Melbourne, VIC: Destination Guide

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Immerse yourself in Australia's cultural heartbeat with a trip to the ever exciting and always surprising city of Melbourne.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Melbourne or find and book accommodation in Melbourne today.

About Melbourne

Melbourne is the only Australian city where you need to carry an umbrella and a pair of sunnies all year round. Despite its four-seasons-in-one-day weather, Melbournians make the most of what the city has to offer. You’ll find world-famous coffee, live music, notable restaurants, hidden bars and galleries, plus a range of festivals held throughout the year. If you decide to get out of town, you'll find a number of world class wineries and stunning beaches right on your doorstep. With all this and more, it's easy to see why Melbourne is constantly ranked the world's most liveable city.

Things to do in Melbourne

The best of Melbourne is almost hidden from the public, so don’t be afraid to get lost in the city grid. Perch yourself on one of the many rooftops or peruse the laneways to uncover the hidden bars, covert galleries and secret shops which Melbourne is famous for. For those looking for a relaxing break, the city is touted as a shopper’s paradise with designer boutiques dotted throughout famous laneways of Melbourne.

Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia, and home to many great sporting events throughout the year. It hosts many high profile international events such as the Australian Open tennis, the Australian Grand Prix, the Boxing Day Test, and the glamorous Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, all of which are worth planning your trip around. And of course, Melbourne is the Australian centre of AFL, with games held each weekend at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground and Etihad Stadium. If you love your sport, you have to visit Melbourne.

Attractions in Melbourne

Melbourne Cricket Ground

The Melbourne Cricket Ground, or MCG, is a Melbourne icon. Built in 1853, the stadium is the home of AFL and cricket, and a veritable mecca for sports fans. The MCG also houses the Natioanl Sports Museum, Australia's finest collection of sporting artefacts and history.

Melbourne Aquarium

SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium is the perfect destination for a family day out. Located on the Yarra waterfront opposite Crown Casino, the aquarium is home to a fascinating collection of animals, including sharks, turtles, tropical fish, sawfish and more.

National Gallery of Victoria

Founded in 1861, the National Gallery of Victoria houses an extensive collection of art works from Europe, Asia, America and Oceania, and showcases both permanent and travelling exhibitions. The works displayed span thousands of years and represent a wealth of ideas, disciplines and styles. From contemporary pieces to classic works, fashion and design to sound and dance right through to architecture, this NGV is an exciting and must see destination.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Take a stroll around the beautifully manicured Royal Botanic Gardens, and enjoy a picnic by the lake. While you're here, why not check out the view from the top of the Shrine of Remembrance.

Eureka Tower

For those who aren’t afraid of heights ascend the Eureka Tower, the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere offering spectacular views of Greater Melbourne.

Melbourne Zoo

Situated close to the CBD, the Melbourne Zoo allows you to get up close and personal with a wide range of impresses animals. Visit the lions, giraffes, zebras, elephants, tigers, hippos, meerkats and more, or catch a glimpse of some of Australia's most beloved wilflife, like koalas, wombats and platypuses. Great for kids and adults alike, pack a picnic and make the most out of this fantastic destination.

Federation Square

Federation Square is one of the most interesting looking buildings in the country and always hosts free entertainment. Check out the incredible Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), visit the Ian Potter Centre and Gallery, or just grab a beer at one of the man quality bars. While you're here, snap a photo of Flinders Street Station, the oldest train station in Australia.

Getting to Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, located in the south east of Australia.

By car

Melbourne can be reach by car from anywhere in Australia, assuming you have the time. To drive from Sydney will require about nine hours, while the drive from Adelaide will take about eight hours.

By air

Direct routes exist from every major city in Australia to Melbourne, with international flights also operating out of the Tullamarine airport.

By ferry

Visitors from Tasmania can also reach Melbourne via the Spirit of Tasmania, a ferry which leaves Tasmania from the town of Devonport and docks in Melbourne's harbour.

When to visit Melbourne

Melbourne recorded the second hottest day in a capital city when the mercury rose to 46.4⁰C in February, 2009. However in Melbourne, you might get sunshine in the height of winter or a downpour in the summer months. The city is notorious for its tumultuous and unexpected weather patterns.

Where to stay in Melbourne

Melbourne is a hub of accommodation options, with everyone from the budget conscious to the high end travellers about to find their perfect match. For more accommodation options in Melbourne, click here.

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