Best things to do under the Melbourne Skyline and its Outskirts

Best things to do under the Melbourne Skyline and its Outskirts

Melbourne’s vigor and verve are addictive. The city’s throbbing charm resonates a rapture that is difficult to resist. Referred to as the ‘Cultural Capital of Australia’, Melbourne provides one with an array of activities during vacation. From just sightseeing to being part of the culture, this great city offers a little something to all its enthusiasts. With the bustling markets, fantastic architecture, the sprawling green gardens and sophisticated sport facilities, one wouldn’t know what to choose. If you are planning to visit this city for a holiday or a business trip, here are some of the best things to do under the Melbourne skyline and its outskirts.

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Brisbane an ugly city according to Alain de Bottonr

Brisbane an ugly city according to Alain de Bottonr

Is Brisbane Really So Ugly?

Author and philosopher, Alain de Botton, has used Brisbane as an example of one of the ugly cities of the world. He cites it as the result of poor planning restrictions (or a lack of planning) and says “everyone thinks Brisbane is a bit of a mess”.

Kurilpa Bridge Brisbane

As someone who’s lived in Brisbane for a few decades, it got me thinking. Certainly we have our fair share of boring 70s concrete government buildings scattered throughout the CBD, and planning is not something our government excels at, but if you look at the city as a whole picture I really don’t think it’s as horrible as he makes out. Sure, being a relatively young city (on a world scale) we don’t have the classic architecture you might find in the romantic European cities of old, but there is a certain beauty to be found. This is especially true once the sun sets, and the city takes on a very different look.

Below are photos that I have taken over the past few years in Brisbane. Beauty is always subjective, but I’d urge you to look at all the photos below and tell me that Brisbane really is so ugly. (Click the thumbnails to view larger)

What do you think? Leave a comment below with your view.

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Things to do in Adelaide

Things to do in Adelaide

Adelaide, a beautiful and charming Australian city, is famous for its 19th century architecture, wide parkland areas, and the ultimate sense of openness. The wonderful city hosts an extensive array of events, exhibitions and festivals throughout the year, and it is a hub for culture and art in Australia.

Recently, Adelaide was named as a ‘top city to visit in 2014’ by Lonely Planet; it is the only Australian city that could make it through in the world’s top holiday destinations 2014 list declared by Lonely Planet. (more…)