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The city is an exciting, vibrant and ever changing metropolis. The city's mood is always up no matter what time of the year it is or time of day.

Some folk have nicknamed the city, crane city, as there is so much going on with the ever changing skyline. Tearing down the old and obsolete buildings and structures, replacing all, with more modern and attractive world class buildings and precincts.

New precincts spring up almost overnight and what was once dirty and untidy areas suddenly take on a new lease of life with imposing structures and trees and gardens and life!

Exposing what Melbourne is offering the locals and tourists these days, is fun. You always have something new to show off or discuss.

As far as what to visit in the Melbourne central business district, the choices are vast as there really is so much to see. 12 top Melbourne tourist attractions have been gathered together over these 2 pages, for you to seriously consider visiting.

Click on any of the links to go directly to the attraction for more information.

No 1 - Melbourne's Yarra River

What a totally unique area to explore. On either side of the Yarra River there is so much to discover. Along the Melbourne tourist attraction - Southbank, for instance, you will find an exciting selection of cafes, world class restaurants, shops and stylish boutiques and entertainment.

Here is where you can hop onto a chosen river cruise, take for instance the River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing River Cruise and enjoy the sights of Melbourne's scenic gardens, parklands and famous sporting arenas.

View along the Yarra River taken from the Princess Bridge right in the heart of Melbourne, AustraliaThe Melbourne Yarra River At Dusk

Majestic river gums line the banks of the eastern Yarra River. This area is home to Birrarung Marr,  the name means 'river of mists' and 'river bank' in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people.

Lots of sporting arenas along this area and you can float on past these on the Highlights of Melbourne Cruise taking you up and down the mighty Yarra River.

Watch the local rowing clubs training and maybe catch a glimpse of the latest fun thing to do - float along the Yarra River in a gondola - yes, that's right. Your very own Venice experience right here in Melbourne.

The Eastern Banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne - AustraliaThe Eastern Banks Of The Yarra River - Melbourne

No 2 - Melbourne's Federation Square

Exciting, that's the word for this area. Filled with an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and speciality stores, somewhere to sit and watch the locals and tourists wander on by.

Be entertained on the big screen watching world class events, musical performances and major sporting events like the World series cricket and the Melbourne Football Grand Final etc.

The Melbourne Visitor centre can also be found here for stacks of information on things to do in Melbourne and other great Melbourne Tourist Attractions.

Federation Square and the SBS Building in Melbourne, Australia.SBS Television and Radio Headquarters, Federation Square

Melbourne's modern day take on a public square or piazza, Melbourne tourist attractions - Federation Square is a great place to meet and greet as it is located at intersection between Flinders Street and Swanston Street/St Kilda Road in Melbourne's CBD and opposite Melbourne's Flinders Street Station.

Check out the brick pavers when you are there, the main square is paved in 470,000 ochre-coloured sandstone blocks from Western Australia.

You will love the little bars that line the riverside just under the square, these vaults, adjacent to the Princes Bridge, have been converted into Federation Wharf, a series of cafes and boat berths. A Melburnian favorite is the Riverland Bar, a great place to pick up a light meal and watch the Yarra River water traffic float on by. 

Sections and Buildings in Federation Square are ...

  • Melbourne Visitor Centre
  • The Edge Theatre
  • Zinc, an event centre
  • The National Gallery of Victoria - incredible place to wander around
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
  • Transport Hotel Bar
  • SBS Television and Radio Headquarters
  • Melbourne Festival Headquarters
  • The Atrium - 5 stories high with glazed walls and roof
  • The Labyrinth
Flinders Street Station corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets and opposite Federation SquareFlinders Street Station - Under the Clocks, Melbourne - Australia

No 3 - Melbourne's Chinatown 

Melbourne tourist attractions - Chinatown is located within the Melbourne CBD, starting at the eastern end of Little Bourke St and extending between the corners of Swanston and Spring Streets.

The area is a must for tourists to explore as it is home to a variety of cultural business and is well known for its varied restaurants offering cuisines of Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Korean origins.

Established during the goldrush in the 1800's and the later years it became a meeting place for the Chinese community. The ground floor of the Chinese Museum is now used as a Visitor's Centre. A great time to visit Chinatown would have to be in January or early February for the Chinese New Year, the Chinese Dragon is a must to see!

The entrance to Chinatown corner of Little Bourke and Collins Street, Melbourne - AustraliaThe entrance to Chinatown corner of Little Bourke and Collins Street, Melbourne - Australia

No 4 - Melbourne's Fascinating Arcades

Unique and quaint eateries, fascinating smaller boutiques and small, intimate little bars line the sides of these world famous arcades. There is a great selection of small arcades scattered throughout Melbourne's CBD but there are 2 that stand out as they are beautifully decorated and a wonder to explore.

  • The Block Arcade built with beautiful mosaic-tile flooring, a glass canopy and carved stone. Its design has been modelled on Milan's grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The Hopetoun Tea Rooms, with windows filled with delicious cakes, and Haigh's Chocolates, just to mention a few, can be found here. Spend half a day just touring the arcade and other excellent Melbourne tourist attractions. Fascinating!
Ceiling of the Block Arcade in Melbourne, AustraliaThe Art Deco Ceiling of the Block Arcade in Melbourne, Australia
  •  Royal Arcade is an undercover shopping link between Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall, Little Collins Street and Elizabeth Street. Built in 1869, the arcade houses quality boutiques and stores and the gigantic statues of Gog and Magog that have struck the hour of the Gaunt’s clock, on the hour, since 1892. This is one of Melbourne tourist attractions experiences you don't want to miss.

Download the Walking tours of Melbourne brochure or pick up a copy at the Melbourne Visitor Booth in the Bourke Street Mall Open seven days a week 9am to 5pm (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day)

This specific walk will send you through lanes, alleyways, little streets, arcades, the café society and fascinating shops. Walking time is approximately 1.5 hours with an easy walking distance of 2.5 Kilometres.

Gog and Magog can be found in the Royal Arcade Melbourne, AustraliaGog and Magog the Royal Arcade Melbourne, Australia

No 5 - Melbourne's Amazing Aquarium

Located on the banks of the Yarra River right in the heart of the city's CBD you will find the Southern Ocean and Antarctic aquarium. Expanded in 2008 the aquarium features exhibits with king penguins and gentoo penguins, as well as many Antarctic fish. Merlin Entertainments is now the proud owner of the aquarium, now known as Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Don't hang around waiting in queues use this SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Entry Tickets pass to skip the line.

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No 6 - Melbourne's Majestic Eureka Tower

The Eureka Tower was constructed between the years of 2002 to 2006. Now standing 297.3 metres above sea level it is located in the Southbank precinct.

The name is derived from the Eureka Stockade rebellion held during the Victorian gold rush days in 1854. One of the striking features of the Eureka Tower is the presence of 24 carat (99.9%) gold plated glass windows on the top 10 floors of the building. 

The 88th floor is occupied by the Eureka Skydeck 88 and is the highest building vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. There are thirty viewfinders that help visitors find points of interest and specific landmarks in and around Melbourne. For those who are daring enough there is an exciting experience called 'The Edge'.

This is a section of the Eureka Tower that extends out over the edge. A glass cube with a glass floor that slowly goes from opaque to crystal clear under your feet to reveal the ground activity below!

The Euraka Climb, 1642 steps began in 2012 and now is an annual event for those eager enough to try their fitness level.

Eureka Tower in Melbourne Australia compliments of Tower in Melbourne Australia compliments of

Getting Around Melbourne Tourist Attractions In The CBD

A great way to explore our Melbourne tourist attractions, is to hop on the burgundy heritage tram, the City Circle Tram, is a free tourist shuttle that travels around the Melbourne CBD in both a clockwise and anticlockwise direction. Tourists can hop on and hop off at any vantage stop as these pass by many well known Melbourne Tourist Attractions including the exciting Docklands area.

The Free to ride City Circle Tram Melbourne AustraliaThe Free to ride City Circle Tram Melbourne Australia

Just 6 of the 12 chosen Melbourne Tourist Attractions I would hate you to miss out on just click the Part 2 link below for more excellent Melbourne sightseeing opportunities.

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