Thursday, 18 December 2014

Reasons to see Melbourne-Contest

Melbourne, they say it is the best place to live in the world. Well, that is a huge compliment to the city. I was wondering why is the ranking of this city so high? Why Melbourne has been named the world's most livable city by the Economist Group, publishers of "The Economist" magazine. Since, I have never been to this famous city in Australia, I asked “One of my friend who is currently living in the city help me to figure out the city and what is the loud hustle all about”.
Today Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia. It is perhaps the most cultured and politically conservative city with diverse cultures and different races like Australian, Indian, Srilankan, Pakistan, Korean, Vitanmese, Greek, and Chinese. 3.5 million Population is multicultural and entirely sports lover.
Is it the relaxing, dining, people watching, or shopping .How should I describe the city?
A place of nature delights and reserve beauty.
Or a place where sunrises on its sea and nature.
Or a place of blessed beings where you are pleasured to enjoy the combination of city walk and serene breeze.

Let’s check out the best places in Melbourne 

1. Great Ocean Road

If you are the one who loves road trips and long drives, you surely can’t miss this one .The Great Ocean road is for experiencing one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives and you will be lucky to see 12 apostles, iconic surf breaks and waterfalls. People say it as Great ocean walk in which they fall in love with. It is renowned as the greatest scenic drive in Australia; actually the Great Ocean road is an attraction itself. It’s a long road which connects you to beautiful sea and mountains.
There is a wide range of attractions to be found throughout the boulevard of the Great Ocean road. If you continue the road, you ll pass through the Prince town and Port Campbell. Here you will find the limestone stacks of twelve apostles. These are unique natural attractions which have been created by some erosive wave action over millions of years ago.

This place will help you admire the stunning coastline on the Great Ocean Walk and enjoy fine dining, local winemakers and fresh produce along the way.

2. Sea life aquarium

Looking for Nemo?

If it’s the famous clown fish you are dreaming to see, you will find the Nemo here. Apart from Nemo
Looking at the nemo fish at my home fish tank, I wonder where would be the home of nemo. How would the nemo look in the sea with other mates and corals .Well, here is the chance to see nemo swimming around with merit and to swim along with those colorful fishes. I am a sea lover and its one of my dream to feel the colorful life of the sea. Well, yes it’s all about Sea life Aquarium

Maori Octopus is also a must see, it is known to be one of the most intelligent invertebrates; I would love to get close with this creature.
Other things I browsed about is Sea jellies, do you know sea jellies are made up of more than 90 percent water? They are also known as survivors and have been around since before dinosaurs, Sea jellies should be must meet jellies! What do you think ? I wish I can even touch these sea jellies.

Now comes the dangerous part of the sea diving, we all know lion is dangerous animal on the earth so is the Lionfish on the sea, when disturbed by a diver, the lionfish often makes little effort to swim away from the diver, but instead , it points damsel fin spines towards them.

There are many other activities you can check out in the Sea aquarium, but I would definitely try out Shark Dive Xtreme at Sea life Melbourne Aquarium. The Experience is the ultimate adrenaline rush of coming face to face with the shark, which is one of the dangerous creatures of the Sea.
3. Philip Islands

Philip Islands Nature park is well known park for Australia’s most popular wildlife attractions, Have you heard about the Penguin parade ?. I have seen the parade in Discovery channel and but would love to see it really. Imagine the penguins going on parade it would be such cute scene.

The Park is an island adventure which features wildlife reserves, breathtaking coastline and wetlands .You will enjoy this park with your family too. I am thrilled about the wild life attractions here.

The Kind of arrangement the park management does for the visitors is amazing, there are many diverse tours to experience at the penguin parade. You can view them with personal viewing experience. There is VIP Tour which is spectacular penguin viewing with your very own ranger

Apart from Penguins, you also see the numbers of resident fur seals which entertain the whole family as they have fun and frolic all around.

4. Grampians
If you are the one who loves waterfalls and is fascinated by the sight, then Grampians is must visit again. The deafening roar of water which cascades over ancient rock formations.
It would be thrilling to explore the Grampian's region national parks and discover the sights of spectacular waterfalls. To name one , Mackenzie Falls is one of the Victoria’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls!

You should visit Beehive falls after rains, Or in spring when it often covered by pink and white Grampians Thryptoemene flowers.
You would also see kangaroos jumping around. You would eye over 200 species of birds, 35 species of mammals, 28 species of reptiles there .If you are frog lover there are about 11 species of frogs in Grampians National park.

6.Crown Casino 
Be it a lunch or a river side walk, Crown casino is ultra famous for shopping too. You can dine various cuisines in crown casino dining services.

The Crown towers is famous for Family treats too,check out the crown casino for shopping, gaming , free live entertainment
7.Melbourne Cricket Ground 

In India, people know Melbourne by its famous Melbourne Cricket Ground. It is the Eleventh largest stadium in the world.MCG is often referred by locals as 'G'.It is famous for Common
wealth games and Olympics.

So, Melbourne is the city of  sports lover, walkways, different cuisines, Beautiful nature and twisted roads. I can’t wait to see the colorful flowers all over the city. The Spring collection of god. The jumping jacks with their pockets. The beautiful and unique collection of sea animals .The daring extreme shark diving. The Entertaining clown circus which would be amusing for me and my family. The fame sports ground which I have seen only through television. The roads which are connected to waters. The penguins compelling my family and making us feel bright. I have a secret connection with nature , so travelling Melbourne is like meeting hands with nature which is indeed beautiful artistic creation of Allah. 
Now Tell me which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?Please comment below 
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  2. I live in Melbourne and found more information about the city to visit. Busy work life, bigot time does not enable to get information. This blog helped me to prioritize my visit to the places nearby city.

  3. Hey mouli, you are right we need to prioritize our visits too...Melbourne is a beautiful place I hope you enjoy your stay!


  4. Well Compiled list Farah, this will definitely help most of the Melbourne newbies to explore these destination easily. Since holidays started from this week and Boxing day(26th Dec) is near by most of the residents and vistors will be eying on boxing day test match between India vs Australia held at Melbourbe Cricket Ground , so my next visit among these places will be definately MCG.

    1. Hey Arun,yes the idea is to help people discover the greatest destinations in Melbourne.Have a great visit in G.Thanks for visiting my blig😊

  5. A Compact list to wander places in Melbourne .It will surely help me to plan my visit to the place.Thanks

    1. Hii Ummul,please include these places to your bullet points when you visit Melbourne! Thanks for landing on this blog

  6. I have been living in Melbourne for last three years.I think the attractions put together by you in Melbourne are special in their own terms.
    I would like to plan a trip to Grampians as I did not know this place has eye catching sights to offer.
    Also,I am always fascinated by enchanting and seamless waterfalls and what better than visiting one of the state's largest waterfalls here.
    I would really love to visit this place.

    1. Hey Shrikant, I will call you lucky you are living at the best place in the world! .So, Grampians is the must visit for you. Happy journey friend 😉
      Thanks for visiting my blog

  7. I would love to visit the Panny's famous chocolate factory. That is because he is an Indian. Panny is actually Kodandpani Lakhmanan. He arrived in Melbourne via Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, where he had worked on cocoa and coconut plantations before immigrating Down Under. He is now legend in Australia. He has made we Indians proud. Besides his chocolates are mouthwatering.

  8. Hi Mahesh , I have never heard about this place, but would love to visit!
    Keep visiting my blog

  9. Thankyou everyone for your love and support , may this new year brings you all the love and support!

  10. Wonderful post and interesting videos that make me feel that
    Melbourne invites the eternal romantic in me to hold hands with my beloved and go see the Twelve Apostles .Go on long drives on the great ocean road. In the middle of nowhere in a vineyard spread a table and enjoy a meal and a glass of wine with my dear one. Enjoy the sunsets holding hands and do lots of shopping at the Queen Victoria Market and see all the graffiti being created at the hosier lane.
    Great Post and interesting videos watching them I am sure to visit Sovereign Hill for spending some time in the era gone by. The lure of gold and panning for some nuggets is a temptation that is too much to resist. After I have found the gold I am bound to celebrate it with some wine so I will visit the vineyards and enjoy some great wine from the Yarra region .Visit the Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and have my fill with this yummy delight.

    1. Thankyou hema , the chocolate factory seems to be really interesting !

  11. MCG, the Australian mecca for cricket lovers. I would definitely like to be in Australia when either Indian team or the English team happens to be on tour, the nest time. Will be a memorable experience to watch the rivalry unfold right in front of my eyes, sitting right in the middle of MCG.

    - Ranjith (

    1. Yes ranjith, the MCG is world famous :)

  12. A lovely Post! After reading your post and watching all the videos,
    I feel I am witnessing a kaleidoscope called Melbourne! To answer your question, I'd love to go to the Queen Victoria Market, operating since 1878, to watch the locals sell fresh fruits and vegetables in such a vibrant environment. :)

    1. Queen victoria market is one of the greatest markets! but i would rather love our own crawford market!

  13. Given a chance to visit Melbourne, I would absolutely make a run for Eureka Skydeck 88..Imagine the view of the city from such a great height of over 300 metres and while you are suspended in air in a glass box!
    This is an experience not to be missed and I hope I get a chance to visit Melbourne and go explore Eureka Skydeck 88 soon :)

    -Nikita@Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff

    1. Hey nikita , exploring eureka would be really ecstatic !

  14. A Nice Read, I would love to visit The Great Ocean Road because since I am a Navy Officer, Ocean is like my second home. Australia has beautiful oceanic vistas and I would like to experience it.

  15. Amazing Article.
    If I get a chance to visit Melbourne then
    I would like to spend my time in the Great Otway National Park, because I love watching animals. I would love to take a city tour by travelling on the Tram's of Melbourne. By travelling in tram's I want to explore every nook & corner of Melbourne. Besides this I would love to watch the amazing architectures of Melbourne like Eureka Tower, Royal Exhibition Building, etc. And without enjoying festivals, my journey would be incomplete so I will celebrate Australian Festivals.
    And how can I forget The MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). As cricket is my favourite sport I would love to watch the Cricket world cup final which will take place at the largest stadium of Australia, that is, MCG.

    - Manu
    Harstuff Travel -

  16. Ah the love affair that is Melbourne!
    I was privileged enough to visit this gastronomic city last year , but sadly a broken ankle had me restricted to a wheelchair and there are so many things that have been left undone on my Melbourne wish list. My heart aces cause I missed experiencing so many things.
    Here’s one of them:

    We had started the drive on the great ocean road. Our first major pit stop was at the bells beach. They parked the car. Everyone hopped off. I dint want to slow them down. I parked myself on the bench close by. Close enough to feel the salt in the air but far enough to not feel the sand between my feet. I shed to tear that day. I really missed out. Saw my son build sand castles, I shed a tear for the fact that I couldn’t be down there sharing this moment with him. If given a chance id go back on the Great Ocean Road just to feel the sand between my feet.
    All over again.
    How I wish!

    1. Disha after a long time :)
      May your wish come true, even i would love to travel atleast once

  17. Amazing Post! Great articulation!

    All the best for the contest!
    I would love to visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the MCG. It had been a host to many legendary matches and I for one would like to visit one of them. The World Cup is so near and it is so dear to me and I want to witness the World Cup Finals that is going to happen at the MCG!

    And how can I forget the Great Otway National Park, because I love watching animals. I would love to take a city tour by travelling on the Tram's of Melbourne. By travelling in tram's I want to explore every nook & corner of Melbourne. Besides this I would love to watch the amazing architectures of Melbourne like Eureka Tower, Royal Exhibition Building, etc. And without enjoying festivals, my journey would be incomplete so I will celebrate Australian Festivals.

    - Wanderer

    Blog Name: Meandering through twilight -

    Melbourne Post:

    1. Thanks Wanderer, All the best to you too !

  18. Nice post :-) And all the best for the contest!
    As for answering your question,after reading your post I'm very tempted to go along the great ocean road but I would love to visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Being a cricket enthusiast, I don’t think I would getter a better thrill in Australia than watching a Boxing Day Test Match live at the MCG. The Australian cricket fans are very hostile towards opposition players but are the first to appreciate a good player. I would want to sit amongst the 100,000 fans and cheer for my team. It would be even better if I got a seat next to Anushka Sharma so that if Virat Kohli scores a century and blows a kiss at her again, I would be on TV :-D

  19. Thankyou all lovely people out there!
    I really don't know whether i will win this or not !But all the best everybody.As for me ,i would love to travel the whole Melbourne mentioned here, I love travelling and you cannot mention only one or two things you would love to travel, Melbourne is a beautiful city which i have seen through Google images and you tube videos.I really wish to see it really and feel the beauty of god indeed!

    If i travel to Melbourne, i will first go to great ocean road, then sea life aquarium, then Grampians and then crown casino and the list goes on!

  20. Hi
    My email id is
    in case you decide me as a winner

  21. Thankyou everybody .....The Winner is Arun Nair :)..Please let me know if you have recieved the mail or not !