Melbourne has earned its cosmopolitan, eclectic reputation. It is a city filled with charm and culture, from fine restaurants to a vibrant arts and music scene. And don’t forget the shops and cafes. More than anywhere else in Australia, Melbourne loves a great cup of coffee. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of a weekend in this amazing city.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
A unique way to begin your weekend in Melbourne is with a thrilling hot air balloon ride. There are only a handful of cities around the world that allows hot air balloons directly over the city, and Melbourne is one of them. Enjoy the best view of the city while suspended in a basket. You’ll immediately notice how peaceful and relaxing it is compared to any other mode of transportation you’ve experienced.
The Queen Victoria Market
This bustling outdoor market is bursting with an exciting mixture of fresh fruits and vegetable, souvenirs, and multi-ethnic cuisines. It’s a wonderful place to pick out some tasty options for a picnic lunch. You’ll find the markets at the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets. Nearby accommodations should be easy to find with a quick search on a site like Gumtree.
Overlooking Port Phillip Bay is historic Luna Park. It is Melbourne’s unique amusement park that dates back more than 100 years. It features a gorgeous, ornate carousel that romantic types will love. The wooden roller coaster known as the Scenic Railway Roller Coaster is a favorite among purists who prefer the kinds of thrills that only a wooden coaster can deliver. There are plenty of attractions for the little ones, as well.
Melbourne SeaLife Aquarium
Get closer than you’ve ever been to Australia’s amazing sea life on a glass bottom boat tour at the SeaLife Aquarium. If you like a good adrenaline rush, the Shark Dive Xtreme will bring you face to face with one of the world’s most feared creatures.
Old Melbourne Gaol
You’ve never had so much fun in a jail before. Now part of the National Trust, the Old Melbourne Gaol is a museum rich with some of Melbourne’s most interesting history. It was built in the mid-1800s and housed some very colorful characters, some of which you can meet on one of the nightly Ghost Tours. For a bit of realism, tour the Gaol with a real hangman. The stories are definitely exciting.
Puffing Billy Railway
Old fashioned adventure and unbelievable views await you on the Puffing Billy Railway. You’ll puff along through the Dandenong Ranges in a century old steam train that was constructed to open up remote areas — so you know you are sure to see many unspoiled views. They offer wine tasting tours and fun murder mystery dinners as well as dinner and dance evenings.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
It is so much more than a simple ferris wheel. The Melbourne Star is an experience. It features 21 roomy glass enclosed and air conditioned cabins that you can move around in and take in a full 360 degree view of the cityscape. There is an audio commentary to accompany that will inform you of all the significant sights around you.
City Circle Tram
A charming and free way to get around the city center is by tram. It will take you near many attractions as well as some of the best shopping the city has to offer. Hop on or off in either direction. The trams have been restored to their former glory and add to the undeniable charm and singular ambiance of the city.
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