Melbourne’s Most Underrated Attractions You Need to Check Out
Victoria’s Melbourne is more than just museums, botanical gardens, and shopping spots. For a one-of-a-kind Melbourne experience, check out the city’s not-so-popular activities. You’ll avoid long lines, hectic crowds, and have a great time. You wouldn’t want to spend hours waiting in line or wading through crowds, right? So when planning your next trip, take the road less travelled and have an unforgettable holiday.
1. Be one with the platypus
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Aside from koalas and kangaroos, Australia is also home to the platypus. It’s a unique mammal that lays eggs. It’s also known for its even more unique appearance; it has a duck’s bill, a beaver’s tail, and otter feet. It can stay underwater and breathe at the same time because its nostrils are located on the top part of the bill. Plus, it looks great in a fedora hat. For a unique Oz experience, head to the Healesville Sanctuary. Take a dip at the shallow pools and swim with your new-found, duck-billed BFFs. Feed them as you learn more about conservation efforts done to preserve these amazing animals. Don’t forget to visit Fleay, the sanctuary’s oldest platypus. Want to get involved? Adopt an animal for a fee and help raise funds for the centre’s programs.
2. Go on a journey to the centre of the earth
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Book an underground tour at the Central Deborah Gold Mine if you don’t mind going deep and getting wet and dirty. Go down 228 metres into Australia’s deepest mine tour and experience the life of a miner during the Gold Rush Era. Equipped with a miner’s overalls, cap lamp, boots, and a backpack with your food and water supply, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure. You’ll climb ladders in tight spaces, trek rocky paths, and even learn how to operate a mine drill and set up a charge. Then take a break and eat your lunch just like a miner. Wear lightweight clothes and don’t forget to bring your camera for those underground selfies. After the tour, you’ll get to take home a name tag and your backpack as souvenirs.
3. Unleash your inner Tarzan
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Who says surfing is only for the beach? At the Enchanted Adventure Garden, go tree surfing and stretch out your limbs for a complete workout. Climb, swing, and cross rope bridges, wooden beams, and cargo nets installed along the canopies for an unforgettable holiday. Planning to bring the kids? No problem. Check out the kid-friendly Nippers Course that has special harnesses for children as young as four years old. After a dizzying trek across the canopies, take a walk at the gardens and catch your breath. End the day by sliding across the Big Zip, the state’s longest zipline.
4. Dance in the dark
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Melbourne is the place to be if your bucket list includes dancing to your heart’s content in public. The city’s suburbs are home to the NLNL (No Lights, No Lycra) nights. Held at several locations across Melbourne, NLNL nights lets you dance like no one’s watching. Say goodbye to pretentious dance clubs and say hello to free-form dancing with no rules at all. With hip-hop, R&B, and Springsteen songs in the background, groove to the beat and shake away until you break a sweat. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about others giving you weird looks because of your awesome moves; the lights are switched off once the music starts.
5. Sing your heart out as Mary Poppins or Danny Zuko
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Are you a big fan of Mary Poppins or Grease? Then sing your heart out as the movies play on the big screen at Melbourne’s Astro Theatre. This iconic theatre combines the classic cinema experience and state-of-the-art projectors and sound systems. Catch a movie with audience participation sessions so you can sing along with the film while the lyrics are displayed on-screen. When planning your trip, take a look at the calendar to make sure you catch your favourite flick.
If you want to experience the best of Melbourne, look beyond the usual tourist attractions and discover the city’s hidden gems. So book that flight, pack your bags, and feel the Melbourne vibe for a one-of-a-kind holiday.
About the author:
Katrina Daez is a budget-traveller who’s always on the hunt for seat sales and travel promos. She’s also a travel writer working with Alpha Airport Parking, a Brisbane-based parking company with branches in Melbourne and Gold Coast.