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At almost 300 meters (984 feet) from the ground, Eureka Skydeck 88 is the highest public viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. Located on the 88th floor of Eureka Tower, the viewing platform reveals sky-high views of central Melbourne, including the Yarra River and the Federation Square. For the thrill-seeker, an added attraction is The Edge, a glass cube which is gradually extended out from the building, giving the sensation of being suspended in space. Visiting the tower is highly recommended for an unforgettable experience.
Federation Square bustles with activity throughout the day. A cultural hotspot, cafes, galleries and cinemas dot the square. The central hub of the city, Federation Square is also home to multiple events catering to every kind of audience. A quirky, boxed structure with sprawling lawns surrounding the main building, it is a sight to behold in the evenings when it is lit up in various colours. The Australian Centre For The Moving Image and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia are among the most notable venues within the structure.
The world-class Melbourne Aquarium is a fascinating journey into subspace. Where the ground level houses coral atolls, shadow dwellers, and aquatic species from around the world, the first level features a mangrove swamp that provides the opportunity for hands-on activity. The site also has a deep-sea territory where sharks and other predators swim inches from one's head. This undersea tunnel ends in a theater and simulator ride that allows one to experience life from a fish's perspective. The aquarium is known to shelter over 10,000 marine animals and as many as 550 species, including seahorse, rays, crocodiles, starfish, and other tropical fish like the Clown Anemonefish.
A war memorial built as a token of profound gratitude for all the men and women who served Australia in wars and conflicts, the Shrine of Remembrance was built in 1934 and features permanent and special exhibitions. The monument sits on a grassy knoll with its design inspired by ancient Greek architecture. Every year, on November 11th, celebrated as Remembrance Day, a ray of natural light shines through the roof onto the Stone of Remembrance at 11a, illuminating the word "love" in the inscription on the stone. Two guided tours of the peaceful yet sobering landmark are offered daily. The Galleries of Remembrance showcases artworks, artifacts and medals of soldiers.
Established in 1846, Melbourne's magnificently-landscaped Royal Botanic Gardens boast a superb collection of over 50,000 plants from all around Australia and the world. Spend a few hours strolling around, observing the beautiful black swans and water birds that grace these premises. The Plant Craft Cottage sells unique handcrafts, and the Observatory Café is great for light refreshments. The more formal Terrace restaurant is ideal for corporate and private functions.
Located at the bustling Federation Square, you have to visit Ian Potter to get a glimpse of Australian Treasures. The building is a beautiful glass matrix structure which is visually appealing in itself. Housed here are beautiful paintings of Australian artists like Barak, Judy Watson, Emily Kngwarray and Uta Uta Tjangala. Known to be the first gallery dedicated to Australian Art, the centre has regular exhibitions on a number of themes. A permanent exhibition of Aboriginal and Tiwi Islands artists is on display here.
The National Gallery of Victoria, or the NGV, is a historic art museum in the heart of Melbourne. Established in the year 1861, it remains famous as the country's oldest surviving public art exposition space. The museum building was built to the designs of Sir Roy Grounds and remodeled by Mario Bellini. The expansive art display of NGV incorporates native artworks, contemporary art, Impressionist works, and colonial art items, apart from other genres. Various art objects on display chronicle the evolution of Australian works and the influence of European techniques. Notable exhibits include Shearing the Rams by Tom Roberts and The Pioneer by Frederick McCubbin. International artifacts on display at the NGV cover categories like Pacific art, European textiles, Asian art, and Mesoamerican art. The museum is also home to a dedicated photography section that showcases more than 15,000 items.
Founded in 1862, Melbourne Zoo is Australia's oldest zoo. It has changed extensively over the years, replacing the old cages and pits with more animal-friendly enclosures. The zoo is divided into bio-climatic zones using landscape immersion to help animals acclimatise to the Australian environment and is at the forefront of the captive Lowland Gorilla breeding program. The butterfly house, lion park and primate enclosure are among the highlights. In summer locals flock to the twilight jazz sessions.
This huge, Victorian-era building is World Heritage-listed for its architectural and historical significance. Situated among the tree-lined avenues of Carlton Gardens, it stands as a Melbourne landmark. The scale and grandeur of the building reflect the wealth of Victoria's gold rush era, so does its richly painted interior. The Exhibition Building was constructed in 1880 to host Melbourne's first Centennial Exhibition, a display of inventions and arts from around the globe. It went on to become the seat of Australia's first parliament in 1901. Daily tours provide an insight into the building's history.
A vibrant mix of cultures, century's worth of history, and countless bargaining opportunities make the shopping experience at Queen Victoria Market as unforgettable as the landmark itself. The largest open-air market south of the equator, it offers everything from meat, fish and produce to aromatherapy, clothing, and arts and crafts. Regular lectures by leading chefs and market tours are also available. Built-in 1878, Queen Victoria Market comprises several classified historic buildings.