Melbourne Attractions - Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne Attractions

There are two Melbourne's. The first consists of buildings constructed during the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. This period of elegant 19th century architecture gives Melbourne its well-deserved title as the most stylish capital of Australia. With its majestic elm-lined avenues such as its St Kilda Road and Royal Parade, quaint trams, parkland, grand public buildings, arcades and graceful, stylish housing.

The second Melbourne is contemporary and international with buildings such as the Le Meridian at Rialto in Collins Street famous for its Victorian gothic facade and modern interior. Also, the observation deck on the 55th floor of Rialto Towers where a breathtaking 360 degree panoramic view of the city can be seen.

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Attractions
Adjoining the Royal Botanical Gardens is the Kings Domain parkland containing Old Melbourne Observatory and La Trobe's cottage built in 1839 as the States first Government House. Here you will also find the present 'Italianate' Government House built in the 1870s and regarded at that time as the finest building in the British Empire.

There is also Old Melbourne Jail where notorious bushranger Ned Kelly was hanged in 1880. For cricket lovers, the vast Melbourne Cricket Ground is the hallowed birthplace of test cricket. The first England-Australia test match was played here in 1877.

Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria; a planned city with a tidy, balanced grid of neatly angled streets. The CBD is made up of many precincts with their own distinct flavour and charm. Some are just a lane or two, while others cover a suburb or a busy CBD street. Melbourne is a city of style and sophistication with an inviting cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Melbourne has many diverse cultures reflected in its microcosm of restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars.

From locally designed originals to the best of international fashion brands you'll be spoilt for choice in Melbourne's shopping precincts. Explore the inner city shopping centres and the city's myriad of arcades and laneways.

Leave time to admire the elegant Victorian-era streetscapes, take in a film or food festival and add a visit to one of the many galleries and opulent theatres.

Location

Melbourne, VIC, 3000