Whether you are from regional Victoria, interstate or a visitor from overseas, why not make a weekend of it in the world’s most liveable city – Melbourne. The Cox Plate Carnival has you covered for entertainment on both Friday night and Saturday, which leaves you with Saturday night and Sunday (and longer) to explore all that this wonderful city has to offer.
Here are our just some of our favorites:
MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND (MCG)
If you are here to enjoy the races at The Valley then no doubt you love your sport, so why not head to one of the best stadiums in the world, the MCG. The home of Australian Rules Football (AFL) and cricket’s Boxing Day Test, this modern day colosseum needs to be seen to be believed. Why not take a Tour of the mighty G and walk its hallowed turf before spending some time in the amazing National Museum of Sport. Click here for more information.
THE EUREKA TOWER
Melbourne’s tallest skyscraper, standing at 297 metres in height, was only finished being built in 2006 but now stands proudly in the Southbank precinct. This residential building with the golden tip is said to sway on a windy day, but don’t let the put you off going to the top to enjoy the Eureka Skydeck. This will provide you with the best view of Melbourne with a 360° outlook and for those daring enough, why not step out on to the Eureka Edge, a glass box that allows you to see all the way to ground below. Click here for more information.
When Federation Square was completed in 2002 it seemingly divided Melbourne due to its unique architecture. However, since then it has become a beloved part of the city and a cultural hub of the CBD. Trendy eateries, pubs and cafes fill the 3.2-hectare space, while a large public square often provides plenty to see and do on any given day. With constantly evolving exhibitions, festivals and the amazing Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), you will spend hours getting lost (in a good way) in what many see as the beating heart of Melbourne. Click here for more information.
CITY CIRCLE TRAM
While technically not a landmark, it’s a must-do when visiting Melbourne given our love affair with this mode of transport. The heritage W class tram allows travellers to hop-on and hop-off as they wish and best of all it is FREE. As the name suggests it does a loop of the city and passes all of the major landmarks of Melbourne, including the City Museum, Parliament House, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre among others. Jump on outside the famous Flinders Street Station and enjoy the audio commentary as it passes through the city. Click here for more information.
ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE
If you are looking for a break from all things sport and are seeking an injection of art and culture, head to the Arts Centre Melbourne and be inspired (pardon the pun) by our mini version of Paris’ Eiffel Tower. Take in a show (book early), visit one of the many exhibitions, enjoy the Sunday market or simply drop in for a coffee and a bite to eat and soak up the very best of what the Melbourne Art community has to offer. Click here for more information.
THE SOUTHBANK PROMENADE
Just a short stroll from the Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank takes you along the banks of the Yarra River that weaves its ways through the heart of the city. If you have the time, jump on board one of the many cruises to take in the sights or head across to the maritime seaport town of Williamstown (allow 50 mins one way) for a beautiful lunch and an afternoon of maritime history. If sea travel isn’t your thing, Southbank will provide hours of entertainment through the many shops, cafes, street art and performers, while if casinos, sports bars and fine dining are of interest, the Crown Entertainment Complex looms large on the banks of the Yarra. Click here for more information.
THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Thinking of getting out of town and happy to hit the road? Well, don’t hesitate to head down to the Great Ocean Road and take in what is one the most scenic coastal drives imaginable. While the entire 243 kilometre stretch won’t be able to be achieved in one day, a well-planned trip can take in the majestic 12 Apostles (or the few that are left standing), iconic surf beaches including the world-famous Bells Beach, beautiful coastal towns, rainforests, waterfalls and more. One can either hire a car or take a tour bus, but whatever you do, allow plenty of time to take in all the sights on offer. Click here for more information.
SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE
An iconic landmark in the centre of Melbourne, the Shrine of Remembrance is the National War Museum Memorial of Victoria, a monument dedicated to those who fought in the Great War between 1914-1918 and other armed conflicts. This poignant and moving location honours the service and sacrifice made by many Victorians and Australians and is home to many exhibitions as well as the eternal flame. Tours are available. Click here for more information.
For plenty more information on where to go and what to do in Melbourne, simply visit http://www.visitmelbourne.com/