Central Business District, the best area to stay in Melbourne
The CBD area is one of the most popular areas in the city due to the diversity of tourist attractions and the sheer amount of them. An extremely important factor too is that the sights are not too from one another, meaning that it provides a fun way to take in everything that Melbourne has to offer. In truth, one of the main points of interest is the Docklands, where there always seems to be something going on. At the Docklands, you can visit the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, which is Australia’s only giant observation wheel and gives visitors the chance to see the best skyline that the city offers, whether it is day or night. The Docklands Market is one of the most celebrated due to its multiculturalism with lots of different stalls selling items and objects from Europe, the Middle East, African and traditional Australian things too. From the Victoria Promenade you can go on cruises that sail through the city offering the city from a different perspective and is ideal for a romantic dinner, friends get together or even a birthday party. Other things to check out at the Docklands include Wonderland Fun Park, which is the main amusement park in the city with many fun carnival rides for all the family. Another fun activity here is the Lego Education Centre, where you can build all sorts of structures and for the car lovers, head to the Fox Classic Car Collection. This warehouse has everything from Mercedes Benz, Ferraris, Porches and many more with some being owned by some of the most famous people on earth. The Docklands is also home to the Victoria Police Museum, which tells the social history of policing and crime in the state from the early 20th century through to the present. One of the major highlights at the museum is the collection of Kelly Gang armour, who were notoriously known during the 1920s. For some architecture sightseeing, the best places to check out include St Patrick’s Cathedral, which is a fine example of Gothic Revival and St Michael’s Church, which is a Romanesque style church that was built in the late 19th century. You can also visit the City Hall and gaunt at the social and political significance of this impressive 19th century building as well as taking a tour around it. Other fascinating things to see and do are the Aquarium as it is one of the newest and largest aquarium in the country and is even home to the world’s only display of Elephant Sharks.
Chinatown is worth a look and just for the fact that it is the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western world, since the 1850s. St Kilda Rd offers escapism with a variety of parks and gardens including the Royal Botanic Gardens, which is home to over 10,000 species. For buying products, either try the Docklands and the Harbour Town area or City Square and Bourke St Mall as they both have hundreds of shops or one of the various markets that happen across the CBD. You are absolutely spoilt for choice in terms of restaurants, bars and clubs with the best areas including the Docklands, Chinatown, Crown Entertainment Complex and Southgate Plaza. For cheap accommodation the streets of Flinders and Elizabeth have plenty but if you want something more luxurious then the place to check out is all along the Docklands.