If you read articles about the best things to see and do in Melbourne, you’ll usually find yourself looking over the same attractions and landmarks like the Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Zoo, Crown Casino, Queen Vic Market, the NGV and Luna Park. These sights make for some great experiences, but truly appreciating the beauty and value of metropolitan cities like Melbourne goes beyond checking out all the flashy attractions. Sometimes it’s the simpler things that provide the most memorable experiences.
Sitting along St Kilda road, Albert Park offers a range of outdoor activities in a scenic environment. First and foremost is the beautiful lake, where visitors can go sailing, rowing or hire a boat. The park features a range of sporting facilities, playgrounds, ovals and a 5km running track. You can enjoy a barbeque, walk the dog, play ball games on the pristine green fields or treat yourself to a quality meal at one of the restaurants. Albert Park also hosts various events throughout the year including concerts, fun runs and festivals.
Spring Racing Carnival
Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival is world-class event that perfectly encompasses the two greatest aspects of Melbourne - sports and culture. Along with the thrill of the race, you can enjoy amazing food, wine, entertainment and cutting edge fashion. The hype surrounding this prestigious and traditional event can never quite live up to the atmosphere when you’re there experiencing it yourself. Attracting crowds from all around the world, it’s truly an unmissable social event.
The Royal Botanical Gardens
Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens is an inner-city oasis located on St Kilda Road. With more than 8,500 plant species from around the world, tranquil lakes, sweeping green lawns and ancient majestic trees, a day at these gardens is a truly magical experience. Home to a huge range of wildlife and a kaleidoscope of colour and texture, it’s the perfect place to spend a spring day walking around, reading a book or just relaxing while you absorb the peaceful atmosphere. The convenient location makes it easy to access from the city and the arts precinct that surrounds it.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Sitting on the picturesque lawns Kings Domain Gardens along St Kilda Road’s arts precinct, this hugely popular cultural icon of Melbourne is a great venue to experience a variety of events all year round. The bowl has held free concerts by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for over 85 years. It has also hosted a range of historical performances by musicians including ABBA, Paul McCartney and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was at the bowl where the most attended concert in the Southern Hemisphere in history occurred, where 200,000 people came to see The Seekers’ 1967 homecoming show. Today it hosts a variety of free events throughout the year.
South Melbourne Market
The South Melbourne Market is a dream come true for lovers of al fresco shopping. With more than 150 traders setting up stalls four days a week with various events on throughout the year, the market makes for a splendid atmosphere. You’ll find everything from homestyle restaurants with exotic cuisines and fresh, organic produce to bohemian clothing and jewellery. If you find these attractions appealing, you might be interested in New Charsfield, EBG Developments’ latest luxury apartment project on St Kilda road. Situated a stone's throw away from the city and right near its famous arts precinct, you can enjoy the best Melbourne has to offer while living it up in a redeveloped, heritage listed mansion. With beautiful architectural design and superb views over Albert Park, New Charsfield is the ultimate investment in cosmopolitan Melbourne living. Register your interest for more information but act quickly - 80% of apartments have already sold.