House Sitting in Melbourne
Voted the World's Most Livable City in 2011 and 2012, Melbourne is a house sitters' dream come true. Situated on Port Philip, a large natural bay, Melbourne is considered Australia's cultural center. It's where Australian film, television, impressionist art movement and dance originated.
Filled with parks and gardens, Melbourne is also known as Australia's Garden City. Many common and rare species of plants can be found in the parks as well as landscaped open areas, walkways and main avenues. The parks have even spread to the suburbs surrounding central Melbourne. There's a host of things to do in Melbourne starting from enjoying the city's beaches and cultural attractions to
watching Australia's major sporting events like the Australian Grand Prix, the Australian Open and the Melbourne Cup.
A short walk from many city center sights, the Melbourne Aquarium is one of the country's top attractions. You'll need at least two hours for a tour of the place including the 360° Oceanarium. There you'll see giant sharks and string rays being fed every day. There's also the Great Barrier Reef exhibit, touch pools and a coral atoll.
Stand in awe at the architectural wonder that is Fed Square, a civic center of over 3 hectares with open squares and a covered Atrium. Built above railway lines, Fed Square houses the Ian Potter Centre, with a comprehensive history of Australian art and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which highlights film, television and digital culture. More than 2,000 events are held every year at Fed Square including festivals, exhibitions, performances, films, concerts and fashion shows. You name it, chances are you'll find it at Fed Square.
Queen Victoria Market
This is where all Melbourne goes to shop. Opened in 1878, it's a landmark, tourist attraction and shopping center all in one. Here you'll find fresh seafood, fruits and veggies, clothing, toys, jewelry and much more.
Crown Entertainment Complex
On the bank of the Yarra River lies Melbourne's top entertainment center that beckons to almost 20 million visitors a year. It has three 5-star hotels, one of the hemisphere's largest casinos, almost 50 restaurants, cafes and bars, two nightclubs, cinemas, an amusement park and a theater for live shows. A visit to the Complex is an experience you won't ever forget.