• Melbourne to be home to tallest building in Southern Hemisphere

    2013-03-21

    There are many reasons why you might want to include Australia travel to your list of prospective vacations. The Land Down Under has some of the most unique natural features in the world, not to mention the thriving cultural hubs of cities like Sydney and Brisbane. Now, with recent plans unveiled by developers, Melbourne will soon become home to Australia 108 - the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.

    The announcement
    The reveal of the plans for Australia 108, which will stand 1,237 feet tall, was by design firm Fender Katsalidis Architects, according to CNN. The skyscraper will be much more than just your typical 100-plus story office building. In fact, the upper reaches of Australia 108 will be home to a luxury hotel with 288 rooms. Construction is expected to begin in 2014, with a completion date about several years after that. By the time it's finished, developers hope it will provide travelers with yet another reason to add Melbourne to their travel plans.

    "Australia 108 has the ability to define Melbourne and signify our coming of age as a dynamic and progressive international city," Nonda Katsalidis, the tower's co-designer told CNN. "Nothing like this exists in our part of the world."

    Not the first skyscraper in Australia
    Though the grand plans for Australia 108 will create an impressive structure, the country is home to many other striking skyscrapers as well. In fact, Q1 - located just up the coast in Queensland - stands 1,058 feet tall, making it one of the highest residential buildings in the world. Melbourne is no stranger to tall structures either, with Eureka Tower reaching around 975 feet.

    Just another reason to visit Melbourne
    Australia 108 may not be completed for several years, but that doesn't mean you should hold off on visiting Melbourne until then. The city is often considered to be one of the best places in the world to live, something that has made it among the top places to travel as well. There's something for everyone in Melbourne, and one of the most popular attractions is undoubtedly Queen Victoria Market. Considered to be among the largest open-air markets in the Southern Hemisphere, the street fair hosts around 600 vendors that sell everything from footwear to food. Even if you don't walk away with anything, the experience is sure to be one you'll remember for years to come.

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