MELBOURNE: HERE I COME & A CONTEST


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Melbourne! Melbourne! Melbourne! Every time I hear this word I am filled with joy and excitement. It is one place I have wanted to visit since quite some time. I first heard and saw about Melbourne in a travel show on Television and from then on I am simply hooked to it. The lush green landscape, the perfect roads, wonderful scenery, historical landmarks and shopping places are all that I have wished to see live. And when Indiblogger along with Tourism Victoria gave this opportunity to write about my favourite tourist destination I simply could not miss.


Melbourne has everything that a traveler dreams about - Tourist attractions like the Penguin parade, The great ocean road, Bathing boxes, the Melbourne Cricket ground, etc , theatre and musicals, restaurants and cafes, shopping destinations and plenty more. My tour to Melbourne would be incomplete if I do not visit the following places.

1. The Great ocean road:  The Great ocean road in Melbourne is one tourist attraction that is not to be missed. The road runs across beautiful oceans, amazing forests, sprawling farmlands and is a true ode to nature’s beauty. This probably would be the first thing I would do on my visit to Melbourne. Go on a long drive and inhale the beauty of nature and fresh air around me. It would be one drive of a lifetime and I would like to enjoy every moment of it.

Image source: VisitMelbourne.com. To check out what you can expect here check out this video.


2. Sovereign Hill: I would also like to visit the iconic Sovereign hill in the Victorian gold fields. It is a large 25 hectare site and is Australia’s largest recreation of a phase in history. Everything here is built and designed as to how it looked in the 1850s. You also get to go 60 feet underground and watch how a bar of gold is made live. Isn’t that fantastic!

You can also check out this video to get a brief idea.


3. Sunny Ridge strawberry farm: Being a food blogger, visiting the Sunny Ridge Strawberry farm is also in my radar. Plucking Beautiful and juicy red strawberries directly from the strawberry plant would be such a delight. I would use them to make my favourite preserves and ice creams.

Source: here. For the complete video click here

4. Queen Victoria market: Think of shopping and how can one miss Queen Victoria market. It is one place that is not to be missed in Melbourne. It is spread over 17 hectares of land, and houses more than 1000 stalls. It is Melbourne’s shopping mecca and a historic landmark. It is also the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere.

Do check out this video for a round about visit of the market.

5. Panny’s amazing world of chocolate: My next stop in Melbourne would be to the Panny’s amazing world of chocolate. Getting a chance to see how chocolate is being made, witnessing the chocolate waterfall and creating my own bar of chocolate is something I have always dreamt of. This video gives you what you can expect here.


6. Melbourne Cricket ground: Visit to Melbourne would not be complete if I do not visit the MCG. The ICC cricket world cup is going to be held there and I would definitely like to watch a match or two sitting at the MCG and cheer for my favourite Indian cricketers.

Image source: here. You can also watch a video here


Awesome packages, friendly people and enchanting tourist attractions make Melbourne truly stand out from the crowd. It is simply the most livable city in this world and one would surely find something new and exciting here.

There is also a small contest for you. Write about which of these places in Melbourne would you like to visit and why in the comment section and the best entry chosen by me will win a shopping voucher worth Rs. 500. The contest starts today and ends on 4th of January. So hurry up and send in your comments. Who knows you might just be the winner.

Update: The contest has ended and the winner is Prsthap P. Congratulations... Please share your email address in the comment section by 19th of Jan 2015 12.00 pm to send the voucher. Otherwise i have to select a new winner :(

Update 22/1/2014: Since the winner did not respond with his email address, i am forced to announce a new winner. The new winner is Bhawna. Congratulations Bhawna! please share your email address here at the comment section to send you the gift voucher.

This post is for the Melbourne contest in Indiblogger and Tourism Victoria.




15 comments:

  1. I would love to visit Panny’s amazing world of chocolate. That is because Panny is Kodandapani Lakhmanan an Indian. He arrived in Melbourne via Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, where he worked on the coconut plantations, before immigrating Down Under. He is now legend in Australia. Besides his chocolates are mouthwatering.

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  2. My answer is -
    I would like to visit following places in Melbourne
    1) the Eureka Skydeck - to see the highest public vantage point.
    2) Loch Ard Gorge beach - to see how nature have done his work to create beautiful things
    3) Sovereign Hill - I would like to see how gold bars are made
    4) Queen Victoria market - for shopping
    5)The Great ocean road - to enjoy the beauty of nature in a long drive.
    6) For Hot Air Balloon - I like adventure and I would like to see the panorama.
    These are the main places I would like to visit.
    But if I will have enough money, then I will go to all the places which you have mentioned in contest question.
    Thanks!
    Happy New Year! :)

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  3. 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. Dear! 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 ♥

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    1. Congratulations Bhawna! You just won the gift voucher worth Rs. 500. Please share your email address here to send the voucher. (Your email address will not be made public.)

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  4. I would like to visit following places in Melbourne -
    12 Apostles from the sky - Because I want to take a ride in hellicopter and I want to see it's changing colours,
    the Penguin Parade - I have never seen those birds, SO I will definitely see them,
    the drive through the Great Ocean Road - because I don't want to miss the road runs across beautiful oceans, amazing forests, sprawling farmlands,
    the Queen Victoria Market - I like shopping, How can I miss it?

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  5. Wonderful post and interesting videos that make me feel that
    Melbourne invites the eternal romantic in me to hold hands with my beloved and go see the Twelve Apostles .Go on long drives on the great ocean road. In the middle of nowhere in a vineyard spread a table and enjoy a meal and a glass of wine with my dear one. Enjoy the sunsets holding hands and do lots of shopping at the Queen Victoria Market and see all the graffiti being created at the hosier lane.
    Great Post and interesting videos watching them I am sure to visit Sovereign Hill for spending some time in the era gone by. The lure of gold and panning for some nuggets is a temptation that is too much to resist. After I have found the gold I am bound to celebrate it with some wine so I will visit the vineyards and enjoy some great wine from the Yarra region .Visit the Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and have my fill with this yummy delight.
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  6. MCG, the Australian mecca for cricket lovers. I would definitely like to be in Australia when either Indian team or the English team happens to be on tour, the nest time. Will be a memorable experience to watch the rivalry unfold right in front of my eyes, sitting right in the middle of MCG.

    - Ranjith (http://www.alightheartedtalk.com)

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  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.

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  8. 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. Dear! 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 saw Penguins, Koala and other animals.
    Driving on a smooth road with natural beauty around you, it always gives you 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

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  9. A lovely Post! After reading your post and watching all the videos,
    I feel I am witnessing a kaleidoscope called Melbourne! To answer your question, I'd love to go to the Queen Victoria Market, operating since 1878, to watch the locals sell fresh fruits and vegetables in such a vibrant environment :)

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  10. I would love to visit St. Kilda beach in Melbourne and also enjoy watching the Penguin parade there..The serene beauty of the beach coupled with watching the cute penguins in their natural surroundings is sure to make my visit a memorable one! Ofcourse I am going to carry a camera and click lots of pictures to capture all the happy moments there :)

    -Nikita @Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff

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  11. 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..

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