Melbourne Sightseeing: Where to visit while you’re at the Australian Open
With the prestigious Australian Open 2018 fast approaching, the team at Sportsnet Holidays have created a solid ‘go to guide’ for our valued guests. Sure, the world class tennis action will be the highlight of your time here, however there’s more than a few worthwhile off court entertainment options to put on your list. Read on to find out the best activities and attractions that Australia’s sporting capital has on offer.
The Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Museum is a natural and cultural history museum located in the Carlton Gardens just minutes from the CBD. Located adjacent to the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building, it’s the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere. Melbourne Museum highlights include a complete skeleton of a blue whale, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a living rainforest, the racehorse Phar Lap and an IMAX theatre on site.
A world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne. Featuring over 320 animal species. With a strong commitment to fighting wildlife extinction by way of conservation programs, campaigns and research. Feel good knowing your admission fee is going towards an important global cause.
Torquay Day Trip
Fancy a scenic trip out of the city and down to the Surf Coast? Why not drive just 1.5 hours along Melbourne’s easy to navigate ring road and check out the chic town of Torquay. Torquay is at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road and is also home to the world-famous Bells Beach. It’s Australia’s surfing mecca here and there’s ample outlet shopping available to find an active wear bargain at. What was once a sleepy coastal locale has morphed into a trendy collection of café’s and retail spaces. To do; book a table at Growlers’ on the esplanade, it’s one of the Surf Coast’s favourite dining and drinking beach front bungalows.
Scienceworks is bursting with things to challenge curious minds of all ages. In just one visit, you can stroll among the gigantic machines that kept the city running, enjoy electrifying theatre in the Lightning Room, stroll through immersive exhibitions and even visit deep space at the Melbourne Planetarium. Science Works delivers the answers to many ‘but how’ universal questions. An intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking journey well worth your time.
Chapel Street Shopping District
Melbourne is not only known as Australia’s sporting capital but as it’s style capital as well. Get your fashion fix at the famous Chapel Street district. Snag a contemporary outfit and attend one of the most exciting tennis tournaments in your new designer threads. Both men and women will find plenty of options to suit their style as you wander up and down this classic Melbourne street. Note; there’s plenty of excellent cafés amid the boutiques for a tasty bite to eat.
Brunswick Street / Art Scene
Brunswick Street in the central city suburb of Fitzroy is an eclectic fusion of high fashion, niche boutique’s, kitsch café’s and fine dining establishments all in one. It’s easy to spend a few hours exploring this diverse cultural area! Take note of the many historic buildings about and poke your head down the ample laneways that display the districts bold street art. Make sure you contact Sportnset Holidays fast as the oz tennis season starts soon. We’ve a broad range of Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam packages available. All include central CBD accommodation, event transfers and Australian Open tickets (ticket upgrades available upon request). You’ve also the option to select a 5-night cruise from Sydney to Melbourne in P&O style if you desire. Sportsnet Holiday guests will also receive passes to iconic Melbourne activities and attractions. Don’t miss your chance to see the world’s best tennis super stars compete down under at Australia’s most exciting sporting event!