"Melbourne" Top 5 Page for this destination Australia Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

Australia Things to Do: 1,336 reviews and 2,265 photos

  Melbourne - a classic image
by iandsmith
 
  • Melbourne - a classic image - Australia
      Melbourne - a classic image
    by iandsmith
  • Brighton's bayside sheds - Australia
      Brighton's bayside sheds
    by iandsmith
  • Pretty house at Brunswick - Australia
      Pretty house at Brunswick
    by iandsmith
  • Williamstown, today a tourist destination - Australia
      Williamstown, today a tourist destination
    by iandsmith
  • Architecture reflecting Melbourne's rich past - Australia
      Architecture reflecting Melbourne's rich past
    by iandsmith
 

Melbourne, according to those who have seen them, is probably Australia's best city.
The classic 19th century buildings interspersed with lovely English-style parks and good planning mean that it is more user friendly than most, though Perth and Adelaide certainly have strong claims in that area.
Its heritage is what stands it apart from the other two though. Bred on the flow of the goldrush money it spent well on public buildings and didn't pull them down, unlike many American cities choose to do.
What we are left with then is an expanding town with brash new ideas (Federation Square for instance) but with a base of fine European-style architecture.
Various suburbs reflect different times of Melbourne's growth and varying architectural styles. Places like Williamstown show another side altogether, the once seedier dockside style these days turned into a tourist destination.
Defintely worthy of a week of your time.

Directions: South eastern Australia

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Jan 31, 2012
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse

Comments

iandsmith Lives Here!

iandsmith

“The shortest distance between two people is laughter (note sign in picture)”

Online Now

Male

Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 2 2
Forum Rank:
0 0 4 3 4

Have you been to Australia?

  Share Your Travels