10 Top Tourist Attractions in Melbourne

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Royal Exhibition Building

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This beautiful old Victorian building is considered a historic landmark and a World Heritage Site. It is only a few minutes’ walk from the University of Melbourne.

A fantastic place to stroll around, the Royal Exhibition Building was designed to host commercial endeavors and public exhibitions. It hosts many social and educational events every weekend throughout the year.

It’s almost a shame that the building is mostly empty and covered in dirty pay toilets and graffiti. The exhibitions and decorations include a huge piece of metal, a Ferris wheel, and a few gazebos. Read more about the history of the building and related events on the website.

Exhibitions in the following years included those about horticulture, transportation, engineering, architecture, fine arts, energy, science, and Australian history.

The structure was built to handle the heavy loads during the time when trains were popular. The building’s walls are reinforced with steel plates, which is what gives it the unique color. A highlight of your visit will be the multiple terraces that offer sweeping views of Melbourne.

Check out the floor inside if you happen to visit on a rainy day. It’s going to be the most unique spot to check out Melbourne’s weather, and the loudest.

Fitzroy Gardens

Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane is a laneway in the city of Melbourne, Australia.

It runs through the Melbourne CBD between Flinders Lane and Little Collins Street and has been a tourist attraction since the 1970s.

It is the fictional location where the exterior of the fictional strip club Stacked High consists of a defunct bank on the corner.

It is also the exterior in the film End of the Century which features Sarah Jessica Parker whose character is in the process of taking over the building.

It was featured in the Australian series The Secret Life of Us (Season 3, Episode 7), where Mr Mcbride (played by Paul Pantano) set up a new fashionable coffee shop in the lane.

Melbourne Zoo

Federation Square

Federation Square, located within the Melbourne CBD, is a complex of buildings, restaurants, public art, and cultural spaces built between 1997 and 1999.

Federation Square features the David Helfgott Bridge, a 27-metre long footbridge, and most famously, a giant kinetic sculpture called Cloudbreak, by sculptor Michael Shwer and artist Roger Hargreaves.

The sculpture was commissioned to create a wonderful meeting place through which to say goodbye to tourists setting off on their travels.

Crafted in fibreglass, the piece is almost 1,000 kilograms and moves using water pressure from the nearby Yarra River.

Following Australian architect Sir Roy Grounds’ award-winning design, the square features a large granite plaza, two public spaces, restaurants and cafes, and a modern building containing the National Gallery of Victoria.

Other buildings in the square include the Ian Potter Centre, City Walk, Arts House, the National Library of Australia, and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Not only do the Australian cricketers play their games at the MCG, it is also the first established venue for most of the domestic and international cricket matches.

It technically refereed as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, is a sports ground in Melbourne, Victoria, which was opened in 1856. It has been the headquarters of the Australian Cricket Association since 1892 and the venue for all Australian Test cricket since the establishment of the Ashes series in 1882. It is a prominent feature of the Melbourne sporting scene and hosts the Australian Football League stadium. The stadium that was built as Victoria's first cricket stadium has been rebuilt several times in its history, most recently in preparation for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The ground has sustained severe damage on several occasions over the years due to expansion of the ground and encroachment by light industry.

Before being reopened in the 1850s, the land on which the ground is established was a swamp. The first cricket match on the ground took place in 1853, between the Melbourne Cricket Club and Torwood. The ground underwent a major renovation after fires in 1881 and 1892.

The present capacity of the ground is about 100,000.

It is adjacent to the Melbourne centre of city and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Eureka Tower

The Eureka Tower is a skyscraper located in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. The 373-metre (1,226 ft) structure was topped out on 1 March 2005.

BARTHOLOMEW and CATHERINE STREET

Not many people know that there are plenty of toilets in Melbourne that are free and easy to use. Named after the Melbourne CBD’s first Catholic Archbishop, they are open 24 hours a day, and are scattered around the city centre.

MELBOURNE CATHEDRAL

Housed in the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral on Flinders Street between Swanston and Russell Streets, visitors are welcome to peer in through the stained glass windows to admire architectural features and interesting artwork.

SYDNEY TOWER

It’s a must-see in Melbourne that is very easy to comprehend and enjoy (for all ages). Sydney Tower is a 127.7-metre (416 ft) high skyscraper in the CBD of Sydney, Australia.

ROYAL FLORAL PAVILION

With the backdrop of the impressive Parliament House, the Royal Floral Pavilion built in 1926 stands tall and provides a sophisticated and charming backdrop for formal events, balls and parties.

Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is the largest covered market in the southern hemisphere. Opened in 1878, the market is a great place to buy fresh produce, meat and fish. Maps of the area indicate where the specialty markets are, making it possible to buy fresh vegetables that are in season and directly from the source.

Within the complex is also a market known as the fish market which sells seafood and is a popular place for families with children. The site is expansive, covering more than 2.7hectares, and the venue offers many fantastic corners and nooks for relaxing and enjoying food.

The market was named after Queen Victoria, who was the ruling monarch of England between 1837 and 1901. The name also refers to the period of the market’s existence, as Queen Victoria’s reign corresponded to the entire nineteenth century.

The market was built as a modern facility and the roof was erected in 1874. The building’s design inspired many architectural, urban design and zoning laws across the United Kingdom and Australia. The entire complex was expanded in 1993.

The market also houses a number of historical buildings that have been collected from various areas of the city. The wash house and the butcher’s shop are examples of buildings that have stood the test of time.

Royal Botanic Gardens

This is the most popular place to visit among tourists and residents. It is also a great place to spend time when you are in Melbourne.

The botanic Garden is one of the most valuable green spaces in the heart of Melbourne's CBD. The sprawling 7.2 hectares open areas featuring sculptural garden beds, living roofs, water-features and plant and animal collections. A huge topiary hedge and grounds provide hiding spots for the myriad local wildlife that call the botanic gardens home.

There is also a huge display of roses during the spring, with annual festivals and programs to keep everyone entertained as well. The landscaped garden beds and plantations are very well cared for and make for a very pleasant place to relax and contemplate.