Traveling to Melbourne Australia

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Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria, Australia and there is so much for visitors to enjoy. A little history first: Melbourne was officially declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847, and during the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s it became one of the world’s largest and wealthiest cities. Today it is a leading financial center and the originator of the popular Australian rules football.

While you’re here, don’t miss the National Gallery of Victoria, the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. It was founded in 1861 and holds more than 70,000 words in two buildings. It is free to visit.

Shoppers and food connoisseurs will love the Queen Victoria Market, also known as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic.’ The Queen Victoria Market is a two-block historic landmark where you can shop for Australian fruit and vegetables, local and imported gourmet foods, cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs. The Market’s Meat Hall, Deli Hall the seafood section and the organic and exotic fruit sections all have something for everyone.

Sports fans must see the Melbourne Cricket Ground, also known as the ‘G. Australia’s biggest sporting stadium has hosted Papal and Royal visits and housed US Marines, and the US Army air forces, as well as concerts. It’s also home to The National Sports Museum, which includes the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, the Australian Football exhibition (including Australian Football Hall of Fame), Champions – Thoroughbred Racing Gallery, and Game On, an interactive sports gallery. It’s open for tours.

You can also enjoy the Melbourne SeaLife Aquarium, which has interactive animal encounters, iconic state-of-the-art displays and animal feeds, or tour Phillip Island including its famous penguin parade. Visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation or view the stunning geography at Phillip Island’s Point Grant. You also absolutely can’t miss the cuddliest animals on the planet. Stop at the Koala Conservation Centre and see koalas up close and personal in their natural habitat.

If you just can’t get enough of the animals and views that Melbourne has to offer, take a traditional 30-minute punt cruise on Ornamental Lake.

Whether you’re staying for a few days or a few weeks, Melbourne offers something for everyone including bars, boutiques, eaters, Spring Racing Carnival, Australian Grand Prix and so much more.