- Visit the Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market is a must-do when you visit Melbourne. With more than 400 stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and meat to clothing and souvenirs there is something for everyone at this market. One of the best things about the market is knowing that everything on offer has been sourced locally so buying produce directly supports local business and farmers’ markets. City visitors will find this one-stop shop perfect for picking up gifts and food items, while country visitors can stock up with treats for themselves too! The QVM boasts an impressive range of gourmet delights such as cheese, olives, chocolate, nuts and charcuterie products which are all made in Australia. There is also a large range of locally produced items such as honey, olive oil and preserves. Aside from the stalls, you can enjoy live music on Fridays and Saturdays or get some exercise by exploring the free cooking demonstrations and shopping offers at the Market Theatre.
Monday to Wednesday: 6am to 5pm Thursday: 6am to 9pm Friday: 6am to 9pm Saturday: 6am to 5pm Sunday: 7am to 4pm (the market closes for an hour between 12 and 1 PM)
- Visit Shrine of Remembrance If you’re looking for things to see in Melbourne that aren’t commonly seen on postcards then look no further than the Shrine of Remembrance. Located atop one of Melbourne’s many hills it makes for a short but moderately steep walk up to get there. Make sure you wear good shoes so you don’t slip on the way back down! The Shrine is home to an eternal flame which burns in commemoration of Australia’s war dead. It was built between 1928 and 1934 and designed by Philip Hudson. Both the exterior and interior are beautifully sculpted with 30 statues adorning the walls depicting women mourning their loves ones, while 12 pillars stand tall within holding up the domed ceiling.
- Be amazed at Federation Square Federation Square is one of Melbourne’s most visited tourist attractions, not only because it hosts many popular events but also because it provides panoramic views of city skyscrapers including Flinders Street Station , St Paul’s Cathedral and the Rialto Towers . The square used to be nothing more than a graffiti-laden rail bridge over Flinders Street but now boasts gardens, cafes, restaurants and bars as well as an IMAX theatre. Fed Square is now considered one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks, receiving over 10 million visitors every year!
- Go for a walk in Royal Botanic Gardens The Royal Botanic Gardens are often described as being “the jewel in the heart” of Melbourne due to their beauty and tranquility. Enjoy all that nature has to offer by walking through lush foliage or take a seat on the lawns for some grassy relaxation. There are several themed gardens within the Royal Botanic Gardens which you can explore including Chinese Fortunes, Australian Rainforest and Desert Island. Spot native wildlife such as kangaroos and emus or visit the Shrine of Remembrance for a truly Melbourne experience.
- Take a walk along St Kilda Pier Visit St Kilda and you’re guaranteed to enjoy an interesting day out! As one of Australia’s most well-known seaside suburbs there is much to see and do at St Kilda including visiting Luna Park , watching the sun set over Port Phillip Bay from Acland Street or walking along St Kilda pier where you might even spot dolphins! For those who love street art there are colourful stencilled murals on many of the walls throughout the area as well as sculptures by some of Australia’s top artists.
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