Spotlight on Melbourne, Australia

             Melbourne, Australia, is a pleasant city (one of the world’s most livable) which is extremely European and a joy to visit. The city lies along the Yarra River, a short distance from the southern coast of Australia.

            One of the best ways to get oriented to what the city has to offer is to take the free City Circle Tram. It is available at several specially marked stops and travels by most of the city’s attractions in its 40 minute trip.

            The most popular walk in the city traverses the area known as the Golden Mile, which passes by numerous historically and architecturally significant buildings. Many buildings are classic nineteenth century structures.  Self-guiding maps are available at Tourist Information Centers. The entire city center is walker-friendly, with narrow, cobblestone streets and alleyways.

            Another must-see attraction is the King’s Domain. This sight includes the Royal Botanic Gardens, which the visitor can either explore on his/her own or participate in free guided walks which are offered daily. The domain also includes numerous monuments and smaller gardens. 

            Like most major cities, Melbourne is a collection of ethnic neighborhoods which should be experienced by any visitor. Chinatown and the Greek Precinct are two of the favorites.

            The Fitzroy Gardens also include Cook’s Cottage, the childhood home of Captain Cook, which was disassembled and transported to Melbourne in 1934 from its original location in England. Displays center on Captain Cook’s accomplishments and legacy.

            Melbourne is also fairly convenient to the Great Ocean Road.



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