Thursday, August 30, 2012

Melbourne … what’s so special about it anyway?

Melbourne. People call it “the city of dreams”. They say it’s a place you’ll regret not visiting. A place that enshrines the very essence of the world as created by nature and then developed by mankind to display its grandeur.
I have always been fascinated by Australia. The way it’s so disconnected from everything, surrounded by water from every side. I always wondered how it would be to live some place like that. Although I might not really like that but still a few says visit, a vacation, will definitely be fun.
It’s like a paradise away from the whole world, water enclosing it from all sides.
There’s a joke about Australians. They are not racist or anything, they hate everyone equally. In all the movies, the Australians have been portrayed as people who are a little different, a little adventurous, a little forward, outgoing, qualities that I truly admire. I am not even sure that’s how they really are, but I sure would love to find out.
In the south east of Australia is a state, Victoria. It is the smallest mainland island and the most densely populated state. Its capital is Melbourne, the world’s most livable city as ranked by the Economist Group's Intelligence Unit in August 2011 and again in 2012.
Often referred to as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne has everything that heart desires.  From the café’s to the Art Galleries, from parks to the theatres, from arcades to the museums, Melbourne has it all.
I want to witness the splendid 12 Apostles, observe the magnificent rock stacks that rise up regally from the Southern Ocean on Victoria's vivid coastline. Take in the spectacular beauty of the surrounding area along the beach.
People say the ideal way to travel and take in the view of Melbourne, is by water. So, I want to cruise along the Yarra River, on a Melbourne river cruise or ferry.
I want to travel in the hot air balloons, enjoying the thrill and the stunning panoramic views that the beautiful city has to offer, from the air, at sunrise, watching the first rays of sun touch the city in a way that will linger in memory, forever.
I would love to participate in the year round events of the Royal Botanic Gardens and explore the diverse plant collection which has made the Gardens, Melbourne’s most popular tourist attractions.
I have heard that the Melbourne Zoo is so huge that it’s almost impossible to cover the grounds in one day, especially since you’ll be enjoying yourself so much. Well, that’s what I would do, exhaust myself with enthusiasm and burn out my energy with fervor, because people, it’s a Zoo with Lions and Gorillas and Elephants and Kangaroos and Pandas and shiny multihued birds and so many more animals that I can’t even begin to explain. But most of all what I am looking forward to is the Butterfly House. I want to be surrounded by the hundreds of vibrant butterflies, native to Australia, in the magnificent tropical green house.
But you know the one thing that I am really looking forward to the most, is the Melbourne aquarium. I know it will be absolutely amazing because penguins are involved. Although for that I might visit the Phillip Island National Park also, where it’s said that the penguins are trained so well that they put on a parade for the visitors. I have always dreamed of playing with penguins, watching and observing them up close and personal. But also in the aquarium there are sharks, not dangerous because they are in tanks but still, it will be just thrilling!!
I also want to do the famous tree top walk, where you can zip across the treetops in this unique forest experience, gaining a bird's-eye view of Otway’s beautiful forests.
Even the lanes look so beautiful and nice that I might just spend all my time shopping or just wandering around sightseeing or window shopping.
Well, by now you must be wondering what’s all this musing and imagining the city of dreams about? Well I guess ... it's your time to visit Melbourne NOW! This is a contest that I thought I could participate.
So for any details, I would advise you to visit and plan your own adventure and a fun filled journey.  


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  3. Very detailed post, with appropriate pictures. And you have covered some stuff which I have not seen in many other posts on the same topic. And the zoo seems a fantastic option! All the best.

    1. thank you soo much, appreciate the review!!
      all the best for your post too!!

  4. Nice reading your post which has described the city, the residents and the country so well. Unique...

    1. Thank you soo much!! :) Glad you liked it.

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