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A July 2010 trip to Melbourne by MagdaDH_AlexH

Public art at the banks of Yarra Photo, Melbourne, Australia More Photos
Quote: A week in winter's Melbourne, August 2010

Eureka Tower

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Attraction | "Beautiful edges"

Eureka Tower Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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The tower is an attractive building, and despite being sharp-edged , it doesn't feel square and heavy because of several diagonal lines and crystal-like sections jutting out of the building, especially in the taller parts of the tower. The gold crown works very well, and the red stripe , whatever its symbolism, forms a striking accent in what is generally a pretty visually successful building. The observation deck on the 88th floor is, like all attractions of this type, quite expensive to enter at 17.50 AUD per adult and 40 AUD per family at the time of writing (under four year olds are free), but pretty comparable to entries to other attractions of this type, in fact noticeably cheaper th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2010

Eureka Tower

Melbourne, Australia

Royal Botanic Gardens & National Herbarium

Attraction | "Lush Loveliness"

Royal Botanic Gardens & National Herbarium Photo, Melbourne, Australia
Quote:
Many Australian cities have a grand public park with a botanic research at the grounds of its foundation, and Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne are probably the most magnificent of them all (although the Gardens in Sydney have possibly the best location in the world). Melbourne's Gardens stretch on the southern side of the Yarra river, an extensive site of 38 hectares (almost 80 acres) and extending to other parkland such as Kings DomainAlexandra Gardens and Queen Victoria Gardens. Nearby is the Arts' Precinct of the suburb of South Yarra. The plant collection is one of the best in the world and the research function is very important in the Gardens (Royal Botanic Garde...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2010

Royal Botanic Gardens & National Herbarium
South Bank of the Yarra River
Melbourne, Victoria 3141
+61 (0)3 9252 2300

Immigration Museum

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Attraction | "Travellers' tales"

Immigration Museum Photo, Melbourne, Australia
Quote:
Immigration Museum in Melbourne is one of many such collections in Australia. Aussies celebrate their character as nation of immigrants, at least officially, although there is also an increasing feeling that resources of that vast but largely barren continent are getting stretched too thinly to support the lavish lifestyles of many more people (Australians have one of the largest carbon footprints in the world, and of larger countries only United States exceeds that) and thus the fear and loathing directed at the modern "boat people" by a significant proportion of Australian population. Melbourne's Immigration Museum is, on the whole, pretty good. I was reluctant to visit it, expecting a b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2010

Immigration Museum
Old Customs House
Melbourne, Australia 3000
+61 (0)3 9927 2700

Shrine of Remembrance

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Attraction | "Empire's Dead"

Shrine of Remembrance Photo, Melbourne, Australia
Quote:
Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance is a huge memorial erected originally to honour the Victorian soldiers killed in the First World War and whose purpose was then extended to honouring all the men and women who served and died in armed conflicts since. The Shrine sits at an elevated position on the south bank of the Yarra river, to the side of the wide boulevard of St Kilda Road, next to the Melbourne's splendid Botanic Gardens and in addition to honouring the war dead it also provides a vantage viewpoint down St Kilda road all the way to the Sydney CBD.The ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) spirit is one of the archetypal concepts in the Australian psyche and every c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2010

Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, Australia

St Kilda Beach

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Attraction | "Uninspiring beach, decent cakes, overall overrated"

St Kilda Beach Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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St Kilda is a beach suburb of Melbourne and possibly because we visited it on a cold winter's day it didn't make as a good impression as it perhaps should have done: instead of feeling like a vibrant, bohemian suburb of a great, cultural city that Melbourne really is, St Kilda felt a little bit desolate, a Blackpool (or Morecambe, maybe) on the Great Southern Ocean (in fact, not even that as the beach faces the great inlet of Port Philip). As you get off the tram, you see the giant, smiling face of the clown that forms the entrance to Melbourne's famous nostalgic amusement park, the Lunapark (closed on weekdays, sadly). Next to the Lunapark is an imposing edifice of the 1930's Palais thea...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2010

St Kilda Beach
Jacka Boulevard
Melbourne, Australia