The best ways to Experience Melbourne

The birthplace of the Melbourne Shuffle and an international centre for both performing and visual arts, it’s also known as the cultural capital of Australia. With so much to see and do in the city, here’s our guide to some of the best sights and experiences you have to visit during your best places to discover Australian Animals.

Discover age-old cinema at the Astor Theatre

As we’ve already mentioned, Melbourne is noted for its rich relationship with the arts and culture, and with this in mind a trip to the Astor Theatre is an absolute must. One of the best known landmarks of the city, this delightful single-screen cinema has offered great entertainment for locals and visitors alike since 1936.

We got in touch with the Astor Theatre and they told us why they are a great attraction to visit during your Australia tour:

“The Astor Theatre is one of Melbourne's most significant and stunning cultural icons. Built in 1936, boasting a unique art deco/jazz moderne architectural design, and the only single screen cinema of its capacity still in operation in Australia, The Astor offers a unique cinema-going experience, transporting you back to the days when cinema-going was an event.

Long famous for its presentation of classic and cult films and select new releases, the Astor is committed to offering the very best in cinema projection, from rare 35mm and 70mm film prints to the highest quality digital projection across its SuperScreen. Enjoy an Astor Choc-Ice or a slice of world-famous cake in the foyer before entering a cinematic world like no other. It's quite simply the best film experience Australia has on offer.”

Experience history at Flinders Street Station

While exploring the streets of this great city, one sight you won’t be able to miss is Flinders Street Station. First opened in 1854, it is a true cultural icon of the city and was once the world’s busiest railway station. It’s unmissable thanks to its French renaissance-style entrance, with the large dome and clock tower striking amongst the backdrop of the surrounding buildings. While you won’t want to catch the train out of the city during your visit, the stunning architecture offered here means that it’s well worth a picture.

You can take a look at some fascinating images of Flinders Street Station throughout the years in this blog post from Melbourne Curious.

Enjoy natural history at the Melbourne Museum

Another example of the city’s rich culture can be found at the Melbourne Museum, a long-standing attraction that has stood adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building in the City’s Carlton Gardens since 1854. Among the most famous exhibits at the institution are in the science and life gallery, with full dinosaur skeletons of Tarbosaurus, Mamenchisaurus and Hadrosaurid, allowing visitors to imagine the true scale of these creatures that once walked the earth.

Become acquainted with the city’s restaurant scene

With so much to see and do while perusing the Melbourne streets, it’s likely that you will have worked up quite an appetite. Fortunately, the fabulous array of restaurants in the city are on hand to more than satisfy those taste buds, with one of the finest eateries in the city being Attica. A small and modest venue found in the city’s southern region, the restaurant showcases the personal and contemporary cuisine of Ben Shewry – a New Zealand-born chef who certainly has a taste for flavour. The fine attention to detail and expertly-crafted menus on offer haven’t gone unnoticed, with Attica being named 32nd in the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants List. With reservations on offer through their website, why wouldn’t you want to sample some of the world’s best food on your holiday.

Another highly regarded venue is Cutler and Co. Located in a former metal works factory, the open plan kitchen at the heart of the restaurant means that diners can see the industrious team crafting the elegant dishes on their menu. With Hervey Bay Scallop, Rock Flathead and Dry Aged Lamb Saddle just some of the favourites, it promises to offer something for everyone.

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