Of all the natural wonders Australia has to offer, it is Melbourne that is one of the biggest draws for so many. It’s hardly a surprise when you see it for yourself; there is that mixture of the beaches and wildlife while also being a big city at the same time! So if you are venturing on holiday by yourself to Australia, you’ve got to dedicate a bit more time to Melbourne than other places and here is why:
All the Nightlife!
The fact is that Melbourne nightclubs have some of the greatest opportunities for an almost religious experience! Regardless of what you want to do, there is always something on offer for every taste! If you just want to relax with a glass of wine, a place like Cumulus Up offers delicious meals while you watch life go by, if you’re looking for a laugh while you are away from home, The Comic’s Lounge has the finest celebrity comedians on offer!
Great Day Trips
Visiting Melbourne means that you’ve got a lot to choose from, so what do you need to prioritise? One of the best day trips on offer when you visit Melbourne is along the Great Ocean Road. This road gives you access to the coastline and the beaches, which also stops by some amazing Australian landmarks, like the Twelve Apostles. If you are looking for another day trip, Phillip Island is not just a place that’s known for being the hometown of the Hemsworth brothers, but it is a place where you can witness the Penguin Parade. Sitting on a raised platform as the sun goes down and watching penguins return home is an incredibly beautiful experience.
Choosing Your Coffee!
If you need your cup of Joe before you head off anywhere, there are many amazing boutique coffee chains in Melbourne. Some of the highlights include the Market Lane Coffee on Prahran Market and Proud Mary. Melbourne is not just the coffee capital of Australia, but you could argue that it’s the coffee capital of the world as native Melburnians took their coffee love to new heights since Melbourne hosted the International Coffee Expo. If you really need a cup of coffee that gives you that jolt in the morning with plenty of flavour, you got plenty to choose from!
The Food on Offer!
There’s a lot of food to choose from. If you want things cheap and cheerful, you can head to Brunswick Street and have a $5 pizza at Kewpie. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a bit more up-market with your culinary experience, there are many restaurants on Southbank for you to try. Melbourne is one of the most culturally diverse places in the entire world, so there is plenty of food for you. If you are looking for amazing and authentic Italian foods, Lygon Street is the Little Italy of Melbourne, or if you’re looking for strong and spicy Vietnamese food, Victoria Street is where you need to go!
Every year Melbourne hosts the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival as well as high-end events like Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. If you need your retail therapy, Melbourne has got plenty to choose from. Bourke Street Mall, Collins Street, The Emporium, and Chapel Street are some of the undisputed highlights here! Melburnians are incredibly well-dressed people, so if you want to blend in, remember, dress in black and layers!
There are some amazing markets that are a must-see on your journey. The Prahran Market offers fresh produce if you are hankering to make your own authentic healthy meal, but if you’re looking for an opportunity to haggle, you need to go to Queen Victoria Market, the largest open-air market in the entire Southern Hemisphere! Or if you’re looking to quench your artistic thirst, the Rose Street Artists market offers one-of-a-kind creations that can be an amazing memento of your time Down Under!
Relax on the Beach
We can’t talk about Australia or Melbourne without mentioning the beaches. If you’ve never been to Australia before, you might be surprised to find so many beaches right on your doorstep! In Melbourne, you’ve got St. Kilda but there’s also Dendy Street Beach, which offers amazing views of the Melbourne cityscape!
The benefits of being a solo traveller mean you can cram a lot in your short time. Melbourne is a place where you are spoilt for choice. Its cultural diversity, not to mention its sports, food, and everything in between means you have got a lot to choose from. So what are you waiting for? Get going!