Melbourne, Australia is the place to be this holiday season. Widely recognized as one of the top cities in which to live, it is amongst the most inviting tourist destinations. From sports and leisure to shopping and dining, Melbourne offers some truly unique experiences. In addition to spectacular tourist attractions and sightseeing, Melbourne will host the Australian Open 2017. Read on to discover just a few of the great ways you can spend time during your summer holiday.
Participate in the 2017 Australian Open
This summer you can experience the Melbourne Australian Open, the first in the series of four Grand Slams. Since 1905, the Australian Open has continued to gain momentum. In 2017, it is expected to bring in approximately 700,000 fans during the two-week event. The majors begin at the Rod Laver Arena and tickets are available through venues or online ticket marketers such as QueenOfTickets. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray are on the list of featured players. Year after year, the Australian Open has proven to be an exciting way to enjoy the summer holiday.
Take a Day Tour from Melbourne
Another well-known treasure lies alongside the Great Ocean Road and within the Ancient Rain Forest. As a visitor to Melbourne, you can witness the gorgeous beaches and the natural limestone “Twelve Apostles” rock formations. Melbourne’s infamous day-tours allow sightseers to roam along the trails of the Otway Ranges. Visitors enjoy seeing koalas and kangaroos in their natural habitat, while professional and novice photographers alike are able to capture stunning images of sites such as the Memorial Arch. As part of your summer vacation, you can visit delightful seaside towns such as Anglesea and Lorne. Pack a picnic and wade through the surf where it edges up against the stunning Victoria coastline.
View Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck
The Skydeck is another must-see, primarily because it provides such an outstanding vista of Melbourne and the regions that surround this rich metropolis. From the Eureka Skydeck, you can take in the sparkling waters of Port Phillip Bay, then on towards the Dandenong Ranges. Experience an adrenaline rush from 300 meters (975 feet) above, with a panoramic view of the city below.
Ride the Double-Decker Bus
You may also enjoy viewing Melbourne from atop one of the cheerful double-decker buses. Purchase a pass and travel throughout Melbourne. The red, double-decker stops at most of the city’s popular attractions, such as the Aquarium, the Zoo, the cultural arcade, and the famous Melbourne Arts Centre. The bus provides a leisurely opportunity to experience Melbourne. You can travel along the harbor, visit Chinatown, and visit any number of the acclaimed shops, open-air markets, and restaurants.
Enjoy Shopping and Dining
In addition to the incredible sights and sounds of summer in Melbourne, as a visitor you can also shop for the latest in clothing styles and accessories. Designer boutiques, open-air markets, and malls are situated throughout the city. It is almost impossible to vacation in Melbourne without enjoying at least one day of shopping followed by a delicious meal. Melbourne has become increasingly diverse, drawing on a great variety of award winning wines, spirits, and foods from native cultures to exotic international cuisine, providing diners with a festive flare.
There are just so many fun events and places to see this December and January in Melbourne. From the Australian Open, travels through and about the city, views from atop the double decker and the Skydeck… to shopping and dining, not only is Melbourne the “most livable city”, Melbourne is a terrific choice for summer in Australia!