Discover Melbourne: the cultural heart of Victoria

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Like Sydney, Melbourne is a vibrant Australian coastal city. Nestled in south-eastern Victoria, Melbourne prides itself as being Australia’s art and culture epicentre. Whether it’s dining out, visiting the theatre, or enjoying first class wine, why not discover Melbourne: the cultural heart of Victoria.

Although I grew up in sunny harbourside Sydney, Melbourne offers  a unique London style atmosphere with stately churches, leafy parks, and bustling streets that are dedicated to high-end shopping, trendy boutiques, restaurants, cozy cafes, and many street performers.

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IMG_2992 Some unusual residents of Melbourne.

 

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As Sydney is known for its iconic Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, and of course Bondi Beach, Melbourne is famous for its wide variety of fabulous food and wine, world-class entertainment experiences, whilst also being the gateway to award-winning wineries, breath-taking vistas along its spectacular coastline, along with a host of other tourist attractions.

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Travelling around Melbourne.

For an easy way of getting around Melbourne, the Myki card is your key to the city. My top tourist tip for getting around the city centre is Melbourne’s famous tram system. There is a Free Tram Zone where you don’t have to use your Myki card, unless you are travelling outside the allocated city zone. The Myki card can also be used on the train and bus in metropolitan and regional areas. 

Sample some sweet delights in St Kilda.

St Kilda is a seaside suburb of Melbourne and is home to trendy boutiques, countless coffee shops, restaurants, and a colourful array of gourmet cake shops. 

I’m not one to pass up a sweet treat and I was in awe of the amount of cake shops in Acland Street, which is located just off The Esplanade. The presentation of the gastronomical delights were enticing and after sampling some of their treats they tasted as good as they looked.

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You can also stroll along the esplanade, visit Luna Park, grab a bargain at one of the many funky boutiques, or just chill out in a health cafe.  

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Winery and Beer Tours.

There are quite a few options for discovering the many wineries or breweries located just outside Melbourne.

The Brewery Tour Melbourne

Join a full day tour exploring Melbourne’s beer culture and three craft breweries.

Breweries to explore

Carlton & United Breweries

Clifton Hill

Moon Dog Craft Brewery

Temple Brewing Company

 

Yarra Valley Winery Tour

Enjoy a full day of wine and dining with Chillout Travel Winery Tours.

Visit some of the best wineries in the valley: De Bortoli Wines, Yering Station, Zonzo Estate, and Chandon.

 

Australian Wine Tour Company.

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My top choice was the Australian Wine Tour Company, the wine tour specialists. We spent a delightful day touring through the beautiful Yarra Valley and enjoying award-winning wine at four premium wineries.

Our first stop was Punt Road.  I’m not a fan of Chardonnay, but their wine was outstanding.

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 At the spacious Balgownie Estate we had an a la carte lunch with a glass of wine.  

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Yering Farm is a small rustic winery that boasts a wide range of wine and cider.

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Our final winery was Domaine Chandon where we were treated to a private lesson in making sparkling wine, and we also sampled a full glass of one of Chandon’s premium wines.  

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My tip is to try their Pinot Noir Shiraz! IMG_3134

 

These are just a few travel experiences and tourist tips that are available, so enjoy discovering Melbourne: the cultural heart of Victoria.