Exploring Melbourne - 5 Best Suburbs to Visit
The gem of Victoria is home to a rich and vibrant culture, more than 3,5 million people strong. Given the sheer number of people and the fact that Melbourne is one of the most popular travel destinations for tourists from all over the world, you can rest assured that there is no shortage of adventure in Melbourne.
The city holds more than fifty districts and regions under its wings, and if you are planning a trip to the Land Down Under, you need to keep in mind that one week or even a month spent in this jewel of the Pacific is not enough to experience everything it has to offer. So here is a list of the top five suburbs teeming with life and excitement you absolutely have to visit when exploring. Docklands
Bordering the city centre is the inner suburb adeptly named Docklands because the area encompasses the Yarra river docks in the heart of Melbourne. Located just 2 kilometres from the Central Business District and its many sightseeing attractions, Docklands is the place you can go to sit back, relax, and take in the beautiful scenery of the Yarra River while enjoying world-class cuisine at one of the neighbourhood’s top restaurants.
Much like with anything in Melbourne, you are spoilt for choice, from traditional German beer houses to classic Aussie grill joints and pubs. You can also visit the Fox Classic Car Collection and revel in the magnificent display before heading out to the famous Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
The quaint inner city suburb of Carlton is directly adjacent to the CBD and is home to numerous sightseeing and entertainment opportunities. Within its borders, you will find the lush Carlton Gardens that are home to the revered Melbourne Museum
and the Royal exhibition building.
The district is also riddled with parks, greenery, beautiful architecture and entertainment venues such as pubs, restaurants, cinemas, galleries and artisan coffee shops. Interestingly, the Little Italy cultural precinct centered around Lygon Street is where you will find the best Italian restaurants. It is also the birthplace of the city's famous coffee culture.South Yarra
South Yarra is one of the most popular inner suburbs of Melbourne because of its rich and vibrant culture filled with a timeless flair of the old, and the vivid flair of the new and the modern. To the west of the district, you will find the beautiful Fawkner Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens, while the Yarra River sits at the northern edge.
The district’s centre is a true delight for all travellers, as the neighbourhood is riddled with shopping and leisure opportunities at the shopping centre in Chapel St
and the numerous restaurants, bars, parks, cinemas and entertainment centres that wait for you up and down the main promenade.Parkville
Adjacent to the Carlton district and close to the CBD is the Parkville neighbourhood, home to the Royal Park and more importantly, the world-renowned Melbourne Zoo. Hosting animals from around the globe, this open space establishment is family friendly and offers a myriad of thrilling activities and over 320 animal species for you to meet.St Kilda
Looking to catch some of those golden Aussie rays, eh? Then head out to the Republica Beach in St Kilda for a fun day of sun, swimming and beach sports. However, there is more to this lovely historic precinct than meets the eye, as you can also visit the St Kilda Botanical Gardens. Otherwise, take a breather at one of many quaint restaurants in the neighbourhood and enjoy a vibrant night out by touring the district’s numerous themed bars and pubs.
The vibrant city of Melbourne has something to offer to everyone, whether you are a tourist looking for the most notable attractions or a traveller in search of truly unique cultural experiences. Be sure to visit these suburbs on your exploration journey and you are bound to have the time of your life in the gem of Victoria.