Visiting Melbourne, Australia
One of the world’s most livable cities is also a beautiful tourist destination!
Melbourne is the largest city located in Victoria, Australia. Not only does it have beautiful scenery, but it is also home to diverse wildlife and great culture. It was ranked the most livable city in the world by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Liveability Index. It has an excellent coffee culture and breweries and wineries abound. Come take a vacation with us and explore Melbourne!
Sunset over Yarra River, Melbourne
Yarra River and Valley
The Yarra River and its surrounding area is a hub of activity for the people of Melbourne.
The Yarra River flows through Melbourne and is a perennial river, meaning that it is present year round. The Yarra was a source of life for the Wurundjeri tribe, aborigines who inhabited the area. They named the river “Birrarrung,” which means “place of mists and shadows.” It later became the focal point for white explorers in the early 1800s. New South Wales Surveyor-General Charles Grimes arrived at the river while surveying the land and named it “Freshwater River,” claiming it was a great place for a settlement. In 1835, explorer John Wedge asked the aborigines what they called the river. The aborigines replied “Yarro Yarro” which translates to “it flows.” John Wedge misheard their reply, and the name Yarra has stuck ever since.
Melbourne was founded along the banks of the Yarra – using its fresh water to nourish its population. The surrounding Yarra valley area is a place of culture to this day, containing wineries and lush scenery beloved by tourists and Melbournians alike.
Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles
This unforgettable road offers stunning scenery and breathtaking beauty for 151 miles.
Great Ocean Road, Melbourne
Road trips are great ways to explore and see what the world has to offer. One such road trip is a 1 ½ hour drive away from Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road. The road was built in the 1930s by soldiers returning from World War I. The Great Ocean Road hugs the coastline of southern Australia, providing stunning views of the Southern Ocean. Travelers driving along the stunning Great Ocean Road will find amazing surf at Bells Beach, brewhouses and chocolateries, and perhaps what the Great Ocean Road is most famous for – the Twelve Apostles.
The Twelve Apostles are limestone pillars that have been formed through millions of years of facing the elements. They stand up to 45 meters high (over 145 feet), rising up out of the Southern Ocean. These days, there are currently 8 Apostles, but more could be formed from the rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean.
Lodges on the beach in Melbourne
Majestic Nature and Magnificent Marsupials
Melbourne is home to numerous animals and types of wildlife that are found throughout Victoria, Australia.
Visitors to Melbourne can find numerous types of animals, whether in the wild or at parks or zoos in Melbourne. Marsupials are a rare type of mammal that are found in Australia. Some of the most easily recognized types of marsupials are koalas, kangaroos, and platypuses.
Marsupials are not the only eye-catching bit of nature in Melbourne! Just about an hour outside of Melbourne, travelers can walk through a rainforest at Wirra Willa Walk.
The Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Aquarium are also great ways to experience Australian nature up close and personal – and a guaranteed way to at least see something in person!
The great Australian treasure of Melbourne is just waiting to be explored! Why not add it to your travel bucket list?