Created by Lynn May Gosselin.
Heading Down Under to one of the most glamorous horse races outside of Ascot?
Melbourne, Australia is host to the famed Melbourne Cup, bringing out all the fashion and outrageous hats synonymous with the racetrack. The parties are glorious, the champagne will be flowing and as the jockeys hit the track, the thrill of it all will be electrifying. Beyond the pulse of the races, Melbourne is bursting with art, restaurants, cool bars and more to explore. For the moments that you can break yourself free from the thunder of the horses, we’ve put together some great city highlights to explore.
There is an interesting hidden art scene in Melbourne to be explored. Street art has become a commonplace addition to many areas in the city and stunning creations by local artists are all around. You can easily wander the CBD, Central Business District, at your own pace uncovering vibrant creations as you go or you can book a walking adventure with Melbourne Street Art Tours. This detailed tour will have your exploring the nooks and crannies of Melbourne’s streets, discovering the imaginative art of the city.
Flowers and more
Plan to spend some time at the Royal Botanic Garden and take in the exquisite flowerbeds and creations. There are a number of guided tours to take; of particular interest is the Aboriginal Heritage Walk an educational tour of the gardens. On this experience, guides will lead you through the indigenous greenery in the garden, explaining the traditional uses of plants like tea tree leaves, foambark and more.
Australia is well known for its incredible beaches and Melbourne has its own to add to the list. Jump on a tram from the CBD and head to St. Kilda, the laid back, bayside area of the city. A wonderful area to walk and explore, roaming in and out of unique boutiques and cafes. For a spot of lunch, hit the Fitzrovia Deli for fresh, farm to table cuisine in a laid back atmosphere. Then, head to the St. Kilda Pier for a breath of fresh air and watch the kite surfers, sun bunnies and more soak up some rays. Looking for more beach locations to explore, try Brighton Beach and Mornington Peninsula.
Tapas at night
Melbourne is bursting with interesting restaurants and unique concepts. You could dine for days in the city and never be bored. To combine a stunning view with flavorful cuisine, head to the district of Fitzroy and tuck into some tapas at Naked for Satan. The food is as devilish as the name or rather indulgent. Delve into Spanish cheeses, croquettes and fresh seafood. When the begins to set, head upstairs to Naked in the Sky the rooftop bar perched high above the pastel row houses of the city below. Be sure to try one of the many Australian wines by the glass or if you need a beer to wet your whistle, try Cascade Bright Ale crafted in Tasmania.