Magnificent Melbourne: Top 5 To-Dos

Posted on 10/03/2017

The second largest city in Australia, Melbourne, is more than that—both culturally and aesthetically. We have it all covered. Situated on the bay of Port Phillip, it has been selected as the “world’s most livable” city for the 7th year in a row.

Referred to as Australia's "cultural capital," it is the birthplace of Australian Impressionism, the Australian film and television industries and Australian contemporary dance.

It is home to many of Australia's oldest cultural institutions such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building.

To go more in-depth, here are five great “To-Dos” in this metropolis:

Hot Air Balloon Ride

A sunrise balloon flight over Melbourne is a truly remarkable experience. There are few major cities in the world that can be traversed by hot air balloon, and there's certainly no better way to take in Australia's second largest city.

In the early morning light, seeing the array of parks and gardens will bring to life how Melbourne earns it’s most livable status. The ride looks down upon some iconic sporting venues like the MCG, Melbourne Park and Albert Park racetrack. It’s also a romantic adventure from a completely different angle.

Phillip Island - Penguin Parade

Phillip Island day tours from Melbourne are a great way to explore one of Australia's most popular holiday destinations. Indulge your senses with the finest food and wine in the region and view Australian wildlife in their natural habitat before reaching the highlight of the tour—the penguin parade. It’s an experience one won’t soon forget.

Grampians Day Tour

Historic Ballarat was a boomtown in the 1850’s with the discovery of gold nearby. It is from here that one can immerse themselves into the Australian bush and enjoy a gentle stroll to Silverband Falls.

On the way, you might encounter the many types of birds in plain sight as well a local kangaroo..or two..or three. As you hike, stunning panoramas abound including Reeds Lookout which offers breathtaking views of the towering trees in Stringybark Forest.

Before long you will be in MacKenzie Falls viewing the cascading waters heading into the MacKenzie River. Along the way on the return to Melbourne, more wild kangaroos can be seen. When this day is done, you will truly have experienced the wildlife and beauty of the Australian bush.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

The Wheel is one of only four giant observation wheels in the world and the only one within the Southern Hemisphere. At over 38 stories high, it features 21 air-conditioned glass cabins that showcase some of the most spectacular views over Melbourne and beyond.

The Star’s fully enclosed floor to ceiling, air-conditioned, glass cabins provide unimpeded 360-degree views of the city and surrounding areas. They are large enough to allow up to 20 guests to walk comfortably around without the feeling of movement or vibration.

Peninsula Hot Springs Tour

Peninsula Hot Springs is the first natural hot springs and day spa center in the state of Victoria. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths providing an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Peninsula Hot Springs makes it possible to bathe in the naturally healing waters of mineral rich thermal pools. The hot, mineral-rich spring water flows from an underground aquifer 2100 feet below the surface and into the many pools and baths in this coastal oasis of relaxation.

Source: Travelpulse

PHOTO: Watch the rising sun from a hot air balloon. (photo via Flickr/Ryk Neethling)