Melbourne, at the head of Port Phillip Bay, is Australia’s second largest city and the capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria.Serving as Australia’s undisputed cultural capital, Melbourne is bursting with Victorian-era architecture, famed cafés, great bars and restaurants, extensive shopping, museums, galleries, theatres, and large parks and gardens.Melbourne is fabled for being effective at showing ‘four seasons in one single day’ and has a temperate climate with distinct seasons and usually mild weather. Melbourne may be the third-driest capital city in Australia with half of Sydney’s rainfall (at 600mm) and is good to see year-round. Days in Summer have an average a lot of 26°C, though days above 35°C occur sporadically since it may be the warmest season with the cheapest rainfall (and fewest rainy days).Flagstaff Gardens is a high location for a picnic. Originally referred to as Burial Hill, these gardens in one’s heart of the town were the site of Melbourne’s first cemetery, where eight of the city’s early settlers were buried. If that doesn’t deter you, grab a picnic from the Queen Victoria Market and pull up a patch of grass beside workers on their lunch break. There are BBQ facilities, tennis courts, a rose garden and trees more than 100 years old. There’s also lots of possums about, but don’t feed them.
The town drops away suddenly just east of Spring Street in East Melbourne, giving method to Melbourne’s beautiful backyard, Fitzroy Gardens. The park’s stately avenues are lined with English elms, flowerbeds, expansive lawns, fountains and a creek. There’s also a playground with a monster slide. Other attractions range from the miniature model Tudor Village, a present from a London pensioner to thank Melburnians for sending food to Britain during WWII (there’s a corresponding village in London’s Vauxhall Park), and Aussie artist Ola Cohn’s kooky carved Fairies’ Tree, a 300-year-old stump embellished in the 1930s with fairies, pixies, kangaroos, and possums.