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10 Must See Places in Melbourne Australia

Updated on November 25, 2015
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John Huynh is a writer from Melbourne Australia. He graduated from business school at Victoria University with majors in information systems

1. Crown Casino Entertainment and Gaming Complex

Crown is Australia’s largest entertainment and high-end casino complex in Australia with Crown located in the heart of Melbourne. Crown and entertainment complex is an entertainment, shopping and casino venue located on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne. Officially opened in 1994, Crown Casino has expanded to over 510,000 meters square, the size of two city blocks, making Crown Casino the largest entertainment and casino complex in Australia and in the southern hemisphere. The venue hosts over 2,500 poker machines, 500 table games and offers 6 main games in the casino venue: Baccarat, Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Pai Gow and Roulette, including rapid roulette. Crown is opened 24 hours a day 7 days a week except for ANZAC Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day. Crown Casino in Melbourne is a must see where all your entertainment and gaming is under one roof. With 3 hotels, Crown is indeed the biggest complex for entertainment and gaming in Melbourne with spectacular views from the banks of the Yarra River. Crown Casino is a must see place for anyone coming to Melbourne for a visit and one not to be missed.

Crown Casino Entertainment and Gaming Complex

2. Federation Square

Federation Square located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD is a public venue which attracts over 80 million visitors a year. Located opposite the iconic Flinders Street station, Federation Square is the home of the fireworks for the major public events including New Year’s Eve. Created in 2002, Federation Square stands big and proud as Melbourne’s Iconic landmark for many events throughout the year including all major public events in Melbourne. This very iconic landmark gives the feel and tone of what Melbourne is like in many ways with its architecture reflecting the true flavor of Melbourne. Federation Square is a place unlike any other in Melbourne and anywhere else in Australia. The design of Federation Square is also unlike any other, it has a uniqueness that is one of its only kind with its distinct shapes and architectural design. Part of the beauty of Federation Square is its location for fireworks during public events, one of the best locations for fireworks display in the city of Melbourne. Federation Square truly has a Melbournian feel to it and is a place worth checking out for all visitors coming to Melbourne.

Federation Square

3. Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market is another famous Melbourne landmark in the heart of Melbourne. This market is the largest market of its kind in Australia and indeed the Southern Hemisphere. The Queen Victoria Market is truly Melbournian and there is no question about that. With over 17 acres, meat, seafood and fruit markets, this market offers a diverse range of fresh produce including goods and services. The market is also home to the night market, a truly unique feel to the Melbourne experience; the only one of its kind in Melbourne. The bustling night market is filled with stalls and live entertainment unlike any other in Melbourne. The market draws millions of visitors each year and it the mecca for all your grocery shopping during the week. Built in the 1878, the Queen Victoria Market was originally a cemetery, over the years the place was transformed into a vibrant fruit and livestock market. The Queen Victoria Market is also known as the “Vic Market” or “Queen Vic Markets.”

Queen Victoria Market

4. Eureka Tower – The Skydeck

The Eureka Tower located in the heart of Melbourne stands as the tallest residential tower in Australia and also in the Southern Hemisphere. Built in early 2002 and completed in 2006, Eureka Tower stands to be the 108th tallest building in the world. The Skydeck on the Eurkea Tower brings spectacular views of Melbourne at 975ft above sea level located at Southbank in Melbourne. It offers a 360-degree view of Melbourne providing a stunning and gorgeous view on the city of Melbourne. The Skydeck is the only one of its kind to offer the Edge Experience – a glass cube that suspends 300 meters above Melbourne on the Eureka Skydeck. There is no better way to see Melbourne from the top other than from this incredible view. This incredible tower is also a residential building and offers many other services to people visiting the Eureka Tower. The Eureka Tower has a very masculine body and shape, it’s very sharp, very modern and Melbournian!

Eureka Tower – The Skydeck

5. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) also commonly known as the “G” is a sports stadium located in the heart of Melbourne in Yarra Park. The MCG is the largest sports stadium in Australia with the capacity to hold up to 100,024 at any given moment for any major sporting event. Home to the 1956 Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games the MCG is a major sporting landmark in Australia. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is also the home of Australian Rules football and Australian Cricket including the Boxing Day match. This iconic landmark is the heart of Melbourne’s sporting identity with many sporting events held at this holy sporting venue, the only one of its kind in Australia. The MCG holds significant value in many sporting fans in Australia, the home of the AFL Grand Final and Australian Cricket Series. Also, home to other sporting events this sporting stadium is the most sacred ground for Australian Rules football – The AFL (Australian Football League). The MCG is a must see place for any sporting enthusiast.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

6. The Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is an Australia War memorial dedicated to the men and women who served in First World War – The Great War (1914-1918). Built in 1928-1934, the Shrine of Remembrance is Melbourne’s most significant landmarks and Victoria’s largest war memorial. Home to the ANZAC Day March and Remembrance Day service, the Shrine of Remembrance is the largest war memorials in Australia. The Shrine of Remembrance was built as a memorial to the service men and women who have served in war for Australia. Located in the heart of Melbourne, this national landmark is a must see for people locally and from other parts of the world. The Shrine of Remembrance is a sacred war memorials along with the nation war memorial in Canberra. The ANZAC Day March held each year on the 25th of April and Remembrance Day on the 11th of November each year to honor those who died fighting on the Western Front and at Gallipoli.

The Shrine of Remembrance

7. Melbourne City Circle Tram

The Melbourne City circle tram is a no fee public transport which operates around the Melbourne CBD during the week and weekend. The city circle tram is another Melbourne classic, a true Melbourne experience which gives an insight into the excellent public transport infrastructure that Melbourne has to offer. Over 3 million passengers use the Melbourne City Circle trams every year, this is major tourist attraction for people interstate and overseas. The Melbourne City Circle Tram is always free all year round, operates 7 days a week and is the easiest way to get around Melbourne city. It’s quick, convenient, on time, comfortable and the best part it’s free. The beauty of the city circle tram is that it feels like Melbourne; it’s 100% Melbournian. The best part in life is when things are for free! Look out for the brown and red colored tram on the streets of Melbourne and you have the Melbourne City Circle tram.

Melbourne City Circle Tram

8. Flinders Street Station

The Flinders Street Station is the oldest train station in Victoria. Opened in 1854 the Flinders Street Station is the oldest and busiest station in Victoria with over 92.6 million passengers passing through it every year. A Melbourne saying which Melbournians like to use is “I’ll meet you at the steps” referring to the steps outside the entrance of the Flinders Street station. Another popular saying used by Melbournians is “I’ll meet you under the clocks at the station” referring to the clocks outside the station. This heritage listed station is indeed the transport hub of Melbourne’s CBD connecting with all the major stations in the city and throughout Victoria. Sitting opposite to Federation Square, this iconic landmark is a true Melbourne Icon not to miss when visiting Melbourne. The heritage listed train station has a distinct Melbourne look and Melbourne feel to it which makes this station the center of Melbourne.

Flinders Street Station

9. National Art Gallery Of Victoria

The National Art Gallery of Victoria is the oldest art museum in Victoria. Opened in 1968, this art gallery is Melbourne’s largest gallery and home to some of the most renowned artists. This famous National Art Gallery of Victoria hosts many events throughout the year, including awards for art work by renowned artists. The National Art Gallery of Victoria is also home to some of Australia’s Indigenous artifacts, oldest paintings, Australian colonial art and international art. Also, the art gallery is home to modern artwork locally and internationally. Currently the National Art Gallery holds 700,000 works of art and artifacts alone, and is the home of the Victorian College of the Arts. This beautiful museum is truly Melbournian. This art gallery is unlike any other art gallery in Victoria. It is the largest art gallery of its kind in Victoria. Only a short distance from Federation Square and Flinders Street Station, this art gallery is a must see in Melbourne, one not to be missed.

National Art Gallery Of Victoria

10. Melbourne Zoo

The Melbourne Zoo is home to over 320 animal species from Australia and from cross the world. The Melbourne Zoo opened its doors in 1862 on 55 acres of land and has become a big attraction in Melbourne over the years. Home to some of the world’s most endangered species, the Melbourne Zoo is the only Zoo located inside Melbourne, only 10 minutes or 4 kilometers away from the city it has all the entertainment a zoo has to offer. Home to Australian native wildlife animals, the Melbourne Zoo will keep you entertained for the day. The Melbourne Zoo has a special place in Melbourne, it is 150 years old and is very much a Melbourne favorite. The zoo is home to many favorites, some of these favorites include gorillas, elephants, reptiles, mammals, four legged animals and many endangered species in Australia. This is also another must see place for a visit to Melbourne.

Melbourne Zoo

© 2015 John Huynh

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