7. Get Cultured At Melbourne’s Iconic Museums
The National Gallery of Victoria spearheads a range of galleries, museums and other art sites. See the NGV’s impressive international and Australian exhibitions. Head over to the Heide Museum of Modern Art at Bulleen for insight into the famed Heide Circle. Visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image to immerse yourself in the world of film, television and digital culture. There are many more galleries and plenty of sculpture parks to discover in Melbourne. Get cultured at Melbourne’s Iconic Museums is one of the top 10 things to do in Melbourne.
8. See The Wildlife At A Zoo Or Aquarium
Number 8, top 10 things to do in Melbourne is See the wildlife at a Zoo or Aquarium. Melbourne benefits more than most capital cities by offering an array of high-level wildlife attractions of various kinds, covering all the best local Aussie animals as well as exotic species from abroad. The city and its surrounds is rich in both zoos and aquariums, both of which are generally quite reasonably priced and provide a great destination to take the kids or to spend some time if the notoriously unreliable Melbourne weather turns sour.
Visit the award winning Melbourne Aquarium to discover the Antarctic penguins, the weird and wonderful sea life and be amazed by the 2.2 million litre Oceanarium. For those after something a little closer-up, try the shark dive xtreme experience, with options for both veteran divers and first-timers alike that will see you coming face-to-face with these marvellous ocean predators.
Melbourne Zoo offers more than 320 species including our favourite gorillas, elephants, lions, meerkats and orang-utans – all only 4km from the city centre. Don’t miss the Meet the Keeper presentations! For a more intimate experience, upgrade and meet the elephants up close! Each of these have their own plusses and minuses including distance from city centre, price and facilities, however no matter which you choose, all are highly regarded and provide a solid day of wildlife viewing and interaction.