For quite a long time, Melbourne has been considered as the hidden jewel of Australia. Especially if you love to drive (or enjoy long drives), you cannot afford to miss out the idyllic drives across the well planned city of Melbourne.
Being an ardent lover of art history, I would like to enlist a few tourist spots in Melbourne, that bears the capability of bringing the past alive!
1. Sun Theatre Yarraville: The Sun Theatre Yarraville, is one of the notable destinations across the globe, with about five to six cinemas of differing sizes. It is needless to say, that the eclectic garment shops, and boutiques tend to provide another reason for the tourists to visit this popular tourist destination in Melbourne.
2. Block Arcade: The iconic Block Arcade of Melbourne, is one of the most artistic shopping destinations across the globe. The elegant Victorian architecture, is sure to take one back in time; the classic ceilings and sophisticated mosaic tiles also serve to be a great place for clicking unique photographs.
PS: I am especially eager to visit the Block Arcade during the Christmas, as it will look all the more beautiful with the colourful decorations!
3. Jewish Holocaust Centre: The Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre, is perhaps the most thought provoking destinations across Melbourne. The shocking history of the merciless murder of the six million Jews, by the Nazis is sure to initiate goosebumps in any individual. The sombre history of the horrific concentration camps, as reflected candidly in Night and Fog can be experienced in the Jewish Holocaust Centre. Even though, this place is not often mentioned amongst the best tourist spots of Melbourne, it is especially recommended if you are interested in the war history like me.
Image Source: recollections.nma.gov.au
4. Australian Centre for the Moving Image: Being a student and potential researcher of Fine Arts, I am highly interested in the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, with the sole intention of gathering information pertaining to the history of the moving images. This place deserves special mention for ceaselessly promoting the screen based art among the global audiences.
Image Source: www.acmi.net.au
5. The Astor Theatre: The Astor theatre is one of the most notable single screen theatre palaces across the world, that has been exhibiting movies consistently since the 1936!
Pro-tip: Whether you are planning to visit Melbourne, with your friends or family the unique Museums or Research Centres serves to be the best possible option to gather knowledge, simply by experiencing them!
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6. Hosier Lane: The colourful Hosier Lane is another exclusive art form, that one can witness in Melbourne. During our student’s project, I had a chance of witnessing the documented form of wall graffiti, across the different parts of Kolkata. However, they were mostly monochromatic in nature. I am highly interested to study this unique form of street art in Melbourne and strongly recommend the same for the painters and art lovers across the globe.
Apart from these six locations, there are some other artistic buildings and Churches, to be explored and studied carefully. Even though the scenic beauty of tourist destinations like The Great Ocean Road tends to rank best as a popular tourist destination, for me the ancient city of Melbourne offers endless opportunities to learn and relive the history!
Whether you are a nature lover, a passionate photographer, a shopaholic individual, a painter, art lover, a historian or a filmmaker; the exciting city of Melbourne is sure to lend your vacation a sense of completeness.
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Thanks to Visit Melbourne, for this unique opportunity to come alive in Melbourne.