Melbourne, located in the state of Victoria is Australia’s second-most populous city. This leading finance, education, entertainment and culture hub is one of the most visited cities in the world. Located on Port Phillip; a large natural bay, Melbourne is home to the second busiest airport in Australia. It is also home to historic landmarks like the Queen Victoria Market and Fitzroy Gardens, world-renowned attractions like the Royal Botanic Gardens, the award winning Melbourne Aquarium, Luna Park, Eureka Tower, and the Melbourne Zoo. Melbourne has so much to offer tourists, that staying just a couple of days is never enough. The city has a diverse and multicultural population and therefore is a melting pot of cultures and religions. Muslims visiting the wonderful city should be aware that they will definitely be able to find Muslim-friendly facilities, such as mosques and Halal restaurants in Melbourne.
Muslim visitors from international destinations will be relieved to know that because Melbourne has a sizeable Muslim population, finding prayer areas in Melbourne will be quite easy. The city has numerous mosques and prayer areas and facilities, even ones at workplaces and university campuses. Some of the most prominent masjids in Melbourne are located in Doncaster, Broadmedows, Preston and Newport. There are however several other mosques in other parts of the city as well.
The Preston Masjid, located in Preston on Cramer Street, is one well-known mosque. The Broadmeadows Mosque – on King Street in Broadmeadows, the Keysborough Mosque or the Keysborough Turkish Islamic Centre - Greens Road in Keysborough, the Meadow Heights Mosque – in Hudson Circuit, Meadow Heights, the Sunshine Mosque or the Australia Light Foundation - on Sunshine Road in Tottenham and the Thomastown Mosque or the Thomastown Turkish Islamic & Educational Society – on Station Street in Thomastown are other prominent mosques in Melbourne.
Muslim visitors to Melbourne could also use the facilities available at the Monash University Mosque, Brunswick Islamic Centre, Islamic Centre of Australia, IISNA Mosque, Newport Islamic Society, Cyprus Turkish Islamic Community, Hume Islamic Youth Centre, Surau Kita, Masjid Khaled bin Alwaleed, Coburg Mosque, Cambellfield Mosque, Dandenong Mosque, Doncaster Mosque, Melbourne West Mosque, Deer Park Mosque, Afghan Mosque of Victoria and Footscray West Mosque, among several others. Most of the mosques mentioned above also have prayer facilities for women. Even better news for tourists is that there are also prayer facilities for Muslim men and women at the Melbourne Airport. All of the above mentioned mosques, as well as the ones that have not been mentioned make every Muslim visitors visit to Melbourne a whole lot easier. The wide availability of prayer facilities in Melbourne allows tourists to do what their hearts desire, as there is no need to plan the day’s activities around prayer times.
Melbourne also has quite a number of amazing Halal restaurants. These restaurants are located all over the city and its suburbs. King Indian Café, Sawasdee Thai Restaurant, Nelayan Indonesian Restaurant, Flamingo's Halal Pizza & Pasta, Little Malaysia, Bismi Restaurant, Minang Restaurant, Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, Kassem's Charcoal Chicken, Aydin Take Away, Golden Terrace Restaurant, Central Kebab House, Tandoori Nights and Tiba's Lebanese Restaurant are just a few of the many restaurants which serve Halal food in Melbourne. Muslims visiting the city therefore have absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to finding Halal food and prayer facilities in Melbourne.