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1. Take a ride on the tram.
8. Drink a glass of wine in the
. The Yarra Valley , which is located about one hour’s drive outside of the city, is one of the world’s most famous wine producing areas. With wineries such as Coombe Farm, Oakridge, De Bortoli and hundreds of others to choose from you’re sure to find something to stimulate your taste buds. It was at the Yarra Valley that I discovered that I have a fondness for desert wines in particular and many companies organise wine tours to help guide you through the vast selection available. Luca and I went with Wild Wombat Winery Tours and had a phenomenal day out! One thing to bear in mind while you are on your tour is that if you buy your wine directly from the cellar door, it is usually available at discounted rates. Friends and family will surely be pleased to receive a gift of Australian wine upon your arrival back home. Yarra Valley
9. Have a magic moment at the Healesville Sanctuary. The Healesville Sanctuary is located in the
region and is a great day out to supplement your trip to the vineyards. The sanctuary is home to some of the regions most endangered animals as well as Australian favourites like the kangaroo and koala. In addition to being able to see the animals up close and personal, visitors have the option of purchasing what are known as Magic Moments. These ten minute time slots allow patrons to feed, pet and sometimes even hold these beautiful creatures. I had my own moment with a kangaroo and it is definitely something that I will never forget. The sanctuary also puts on informative shows about reptiles, birds of prey and traditional aboriginal culture throughout the day. Admission to these shows is free with the purchase of a day’s general admission to the sanctuary. Yarra Valley
10. Wander through the gardens near Cook’s Cottage. Nestled within the busting metropolis of
Melbourne is the large and luscious . In addition to being home to some adorable possums that seem to roam the area freely and without much fear, the garden is the site of Cook’s Cottage. The cottage was the boyhood home of English explorer James Cook and was transported from Yorkshire and reassembled in Fitzroy Gardens in 1934. As well as the cottage the gardens boast a miniature Tudor village which was constructed in Melbourne England and gifted to Melbourne after the Second World War as a thank you for food donations which were sent to . Right beside the village there is a very beautiful tree stump with little storybook creatures carved into its bark. The stump is the work of author Olah Cohn, who enjoyed coming to the park and telling her stories to appreciative children during her lifetime. England
Although I’m sure that the men and women who work in the world of Formula 1 will have neither the time or the energy to do even half of the things that I mentioned above, I hope that if you are making your way out to Melbourne as a spectator that you will be able to experience even some of them. For sure the Formula 1 race is by far the city’s major attraction for a motorsports fanatic, but you would be crazy not to take the time to get to know this high energy destination a little bit more intimately if you are lucky enough to find yourself there.
I hope that my recommendations have been helpful and if you have any suggestions for fellow readers, please feel free to add them in the comments section below!