A city that is full of culture and different festivals and events each year, Melbourne is a pleasure for any visitor to its shores. What really gives the city its character are its varied neighborhoods and the thriving art scene – with great street art, film and music scenes that show up all over the city. There are several great ways to spend your time in Melbourne beyond checking out the art scene that will be detailed more expansively in this article. A few ways to spend your time in Melbourne include:
City Circle Tram
Flinders Street Station | Melbourne, Australia
A must when visiting Melbourne is to ride the city circle tram. Do this quickly in your stay as it will give you a great over view of several of the city’s various sites and attractions. If the chance to get your bearings in the city wasn’t enough, what also brings legions of travelers to this tram is the price tag – its free! Be warned however that a blissful excursion people watching around the city and checking things out won’t be as enjoyable near rush hours when the tram gets extremely crowded. The trams originating point, Flinders Street Station, also highlights some interesting Melbourne architecture.
National Gallery of Victoria
180 St. Kilda Road | Melbourne, Australia
With its doors originally opening in 1861 the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest art gallery. Though the NGV does focus most of its space to Australian art and artists there also are many international works by the likes of Monet, Van Dyck and Magritte to name a few. Beyond the art it houses, the NGV also gets international praise for the fascinating setting its tall ceilings and fantastic lighting creates for the art. From Wednesday through to Monday the NGV is free to enter except for special exhibits.
St Kilda Beach
Jacka Boulevard | Melbourne (St. Kilda), Australia
Despite the fact that St Kilda Beach is not really that much of a beach it is still one of the most popular spots in Melbourne. One of the noted bohemian and artistic centrifuges of the city St Kilda is full of varied and restaurants, cool little shops, and bars. A colourful place with interesting architecture and differentiated styles this is a great place to come and do some Melbourne people watching while you sit at an outdoor café then share beers with the locals as the sun sets.