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I want to travel the world, and I’m open to stepping foot on every corner of the planet. However, the place that I’ve been obsessed with for a long time is Australia. So many aspects of Australian culture and cities fascinate me. In addition to Sydney, one of the top destinations on my itinerary is Melbourne. This coastal city is filled with art, entertainment, and more.
Planning Your Trip
Australia’s fall season spans from March to May, and it’s the best time to plan a trip to Melbourne. I was already thinking that I should plan a birthday trip for my 35th time around the sun, and this might be the perfect destination.
Flights from New York City to Melbourne are around $1,100 at the end of March, so I’ll start my Australian adventure jar with that in mind. After buying my tickets, booking a hotel is next on the list. The InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto has that perfect blend of local charm, modernity, and luxury. Plus, it’s near the city’s best attractions.
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What to Do in Melbourne
When I travel, I like to go with the flow. You might know all about this if you read the recap of my spontaneous trip to Chicago this past Memorial Day weekend. I also do my research, though, and I like to have a list of three to five places to explore in a new destination. Follow my lead, and use these three attractions as a starting point to plan your own Melbourne travel agenda.
Explore the shops and admire the mosaic floors and glass ceiling inside the opulent 19th-century Block Arcade. This beautiful place is filled with boutique shops that scream “Melbourne,” plus it also has a great tea room for resting during tea time or grabbing a nice cup of coffee. The arcade also has tours available, so you can learn more about the culture and history of Melbourne.
Federation Square is a work of art in itself, thanks to its abstract mix of buildings. Here you’ll find restaurants, bars, museums, and art venues like the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Center of the Moving Image. After exploring, stop by Beer DeLuxe for a laid-back lunch of craft beers and burgers.
Since we’re cocktail lovers, any trip has to have at least one stop for a unique drink at a cool bar. Located inside the InterContinental hotel, Market Lane Bar offers afternoon tea by day and decadent whiskey drinks in the evening. Stop by to sample the bar’s cocktail menu or enjoy a flight of whiskey. Looking for a more laid-back and fun spot? Try Bartronica, a hip bar that features rare arcade games.
Melbourne is a great place to visit and make lots of fun memories. I hope to travel there one day soon! Have you been to Melbourne? What was your favorite thing to do, see, or eat there? Feel free to share in a comment!