Melbourne – the place to be & see

Are you planning for a break or holiday abroad and not able to decide where to go ? Well, It’s your time to visit Melbourne NOW!

But why am I recommending this place of all places on earth without even being there ever in my life? The facts answers the question itself.

Melbourne is often referred as the cultural city of Australia Or because of the fact that it was ranked as the World’s Most Livable City in the World’s Most Livable Cities rating by the Economist Group’s Intelligence Unit in 2011 and back again in 2012. It was also ranked in the top ten Global University Cities by RMIT’s Global University Cities Index (since 2006) and the top 20 Global Innovation Cities by the 2thinknow Global Innovation Agency (since 2007). The metropolis is also home to the world’s largest tram network. Melbourne also hosts the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) that runs for 17 days in winters each year. The size of the film festival is second only to Cannes and it is Australia’s most critically acclaimed film festival. Melbourne is proud to be home of the world’s tallest residential building, the Eureka Tower. The tower also offers the highest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere, the Skydeck88. As the name suggests, it is on the 88th floor of the building and provides an experience not offered anywhere else in the world. Popularly dubbed as the “Edge Experience”, you find yourself in a switchable glass cube that slides out from the building. Literally, visitors to the Eureka Skydeck look at the world from a different angle. For Arts lover, Melbourne based National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has a world class collection. It also has an Ian Potter centre which was the first public art museum dedicated to Australian art.

Art, Fashion, Films, Music, Food. All these words can be used to describe Melbourne and its vibe. It is home to numerous events that are famous around the world. Being home to a multicultural population, Melbourne offers cuisine from almost every part of the world. Greek, Italian, Asian, Turkish, be it any cuisine, Melbourne has top class restaurants and chefs for all. If you want to savor the delight of Melbourne’s ecstatic beauty to its extreme potential then you must stay for at least a week. You just have to be curious enough to venture off through the city, everything is worth looking at and every place is worth being to. It’s a panorama of amazing sights waiting to be snapped by your retinas!

Would you still deny to go there? I don’t think so. Of course I wouldn’t ever deny if I get a chance to ramble off to this magical and amazing city.

Here are a few snaps, I collected from Google, Flickr and Photobucket which shall make your eyes shine with longing, your heart to skip a beat and your tongue to roll down out of your mouth like a red carpet unfurling for movie stars to step on it. 😛

City Circle Tram
The City Circle Tram is a free and convenient way to see the sights of central Melbourne.

The Regent Theatre

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Australia’s largest, oldest and most popular sporting venue.

National Gallery of Victoria
Opened in 1861, this is Australia’s oldest art gallery.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Enjoy a day walking through one of the best-landscaped gardens on Earth.

Dandenong Ranges

State Library of Victoria

St. Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral is a beautiful, historic building, situated in the centre of the City.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Melbourne Museum
Experience the museum’s outstanding exhibits and collections on the environment, technology and many other areas.

Eureka Skydeck
Owner description: Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe inspiring view of Melbourne from the observation deck.

Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Zoo
Visit Australia’s oldest zoo and discover more than 350 animal species in a variety of habitats.

Block Arcade

Shrine of Remembrance

Done drooling all over these pictures? 😛 It’s beautiful isn’t it? 🙂

To describe Melbourne in three words, I would select a few as – Magical, marvellous melbourne – Cosmopolitan, Hospitable, Interesting – Pretty, Sporty, Passionate – World’s best city – Keeps getting better. 😉

Contest for my readers!

Answer the question “Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?” in the comments below and the best answer will win a gift voucher. (Christmas present, yay!)

PS – Last date to comment for contest is 5th Jan, 2015.

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^Song of the city: “Victoria’s Secrets” by Augie March & Song of the day: “We wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year” by Enya. ^_^

^Do Visit this Website for more details : visitmelbourne  (http://www.visitmelbourne.com/India.aspx) & check out these ComeAliveinMelbourne videos.

^A very happy Christmas and New Year to all of you, have loads of fun, stay blessed and happy! 😀

^Resumed playing Dota-2 exactly after a year all over again, if you play too you’re welcome to add me, my Steam handle is ‘cruxrebels’ and IGN name is ‘La Rage Venom’.

^Until next time, Rage and Chaos 😉

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Winner Announcement

Dear Readers and Contest Participants,

Each one of your comments were enthralling, trenchant and endearing. It clearly reflected that you have worked hard on your imaginations and crafted the best thoughts out of it. Believe me folks, it took me almost 3 days to declare the winner as I was having a tough time to choose a single comment since all the comments are top-notch. Alas, I can declare only one winner. So behold ladies and gentlemen for the winner of the contest.

*Drum rolls and trumpets blares*

It is Oindrila De. (Her website)

Congratulations Oindrila! Your comment reflected that you had read my post and answered the question and it’s “why?” quite appropriately. I’ll reach out to you if I require any details from you to send you the gift.

And yes, the gift is a 500 bucks shopping voucher. Enjoy! 😉

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75 thoughts on “Melbourne – the place to be & see

  1. After watching all the videos, I like to visit ‘Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm’.
    I’m fond of strawberries and I have a special liking towards farms cause I love the silence and the fresh air. The green scenery is also breathtaking. So I fall for that place.

    Nice post also…

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  2. Your post has made me want to pack my bags and book my tickets to Melbourne! 🙂 I would love to see all the attractions you have mentioned above, but I want to see the graffiti scene more than anything else. I learned through the videos how liberal Melbourne is when it comes to street art. It is rare for any city to legalize graffiti. I hardly get to see any in Mumbai. I would give anything to witness the spray-can artists at work. Their form of art requires not only a good aesthetic sense, but also a sense of adventure. After all, it isn’t easy to climb water-pipes and paint on dangerous parapets! 😉

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    • Thank you for commenting back Oindrila and such a lovely one too. I know I have skipped mentioning the Graffiti scene in Melbourne, since there are so many more facets to this city that one post wouldn’t just do justice to it. I agree with you about the liberalization regarding Graffiti art in public places is such that I haven’t heard of at any other place. Longing to witness the graffiti there indeed demands a worthy visit to the city. I hope you get to make it soon. It’s good to hear your thoughts, keep dropping by this world between the worlds. 🙂

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  3. Beautiful post with equally beautiful photographs!!
    For the nature lover in me, I would love to visit Ballarat Wildlife Park and hand feed the Kangaroos and Koalas. My little one would love watching them in the wild.

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  4. Your Stringed words have morphed into an excellent masterpiece, resplendent with superb photographs. Resulting , I want to visit all the places mentioned and still , I would love to visit the Regent theater to experience the grand , opulent architecture in person , Royal Botanic garden for it’s royally lush gardens , Dandenong Ranges for hot air balloon rides and sheer natural scenery.

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    • Thank you so much for the flattering words Sujata! 😛 I too long to visit Dandenong Ranges above amongst all other if given a chance. I hope you get to visit and experience the city pretty soon. 😉 Thanks again for the wonderful comment, keep dropping by, it’s good to hear from you.

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  5. Great post! I want to step back to History in the era of the Victorian gold rush by heading out over the West Gate Bridge, en route to the beautiful town of Ballarat and then Sit back and relax with DVD entertainment where they’ll introducing me to Sovereign Hill, a wonderful outdoor museum exhibiting in ‘real life’ the story of Australia’s gold rush history. I envy Tanmay and Rohan as I watch the video where they revisit the 1850 iconic gold rush during their Melbourne visit!

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  6. Lovely read. You have given me hell a lot of choice to choose buddy. And the way you described each and every place was not only wonderful but also end up confusing me to choose one 😛

    Well, I would like to see myself standing with my love, holding her hands tight, in the Eureka sky deck and experience the Melbourne from ‘at my feet’ 😀

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  7. Wonderful description and equally wonderful clicks.
    I would love to visit State Library of Victoria first. The bookaddict in me would always olove to searchfor a place wherr I can belong, away from the usual hububs of the world. The peace, the smell of old and new papeprs, the stiff binding of the books…and the sweet aroma of unread words.. There is no place in the Earth which attracts me more than a massive library boasting racks and racks of books. I’d love to spend an entire day or more, just touching books and inhalomg words. More day to read the blessed pages of the books, living in the world that is so faroff from the reality.
    And then, I’d like to spend an hour in Eureka skydeck, enjoying the widespread world beneath me.

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  8. Seriously it keeps getting better! Lovely post 🙂
    I just have way too many “I want to go there” places *travel gluten* But if I had to pick one place i wouldn’t miss at any cost it would be the 12 Apostles and Loch and Gorge beach for one simple reason – The Drive! Windy long drive, symphony of waves constant company of nature all the way and yes being a poet myself this place will be a better muse for me than it was Tanmay and Rohan 😛

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  9. What a beautiful blog post. You’ve really worked hard on this . Wishing you all the best for the contest. I would like to visit Melbourne for the hot air balloon ride. It will be beautiful and exciting but not dangerous. I presume and trust the Australians will take care of the safety factor.

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    • Thank you so much for the blandishing comment. Hot air balloon rides – what an absolute fun-filled choice, you’d get to hover and view Melbourne’s beauty from the viewpoint of birds. I’m quite sure that Aussies wouldn’t take safety lightly and make certain that it comes first. Wishing you all the very best for the contest. It was great to hear from you, please do visit more again. Thanks again! 🙂

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  10. Great Post man…loved it..!!!
    For a wildlife lover like me I will definitely wanna visit Phillip Island Nature Park..
    Swimming with Dolphins…Cruising along with Whales. ..watching Australia’s most famous wildlife attractions, Penguins parading in their natural habitat..and lastly meeting the cute Koalas..is a dream indeed..:)

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  11. Lovely post and quite informative too. Nice to know about the Eureka Towers. Best of luck mate for the contest 🙂

    I would like to go to the Mecca of cricket lovers, MCG. Watching India playing from the MCG gallery and raising the tri-color flag in honor of my country is like a dream. “The G”, as it is referred by the locals, holds the most enthusiastic audience who cheer every shot while rejuvenating themselves with mugs of beer. Another attraction for me to visit the MCG is that it is also the home of National Sports Museum, the largest repository of sports artifacts and history in Australia.

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  12. Hi!
    We know beauty never need words but without words it cannot be explained and when you get wordless after seeing it… your mouth still get open wide and WOW comes out. Dear! Your explanation about Melbourne is wonderful and picturesque description. I am a person who always attracted to nature first of any place so I would love to see the Melbourne Nature & Wildlife. The 12 Apostles rock formations is world famous rocks which changes its color in sunrise and sun set. And then I will see the Phillip Island Nature Park where I want to see the animals which I hardly see in India. I never saw Penguins, Koala and other animals.
    Driving on a smooth road with natural beauty around you, it always gives you a feeling of heaven on Earth. I would love to drive on Great Ocean Road which is also famous in world to give you a scenic experience and the pleasure of that driving is amazing.

    Bhawna

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    • Hello Bhawna!
      Thanks a ton for the incredibly beautiful comment you penned down on this wall! That wonderful description and interrelation between beauty and words was amazing. I am stunned by your use of words. And what an absolute fun-filled itinerary you have planned. Amazing! Thanks a lot for dropping by with your gorgeous remark, please do visit again. Wishing you all the best for the contest. 🙂

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  13. I would to go at MCG and measure how big it is. 😉 and I want to visit MCG members reserve to live the moments which all the players have lived there. Apart from MCG I would like to visit that Chocolate Factory. I just want to swim in tonnes chocolate (cold chocolate, not hot haan) there and want to have those chocolate shots as many as I want to.

    Your post is better than mine. Happy new year to you too.

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    • There is always a cricket-lover in us Indians. We bleed blue. Happy to see another MCG yearner. The chocolate factory visit would definitely sweeten up the whole experience! Thank you for replying back Paresh and alas! your post beat mine big time mate, mine is not even average, but thank you so much for your compliment. The scribbler in me is so flattered. 😛 It was good to hear your thoughts here, please do visit again. Wishing you all the best for the contest. 😉

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  14. Lovely post! It’s very difficult to not get tempted and say ‘everything’ in response to your contest! 🙂
    But I think, I am going to stick to exploring the tiny little laneways of Melbourne that open up a magical world of street art, cafes, culture, food and people to you – that is the one thing that I want to do and experience when in Melbourne 🙂

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    • Finally a Eureka Skydeck lover. I was starting to think all the readers missed it, glad that you finally hit the spot. Ofcourse, the view from up there will be incomparable from any other place in Melbourne. It would be panoramic! Thanks for visiting the blog! Wishing you all the best for the contest. 🙂

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  15. A picturesque post!
    As for answering your question, I would love to visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Being a cricket enthusiast, I don’t think I would getter a better thrill in Australia than watching a Boxing Day Test Match live at the MCG. The Australian cricket fans are very hostile towards opposition players but are the first to appreciate a good player. I would want to sit amongst the 100,000 fans and cheer for my team. It would be even better if I got a seat next to Anushka Sharma so that if Virat Kohli scores a century and blows a kiss at her again, I would be on TV 😀
    http://www.ryanfernandes.wordpress.com

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  16. Hey ,Superb post ,so all set to pack bags to have a thrill at Melbourne…Now being high on my wish list:)U’ve very well covered “the best of Melbourne” & for the entry in contest ,there cannot ever be a single place for me..It has to be a bouquet of places to feel calm down my zest to explore it..So naming ,first comes the Great Ocean road not just to linger or have a decent walk but to amaze myself with Jetskiing ,Scuba diving & to try swim with Dolphins & seal! Yay ! these b’ful creatures would be lucky to share a swim with me;) .Then it would be “Eureka Sky deck, to have an awe inspiring experience to be closest to sky & get the sky deck view of this liveable city & MCG to watch & cheer the players on one of the worlds best cricket ground!
    Wishing u Best of Luck & a great year ahead!!

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    • Wow, your enthusiasm is infectious. What a well and fun planned itinerary you have! I hope you get to visit Melbourne and experience your planned itinerary soon. Thank you so much for dropping your remark. It was good to hear from you, please do visit again. Wishing you all the best for the contest and a beautiful year ahead! 🙂

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  17. Hi

    If I get to visit Melbourne, walking through the lanes of city wud be no less than a picturesque ordeal for me… I’m an Art lover at heart and could not stop admiring any piece of Art around me. Since the Melbourne city walls contribute largely to its vibrant urban culture with its unique expressions of art displayed throughout the city… I’m sure I won’t feel solitude taking a walk all alone and would just keep smiling looking at the spectacular work all around. I won’t be able to stop myself clicking pics after every few steps 😉 plz take me there ^_^

    Shilpa Bindlish

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    • Hello Shilpa,

      Welcome to Stringed Words! I’m glad to have your thoughts penned on this humble wall, walking down clicking pictures of those awe inspiring graffiti is an amazing and aesthetic choice. Indeed, that’d make for a wonderful experience of the city and it’s core culture. I sincerely hope that you get to make this trip from wishful longing to a reality. It was a pleasure to have you here, please do visit again. Wishing you all the best for the contest. Have a beautiful year ahead. Thanks! 😉

      Warm Regards,
      Abhishek Agrawal

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  18. Hi Abhishel. That’s a pretty comprehensive post on Melbourne. From these videos, I would like to visit MCG with my son and husband who are sports enthusiasts.
    MCG is home to Australian football, international and domestic cricket, concerts, special events such as international soccer and rugby matches. And that the 1956 Olympic Games, 2006 Commonwealth Games were hosted here and that it has the National Sports Museum too, the MCG truly is the epicentre of Australian sport. Seeing all this in reality (which we have been seeing on TV all these years) would be truly an enlightening, enriching and an exciting experience for us!
    Have heard that MCG Tour allows the visitors to see and know all about MCG along with access to areas including player change rooms, the Ron Casey Media Centre, member only areas of the Melbourne Cricket Club such as the Long Room and a walk on the hallowed arena. It would be like walking in the steps of great sporting legends. And wouldn’t that take the sporting buffs like us on cloud 9. MCG is No. 1 on our list when we visit Melbourne!
    And, we would love to explore the vineyards that date back to the 1850s and still produce long-lasting wines and the boutique wineries that produce Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. 🙂

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    • Hello Shilpa,

      Wow, your knowledge about MCG, vineyards and Melbourne in general is astounding. Your information makes my post look dumb. 😀 I hope you do make the Melbourne trip with your family pretty soon and describe us the wonderment experience first hand through your beautiful writing and pictures. It is a privilege to have your thoughts penned down on this humble wall. Please do visit again. Wishing you all the best for the contest and a year ahead full of happiness! 🙂

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