Find out why Melbourne is one of the best places to live by adding it to your tour of Australia
There are few experiences quite like a tour of Australia. From the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland to the desolate outback, Australia is truly one of a kind. There are a wide variety of worthwhile experiences to be had in this unique country, but one of the best options is a visit to Melbourne. Located on the country's southeast coast, Melbourne is the second most populous city in the country and is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live. While it's hard to know the full appeal of a city during a quick visit, some destinations in particular can make it a worthwhile trip.
One of the newest attractions in Melbourne, Federation Square opened in 2002 and it has been a must-see ever since. The square covers nearly 8 acres and welcomes an estimated 80 million visitors each year, and it's almost impossible to visit Melbourne without heading to the square. There are a number of buildings in the plaza that are worth checking out including St. Paul's Cathedral and the uniquely designed Australian Center for the Moving Image. Even something as simple as walk along the square's riverfront will offer a glimpse into why Melbourne is such an appealing city.
Phillip Island Nature Park
Australia is home to some of the most diverse wildlife on the planet, and that doesn't change when you move to the big city. Located just south of Melbourne, Philip Island Nature Park covers thousands of acres and offers visitors the chance to get an up close look at animals they may not get the opportunity see anywhere else on Earth. In addition to the island's famous penguin parade, many visitors make a point to check out the Koala Conservation Center, which allows visitors to see koalas in their natural habitat.
Great Ocean Road
This 151-mile stretch of road offers some of the best views the country has to offer. In addition to the stunning coastal panoramas that are available at every turn, there are some highlights along the drive that are worth checking out. The 12 Apostles - the name given to a series of limestone stacks - are among the most recognizable features along the drive.