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Melbourne is the vibrant capital of Victoria in Australia, world-famous for its awe-inspiring coastlines, verdant rainforests, serene natural springs and world-class wineries. This is not only a frozen-in-time colonial city with Victorian architecture, but also a sophisticated metropolis with 21st century gleaming skyscrapers, ultra-modern shopping malls and some of the world’s finest luxury hotels, offering the most wonderful blend of past and present. The exploration options are endless in Melbourne; wander through the city’s laneways to explore amazing street art, go hiking in the breath-taking Dandenong Ranges, visit St Paul’s Cathedral to admire its neo-Gothic architectural styles and ride the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, one of the world’s largest solid steel wheels to enjoy 360-degree views of the city’s skyline. You can book exclusive holidays to Melbourne from India through Brightsun Travel.
Melbourne is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts with many exciting opportunities to encounter native species. Visit the Melbourne Zoo, Australia's oldest zoo to spot more than 320 species including Australian fur seals, Sumatran tigers, wallabies, platypuses and orangutans. Another prominent wildlife attraction in the city is the Healesville Sanctuary, where you can wander through tranquil tracks to get up close to kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, wombats and emus. You can also visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, spread over 10 hectares to encounter a variety of reptiles and endangered bird species, including red-tailed black cockatoos and orange-bellied parrots. Finally, it might be worth adding the African-themed Werribee Open Range Zoo to your Melbourne itinerary, which is home to the likes of southern white rhinos, zebras, camels and African wild dogs.
There are plenty of captivating museums and art galleries in Melbourne that are worth exploring, including the National Sports Museum which exhibits a rare collection of artifacts related to the sports’ history of Australia. Another interesting museum in Melbourne is the Grainger Museum, which displays various items related to renowned composer George Percy Grainger, including photographs and manuscripts. You can also visit the National Gallery of Victoria, one of Australia’s largest art galleries to explore more than 75,000 Aboriginal and 20th century art pieces. Then there’s the Melbourne Museum, dedicated to the city’s social history, cultures, science and nature with lots of interesting exhibits and animal fossils. Book cheap holidays to Melbourne to discover this paradise of rich cultural heritage.