In a world where trending Instagram hashtags guide you to your next travel destination, here are our top five picks that guarantee the best visuals of Victoria, Melbourne. By Girik Gupta
Built in the 1860s, Wallace Hut, near Falls Creek, is one of 106 huts in the Alpine National Park. While the rest burnt down in a terrible forest fire in 2003, Wallace Hut survived. Today, this makes for a great picnic spot. You can take the Wallace Heritage Trail which begins at the Wallace Hut and runs for 6.5 kms along the Bogong High Plains Road with picturesque views of the Falls Creek.
Port Fairy is a charming fishing village at the end of the Great Ocean Road where 19th-century cottages built by whalers, a local fishing port, Northfolk pines lining the street, and quaint old churches make your pictures Instagram-worthy. Take a stroll down the road at dusk to witness fishermen unload crayfish and abalone from the boats or cruise along the seal colony in Lady Julia Percy island to witness the native animals in their habitat.
COOP’S SHOT TOWER
This 120-year-old tower standing at 50 metres has numerous steel rods converging at the apex of the conical glass ceiling, making it a great backdrop to numerous artistic projections. You can come here at different points in the day and photograph the tower depending on where the metal beams cast shadows.
This fascinating lane in Melbourne marks the dynamic street art culture of the city. Here, artists from around the world have left their trademark styles on walls of buildings for tourists to discover. There are tours that take you through the significance of each. Double up your street walk with a visit to MoVida, a hip tapas bar that requires advance booking.
ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
With history spanning over 100 years, the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens remain first witnesses to numerous political events of the past. Today, this World Heritage Site plays host to an eclectic mix of events, from fashion shows and hot rod exhibitions to food and music festivals. The garden looks most beautiful in autumn when it assumes an orange colour from the fallen leaves.