The Top Adventures In Melbourne

This past autumn, Paradise Path made note of the top adventures in Sydney, including a famous beach, a national park, and of course the famous Opera House, among other attractions. Now, we’re turning our attention to another of Australia’s major cities. Melbourne, while not quite as internationally renowned as Sydney for specific attractions, is every bit as much of an adventure. So here too, there are adventures and experiences that should not be missed.

Melbourne’s Top Can’t-Miss Attractions

    • Royal Botanic Gardens – In a lot of cities around the world, the local gardens are just that: gardens, sometimes with particularly noteworthy selections of plants from around the world. Sometimes though you get something special, and this is certainly the case in Melbourne. You’ll see pretty numbers, such as that the Royal Botanic Gardens have over 8,000 plant species, or that they were first arranged in the 1840s. But today, they represent one of the largest and most sensationally beautiful green areas in any major city in the world. They’re truly a wonder to explore, even – perhaps especially – if you do so entirely aimlessly.

    • Australian Open – The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the tennis calendar year, which for those who don’t follow the sport means it’s one of the biggest events in the world. There are four Grand Slams, and they are far and away the most prestigious and publicized tournaments in tennis. Melbourne hosts this one in late January every year, as the top 128 men’s and women’s players in the world flock to Australia along with droves of fans. The event has a reputation for being pure fun, such that whether or not you’re a major tennis fan it’s an exciting thing to do.

    • City Circle Tram – There aren’t many places in the world where a city tram would be considered a legitimate experience or attraction – San Francisco comes to mind – but in Melbourne, this is precisely the case. It’s one of the best ways to get a true sense for the city without spending money on various forms of recreation or transportation. For that matter, an article in 2016 highlighted fun free things to do in the city, all stemming from a free City Circle Tram tour. Basically, if you want to have an enjoyable ride to and around some of the highlight areas of the city, this is for you.

    • Yarra Valley – As you might expect from its name, the Yarra Valley is a fairly large area that’s located outside of town rather than in Melbourne proper. Still, it makes for one of the best places to experience if you’re having a Melbourne adventure, both for scenery and for some of the fabulous wine produced in the region. Not much beats a vineyard tour just outside of town followed by a relaxing night in the city.

    • Fed Square – Fed Square, or Federation Square as you’ll sometimes see it written, is essentially a cultural center of Melbourne. While some were initially opposed to the very concept of it, it’s now become such a staple that it’s hard to imagine Melbourne without it. Basically imagine a more laid back version of a city square, away from the towering skyscrapers of the main city area yet still full of attractions, cultural displays, restaurants, and shops. It’s a buzzing area where there’s always something going on, and a bit of an adventure in and of itself.

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