Melbourne is the capital city in the Australian state of Victoria. Melbourne rates highly in education, entertainment and sport, and has been ranked the world’s most liveable city since 2011. It is frequently referred to as Australia’s ‘cultural capital’ due to its street art, music and theatre. Furthermore, Melbourne is Australia’s most culturally diverse city, with migrants consisting of half of Victoria’s population. Therefore, Melbourne is well-suited for a variety of cultures, ethnicities and religions.
This city boasts many of Australia’s largest and oldest cultural institutions, including the State Library of Victoria, the UNESCO World-Heritage Listed Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage and is the world’s largest war memorial, dedicated to the soldiers killed during World War I. The 243km stretch of road provides access to several landmarks including the Twelve Apostles and Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, and is a major tourist and local attraction.
As well as cultural sites, Melbourne is also famously known for its coffees, which can be found in any of several cafes scattered across the city, and for its shopping. The most popular shopping destinations include Chadstone Shopping Complex, Bourke Street Mall, Chapel Street and Melbourne Central. For tourists more interested in handmade crafts, clothes and unique food stalls, the Queen Victoria Market is an excellent place to visit.
There are several beaches for tourists to enjoy during their visit to Melbourne, most which also include scenic drives. These include Brighton Beach and St. Kilda Beach. Furthermore, Mornington Peninsula is a peninsula that is located south-east of Melbourne and contains various national parks, scenic drives, diverse beaches and historic gardens.
Getting Here/ Transportation Facilities
The Melbourne Airport, or Tullamarine Airport, is the primary airport in Melbourne. It is the only international airport in Melbourne, and is the second busiest one in Australia. It is accessible by car, trains and buses.
Melbourne contains many public transport facilities available to tourists, such as bus and coach services, metro, regional and interstate railway services, and taxi and car hire services. Melbourne is also home to the world’s largest tram network and a public bike-hire system.
There are plenty of places where Muslims can enjoy Halal food while visiting Melbourne. Halal-certified cuisines include Chinese and Korean, Greek, Lebanese and Moroccan.
For more details, visit http://www.halalsquare.com.au/melbourne/
City Circle Tram outside Flinders Street Station
Melbourne Night View Yarra River and Skyline
Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens
Almost 150,000 Muslims live in Melbourne, and therefore, there are mosques and prayer rooms available at workplaces, universities and other venues. These include Melbourne City Mosque, Fawkner Mosque, and Werribee Mosque. Furthermore, there are prayer rooms located in the Melbourne International Airport in Tullamarine. For a complete list of mosques, visit http://www.living-in-melbourne.com/muslims-mosques-in-melbourne.html
Top 10 Things to Do and See in Melbourne
1. Melbourne Cricket Ground – Australian sports stadium and the birthplace of Test cricket
2. Queen Victoria Market – shops and stalls located in a historic venue
3. Great Ocean Road – beaches, campsites, walking tracks and koalas
4. The National Gallery of Victoria – Australian and international art museum
5. Royal Exhibition Building – iconic landmark and a World Heritage Site
6. Melbourne Star Observation Wheel – giant Ferris wheel with spectacular views
7. Flinders Street Railway Station – main station building and historical landmark
8. Shrine of Remembrance – World War I shrine
9. Werribee Open Range Zoo – experience an African safari up-close
10. Eureka Tower – southern hemisphere’s highest vantage point