Apart from the famous opera house in Sydney, koala bears and kangaroos, Australia has more to boast of in other cities like Melbourne. It landed the top spot as the most livable city in the world in 2011 based on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report. Aside from the quality of comfort, safety, environment, and education in this city, there are more than a hundred things that Melbourne can offer. Here are top 3 things tourists and locals alike can do in Melbourne over the weekend.
Visit the “Most Edible City”
Also dubbed as the “most edible city” in Australia, Melbourne is home to the most-awaited Food and Wine Festival that happens every March. People from different states and parts of the world flock to the city to participate and experience food and wine at its best. It is good if you can schedule your trip during this season. If you miss this out, there are still a variety of restaurants and cuisines that can satisfy the foodie in you. From authentic Australian BBQ to Asian and European cuisines, you have a wide selection of restaurants that can fit your budget and food cravings.
Art, cinema, and culture are abundant in this part of Australia. Regular theatre performances, musicals and productions are opened for any audience or avid theatre lover who is looking for entertainment and a good show during his stay. If you happen to be visiting in August, you might also want to check out the Melbourne Art Fair which showcases 80 selected national and international art galleries and features leading contemporary artists from around the world. Art lovers and collectors would definitely enjoy this premier visual arts exhibition.
You don’t need to go very far to enjoy a breathtaking view of nature. A short 1-hour drive from Melbourne CBD will take you to Yarra Valley. This is a popular tourist spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can book a hideaway cottage for some good R&R, enjoy a romantic getaway with your partner, take an unforgettable hot-air balloon ride, and more. Wine tours are also offered to tourists in the Yarra Valley. Health retreats and spa services are also available for ultimate rest and relaxation.
The best part is you can combine all these three things in your vacation itinerary. You can wine and dine in the city, participate in art fairs and other cultural events, then rest those tired feet to indulge in some rest and relaxation in Yarra Valley. A good Melbourne weekend might even extend to a longer stay as there are more to see and experience in this city.