The capital city of Victoria, Melbourne is vibrant in its style, sport, culture and dining. All of which come together for the city’s world famous events including the Australian Grand Prix, the Australian Open Tennis or the Melbourne Cup.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is one of the most iconic stadiums in the world and holds a special place in the history of Australian sport.
The stadium has hosted the 1956 Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games as well as many international cricket matches, rugby matches and football games. It was built in the year 1853 and hosted the first ever Test match in 1877 between Australia and Englandmaking it the birthplace of Test cricket. It was also the venue for the first-ever One Day International in 1970-71 between Australia and England and hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup final in 1992 between England and Pakistan.
Things to do:
You cannot absorb Melbourne with a few snaps. The city has a soul and to get to know it, you just cannot scratch the surface. One of the best ways to getting to know the city, is to immerse yourself in the Melbourne lanes and arcades, with their intimate shops, cafes and atmosphere.
Attractions: The Free Melbourne City Circle Tram and the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle are hop on, hop off services that give you a good overview of what there is to see.
Also visit the Melbourne Aquarium at the Yarra, the only Southern Ocean aquarium in Australia. The state-of-the art complex features over 1000 sea creatures, including giant sharks and stingrays.
The city is also famous for its multiplicity of tastes, subcultures and styles. There are some important attractions that Melbourne offers – China Town, the Greek precint and the Italian quarter. Melbourne is also the fashion and coffee culture capital of Australia as it has many tourist attractions right in the city.
And if you’re on a history trail then there are fantastic places you’d want to visit. The city is proud of The Gold Treasury, the Melbourne City Museum, the Immigration museum and the Old Melbourne Goal among many others.
Wine and Dine
Melbourne is considered the Australian city with an European charm. Its vibrant food and wine scene which is constantly evolving, is rich in exclusive restaurants, specialist coffee shops, bars and various festivals.Melbourne’s food scene is unique not only in the sheer size and diversity, but also in the spaces in which it dwells — in laneways and basements, on rooftops, in historic buildings and iconic settings, and countless quirky spaces in between — creating truly extraordinarily experiences.
Melbourne’s cultural heritage contributes significantly to the richness and authencity of food and wine experiences in the city. The city is obsessed with coffee and you will find many specialty roasters and multi-roaster cafes popping up throughout the city.
The historic Melbourne Cricket Ground will host four big matches during this year’s World Cup campaign.
The first match is between the Proteas and India on 22nd February while the second will be played between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on 26th February.
The MCG will also host two knock-out matches – Quarter Finals – 2 on March 19th and the World Cup Final on 29th March.