which have a very hot temperature  and the cool southern ocean as a result the city has moderate climate and frequent changeable climatic condition. On should always carry an Umbrella and woolen clothes by roaming in the city due to unpredictable weather conditions. However the city receives less rainfall as compared to Brisbane or Sydney.
 In summer, most people head out to visit the amazing golden beaches. In autumn, they can experience the glorious beauty of the many European-style parks.  In winter, one can enjoy the warmth of warm and cosy cafes and bars which makes them feel comfortable. Spring is  a great time to head back into our parks and revel in the beautiful parks and gardens. Melbourne can be enjoyed in all the four seasons.


History of Melbourne 


Before the Europeans arrived , the area was occupied for about  40,000 years.The City of Melbourne was located on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation. This special place is now known by its European name of Melbourne.
Today, Melbourne is one of the great multicultural cities of the world and also known as a significant meeting place. For the Wurundjeri, Boonerwrung, Taungurong, Djajawurrung and the Wathaurung which make up the Kulin Nation, Melbourne has always been an important meeting place and location for events of social, educational, sporting and cultural significance.
 Culture and Festivals 
It is said that Melbourne is the birth place of Australian film and Television. It is an international cultural centre, with cultural endeavours spanning major events and festivals, drama, musicals, comedy, music, art, architecture, literature, film and television.The city celebrates a wide variety of annual cultural events and festivals of all types, including Australia's largest free community festival—Moomba, the Melbourne International Arts Festival,Melbourne International Film FestivalMelbourne International Comedy Festival and the Melbourne Fringe Festival. The street culture and Australian Ballet is very famous in the city. People from all over the world visit Melbourne to see the beautiful and graceful Ballet dances. The city is also known for its Public art program. The art is associated with the people belonging to all age groups. 
Known Tourists Spots
Melbourne attracts large number of tourists because of its beautiful art and architecture, great cuisines, Cafes. There are many breath taking and famous tourists spots to visit. Some of them are as follows:
1. The Regent Theatre-The landmark Regent Theatre holds an important  part in the city’s history since opening as a grand picture palace in 1929 and continues to host some of the world’s most renowned theater productions.
2.Hosier Lane- One can  enjoy the hidden treasures of the beautiful lanes of Melbourne.
3.Shrine of Remembrance- The most iconic landmark, where Victorians have been coming since 1934 to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping.A must visit place!
4.Yarra River- According to some Indians, river Yarra is the Ganges of Melbourne.All banks of river is good for trekking and doing picnics with family and friends.
5.Lygon Street-Lygon Street south of Elgin as well as Elgin is also known as the food paradise. The best way to reach there is through a tram ride. The burratta and buffalo mozzarella at La Latteria and sausages from D.O.C. alone are worth the tram ride. People can enjoy fresh pasta, coffee, pastries etc and just completely chill around at the place.
6.Crown Casino- Who can forget the world famous Crown casino. It is a wonderful place  with many entertainment options and some delicious food. 
7. The Great Ocean Road- The views at the Great Ocean Road are breath taking, with great spots to stop for great meals and a bit of fun. An Australian icon, it's one to experience, and to take time to experience.
Apart from the above mentioned tourist attractions, there are many famous and enchanting tourists places like Melbourne Cricket ground, Royal Botanic garden, lighting Ridges opal mines, National gallery of victoria, Melbourne zoo etc. 
Transportation Facility 
Melbourne has got a very convenient and great transport facility.Melbourne's public transport is the easiest and best way to move around the city. Buses, trains and trams are available everyone which is less expensive than cars and much more convenient. The city also provides late night bus services on Fridays and saturdays.The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle is a wonderful mode of commuting and a great way to explore inner city Melbourne. Ride in comfort while listening to stories about the city's colourful past and current quirks. The city also has the Bicycle sharing system which is the best alternative of driving.

Cuisines
 The cuisine of Melbourne is indigenous. The Australia is the fourth largest exporter of wine around the world.There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year in the early 21st Century. They also have a significant Coffee culture.Italy’s Lavazza coffee began its export business in Australia, a whole decade before expanding into the UK and US markets. Melbourne is famous for its sea food.Clean and clear sea waters around melbourne produce high quality seafoods for domestic consumption and export. Lobsterprawntunasalmon, and abalone are the main ocean species found in the region. Vegemite on toast, Damper, Kangaroo meat are the most loved cuisines in the city.
Some of the best Cafes of Melbourne are:

Crabapple Kitchen is a stunning cafe on Glenferrie Road Hawthorn that makes a huge impression with its interesting dining spaces, array of gourmet services, friendly engagement and charm.   

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Hardware Societe is a great place to go for a Sunday morning lazy breakfast in Melbourne! The place captivates  with French sophistication and charm, and a high quality dining experience. 
If you’re looking for a restaurant that’s able to offer something more than the usual brunch options, with a certain je ne sais quois, then Hardware Societe is the place for you!
Cumulus exudes passion for a food culture and brings a sense of fun and an air of sophistication to the Melbourne dining scene. This is where all the foodies go. And it stays at the leading edge of culinary Melbourne after several years. Cumulus has a warehouse/studio type vibe - with studio type lighting, high ceilings, and large windows fronting Flinders Lane. There are 3 positions for viewing – either one can sit at the kitchen bar on a stool watching the amazing chefs art work; or sit at the bar checking the  Flinders Lane on a stool watching the baristas at work; or sit in the middle and enjoy the interior of the room.


Here are some of the most exciting thing to do and places to visit  in Melbourne:
Federation Square: It  is an artistic and creative place of Melbourne . It hosts more than 2000 events in one year! These include cultural festivals, event launches, exhibitions, performances, forums, films, concerts, and fashion shows - and most are free.

St Kilda is a wonderful place with many attractions. Check out the Esplanade (while taking in the markets on a Sunday). Stroll along the Pier and grab an ice cream
 Crown Melbourne is a popular  destination and has  a huge complex! Parking is reasonable and available in the huge car parks. Along with gaming the complex offers first rate restaurants and cafes and designer shopping.
Southgate is a great precinct to enjoy the Yarra River, fine shopping and great restaurants and cafes. One can walk back and forth across the various bridges over the Yarra to enjoy a great city ambience. 
 Sea Life of Melbourne is definitely not to be missed along the banks of the Yarra River, is one of the best loved destinations in Melbourne! It is a world class aquarium!
The City Circle Tram is a great free service that is an outstanding way to see and move around the city. It's one of the great attractions of the CBD.
Melbourne cricket Ground  is one of the world’s most famous sporting grounds! Take in a game of local football, the AFL where the matches are fierce and the crowds enormous! Or there may be cricket on display! Excellent museum to check out.
 Dockland is an amazing  place to shop and dine, including factory outlets.  Check out Etihad Stadium with the roof that closes!
Scienceworks- If you are a science freak then do not forget to visit this place. It a  favourite place for children in Melbourne! Learning about science and technology!
Royal Botanic Garden- It is one of the world class gardens of the world with scenic  landscaped gardens. It is one of the most popular and important tourist attractions on earth.
State Library of Victoria- For all the book lovers here is one of the best libraries in Australia. The complex is impressive with library moving into the 21st century! The architecture of the library is amazing! 

Melbourne not only fascinates the adults but the place has something to offer to kids also!!!

 Collingwood Children's Farm is on the edge of the city in Collingwood. The Collingwood Children's Farm is a large property with several animal enclosures. Children love the ability to get up close with animals with some enclosures allowing children to interact with the animals. 
Free trams running in a circular route in the CBD through many tourist attractions – with trams running in both directions every 12 minutes! Sensational known as City Circle Tram

Warrandyte  is a great place to take children and for all to enjoy!  A short drive out of Melbourne out to Warrandyte is worth the trip. Great cafes with playgrounds near the river, is popular with families. The bakery offers some yummy delights!!!

Wombat Bend  is loved by all the children. About 20 minutes out of Melbourne. Wombat Bend Park is a great park for adults and children alike. It is an enclosed park which is excellent - so the kids can't run off too far!There is a flying fox which is incredibly popular! 
Melbourne is my dream destination. The most livable and beautiful cities  with heart warming architecture and amazing tourits attraction makes Melbourne one of the lively cities of the world and who can forget the famous International Film Festival held over every three weeks. The city has something to offer for everyone.
Melbourne - Lets go the city to fall in love!
To know more about the beautiful and marvelous city visit visitmelbourne 
The site will provide you with information about the Melbourne experiences, events, famous destinations, offers and other travel information. you can also check out things to do, cuisines, about,  Wines, stays, flights and other information.




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Answer a simple question and the best answer chosen by me will win the voucher.

Which of these places you want to visit in Melbourne and why?
1.Melbourne Cricket Ground
2.Phillip Island
3.Sovereign Hill

This post is a part of visitmelbourne.com sponsored by indiblogger
All the photos are taken from google. 

13 comments:

  1. I would love to visit as t's a great way to spend a few hours and would be enjoyed by all.A great attraction, close to city centre and easily accessible from the hop on and off bus shuttle.

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  2. I want to visit Philip Island as the attraction is very nice, especially when combined with a visit to a farm on the island of Churchill and if you are wearing warm to freezing cold that precedes the parade of penguins. For children is magical to see the fly in the gloom little creatures who seek home nests for the evening. The whole area is superb.

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  3. The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground! Would love to visit it and take in it's grandeur!

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  4. No doubt there! I would love to visit the legendary and the majestic MCG! The Melbourne Cricket ground has had some legendary players playing there. And as you all know the World Cup is getting nearer and I think I would love to watch the world cup matches there!

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  5. Wonderful post and interesting videos that make me feel that
    Melbourne invites the eternal romantic in me to hold hands with my beloved and go see the Twelve Apostles .Go on long drives on the great ocean road. In the middle of nowhere in a vineyard spread a table and enjoy a meal and a glass of wine with my dear one. Enjoy the sunsets holding hands and do lots of shopping at the Queen Victoria Market and see all the graffiti being created at the hosier lane.
    Great Post and interesting videos watching them I am sure to visit Sovereign Hill for spending some time in the era gone by. The lure of gold and panning for some nuggets is a temptation that is too much to resist. After I have found the gold I am bound to celebrate it with some wine so I will visit the vineyards and enjoy some great wine from the Yarra region .Visit the Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and have my fill with this yummy delight.
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  6. I would like to visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which is located in Yarra Park. Cricket has fancied me since childhood. I still remember those days when the elders in my neighbourhood used to start shouting and hunting for us the moment the cricket ball hit by me broke one of their window panes. Running away from them was even more exciting than playing cricket itself.

    I used to follow every cricket match played by India religiously and used to analyse and discuss it with friends and siblings for days and months. Being such an enthusiastic fan of cricket, visiting one of the world’s largest cricket stadiums is one of my dreams.

    The thought of being seated amongst 95,000 other fans of cricket and cheering the players itself sounds exciting to me. Such large cricket stadiums are one of the ways to explore how much the passion for cricket has penetrated among the people of the world. MCG is located in Yarra Park, which also has many other sporting fields. This would allow me to explore not just cricket, but also many other games.

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  7. I am a kind of person who loves to live every second lively. And Melbourne is the most liveable city. My friends who work in Australia always say its the best place to live and work on this planet. So I always had that longing to visit the country.
    I am a big fan of Tea, and since Melbourne is known for Tea culture, I would love to have Afternoon tea at Murchie's Tea.. I love those Whale watching and would love to watch a movie in the extremely high resolution and the enormous screen of IMAX Victoria and treat my ears with the powerful sound. Finally, I would love to experience the land-and-sea tour by the Victoria Hippo Tours and Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure

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  8. A lovely Post! After reading your post and watching all the videos,
    I feel I am witnessing a kaleidoscope called Melbourne! To answer your question, I'd love to go to the Queen Victoria Market, operating since 1878, to watch the locals sell fresh fruits and vegetables in such a vibrant environment.

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  9. Nice post! All the best :-)
    As for answering your question, I would love to visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Being a cricket enthusiast, I don’t think I would getter a better thrill in Australia than watching a Boxing Day Test Match live at the MCG. The Australian cricket fans are very hostile towards opposition players but are the first to appreciate a good player. I would want to sit amongst the 100,000 fans and cheer for my team. It would be even better if I got a seat next to Anushka Sharma so that if Virat Kohli scores a century and blows a kiss at her again, I would be on TV :-D

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  10. Nice post! I would definitely want to visit all those amazing places when I get to visit Melbourne :) But of all, my top pick would be a visit to Yarra valley for a beautiful sunrise balloon flight. After seeing the video, I can't stop myself from dreaming a romantic magical flight above the scenic vineyards and watching the sunrise from up above! Throw in my favorite wine, I will doubly enjoy the ride sipping my glass and taking sensational selfies all the way :) Now I can't think of a better way of spending a vacation!!

    Next of course, cruising through the great ocean road in a open-top car to enjoy the coastal scenery and the iconic 12 apostles for the nature's amazing work at play. Then a ride around the city in the vintage trams to enjoy its urban splendor and the legendary puffing billy to enjoy its natural splendor. Finally a day at the hot springs to unwind and totally rejuvenate myself :)

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