Melbourne Australia is continually voted the world’s most liveable city in one poll or another every year. Melbourne is our city, well the closest city to where we live. It is our gateway to the world through Melbourne Airport and it’s where we get our big city fix from. Melbourne really is Australia’s number one city. Melbourne will overtake Sydney as the most populous city in Australia by the middle of the Century. Sydney may have the Harbor and The Bridge but Melbourne has everything! Sports, culture, arts, nightlife not to mention four seasons in one day. While Sydney continues with its lock-out laws where people can not get into a venue after 10 pm, Melbourne is extending hours of bars and restaurants to the wee hours of the morning, such is the food and drink culture in Melbourne. Melbourne has a great public transport system with trams, trains and buses running everywhere. Sports, culture, food and drink will never be in short supply in Australia’s number one city.
Melbourne Australia The sporting capital of the world
Melbourne is rightly called the sporting capital of the world. Melbourne is home to the Australian Football League with 10 of the 18 teams Melbourne based. The AFL, as it is known, is attended by nearly 7 million people a year, not bad for a country with only 22 million people in it. Melbourne is also home to a Formula 1 car race and a Moto GP bike race. Melbourne hosts the Australian Open Tennis one of the 4 grand slam events. The annual Bells Beach Surfing contest is held an hour down the highway. Melbourne has a team in The Super 14 international Rugby Union competition. Melbourne has 2 teams in the A-League (soccer), 1 team in the National Rugby League, 1 team in The National basketball League and 2 teams in The Big Bash League. The Melbourne Cup is an internationally famous Horse race “The race that stops a nation”. 130,000 plus people attend this event on the first Tuesday of November. A National public holiday is in place such is the stature of this event. Melbourne has 5 world class stadiums within 1 kilometre of the CBD. The smallest holding just over 10,000 people to the largest “The MCG” which holds 100,000 people. The MCG is the 10th largest sporting stadium in the world. It is nearly at capacity during the AFL finals, the Boxing Day cricket test match and during the annual ANZAC match between two of the biggest Victorian teams, Collingwood, and Essendon. The Olympics were held in Melbourne in 1956. Melbourne continues to host many one-off world-class sporting events such as UFC, WWE, world cycling and swimming events, The presidents and World cup golf events just to name a few.
Family Travel Tip: The Big bash Cricket League is geared around young specators. Fireworks, dancers, mascots and free giveaways for everyone makes it an amazing family sporting event to attend. Held every December and January. If you get a chance go, the kids will love it!
Museum’s galleries and Theatre in Melbourne Australia
The Melbourne Museum and The National Gallery of Victoria stage many great exhibitions alongside their permanent displays. The Melbourne Museum is the largest Museum in the southern hemisphere. Over the time, we have been to the Tutenkarmon and Titanic exhibitions at the Museum and in April 2016, we are going to the Jurassic exhibition. These are world class exhibition that have toured the world with real artefacts. The National Gallery of Victoria since 2004 has held what is known as its Winter Masterpieces collections. Over the years, this has included Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay, Picasso: Love and War 1935–1945, “Napoleon: Revolution to Empire” and this year “Masterpieces from the Hermitage- The Legacy of Catherine the Great”. We attended this year’s exhibition and it was fantastic, with all the pieces on display on loan from the Hermitage in St Petersburg. The Napoleon exhibition had many fascinating pieces with connections to this most famous Frenchman. Paintings by Rembrandt, Renoir, Rodin, Picasso, Monet and Bernini just to name a few are on permanent exhibition here as well as great Australian artists such as Hugh Ramsay, Tom Roberts, John Russell and others.The National Gallery founded in 1861, it is Australia’s oldest, largest and most visited art Museum. Melbourne has a big theatre scene that host world-class productions such as Lion King and the brand new Tim Minchin production of Ronald Dahl’s “Matilda”. The main Theatre’s that hold these shows include “The Regent Theatre”, “Princess Theatre” and “Her Majesty’s Theatre”. Melbourne is home to a vibrant street art scene as well. If you explore Melbourne’s laneways you will find some outstanding street art.
Food and Drinks in Melbourne Australia
Melbourne Australia has it all when it comes to dining and drinking. While Sydney continues with its lockout laws where people can not get into a venue after 10 pm, Melbourne is extending hours of bars and restaurants to the wee hours of the morning, such is the food and drink culture in Melbourne. You will find everything from German beer halls to Michelin star restaurants in Melbourne. Heston Blumenthal relocated his entire Fat Duck UK outfit to Melbourne for six months in 2015. Melbourne is world renowned for its dining experience’s and you will find restaurants everywhere from giant complexes like Crown Casino to tiny back alleys in the city centre. The food you will find is cutting edge and very diverse as Australia is a country of immigrants really and many influences have been fused together to create some amazing dishes. Famous restaurants include Nobu, The Press Club and The Rockpool Bar and Grill. Some of our favourites include Transport Bar at Federation Square, Munich Brauhaus and The Common Man on The South Wharf, Whether it is fine dining, casual or a takeaway souvlaki or dumpling Melbourne has a food for everyone. An hour out of Melbourne lies the Yarra Valley. It is a cool climate region that is best known for producing Chardonnay, sparkling wine and Pinot noir. The Yarra Valley has marketed itself well is a leader of fine wines and fresh produce. There are more wineries and cellar doors than you can poke a stick at. Some of the most famous include De Bortoli and Domaine Chandon. Domaine Chandon is owned by the famous French house of Moet and Chandon the makers of Dom Perignon. Most the wineries will have a wine tasting with sales available. Restaurants have sprung up at all the wineries so they can match their wines to best local produce. Melbourne Australia truly is a must for the international visitor, whether it is exciting things to do in Melbourne or 5 things not to miss in Melbourne there is something for everyone.
Family Travel Tip: Located in the Yarra Valley at Healsville is a Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary only features Australian native animals. Make a day of it to Yarra Valley with animals for the kids and food and wine for the adults. Also during the warmer months there are concerts called ‘A Day on the Green‘ held at some of these wineries.