Top 5 Melbourne Attractions
Reckoned to be the cultural and food hub of Australia, Melbourne is blessed with the natural beauty of the majestic Yarra River, which flows directly through the city. Dotted also with museums, entertainment options, shopping centres, restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world, and large parks, Melbourne is also a major sporting hub, and a place where tourists use as a base to explore the surrounding regions.
Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Melbourne, all of which hold important cultural or historical significance. All these are permanent locations which can be visited and viewed at any time throughout the year.
1. Flinders Street Railway Station, Federation Square
The iconic Flinders Street Railway Station next to Federation Square is a popular meeting place in Melbourne. With its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks, the Flinders Street Railway Station is a recognisable landmark. Situated beside it is Federation Square, a civic centre and cultural precinct whose paving and building exteriors are made from sandstone blocks and shards, and is actually a huge piece of artwork called ‘Nearamnew’, which is supposed to invoke the Australia Outback.
2. Melbourne Museum
The Melbourne Museum is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere and in Australia, with 8 main galleries and a touring hall for exhibitions. Highlights of the Melbourne Museum include the display of dinosaur skeletons in the Science And Life Gallery, the history and development of Melbourne in the Melbourne Gallery, along with the hide of famed racehorse Phar Lap, the Forest Gallery which has a Victoria forest environment complete with live birds and reptiles, and the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre which features exhibits of the Aboriginal people.
3. Shrine Of Remembrance
The Shrine Of Remembrance with its panoramic views of Melbourne city is dedicated to the memory of Australia men and women who served in war. Built in the classical Greek style of architecture with Tynong granite, the Shrine Of Remembrance is a respected place. Highlights include the Gallery Of Medals, Crypt, Remembrance Garden, Sanctuary, Shrine Reserve and Forecourt with its Eternal Flame.
4. Eureka Tower
Known to be among the world’s tallest residential towers and the tallest residential building in Australia, the Eureka Tower in downtown Melbourne is 1 of only 7 buildings worldwide that have more than 90 storeys. The observation desk in the Eureka Tower is the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere at 285 m, and offers magnificent views of Melbourne. There is a small outdoor area called The Terrace, and a glass cube called The Edge, which extends out 3 m from the building, suspending visitors inside.
5. Yarra Bend Park
Yarra Bend Park is the largest area of natural bushland within the city of Melbourne, at 260 hectares. Known for the Yarra River, which flows through Yarra Bend Park for 12 km, there are also several historic boathouses, sporting grounds, golf courses, walking / cycling trails, and picnic areas located here. The Yarra Bend Park is also home to several species of native Australia wildlife including mammals, reptiles, fish and birds. The most beloved animal here is the Grey-Headed Flying Fox, a species of bat that performs a daily evening flyout.