Melbourne, in Australia, is one of the hottest travel destinations right now. It has got everything you need to make your next vacation, a wholesome one. From outdoor activities to a variety of cultural experiences, it would not be wrong of me to say that there is something for everyone in Melbourne, Victoria. Looking for an itinerary of what to do when in and around Melbourne, don’t worry I’ve got you covered. For cricket lovers to wine connoisseurs, here are 7 attractions you should definitely not miss out on, on your next trip there…

1. Melbourne Cricket Ground

If you are a cricket fan, this one should definitely be on your list. Also known as ‘The G’, it holds a lot of cultural importance in the cricket world. Situated between the suburbs of East Melbourne and Richmond, this place is only a fifteen-minute walk away from the city. There are some iconic landmarks in the stadium that you as a cricket fan can cherish forever like the MCC Long Room, portrait of Sir Donald Bradman, MCC Library, a walk in the arena and the City Terrace with the best views of Melbourne’s skyline. But as an Indian, something that might make your heart skip a beat is the portrait of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in the stadium.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

2. Melbourne Zoo

Australia is widely known for its wildlife and the Melbourne Zoo is a place people of all ages will definitely enjoy. A day at the zoo is a must on your itinerary when visiting Melbourne. The zoo has around 320 species, which includes unique Australian wildlife like Kangaroos, Koalas, and Orangutans. The underwater world at the zoo boasts of Victorian penguins and fur seals which will make for the perfect day for your kids. And that is not all, you can also stroll through the lush rainforests where tigers roam and monkeys are seen swinging. Not all of these species are something that you will find in India, so as an Indian tourist, this should definitely be on your itinerary.

The Melbourne Zoo 

3. Federation Square

Located at the heart of the city, Fed Square boasts of a very happening and bustling life. From world-class art galleries to a diverse range of food, this is the place you should definitely hit with your friends and family on your next trip to Melbourne. Looking to hop into a club with your mates? Or wish to splurge on some retail therapy? Then this location is the perfect way to end your day or even spend your afternoons at by just sitting and relaxing or reading a book in the middle of Fed Square!

Mabu Mabu, Federation Square

4. Twelve Apostles

These magnificent rocks that arise from the Southern Ocean on Victoria’s coastline are an unmissable experience for every tourist. Just a four-hour drive from Melbourne, the best time to witness their splendid beauty is during sunset. You can also view the 12 Apostles in a helicopter ride if you wish to take this experience to another level. Now how can one say no to this? I surely cannot.

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

5. Grampians

Here’s a National Park that is loaded with activities for you to take on. If you’re someone who is looking to chase waterfalls, this is the go-to place for you. As you hike through the Grampians National Park, you will be rewarded with some of the most majestic waterfalls and rock pools. As an Indian tourist, you will thoroughly enjoy these clean water bodies and I would highly recommend visiting the MacKenzie waterfall. Apart from this, you can also visit the wine region in the Grampians and sip at scenic views with your loved ones.

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians

6. Wine Tours at Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

Looking for a relaxing day as you sip on your wine and eat some delicious cheese? We’ve got the perfect go-to place for you. Visit Domaine Chandon for a premium sparkling wine tour, or stop at the Yarra Valley Dairy or the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie to nibble on some snacks. Sipping wine with a scenic landscape view, isn’t that everything a vacation should be about?

Domaine Chandon, Yarra Valley

7. Geelong and the Bellarine

Soak up the good life in the Geelong and Bellarine region by exploring Geelong’s waterfront precinct, and tranquil seaside villages, and meeting local makers and growers along the Bellarine Taste Trail. For a perfect summer afternoon, wander down historic streetscapes and tee off at lush golf courses. Indulge in the burgeoning foodie scene, complete with craft breweries, local wineries, farm gates and provedores. Enjoy the pleasant breeze and the ocean view while you surf, paddle and swim at the bay and beaches.

Life Guard Bollards at Eastern Beach Reserve, Geelong

There are more than these seven attractions that Melbourne and Regional Victoria have to offer to you, but I guess you will have to visit and explore the rest! So, when are you planning your next trip?

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