THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO GO
There are numerous things to see and do in Melbourne and copious numbers of spectacular places to visit. Below are just a few, or perhaps you could join Sightseeing Tours Australia on an Aussie adventure, seeing the iconic landmarks and locations of Australia, or venture off the beaten track to somewhere less well known.
The Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. The Queen Victoria Market is the largest and most intact surviving 19th century market in the city.
Officially opened on 20 March 1878, the Market has been serving the people of Melbourne for more than 140 years. The Market has seen many transformations and has recently been added to the National Heritage List, recognising the significant place it holds in Australian history as our nation’s most iconic fresh produce market.
Also known affectionately as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’, the Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century. An historic landmark spread over two city blocks, it’s a vibrant and bustling inner-city market where you can shop at over 600 small businesses for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, local and imported gourmet foods, clothing and souvenirs. Click here for more information about the Market.
Federation Square is a venue for arts, culture and public events on the edge of the Melbourne central business district. It covers an area of 3.2 ha at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets built above busy railway lines and across the road from Flinders Street station. It is home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores, this modern piazza has become the heart and soul of Melbourne. For more information click here
The Yarra Valley is the name given to the region surrounding the Yarra River in Victoria, Australia. The river originates approximately 90 kilometres east of the Melbourne central business district and flows towards it and out into Port Phillip Bay. Wikipedia The Yarra Valley is host to a thriving wine growing industry. The area’s relatively cool climate makes it particularly suited to the production of high-quality chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wines. It is also home to the fabulous and famous Yarra Valley Dairy and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery.
Take a waddle on the wild side and see wild penguins at the world-famous Penguin Parade, Phillip Island – only 90 minutes from Melbourne.
Experience one of Australia’s most popular attractions. Each night at sunset you’ll be amazed by Little Penguins returning ashore after a day’s fishing.
See the world’s smallest penguin in its natural habitat from viewing stands and boardwalks. Enjoy interactive and educational displays in the visitor centre and the spectacular coastal scenery from the Penguin Parade. This experience is sure to be the highlight of your visit. As the sun fades in the sky, Little Penguins waddle up the beach to the safety of their homes in the sand dunes. Witness this magical procession – it is a treat never forgotten. Look here for bus tour information.
Melbourne is the ideal place to discover more about Australia’s Indigenous history, which reaches back more than 60,000 years as the original settlement of the Wurundjeri People. Visit art galleries, cultural centres, national parks and wildlife reserves across Melbourne and Victoria to learn more about the unique traditions and spiritual beliefs of Victoria’s first people.
33 International airlines fly direct to Melbourne. Delegates travelling from the USA will transition through Los Angeles, San Francisco or Vancouver for a direct flight to Melbourne or an alternate international hub with direct flights to Australia. Melbourne also welcomes a direct flight from Santiago three-times weekly. Delegates travelling from Europe will transition through an international hub such as Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.
Stay a little longer and explore some of the beautiful regional areas outside Melbourne. Take a day trip to Geelong’s waterfront precinct, explore tranquil seaside villages and meet local makers and growers along the Bellarine Taste Trail. Head to inland, meet passionate food and wine producers, and encounter a platypus at Healesville Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley.