For five years in a row now, Melbourne has been voted to be The world’s most liveable city. Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city. It’s the capital of the state of Victoria and is located in the South East of the country, along the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Watch our video in this post to get an impression of this beautiful city! We start of our Melbourne adventure by exploring the city centre, also referred to as the CBD, which stands for “Central Business District”. Five of the six tallest buildings in Australia were built here. But it’s not all offices and high rises. There is actually lots going on in Melbourne’s CBD and it’s a good starting point to explore this beautiful city.
What to see in the CBD of The world’s most liveable city
Melbourne’s main train station is Flinders Street Station. Apart from being Australia’s busiest railway station, Flinders Street Station is also a real landmark in Melbourne. With its yellow colour, big dome and old clocks, it’s easy to recognise this beautiful building that is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The main building of the station was completed in 1909.
Across the road from Flinders street station is Federation Square, a public space that was created to connect Flinders Street with the Yarra River and complement the heritage buildings situated around it. Federation Square is the main location for many public events. It’s a great place to meet up with friends and there is always lots going on.
Australia’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum is the National Gallery of Victoria. You can find the main building just down the street from Federation Square, across the Yarra River. There is also a smaller building with the National Gallery’s collection of Australian art located right at Federation Square. The entrance to the permanent collections is free of charge.
If you are into shopping, Melbourne is the right city for you. From the big fashion retailers to small boutiques and everything in between, you can find it in Melbourne’s main streets and pretty arcades.
When you are exploring Melbourne’s CBD you have to make sure not to miss one of the things this city is famous for; the laneways. These narrow laneways date back to the Victorian era. They were built as service laneways for horses and carts. Nowadays many of them are lined with hip cafes and shops and some of them are like open air galleries full of amazing street art. Hosier Lane is a must-visit if you are into graffiti art and if you are looking to have a good coffee you have plenty of choice in Centre Place or Degraves Street.
If your feet are tired of walking, hop on a tram to get around the city. Melbourne has got the largest urban tramway network in the world. There is also a special tourist tram line, the City Circle Tram. This route passes many tourist attractions and is free of charge, a convenient way to get around. And as an added bonus, the trams that are used on this route are lovely, old and picturesque!
After exploring the busy city streets you can easily pop down to the botanical gardens that are just outside the CBD. And right next to the gardens you can find the war memorial from where you can get a nice view over the city. The botanical gardens are the perfect place to sit back and relax in a lush green environment after a day in this amazing city. A city that might have been called The world’s most liveable city for many good reasons!