Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, sits on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay.
Lauded for its sense of style and elegance, Melbourne boasts glamorous festivals and events, Australia’s best shopping, a passion for dining out, and a flourishing interest in the arts.
Things to do in Melbourne and across Victoria are as varied as they are distinctive, especially under the headings of Culture and Unique events.
National Gallery Of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), founded in 1861, is the oldest public art museum in Australia. The Gallery operates across two sites: NGV International, located on St Kilda Road in the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct, and The Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia, located at Federation Square. The NGV currently holds over 70,000 works of art.
For some people the name “National Gallery of Victoria” is contentious as it is sometimes confused with the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, and there have been calls for the NGV to be renamed. However, the NGV was founded some 40 years before the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia, when Victoria was a self-governing British colony and a discrete political entity. It was also established more than a century before the NGA. According to former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks, “We won’t be renaming the NGV. It has a great tradition. It is the biggest and best gallery in the country and it’s one of the biggest and best in the world.”
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Australia’s largest, oldest and most popular sporting venue. The MCG has hosted countless international cricket matches, AFL Grand Finals, the 1956 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games.
The MCG is renowned for the Boxing Day (Cricket) Test known internationally.
The stadium houses the National Sports Museum, which includes priceless pieces of memorabilia in Australian sporting history.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Visit Melbourne’s inner-city oasis. More than 10,000 plant species from around the world are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees are home to amazing wildlife.
Twelve Apostles & Great Ocean Road
Travel along the Great Ocean Road to view the Twelve Apostles. Giant rock stacks rise majestically from the Southern Ocean and are the central feature of the rugged Port Campbell National Park. Sunrise and sunset offer particularly impressive views as the Twelve Apostles change colour from dark and foreboding in shadow to brilliant sandy yellow under a full sun.
Wine and Food Expedition
Eat and drink your way through Victoria, from the renowned wineries of the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley to Melbourne’s pop-up restaurants and the Murray’s scenic riverside eateries. Tantalise the senses at inner city pubs, laneway restaurants, hatted dining rooms and homely country hotels. And wash it all down with a pint from a rustic craft brewery.Visit as many of Victoria’s myriad wineries and farm gates as you can. Roll up and sample local produce and fine wines – straight from the producers.
From cool climate varietals and rosés to full bodied reds, Victoria is rich with independent wineries producing a diverse range of wines.
Melbourne is known worldwide for its shopping in elegant surroundings and offering a range of fashion to suit any taste.
Large department stores coexist with a multitude of specialty shops in stylish arcades with great history.
Shopping in Melbourne is an unmatched experience, especially combined with coffee or lunch with friends for a great day out.
For more information about Melbourne and Victoria go to: www.visitmelbourne.com and other ‘What’s on’ websites.