Regardless of not visiting Australia, I love this country for its Wildlife, Rainforests, Deserts and Ski-fields, History, Sunshine, Beaches and much more. When Indiblogger in association with Tourism Victoria announced a contest “What’s your reason for falling in love with Melbourne, the most livable city in the world?” I thought this is the right opportunity for me to write about it and who knows I might even win a chance to visit the country. I’ve read a lot about Melbourne and also the city watched on the TV (courtesy – travel shows and documentaries), with its beautiful parks, enviable healthcare and location next to one of the world’s best coastal drives, it’s little wonder people want to live in Melbourne. While it may not necessarily have the glamorous appeal of Sydney, Australia’s second city has been ranked the world’s most liveable city for the third year running.
Melbourne has everything and all that a person visiting the city can expect – Cafes, Street Art and Galleries, Bars, Gardens, Malls, Sports and Adventures, Trams, China Town, Casino, Beaches, Eats and drinks. There are plenty of free things to do in Melbourne, as well as tons of sights to see and hundreds of restaurants and bars to visit – few of my top picks what makes me fall in love with Melbourne – the most livable city in the world.
- I am a latest coffee lover, I sure to fit perfectly in this coffee-obsessed city Melbourne. Melbourne is a coffee mecca and it’s just impossible to turn a corner in Melbourne without being met by the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. From pocket-sized nooks brewing single origin lattes to highly-established roasteries the ambiance of this coffee-driven city would win over the hearts of any coffee lover just passing by.
- Celebrate the sporting passions, whatever is the colour. Life in Melbourne centres on sport and the great outdoors. I live for sports and adventures, and Melbourne is the only city to boast five international standard sporting facilities on the fringes of its city centre; Melbourne Cricket Ground (‘MCG’), Docklands, Rod Laver Arena (for the Australia Open Tennis ), Hisense Arena and the Olympic Park. It also hosts the Australian 500CC Motorcycle Grand Prix, the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Football League Grand Final and international cricket matches including The Ashes.
- Drive through Great Ocean Road to watch the sun set over the Twelve Apostles. One of the most scenic coastal drives in the world, the Great Ocean Road is Victoria’s number one attraction. The route starts 100km south west of Melbourne and winds its way along the coast and through sleepy gold rush towns – ideal places to stop for a paddle or a picnic. The most famous sight along the drive is the magnificent Twelve Apostles. These limestone rock stacks rise up out of the ocean and were formed over time as a result of erosion forced by sea and wind.
- No trip is complete without a day trip to Phillip Island. The attraction here is the Little Penguins. Standing no more than a foot in height, the smallest breed of penguin certainly lives up to its name! Head to the penguin centre to watch what’s become known as the ‘Penguin Parade’ – each evening at sunset the super-cute little penguins waddle up the beach .You can’t touch the penguins, but you can get pretty close.
- Melbourne has more than 480 hectares of gardens and parks in the city – Kings Domain, Flagstaff Gardens and Carlton Gardens. The perfect opportunity to enjoy a lazy, sunny afternoon with some good company or a book or a picnic. Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens are regarded amongst the best in the world and sit on the south bank of the majestic River Yarra. Royal Park in Melbourne’s inner city spaces is the perfect place for kite flying, cycling and running tracks, play golf or tennis.
- Melbourne is partitioned into numerous different neighborhoods, you can take a walk into Chinatown, Greek Corner, Vietnamese Section, Little Italy, Spanish Corner and Little Saigon.
- One can uncover a plenitude of shopping in Melbourne at Swanks, De Mille Decorative & Fine Arts, for vintage apparel, memorabilia and home outfitting. The love for fashion and the love for shopping often go hand in hand – that’s where Melbourne won’t disappoint. Even if you aren’t into fashion, there’s always something to shop for. True to its reputation as Australia’s cultural capital, wander into an independent bookstore or check out a single store. You never know what treasures you may uncover.
- The Crown Casino is Australia’s biggest gaming office. The unrecorded music scene is enormous here and you can find well-known and free acts at clubs, pubs and even warehouses.
- The free city circle tram is major tourist attraction and also links with other form of transportations in Melbourne such as bus and train. It operates around the city through Fitzroy Gardens (Captain Cook’s Cottage), Princess Theatre, Federation Square, the Melbourne Aquarium, St. Paul’s and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Shrine of Remembrance, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Queen Victoria Markets, Telstra Dome and Docklands. The City Circle tram is free, you can hop on and off at any of the stops along this route.
- Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital, from multicultural cuisines to buskers filling the streets with music, chalk art and more, it’s not difficult to see that Melburnians are passionate about the arts, music and literature. Melbourne was named the UNESCO City of Literature, so whether you love Shakespeare or F. Scott Fitzgerald you’re in for a treat. Besides books and art, Melburnians also love their music. Head over to Bourke Street and you’ll find buskers of every musical genre.
Melbourne has claimed gold as the world’s ‘most liveable city’ . The city’s climate, low crime rate and great transport infrastructure all play their part in its lofty ranking. Add in more green spaces than any other city on earth, a buzzing café, bar and restaurant scene, outstanding museums, world class sporting events and great beaches. It’s unusual to meet Melbourne visitors who haven’t fallen in love with it – why not come and see for yourself.
“Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?”
The best answer (chosen by ME), will win a gift voucher worth Rs. 500.
The contest starts today. The Last date for entries is 4th Jan 2015.
Do visit this Website for more details: http://www.visitmelbourne.com/in
So hurry up and send in your answers in the comments section of this post. You might just be the winner.
This post is written for Indiblogger presents ‘Come Alivein Melbourne’ contest.