5 must-sees for tennis fans in Melbourne

30 January 2020 08:56

The city's skyscrapers sit alongside the Yarra River

The city's skyscrapers sit alongside the Yarra River

The coastal state capital is known for its cuisine, coffee and unique brand of cool. Here we take you through some of the best views in Melbourne...

1. Take your seat at the Southern Hemisphere's largest stadium

Aussie Rules Football is the lifeblood of Melbourne, and at its beating, atmospheric heart is the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The city is home to 18 'footie' teams, but unfortunately the season runs between March and September away from the Australian Open. Your best chance to see the glory of "The G" is to book one of the 100,000 seats at a Melbourne Stars cricket match. Alternatively, take to the hallowed turf in February for the open-air 'Cinema at the G' experience.

2. Soak up the sun at St. Kilda's

Victoria's best beaches are a few miles outside of the city at St. Kilda's. Here, cruise ships drift in and out of the harbour and the pier makes the perfect platform to drink it all in. When the sun sets at St. Kilda's, take to the suburb's bars and restaurants or keep a look out for the local penguin colonies returning to their nests. Head further down the coast to Dendy Street Beach for panoramic views of the city's impressive skyline.

3. Head for the heights

Melbourne is Australia's skyscraper capital. For your best chance to get your bearings and catch a glimpse of all the glimmering glass towers, the Eureka Skydeck is a must see. The 88th-floor viewing platform is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere and is best enjoyed at dusk for those golden hour photos. For an unrivalled view of the city, tour operators offer hot air balloon rides that take in all the sights with added adrenaline thrown in.

4. Gander at the gardens

Melbourne has no shortage of green spaces. Fitzroy Gardens dates back to 1848 and takes inspiration from Victorian England. They can be best enjoyed through a free guided tour from the visitor centre every Saturday. Como House and Gardens was built a year earlier and serves Italian architecture and glamorous grounds, seven days a week. The Botanical Gardens are probably the most famous in the city and host an open air cinema from November to March.

5. Chug along the "Puffing Billy" trainline

Not strictly part of the city, the Dandenong Ranges are a 30-45 minute drive away from the metropolis and a great way to venture deeper into Victoria. The lush rainforest, waterfalls and quaint towns of the region are best viewed from the comfort of the "Puffing Billy" steam train. The winding narrow-gauge railway is the perfect route to Sherbrooke Forest and the quaint mountain village of Sassafras.

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