Melbourne, at the top 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 day’ and has a temperate climate with distinct seasons and usually mild weather. Melbourne could be the third-driest capital city in Australia with 1 / 2 of Sydney’s rainfall (at 600mm) and is good to go to year-round. Days in Summer have an average high of 26°C, though days above 35°C occur sporadically since it could be the warmest season with the cheapest rainfall (and fewest rainy days).Flagstaff Gardens is a premier area for a picnic. Originally referred to as Burial Hill, these gardens in one’s heart of the city were your website 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 the lunch break. You can find BBQ facilities, tennis courts, a rose garden and trees over 100 years old. There’s also plenty 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 are 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.