Traveling Australia: Melbourne, city of the senses

9 Feb, 2016

Traveling Australia: Melbourne, city of the senses

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When Traveling Australia, Melbourne offers a fabulous first taste, in fact the entertainments and delights hit all the senses. The city boasts sophisticated skylines, lush botanical gardens, and a range of museums and galleries, with easy access to beaches and delectable restaurants. It is a thoroughly enjoyable distillation of the Australian experience.  Recently we were fortunate enough to win a holiday to Australia thanks to the Kia Motors (UK) and the Guardian Small Business Network. Here is a quick run through some of the things we enjoyed during our recent trip to Melbourne.

Melbourne city skyline on a sunny day from the park
Melbourne Skyline on a sunny day, seen from the Royal Botanical Gardens

During our stay the weather in Melbourne was mainly warm and sunny which enabled us to spend time taking in the public parks.

Australia Day in Melbourne

On Australia Day we were spoiled for choice of entertainment with the variety of public parades, aeronautical displays, vintage car shows, public fetes and park fairs, as well as community celebrations.

Traveling Australia seeing horses and flag bearers in Melbourne on Australia Day
Horses in the Australia Day Parade
Traveling Australia and seeing private picnics on Australia Day Melbourne
Private picnics on Australia Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sport is mainline entertainment in Melbourne with an excellent choice of world class venues and sporting events to choose from. Aussie rules football, netball, soccer and rugby are ever popular, as are cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – also known as the G – which is the largest stadium in Australia.

Australian Open – Men’s Semi-Final in Melbourne

We were fortunate enough when Traveling Australia to spend a week in Melbourne recently, on behalf of HouseSitMatch our company, as winners of the Kia Motors (UK) and the Guardian Small Business Network competition 2016. Our prize included tickets for the men’s semi-final at the Australia Tennis Open which is always held in Melbourne at the Rod Laver Stadium. We thoroughly enjoyed watching Novak Djokovic win against Roger Federer in an outstanding 4 set match 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Djokovic serving at the 2016 Semi Final
Djokovic serving – Semi-Final 2016
Federer serving to stay in the 2016 semi final
Federer serving to stay in the match

 

During our week in Melbourne the weather turned and we experienced four seasons in one day, the day we had actually planned to go to the beach as it happens. We enjoyed dramatic weather with thunderstorms, fork lightening, high winds and a real calm after the storm with sunny intervals and finally a beautiful clear sunset.

While the weather was wet and stormy we looked to the art galleries and museums for entertainment, there are more than 40 registered museums to choose from in this cultural city. With limited time we chose the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), although we also had a number of others on our list including the Melbourne Museum, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and the Tarra Warra Museum .

At the NGV we enjoyed a range of Australian artists including Jenny Watson and  Louis Buvelot, and then we went to the Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei exhibition. The exhibition was a fascinating journey through both artistic lives, drawing parallels and highlighting mutual touch points.

Traveling Australia to find Warhol and Wei Wei

Elizabeth Taylor Silk Screen, Warhol
Elizabeth Taylor Silk Screen, Warhol
Mural by Ai Wei Wei of all the flowers he placed in the basket of a bicycle for the secret police
83 Bouquets for the Secret Police, Wei Wei

The comparison was refreshing and drew both artists’ work into a new lens, reflective of the impact each has had on our every day existence whether we are aware or not of their impact. Both have changed our view of the world.

 

A view of Melbourne skyscape in the rain
Stunning skyscape, rainy Melbourne
Poster for the NVG 2016 Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei Exhibition
Warhol and Wei Wei 2016 Exhibition poster

 

Yarra Valley food and wine – Monsters Attack!

Another spectacular feature of Melbourne we really enjoyed was the fabulous range of restaurants, cafes and eateries in the city. The hostelries we enjoyed served food using only the very best of ingredients, the ripest of fruits and the most flavourful of local produce and wine. Eating out was a real delight, it never failed to satisfy. Melbourne was a marvelous introduction to Australia for us, and every aspect of life in the city that we were able to sample in our short week there proved thrilling, exquisite and immensely satisfying. We highly recommend Traveling Australia and visiting Melbourne on your journey.

 

Cheese and Fruit and Wine - Melbourne Australia
Fruit platter, Yarra cheese & wine selection
A bottle of Yarra white wine, amusing label says Monsters Attack
An amusing little white from the Yarra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. I would have loved to see the tennis match :-). Federico lived in Melbourne for a year, said it was beautiful. Glad you had fun!!

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