Monday, July 25, 2016

Attraction Places @ Melbourne City Center

I have been to Melbourne three times.
The first time was on business trip, and I visited Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.
The trip was short and rush, indeed I didn't have enough time to explore this place.
The second time was with Lik, which was the first time I truly enjoyed Melbourne.
We stayed there about 7-8 days, visited most of the attraction places such as Great Ocean Road, Victoria Market, Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Tower and so on.
And my third time visit was together with Lik and my parents as well.
I will never be bored throughout the country because it has countless things to do and enjoy with, such as their good coffee, best affordable wines, variety of food, many great places to go from the inner city to the outskirts. 
I actually told Lik that we should travel to Melbourne at least once a year since we have our aunt and uncle there. 
Lol! I am just looking for an excuse to keep traveling. #hehe
I have shared the best food and wine place in my previous posts, you can click on the Melbourne album to check them out.
So for today, let's talk about the Melbourne city center!



We stayed at Wantirna South, which is about 45 minutes drive to the downtown area.
Since our cousin has an extra car, so we would drive instead of taking the public transit.
Parking at Melbourne city is very expensive, because I heard that the government do not encourage their people to drive. 
Lik found the cheapest parking rate with AUD19 (about RM57) a day during weekdays at QV Mall.
Well, to obtain the  discounted rate, all you need to do is spend AUD1 at any QV retail stores.
That's a very good deal as I'm sure spending AUD1 is pretty easy inside the mall.





The State Library of Victoria
One of the main attraction that you must visit in Melbourne,
This library is the landmark and cultural icon of Melbourne, with it's beautiful heritage interiors and exteriors.
You gonna stay quiet while you are inside, because people come here for reading, revision, research, or even discussion.



I enjoyed seeing people playing the chess games outside the building.
It's fun to stay with them till they finish one game.
But I think it's difficult to practice this in Malaysia due to the warm weather.





Melbourne Chinatown
Perhaps, you can stop for some authentic Chinese food?
Or maybe just have a short walk to see the Chinatown historic buildings?



Just a random shooting at one of the alley at the Chinatown.



Parliament House of Victoria
It is one of the famous landmark that located at one busy road in Melbourne.
If you come here early, before 530pm, you can take a tour of the building.
This place is good for photography and that's why many couples have their wedding photos taken at here.





The building located opposite the Parliament House looks vintage and beautiful.
Indeed, it's a big hotel which named the Windsor Hotel.



Stanford Fountain
We took a rest at the long bench before we continue our walking journey.
The park is not very big, but the grass area is clean.
I almost fall asleep while laying on the green soft grass.





St Patricks Cathedral
It is the Cathedral church of the Roman Catholics in Melbourne.
The church looks stunning and the surrounding looks wonderfully elegant.
Getting closer and you can see how tall the structure is.





Eureka Tower
If you want to have a greatest point of view of Melbourne city, go up to the Eureka Tower.
Standing at the Skydeck stands at a staggering 297 meters above to see at each small, big, tall and short buildings in Melbourne.



Sandridge Bridge
It's always a nice walk at the Sandridge bridge because there are 128 glass screens presented the historic of immigration in Victoria along the walkway.
Walk slowly from the starting point till the middle of the walkway, then you will find the immigration info about the Malaysian.





Southbank Footbridge
They are thousands of love locks attached to the sides of the bridge during my visit, but all taken out in May due to the safety concern.
This is a nice place to hang out during weekends with friends because there are few pubs and cafes to chill out.





Flinders Street Station
My favourite attraction in Melbourne.
The redbrick and mustard coloured building can easily catches your attention from far away.
It's also one of the city's famous meeting places.





St Paul's Cathedral
Another beautiful church in the city, located right opposite to Flinders Street Station.
I think many churches in Melbourne look just beautiful like this.






Princes Walk
I like to do photo shooting at this area with the Yarra River and Princes Bridge.
It's always nice!
And I think it would be a nice place for the city people to get some exercise, and fresh air before and after their works.



Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex
It's an elegant place to visit in Melbourne.
The entire building is big which consists casino, hotels, spas, restaurants, pubs and bars.
For me, walking around the Crown plaza is the best thing to do in the evening because this area has the best lighting to see.





OOTD shoot in front of the Crown structure.







I know! The view is beautiful!





There is a Gas Brigades, also called Fireballs show outside the Crown plaza.
It's computer controlled fireballs release from eight ten meters high towers at night time.
It occurs every hour from Monday to Friday starting at 900pm till midnight, and the fire starts from 800pm till midnight on every Saturday and Sunday,
Trust me, it's an experience not to be missed on your trip.



My dad likes Melbourne so much after his first visit as he can see people here are so enjoying their life even though it's a big city lifestyle.
Melbourne doesn't have many historic attraction places to go like the other big countries, but it's a good holiday place to relax and unwind yourself.
Melbourne, to be continued.....

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