Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Melbourne: My dream destination

For the fourth straight year in Melbourne has become the most liveable city of the world. What makes Melbourne so special? Why people are getting obsessed and spellbound with Melbourne?
Some places get tremendous attention and everybody loves to spend some quality time there. On the other hand, there are places people just want to get away from it. To love a place one must get connected with it and this is where Melbourne fits perfectly. Everybody can just feel getting connected with Melbourne and that is what makes Melbourne so special.

For travel destination, I usually prefer a quiet countryside, as I live in one of the World’s most densely populated cities, Kolkata. But, if I have to choose a city, it definitely will be in Melbourne. Melbourne is a big concentrated city which shows what a city should be. No doubt, it will be my dream destination. Melbourne is the place I will love to be.

The city is alive

Every aspect of Melbourne is enchanting. Be it the gathering of people, noise and movement, fast food stalls everything is so captivating and lively. Here I can relate the city with my hometown Kolkata which has the similar liveliness, though in a different manner.

The streets of Melbourne

The streets of Melbourne are full of color, lights and beautiful buildings with swarms of people moving across them. The constant noise, screeching cars, fashionable shops, everything is so inviting. I will just love to walk through the Federation Square, the laneways, the Southbank and will love to ride the tram. Melbourne has endless new faces in the streets representing different lives.

The Sunset at St Kilda

I will also love to have a quiet time in the botanical garden and will definitely enjoy the sunset at St Kilda. The evening stroll in the St Kilda beach in front of the red to orange water will be a real delight.

Melbourne: My dream destination

The Queen Victoria Market

Going through the Queen Victoria Market among the vegetable and fruit sellers will be a perfect time pass for me.

The Melbourne Skyline

I have seen so many times the Melbourne Skyline in pictures and will love to watch in reality.
Living close to a beach and a city is a dream and Melbourne just offers it with tons of other attractions. The list is just endless with ample things to do in Melbourne.

  • The Queen Victoria Market
  • The Sunset at St Kilda
  • Visit to the Yarra River
  • Exploring the lanes
  • Riding the free city trams
  • The botanical gardens
  • Enjoying the Southbank
  • The Melbourne Museum
  • The sky tower visit

Travelling in Australia is expensive, but Tourism Victoria in association with Indiblogger made it possible for us to get a chance to visit it for free.

"Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?".

Answer the above question and the best answer will get a gift voucher of Rs 500 (This Contest ended on Monday 5th January, 2015, 11.59 p.m.)

Before announcing the winner, I will like to thank every participant who has participated in this contest. All the comments added special value to this blog post.
The winner is Arvind Passey.

Melbourne: My dream destination

This post is a part of the contest What's your reason for falling in love with Melbourne, the most livable city in the world? In association with Indiblogger
Image courtesy: Tourism Victoria and Indiblogger


  1. Great coverage of the beautiful city.

  2. Nice interesting post Debopam. I would love to have a my date in twilight at St. Kilda with my love, possible with a glass of wine :-P

    I enjoyed your post and I'd love to hear your say on my post as well http://creatikaa.blogspot.in/2014/12/melbourne-awe-inspiring-place-to-visit.html

    My best wishes for the contest and a Happy new year 2015 :)

    1. Thank you very much for your input and wish you a very happy new year.... I have gone through your wonderful post.... All the best for the contest....

  3. You have given an endless list of Melbourne vacations…. Really made me confused what I should visit first. But…yeh…. If I would visit Melbourne, I would definitely not miss the sky tower visit and offcours The Queen Victoria Market ;-)
    Well written post

    1. Thank you for the response....... Wish you a very happy new year as well.....

  4. 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

    1. Thank you and wish you a very happy new year........

  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.

    1. Thank you for sharing your views..... Wish you a very happy new year and my best wishes for the contest......

  6. I would love to explore the streets of Melbourne - its culture, cafes, street art work and get the feel of city, before exploring the rest of it. Then I would love to explore the natural beauty around it. A drive on Great Ocean Road to be precise.
    Well written and good luck.

    1. Thank you for participating in the contest and sharing your views.....

  7. Nice post. And pretty well explained. I absolutely loved the way you described the places in detail. Your post gives me a feeling that I've been

    there in Australia for myself. Of all, I would like to go and experience the hot air balloon ride. Would be an awesome experience, that too one,

    memorable for an entire lifetime.

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

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and giving your valuable inputs.... A special thank to you for keeping the discussion forum so active in every contest of Indiblogger......

  8. Great post! After reading your post & watching all the videos, I would definitely want to visit all those amazing places when I get to visit Melbourne :) But of all, my top pick would be a visit to Yarra valley for a beautiful sunrise balloon flight. After seeing the video, I can't stop myself from dreaming a romantic magical flight above the scenic vineyards and watching the sunrise from up above! Throw in my favorite wine, I will doubly enjoy the ride sipping my glass and taking sensational selfies all the way :) Now I can't think of a better way of spending a vacation!!

    Next of course, cruising through the great ocean road in a open-top car to enjoy the coastal scenery and the iconic 12 apostles for the nature's amazing work at play. Then a ride around the city in the vintage trams to enjoy its urban splendor and the legendary puffing billy to enjoy its natural splendor. Finally a day at the hot springs to unwind and totally rejuvenate myself :)

    1. Thank you for your comments.............. Melbourne has so much charm......

  9. I enjoyed your post ....Nice video.
    I am not able to select just one single place , but there is again a lost of mine when I will visit Melbourne.
    But being an artist by heart I would love to visit the Sunset at St Kilda and street art.

  10. 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.


  11. Hey ,Superb post ,so all set to pack bags to have a thrill at Melbourne,Now being high on my wish list .U’ve very well covered the best of Melbourne and for the entry in contest ,there cannot ever be a single place for me.It has to be a bouquet of places to calm down my zest to explore it.So naming ,first comes the Great Ocean road not just to linger or have a decent walk but to amaze myself with Jetskiing ,Scuba diving and to try swim with Dolphins,seal Yay,these beautiful creatures would be lucky to share a swim with me.ha ha.Then it would be Eureka Sky deck, to have an awe inspiring experience to be closest to sky and get the sky deck view of this liveable city, MCG to watch and cheer the players on one of the worlds best cricket ground!

    Wishing u Best of Luck & a great year ahead.

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  12. This is a perfect example of a post with a lot of precision in it. precise and incisive... both at the same time.

    So what will I opt for when I go to Melbourne?

    It will be the Segway ride by the river Yarra, for sure.

    Well, the Segway will allow me to travel faster and further... and leave me less tired. But then, the important thing is that it will leave me with enough time to stand by the public art displays and click each of them for my blog posts.
    Now, art isn't there only by the river Yarra... so I am going to take the streetcars or trams and travel up and down and visit the art galleries too.

    Yes, I will love to go up the elevator and on the Skydeck to watch how the city interacts with its congregation of heritage and contemporary architecture.

    So we see that Melbourne has different forms of art for every heart... and this is what i am going to explore.

    Arvind Passey


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