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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Melbourne - The Most Livable City



MESMERIZING

ENTICING

LOVABLE

BEAUTIFUL

OSTENTATIOUS

UNEXCEPTIONABLE BEAUTY

RAVISHING

NATURAL BEAUTY

EXOTIC

These are some simple words which make me fall in love with Melbourne the most livable City. 

While writing this post the first question that came into my mind was, What makes a city livable?

Everybody has it's own take on this some like cities which have a great night life and are fast moving. Some cannot adjust in these kind of cities. Some like to go to cities on holiday which have lot of adventure sports or scenic beauty or historical places everybody has it's own opinion.

When I heard about Melbourne I started exploring it on the internet and I simply concluded that Melbourne is the most livable city. A city which has everything. Melbourne is the Capital and most populous city of Victoria. Founded on 30th August 1835 and was named "Melbourne" by Governor of New South Wales, Sir Richard Bourke.

Melbourne City has been ranked the most livable city since 2011 and among the top 3 since 2002 according to the Economic Intelligence Unit. If I talk about Melbourne as a tourist, this city has everything. A city which is a must to visit in lifetime.

Some of the places which I would love to visit in Melbourne city :

Melbourne City Center was established in 1835. It comprises of two oldest areas of Melbourne the Hoddle Grid and Queen Victoria Market. It has the five most tallest buildings out of six in Australia. It has five railway stations.

Melbourne City Center
Image Source : http://www.melbournetower.net/Pages/Melbourne_Views.aspx

The Yarra Valley is the region surrounding the Yarra River. Yarra Valley is popular for day trips and a tourist area. A nice place with awesome scenic beauty.

Yarra Valley
Image Source: http://tour.com.au/melbourne/tour-yarra-valley-puffing-billy-healesville.html

Eureka Tower  is one of the tallest residential building in the world. The construction started in August 2002 and was completed in June 2006 and officially opened on 11th October 2011. It is 975 ft.


Eureka Tower
Image Source: http://www.fkaustralia.com/project/s/name/eureka-tower/


Melbourne Cricket Ground : Watching a cricket match at Melbourne Cricket ground would be a dream come true. It is one the largest stadium in the world. The stadium was opened in 1854 and has a seating capacity of 100,000 approximately.

Melbourne Cricket Ground
Image Source : http://www.austadiums.com/stadiums/stadiums.php?id=71

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 aquatic animals including one  of the world's largest saltwater Crocodiles.

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Image Source: http://www.groupon.com.au/deals/travelcity/SEA-LIFE-Sydney-Aquarium/717572759 


Queen Victoria Market is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere ( about 17 acres). This Market has everything from food, fruits, jewellery to clothing and is a major attraction for tourists.

Queen Victoria Market
Image Source: http://planetden.com/travel/queen-victoria-market-melbourne-australia

Shrine of Remembrance was unveiled on 11th November 1934 for the all the Australian soldiers post World War I. Built with a nice architecture it is a must place to visit.

Shrine of Remembrance
Image Source: http://www.lodgebros.com.au/melbourne_shrine.shtml

Crown Casino and Entertainment was opened in 1997 located on the south bank of the Yarra river. I like Casino' so would surely visit Crown Casino.

Crown Casino
Image Source: http://www.aroundyou.com.au/place/businesses/crown-casino-and-entertainment-complex

Luna Park is a historic amusement park in St. Kilda. It was opened on 13th December 1912. There a number of enjoyable rides.

Luna Park
Image Source: http://www.easyweddings.com.au/blogs/easy-weddings-blog/all-the-fun-of-the-fair-a-luna-park-wedding/

Polly Woodside is a major tourist attraction. It is a tall ship and was launched in 1885 in Belfast. It was closed for redevelopment and was opened recently for the public on 23rd December 2010. 

Polly Woodside
Image Source : http://www.tripadvisor.in/Attraction_Review-g255100-d257177-Reviews-Polly_Woodside_Melbourne_s_Tall_Ship_Story-Melbourne_Victoria.html


St. Kilda Beach is located in St. Kilda 6 KM south from Melbourne City Center. It is the most famous beach in Melbourne.  

St. Kilda Beach
Image Source : http://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g255100-d637029-Reviews-St_Kilda_Beach_House-Melbourne_Victoria.html


Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is one the major tourist attraction in Melbourne. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Company was was formed in 1981 to operate restaurant trams. The service started in August 1983. This place is at the top in my list. 

Image Source : http://freeandsingle.com/blog/tag/colonial-tramcar-restaurant/

Apart, from these Melbourne Markets are a must to visit.

If I get a chance to visit Melbourne I would plan my itinerary in such a way that I visit all these places. In my opinion, Melbourne is the most livable City.

To get more insight visit Tourism Victoria website 




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Answer a simple question and the best answer will win a shopping worth Rs. 500.

Question: "Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?". 

Contest ends 4th Jan 2015. So, hurry and answer the question.

Note : The best answer will be chosen by me and the decision will be final. 

11 comments:

  1. Great post! After reading your post & watching all the videos, I’d most like to visit the Dandenong Ranges for it’s scenic beauty, breathtaking view and cool breeze blowing through my hair. :P I’d give anything away for driving through the winding roads which are present throughout the ranges. I’d love to stay at one of the bed and breakfast cottages and go on frequent excursions in the forests with my camera which provides excellent views. And not to forget the famous ride in the Puffing Billy, a day reserved especially for that. To add to that, there are also several picnic spots for me and my friends to spend a fun-filled day and the ranges are a perfect spot for hiking and cycling.

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  2. 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.
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  3. The Great barrier reef, what else? There's only one word to describe it completely, - Mesmerising. What more would one want if one gets to see the great barrier reef, the corals and the numerous creature our oceans have hidden away from us still preserving them for us. Ah, the sights make me yearn for a tour to Australia, atleast once in a lifetime.

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  4. Interesting Post
    After reading your post and watching all the videos
    I feel I have stepped into a kaleidoscope called Melbourne
    Where Vistas of experiences would unfold one after another
    The nature lover in me is enticed by the thought of watching the penguin parade.
    Traveling though the great ocean road, soaking up the freshness as the breeze ruffles my hair gets me in the mood to pack my bags for Melbourne.
    But before I can move ,Puffing Billy whistles and invites me for a ride. The kid in me jumps with joy at the thought of visiting Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
    Even before I can deside on the list of places that I would like to see in and around Melbourne.
    What’s that noise that I hear ?
    Oh its loud cheer from MCG as the cricket world cup 2015 is about to kick start.
    So many plces to see and so much to do.
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  5. Great post! After reading your post & watching all the videos, I would definitely want to visit all those amazing places when I get to visit Melbourne :) But of all, my top pick would be a visit to Yarra valley for a beautiful sunrise balloon flight. After seeing the video, I can't stop myself from dreaming a romantic magical flight above the scenic vineyards and watching the sunrise from up above! Throw in my favorite wine, I will doubly enjoy the ride sipping my glass and taking sensational selfies all the way :) Now I can't think of a better way of spending a vacation!!

    Next of course, cruising through the great ocean road in a open-top car to enjoy the coastal scenery and the iconic 12 apostles for the nature's amazing work at play. Then a ride around the city in the vintage trams to enjoy its urban splendor and the legendary puffing billy to enjoy its natural splendor. Finally a day at the hot springs to unwind and totally rejuvenate myself :)

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  6. I think the attractions put together by you in Melbourne are distinctive 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 captivating and unified waterfalls and what better than visiting one of the state's largest waterfalls here.
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  7. Hi!
    We know beauty never need words but without words it cannot be explained and when you get wordless after seeing it... your mouth still get open wide and WOW comes out. Dear! Your explanation about Melbourne is wonderful and picturesque description. I am a person who always attracted to nature first of any place so I would love to see the Melbourne Nature & Wildlife. The 12 Apostles rock formations is world famous rocks which changes its color in sunrise and sun set. And then I will see the Phillip Island Nature Park where I want to see the animals which I hardly see in India. I never saw Penguins, Koala and other animals.
    Driving on a smooth road with natural beauty around you, it always gives you a feeling of heaven on Earth. I would love to drive on Great Ocean Road which is also famous in world to give you a scenic experience and the pleasure of that driving is amazing.

    Bhawna

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  8. 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 :)

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  9. Hey a Foodie and a Blogger ..Deadlier :),Superb post ,so all set to pack bags to have a thrill at Melbourne,Now being high on my wish list .U’ve very well covered the best of Melbourne and for the entry in contest ,there cannot ever be a single place for me.It has to be a bouquet of places to calm down my zest to explore it.So naming ,first comes the Great Ocean road not just to linger or have a decent walk but to amaze myself with Jetskiing ,Scuba diving and to try swim with Dolphins,seal Yay,these beautiful creatures would be lucky to share a swim with me.ha ha.Then it would be Eureka Sky deck, to have an awe inspiring experience to be closest to sky and get the sky deck view of this liveable city, MCG to watch and cheer the players on one of the worlds best cricket ground!

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