As a big, thriving metropolis, there is a great deal to see and do, and - if you happen to be missing the unpredictable British climate - the Melbourne weather will offer some relief, as it is sometimes known to see all four seasons in a day.
Despite the changeable Melbourne weather conditions, its diverse reputation and many interesting attractions still make it a must when visiting the country with an touring holiday of Australia. Also home to the Melbourne Visitor Centre, The Edge theatre, the National Gallery of Victoria’s Ian Potter Centre and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), there is no shortage of attractions in this popular cultural precinct.
With many suburbs located on the shores of Port Phillip Bay and the city stretching along the Yarra River, water is a major part of Melbourne. The Docklands area of the city is just 2km west of the CBD and offers a range of activities for every kind of visitor and local resident. There are a number of well-reviewed restaurants in the area, as well as plenty of events and attractions. See the first vessel to bring British settlers to Melbourne in the form of the Enterprize Tall Ship or view the Fox Classic Car Collection at the historic Queen’s Warehouse building; there is an abundance of things to see and do at the Docklands, whatever the Melbourne weather.
If the Enterprize Tall Ship was a success with your group, Cook’s Cottage may be worth a visit as well. The cottage is said to be the home of British explorer Captain James Cook, who discovered Australia on one of his many voyages. Located in the stunning setting of the Fitzroy Gardens, which are an attraction in themselves with their 64 acres of historic and picturesque greenery, Cook’s Cottage is a must when visiting Melbourne. The cottage was donated to the people of Victoria by a local businessman to mark the centenary of the settlement of Melbourne in 1934. It was dismantled brick-by-brick to move it all the way from its original location of Yorkshire in the UK to the gardens in Melbourne, along with the original cuttings of ivy that adorned the house.
These are just a few of the amazing sights that Melbourne has to offer its visitors and, while the city is ever changing, like the capricious Melbourne weather, there is no shortage of attractions visit throughout the year.
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