Our Top Five Must-Sees in Melbourne

Melbourne, a historic yet quirky urban city, is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria. Its continued growth has led to the opening of many new restaurants, shops, museums, and attractions and has also earned it the title of “World’s Most Livable City” since 2011. Art enthusiasts, adventurers, and wine aficionados alike are sure to find something that fits their tastes in this fun, vibrant city.

 

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The Queen Victoria Market

Corner of Victoria St and Elizabeth St, Melbourne / Open Tuesday + Thursday – Sunday

Starting out as a small market outside the city in the 1850s, the Queen Victoria Market eventually moved to its current location in 1878, where it grew to become the thriving marketplace that it is today. The market, popular with tourists and local Melbournians, offers a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, specialty foods, and a diverse range of gift items. It has also become known for it’s hot doughnut van selling the popular Australian jam doughnut.

 

Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove

33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South / Grounds + Wine Tastings open daily 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Australia has made a name for itself as the fourth largest exporter of wine in the world. Wine is produced in every state throughout Australia, each with its own varieties and styles. Located about an hour outside of Melbourne, Montalto may be a bit of a drive, but it’s well worth it. The winery and olive grove is family-owned and all wines are produced using grapes from the family’s six vineyards spread across the Mornington Peninsula. If wine isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty to do and see. Visitors can take a walk through the vineyard, explore the collection of sculptures located throughout the grounds, taste some olive oil, or have lunch at the Montalto restaurant.

 

 

(Photo source: Australia Traveler)

(Photo source: Australia Traveler)

St. Kilda Beach

St. Kilda VIC 3182

For those looking to relax by the water, St. Kilda is the place to go.  The beach is located just ten minutes outside of the city center. St. Kilda is Melbourne’s most famous beach and for good reason. Visitors can take a stroll along the boardwalk, jump in on a beach volleyball game, head over to the marina, or catch a peek at some of St. Kilda’s cutest residents – penguins. A colony of Little penguins or “fairy penguins”, the smallest know penguin species, took up residence along the St. Kilda breakwater in the 1970’s and has stuck around ever since. Visitors to the beach can catch a glimpse of the penguin families at night when they come up to the shore to their nests.

 

Street art by Shepard Fairey and other artists on Hosier Lane

Street art by Shepard Fairey and other artists on Hosier Lane

The Citylights Projects

Hosier Lane, Melbourne / Open 24/7

Melbourne has been garnering attention for its diverse street art, and the cultural movement behind it, for many years. Since the 1970s visitors, locals, and famous street artists from around the world (Banksy, for example) have come to Melbourne to see the artwork and add some of their own. The Citylights Projects is arguably one of the most notable art installations in the city center. Located on Hosier Lane, a landmark in Melbourne celebrated for its extensive street art, Citylights is a public art project showcasing printed artwork illuminated by lightboxes. The project has been operational since 1996 with new exhibitions debuting every 10 weeks.

 

William Ricketts Sanctuary

1402-1404 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, Mt. Dandenong / Open daily 10:00 am –  4:30 pm

Located just 45 minutes outside the city center, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and serenity. William Ricketts, a well-known Australian potter and sculptor, bought the four-acre property in the 1930s, originally naming it Potter’s Sanctuary, and used the area to showcase his classic sculptures of animals and Aborigines. The Victorian Government eventually purchased the park and renamed it, but the area is still home to 92 of Ricketts’ original sculptures.

 

Whether you’re heading to Melbourne for a quick visit or staying for a few months, you’ll never run out of things to do. Some other notable attractions include the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Yarra River cruises, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. With its exciting art scene and beautiful scenery, Melbourne is the perfect place for the young and old. But don’t just take our word for it. Check it out for yourself!

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