Thursday, December 25, 2014

Melbourne : A Paradise in Australia



As I sat down writing about the most beautiful city in the world , Melbourne I wondered what more can I write ,than that has not been described yet . Be it the rivers or the opulent bars, lavish restaurants or the hub of sports and culture nothing Melbourne’s got it all.

From my knowledge of the sights and sounds of this attractive city, I am listing down the favourite things and reasons as to why I love this city more than any other city in the world

Melbourne Cricket Ground: Having come as a no surprise , Melbourne Cricket Ground , one of the largest cricket stadiums in the world with a 100,000 capacity, is a top attraction to almost any visitor to the country . Built in 1853 it has been the host for several cricketing tournaments, world cups and test championships. Incidentally, this cultural icon of a venue, is also host to the popular Australian Football League



Federation Square : Melbourne being the heart of cultural attractions and world class events stages most of its shows in the popular Federation Square .Be it the National Gallery that hosts famous art shows and a suite of galleries dedicated to the rich heritage of Aborginal arts . Everything from exhibitions, films, concerts and fashion shows are performed inside the Federation Square

Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles: One of the most beautiful and scenic ocean roads are located in Melbourne which spans up to 243 kms until the 12 Apostle structures. The highway is carved into sheer cliffs with a picturesque and yet commanding view of the beautiful ocean beside it. The 243 amazing journey leads us to fantastic limestone cliffs and collection of rock formations known as the 12 Apostles which was carved out by the aggressive waves of the southern ocean.

Wineries: With its innumerable winery regions in many parts of the country , especially famous in the Melbourne districts , wine tasting and visiting the wineries should be a definite inclusion in any tour to Australia

Hot Air Balloon: Ballooning is a great fun, adventurous activity which takes you on a flight over the Yarra valley ,or the scenic sights of the Melbourne city from as high you can reach . This is an experience one should never miss while on a visit to this wonderful city


Leisure and Spa : One of the most beautiful things that I love about this city is it encourages its travellers to sit back and relax the sights , and involve in leisurely activities than get entangled in its fast paced life like other cosmopolitan cities across the world. Melbourne is home to several spas and leisure salons including massage parlours,  Japanese styled spas and several other day spa retreats where one can go and get an alluring massage to relax the body 

Shopping : Adding to yet another leisure activity, is their multitude of shopping centres lined across the streets, that makes one never want to leave the city. Be it the farmers market , book markets, Queen Victoria Market or the international stylish and swanky malls that offer everything straight from the fashion hubs and brands of the world Melbourne is the place to go for some serious shopping !



Food : Apart from their wineries, mountain ranges, shopping malls , cricket grounds and spas, one important other thing Australia, in particular Melbourne is quite famous for is their cuisine. Popular because of the origin of the famous cooking show, MasterChef Australia One should never come back without trying the Australian BBQ lunch or the seasoned European and Asian styled food in their one too many restaurants ,of course coupled with a bottle of Australian beer or wine

The below video lists some amazing things one can do in Melbourne



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"Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?".

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9 comments:

cruxrebels said...

Great post! After reading your post & watching all the videos, I’d most like to visit the Dandenong Ranges for it’s scenic beauty, breathtaking view and cool breeze blowing through my hair. :P I’d give anything away for driving through the winding roads which are present throughout the ranges. I’d love to stay at one of the bed and breakfast cottages and go on frequent excursions in the forests with my camera which provides excellent views. And not to forget the famous ride in the Puffing Billy, a day reserved especially for that. To add to that, there are also several picnic spots for me and my friends to spend a fun-filled day and the ranges are a perfect spot for hiking and cycling.

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sneha v said...

What an amazing country !! Frankly, I have seen and heard a little about Australia it's cities, but seeing it through these videos makes me WANT to visit these places a lot more. Truly mesmerizing !! My next international vacation is no doubt AUSTRALIA. I loved each and every place for its own individuality, amazingness, beauty, culture and all other good reasons. But I would like to be slightly partial and pick a few favourites, like for instance, “The Great Ocean Road”, I can very much imagine going for a drive on that road, the scenery is to die-for, I am completely a beach and ocean/sea person by heart, this drive will be memory for life. I was also impressed by “The Queen Victoria Market”, I am a shopaholic and foodie by nature, I also believe that when visiting a country or city, you must visit the local markets, because that is where you get to experience their true culture and products. I also make it a point to shop whether I need or not but to have something for memory, this market seems to be perfect for that. I got super excited seeing “The Puffing Billy”, I thought steam engines where ‘extinct’, it is so cool that even after 100 years they have maintained it so well and in a working condition. A ride on that train would be so much fun and memorable. Another cute favourite of mine is “The Penguin Parade”, I think penguins are the more adorable creature on Earth, building houses for them to nestle and lay eggs is really a great thing to see and would never want to miss this opportunity. I hope to to visit this beautiful country soon.

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Hemaaa said...

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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Ranjith said...

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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Canary said...

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.

Manu Khandelwal said...

Amazing Article.
If I get a chance to visit Melbourne then
I would like to spend my time in the Great Otway National Park, because I love watching animals. I would love to take a city tour by travelling on the Tram's of Melbourne. By travelling in tram's I want to explore every nook & corner of Melbourne. Besides this I would love to watch the amazing architectures of Melbourne like Eureka Tower, Royal Exhibition Building, etc. And without enjoying festivals, my journey would be incomplete so I will celebrate Australian Festivals.
And how can I forget The MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). As cricket is my favourite sport I would love to watch the Cricket world cup final which will take place at the largest stadium of Australia, that is, MCG.

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Style On Streets said...

Great post.Just loved your blog post. I am in love with driving and road trips, The Great Ocean Road is the ideal place for the people like me. I will surely visit that place in Melbourne and enjoy the sea shore, sunrise and gorgeous mesmerizing view.

Disha Kotak said...

Ah the love affair that is Melbourne!
I was privileged enough to visit this gastronomic city last year. The nonchalant attitude of people, the colorful graffiti, and the unapologetic fashion is reason enough to call me back. Out of a gazillion memories the city etched on me, one of them is the gorgeous food scene of Melbourne .
But there is one particular thing that calls me back is a decadent desserts by the world famous patissier Adriano Zumbo at his South Yaara outlet in Melbourne . His desserts were a treat to my palette and I wouldn’t mind jumping on to a jet just to grab a nibble or two.
How I wish!!!
All the best for the contest!

Karthik Murali said...

Thanks for participating in this contest. Its now closed.
After reading through all the comments, I am declaring the winner to be Sneha V. Congrats :)
Winner will be contacted via email shortly and the voucher will be sent across