Melbourne Attractions: Rated – Part 1


A few months ago, I thought it would be fun to write a post on Melbourne Attractions, until I got lazy and fell into idle mode. Better late than never, so here it is!

I polled a few of my friends and included their average rating, as well as number of votes (5 participants total). I covered mostly attractions around the CBD.

The ratings

– : Haven’t been
1: Boring / Don’t go
2: Indifferent / Somewhat boring, you might like it
3: Interesting / Not for everyone
4: I like it / Recommended
5: Exceptional / Highly recommended

Your Top 5 Attractions

AttractionMy RatingYour Avg RatingVotes by You
1. South Bank / Yarra River54.65
2. Queen Victoria Market34.754
3. St. Kilda Beach54.254
4. Queen Victoria Night Market353
5. MCG Melbourne Cricket Ground4.52

From this poll, I am reminded how everyone’s interests are different. What I thought were must-see’s were uninteresting for some. Of those that were interesting to others, did not fascinate me.

My Top 5 Attractions

AttractionMy RatingYour Avg RatingVotes by You
1. Flinders Street Station53.85
2. South Bank / Yarra River54.65
3. Federation Square53.54
4. St. Kilda Beach54.254
5. ACMI534

1. Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station
I chose Flinders Street Station because it’s iconic and makes for a great “I was here” selfie photo. It’s at an intersection that’s always crowded, a connecting hub for different train lines. It’s old meets new: architecturally historic and technologically present.

2. South Bank / Yarra River

South Bank at Night, glowing city in the background.
I like to walk along bodies of water, and South Bank / Yarra River is no exception. Although the water looks murky, the many pedestrian bridges make up for it. The Yarra River runs through many suburbs. It’s nice to have access to nature in the heart of the city. If you’re in for night life, there are quite a few bars and pubs along South Bank.

3. Fed Square

The aesthetics of Fed Square is debatable, but one can’t deny the great space it offers to the public. Like St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Fed Square allows for the public to gather for celebrations, festivities, and protests. It’s nothing short of entertainment.

4. St. Kilda Beach

St. Kilda Beach
St. Kilda Beach, probably the closest beach to the City, is in a vibrant neighbourhood of boutique shops, dessert cafés, theme park, and home to little penguins. With a beautiful boardwalk, joggers, skateboarders, roller skaters and the like can enjoy the beach and view of the sailboats in the distance.

5. ACMI (Australian Centre for Moving Images)

ACMI building
I did not see the Dreamworks exhibition, but I heard it was quite good.

Although there are plenty of galleries and museums around the city that fascinate me, I would probably recommend the Australian Centre for Moving Images for tourists. The permanent exhibition is interactive– great for children, children-at-heart, or movie-lovers. Boss and I were quite entertained by the TimeSlice video maker that turned us into Neo (Keanu Reeves) from the Matrix – 360 slow-mo shot of us doing high kicks.

Next post: All Attractions!

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