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Top 5 Places to See in Melbourne – City Exploration

A sophisticated city of contrasts and riches, Melbourne offers a plethora of attractions for visitors to explore. Here is a list of its top five attractions.

1

Eureka Skydeck 88

Start your Melbourne adventure with a peek at the 88th level of Eureka Tower otherwise known as the Eureka Skydeck 88. The highest vantage point in the southern hemisphere, this platform affords a panoramic 360 degree view of the city's bustling and tranquil expanses. You might even catch a glance of your own accommodation near MCG from the 88th floor as it affords views of landmarks such as the famed Melbourne Cricket Ground. But the ethereal view of the Dandenong Ranges is likely to keep you enthralled more than the cityscape's beauty. Before you visit the tower, take a look at the weather report for the day and postpone your visit if the day is not going to be clear. Try to visit just in time to capture the sunset and the slow descent of nightfall when the cobalt blue sky scattered with silver stars pose a breathtaking contrast to the landscape below.

2

St. Paul's Cathedral

From accommodation options such as Oaks on Collins, St. Paul's Cathedral lies within a few minutes walking distance. Built in 1868, the cathedral is a wonderful illustration of the Gothic Revival architecture style. This massive cathedral is well-maintained even today and emits a sense of awe-inspiring spirituality. Inside the appealing stained glass windows, elegant wooden pews and the pylons will invite you to linger awhile and perhaps capture some of the beauty in photographs. The historic vibes that permeate the cathedral will provide a welcome relief from the bustle of the modern city and don't forget to take a stroll in the beautiful garden too.

3

The Dandenong Ranges

The Dandenong Ranges is a breathtaking mountain range where a lush green rainforest and picturesque walking tracks combine forces to present visitors with a soulful adventure. You can reach the mountain range within 45 minutes from leaving Melbourne city in a vehicle. Take your pick from the walks available to see the waterfalls, ash forests and historical locations. Sherbrooke Forest is a beautiful experience not to be missed. The top of the mountains provide a panoramic view of the city below and you can even go for a picnic in the area. Don't forget to visit the quaint shops situated in nearby small towns. The Sassafras Village with its traditional gardens is yet another treat not to be missed.

4

Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens

The 36-hectare expanse of various plants offers an unforgettable experience throughout the year in all seasons. You can find ample shade inside the Royal Botanic Gardens to soak up the serenity within. But don't forget to take part in their unique tours to gain an insight into the valuable world of botany. Take your time to stroll through the beautifully kept garden and lose yourself in a natural world.

5

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo emulates an authentic African savannah. The 225-hectare land strives to maintain a realistic habitat for its savannah animals. While it is possible for visitors to walk around the zoo, the best way to see the animals is to go on a 'safari tour'. On your safari tour, you will be able to view giraffes, hippos, lions and even zebras. The animals roam free which lend to the zoo's charm.

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