Planning to go sightseeing in Melbourne and just “wing it” as it were, walking around stopping by whatever seems to be worth your time. Sure that approach has its own sense of adventure, but then again you may also miss out on some unique experiences too. Here are some “must visits.”
Melbourne Zoo – A sure fire hit with the kids, this zoo offers hours of fun and features a star studded line-up of the who’s who of the animal kingdom. What’s great about it is you get creatures both great and small and mild and ferocious from all parts of the world. Of course some animals get more attention than others….yes cuddly koalas especially!
Melbourne Aquarium – In keeping with the wildlife theme, is the Melbourne Aquarium. It pretty much has what the Melbourne Zoo has to offer, but an underwater version with marine life being the star attraction. Penguins are a perennial favourite here and encounters with sharks will bring all your memories of Jaws to life. In fact if you really want to up the thrill factor sign up for Shark Dive Extreme, where you do get to get more up close with these “toothy” predators of the deep.
Royal Botanic Gardens – While the word “gardens” may conjure up in your mind green well manicured lawns, these gardens are by no means quite so plain. Think of it like a storehouse of flora from all over the globe, giving you something different to explore at each section. One moment you could be in an Australian forest and the next in a Southern African setting. The gardens are ideal to visit morning or evening, but staying close by is convenient since you can drop by at any time. When looking for nearby serviced apartments, South Yarra has some great options like Oaks South Yarra.
Luna Park – If walking through the mouth of the giant face that makes up the entrance wasn’t indication enough, the screams (don’t worry of delight, mostly!) that emanate from within Luna Park will let you know this is a place for fun thrills and spills! It may be a historic amusement park but the attractions are by no means outdated and it has something for the young, the young at heart and those who have strong hearts too. Roller coaster fans have plenty to look forward to while you can never go wrong with the simple pleasures of going on a carousel either.
Scienceworks – Tell the kids you are going to a museum to learn about science and chances are they are not going to readily accompany you. But tell them you are going to place where you can experience an electric storm and they are bound to drag you there! Scienceworks is all about interactive and hands on learning about the world around us. By the way, the Lightning Room is an actual place here showcasing the electrifying wonders of electricity. Don’t forget to also visit the Melbourne Planetarium at the site, a special treat for those never stopped dreaming of reaching for the stars.
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