Although Melbourne is known as one of the major cities in Australia, it has so much more to offer than what you can see in the general city area. It does not matter if you are just a visitor or you are a lifelong resident, at the end of every day there is something for you to discover here if you will just take the time to look. And, sometimes it will take for you to look into someone else’s perspective of the place to uncover some of its gems and of the great Victoria area.
Discovering Lake Eyre
If you are a huge fan and lover of nature, one of stops you must make on your Melbourne tour is the Lake Eyre. This lake is said to be a great big basin where a number of rivers meet and fall to form a pool of vast proportions. These rivers are known as Diamantina, Warburton, Thomson, Barcoo, Cooper, Georgina, Eyre Creek, Peake, Neales, Macumba and Hamilton. It is said that if these rivers somehow stop providing water to the lake, then it will take many years to dry the waters within it.
Basically though, Lake Eyre, which measures about 9,700 square kilometres is a combination of two rivers. These are Lake Eyre North and the Lake Eyre South, which are joined together by a narrow watercourse. Many visitors are attracted to this gigantic lake because there is constantly a cool breeze blowing here. The pleasant weather is said to be quite rejuvenation, especially to those who wish to escape the hubbub of the usual city life. Although most of these visitors are from Melbourne, it won’t hurt for you to make a stop here for lunch, even if you are from some other state or country.
The Grampians National Park
After visiting Lake Eyre, you might like to head down to the Grampians National Park. It is a mecca for people who love the outdoors. Because of its diverse landscapes that include steep mountain ranges, it is perfect for rock climbing and trekking. If you are not into anything that arduous, then you could just take the time to view the colorful wildflowers commonly seen in the area or enjoy other forms of wildlife. Here, you will have your fill of looking at such animals endemic to the country like kangaroos, koalas, emus, wallabies and even some edge-tailed eagles.
If it’s a breath of art and culture you are after, then the Grampians also has that for you. Listed as a National Heritage site of the country, the national park has a great number of old rock art paintings said to be done by the Aborigines, which has been living in the region for more than 30,000 years. You can find these paintings in the different shelters found all across the park. It is said that these ancient art is part of the evidence of the Aborigines’ connection with the Grampians.
So, if you don’t want to miss the best tourist destinations in Victoria, the best thing you can do is to go on a Melbourne tour. This way, you can treat yourself not just to Melbourne’s city life of rich dining experience as well as arts and culture but also to its natural wonders.