If you are into sports, then you will be at home in Melbourne. Every January, the city is abuzz with activity, when tennis aficionados from all over the globe arrive in droves to watch the Australian Open. For high-octane spectacle, visit Melbourne in March to watch your favourite Formula 1 drivers compete in the Australian Grand Prix.
Australians love sports of any kind, but cricket really sets their pulses racing. The Melbourne Cricket Ground, locally referred to simply as “G”, is very much part of the city’s history. Built in 1853 – just 20 years after Melbourne was founded – it was where the first ever ball in Test cricket was bowled, in 1877. Since then, the venue has hosted several Test matches, as well as football and rugby tournaments, Olympic Games, and concerts.
For panoramic vistas of Melbourne, visit the 300-metre Eureka Tower, which is home to Eureka Skydeck – the highest public viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. For a closer look at some of the city’s architecture, head to Federation Square, where you will also find plenty of cafés.
If you are travelling with children, take them to the Melbourne Zoo, which has animal exhibits from all over the world.
You can soak up the city’s culture when you travel to Melbourne by visiting the world-renowned Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. For some pop culture, stroll through the back alleys of Hosier Lane and Rutledge Lane, home to modern art galleries and plenty of dazzling graffiti.