Saturday 27 December 2014

Melbourne Melodia

A trip abroad is my secret wish since the day I got my passport ready ;) The lush beautiful places in the world invite me for an ultimate experience. I won't mind if hubby dear takes me in any part of the world, but that one name which makes my heart melt is 'Melbourne' ;)

Knowing that delightful Melbourne is titled as World's Most Livable City by the Economist Group, publishers of "The Economist" magazine, I could not resist my temptation to explore some enchanting specialties of Melbourne and loved watching exclusive video clips here. Each of these clips have been a visual treat to my eyes... like this cute one..

I thought of writing about some mesmerizing reasons that can justify the award :) You might be thinking that how can it be possible for someone talking high of Melbourne and not mentioning MCG ;) Yes, Yes!! I'm not so forgetful ... the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground where cheering up our favourite sportsperson live can be a dream come true for every cricket lover.  The MCG sports stadium located in Yarra Park is the witness of glorious history ever in world of Cricket. At this moment, I'm marking my 2015 calender for the day that will thrill every sporty spirit in me ... Actually I envy those who will be fortunate enough to occupy a seat to watch Final match of World Cup 2015 being hosted at MCG and icing on the cake would be if 'India' creates history by winning at Australian ground ;)

Walking through the lanes of Melbourne city can be no less than a picturesque ordeal for anyone... The city walls contribute largely to its vibrant urban culture with its unique expressions of art displayed throughout the city... I bet one can never bother solitude taking a walk all alone and would just smile n admire the spectacular work all around. Infact if I were there, I know I won't be able to stop myself clicking pics after every few steps ;)

The Royal Exhibition Building brought laurels being listed as the first Australian building to be nominated in World Heritage listing which at present is the rarest surviving monument of city and is continues to be used as a general exhibition hall. The gorgeously lively Carlton garden spells the beauty of the building since ages.

The one thing that I can never miss on my trip to Melbourne is a ride on Free Tourist Tram :P
The cute maroon City Circle Tram is free "hop-in-hop-off" service that operates on a circular route taking you via major tourist attractions in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions. How exciting it would be to travel around the city without worrying of ticket inspectors :P
Ah, I can't end without talking about my most fav topic i.e food... Melbourne restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars are diners' paradise. No surprise if you find Melbourne bustling in the months of Feb-March, when the city hosts its popular Food n Wine Festival. Infact the dates for this year's grand feast have already come up. You can have the foodie fun from Friday 27 February, 2015 to Sunday 15 March 2015 with world's great cuisines...
To add up your knowledge of Melbourne extravaganza, here is your comprehensive guide.

Contest Time 
Now, for all my lovely readers who enjoyed reading this post, there is a golden chance to win a voucher of Rs 500 (being given by Indiblogger and Tourism Victoria after the result declaration)just by answering a simple question in comments section below..

Click on the link of these places and tell where would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?" (the best answer will be selected as winner. Click here for details.) Last Date to answer: 5 Jan, 2015
Results will be declared on my blog, so keep a track by following via GFC n subscribing by email ... 

This post is written for Melbourne–The Most Livable City in the World contest by Indiblogger in association with Tourism Victoria.

The contest has ended and the winner is Bhawna. 

Congratulations Bhawna!! Do message me your email id so that I may forward the same to the sponsors and you may expect your voucher in next few days.


  1. Hi, thanx for this nice n innovative giveaway. Indeed Melbourne is the best place to visit, but if i have to choose one, it would be 12 Apostles at Great Ocean Road. I would like to experience the sunrise n sunset of Twelve Apostles and their changing colours.

  2. Dear, Team thank you for a lovely contest. I truly enjoyed the post. I love reading and the post was truly attracted me to read .Well with the help of this post i came to know about the beautiful city Melbourne. I realized, Melbourne is friendly and beautiful - with art on street corners, tree-lined boulevards and parklands that extend right into the heart of the city, and a unique tram system that makes it so easy to get around. To know this city, you need to immerse yourself in one of its unique facets.
    It has many subcultures, personalities and styles, and it is these layers and specifics that make it so interesting. I loved the most their arts and music. Melbourne has a vibrant arts and music scene, live music venues, markets, designers, community activities, eccentric Cafes, cobbled laneways, quirky shops, intimate bars and restaurants, festivals, activities and events. In the end i could only say that when the most made me indulge to know more about this city then in reality how i would be react. Well, it's very difficult to chose one favorite place of this city to visit because, every corner made fallen love with Melbourne

  3. Dear Team,
    First of all Thank you for conducting such a lovely contest. I truly enjoyed reading the post.
    Honestly, after reading this beautiful post there is not even a single spot that I would like to miss.
    But picking the most desired one I would love to explore the Free Tourist Tram Service along with the Food N Wine Festival.
    Since I am a traveler I would love to explore Melbourne in the Free Tourist Tram. I love to explore new places and find out the culture, people, traditions, etc. Since this tram covers majority of the tourist destinations it is definitely a must have if I want to experience Australian culture, city life, etc. Also since I am a foodie I would love to visit the Food N Wine festival for exploring various cuisines.
    Warm Regards,
    Mala Negandhi

  4. Hi!
    We know beauty never need words but without words it cannot be explained and when you get wordless after seeing it... your mouth still get open wide and WOW comes out. Shilpa! your explanation about Melbourne is wonderful and picturesque description. I am a person who always attracted to nature first of any place so I would love to see the Melbourne Nature & Wildlife. The 12 Apostles rock formations is world famous rocks which changes its color in sunrise and sun set. And then I will see the Phillip Island Nature Park where I want to see the animals which I hardly see in India. I never seen Penguins , Koala and other animals.
    Driving on a smooth road with natural beauty around you, I always be a feeling of heaven on Earth. I would love to drive on Great Ocean Road which is also famous in world to give you a scenic experience and the pleasure of that driving is amazing.

    Bhawna ♥

  5. Great post! After reading your post & watching all the videos, I’d most like to visit the Dandenong Ranges for it’s scenic beauty, breathtaking view and cool breeze blowing through my hair. :P I’d give anything away for driving through the winding roads which are present throughout the ranges. I’d love to stay at one of the bed and breakfast cottages and go on frequent excursions in the forests with my camera which provides excellent views. And not to forget the famous ride in the Puffing Billy, a day reserved especially for that. To add to that, there are also several picnic spots for me and my friends to spend a fun-filled day and the ranges are a perfect spot for hiking and cycling.


    Wish you and your blog a happy new year! :D

  6. Hi,
    Thanx for the informative blog on Melbourne...who doesnt know about this lovely city, declared the best liveable city of the world...apart from other reasons making this city the most attractive, what makes this more appealing is the MCG my hubby is a big fan of cricket...I would love to spend this World Cup time there with him...and he is going to be ever thankful to me for thinking about this wonderful idea..enjoying a good tussle on the lush green lawns of MCG while forgetting about all worldly worries....


  7. Some of the most interesting places which I shortlisted to visit after watching Tanmay and Rohan's videos is here. This comment space would be very less in order to keep on giving the reasons to visit these places once in life, but I am trying to be as short and crisp as possible and these are the must visit places if at all I go to Melbourne in my life.

    Yarra Valley for Great Day out and Excellent Wine Tasting tour which seems totally magical. Driving around Yarra Valley in a beautiful and breathtaking places seems like a great country getaway from Melbourne city and so much to see, visit and taste.

    Going for a Seal Watching Cruise and Observing those inquisitive & graceful creatures close up, is a trip one will not forget I guess. It seems to be a totally a worthy place for young and old too. So many seals getting close to them could be an absolutely thrilling experience.

    Another place I wouldn't want to miss is Sunny Ridge Strawberry farm for some AMAZING Strawberry ice cream and strawberries, it seems like a strawberry heaven with delicious, succulent and mouth watering strawberries ever. I am sure this place visit would be a great experience for the kids too.

    Have you watched Penguins parade ? If not, I guess this is the place to visit which is Phillip Island Nature Park. The experience to watch these penguins is Out of this world, a must see for great experience and its awesome

    for Animal lovers too. Its like cute litte faires coming in from Ocean. I guess, this is a MUST do experience when I am in Melbourne.

    Are you a chocolate lover ? I guess Pannys Amazing World of Chocolate is a must visit place for enjoying some mouth watering chocolates. Also, just watching the huge waterfall of chocolate cascade down is breath taking. And watching the live chocolate making is fun.

    If you are a drive freak and love to drive around in some scenic spots, this is the place to visit which is "The Great Ocean Road". Seems like it would be a Great tour, great food and fantastic view.

    Some more places which I love to visit is Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove, Loch Ard Gorge beach, Chateau Yering BBQ for some amazing Australian BBQ and definitely a hot air balloon ride for spectacular sightseeing and experience in life.

  8. Colorful & Rocking Post ^_^
    Going abroad trip is like emotion of great delight and happiness for me. Its makes me smile like hundred-million-dollar lottery jump with joy. super pleasure to visit 'Melbourne' ;)

    this video clips is really mind blowing :) Giving a visual treat to my eyes ^_^

    Being a nature lover in me is enticed by the thought of watching the penguin parade.
    Traveling though great ocean road, soaking up the freshness as the breeze ruffles my hair gets me in the mood to pack my bags for Melbourne.

  9. I think the attractions put together by you in Melbourne are distinctive in their own terms.
    I would like to plan a trip to Grampians as I did not know this place has eye catching sights to offer.
    Also,I am always fascinated by captivating and unified waterfalls and what better than visiting one of the state's largest waterfalls here.

  10. Being a person who loves to travel this place has struck my eye.
    And here, Eureka Skydeck 88 is going to be first on my list.. i can just imagine the view after reading about it and i feel its going to be awesome.
    Then the St. Kilda Beach,the long walk on the beach during the sunset will be just perfect.. And finding gold is also there.. :D
    why not get my pockets filled with some tresure hunt..Laneways and Arcades is going to be the place to explore my "Lara croft" skills.. :D :D
    Melbourne is going to be a great place to visit and enjoy a holiday..

  11. Great post.Just loved your blog post. I am in love with driving and road trips, The Great Ocean Road is the ideal place for the people like me. I will surely visit that place in Melbourne and enjoy the sea shore, sunrise and gorgeous mesmerizing view.

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  16. Amazing Post! Great articulation!

    All the best for the contest!
    I would love to visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the MCG. It had been a host to many legendary matches and I for one would like to visit one of them. The World Cup is so near and it is so dear to me and I want to witness the World Cup Finals that is going to happen at the MCG!

    And how can I forget the Great Otway National Park, because I love watching animals. I would love to take a city tour by travelling on the Tram's of Melbourne. By travelling in tram's I want to explore every nook & corner of Melbourne. Besides this I would love to watch the amazing architectures of Melbourne like Eureka Tower, Royal Exhibition Building, etc. And without enjoying festivals, my journey would be incomplete so I will celebrate Australian Festivals.

    - Wanderer

    Blog Name: Meandering through twilight -

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  17. Definitively a place to visit once a save enough money


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