Melbourne is a city famous for its sense of style. Thrilling events are its trademark, as are its wineries and shops. Melbourne boasts of beautiful buildings and countless galleries.
Melbourne is a haven for special events. It is home to the country’s richest horse race, the world-famous Tooheys Blue Melbourne Cup, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Australian Open Tennis Championship, and the birthplace of Australian Rules Football.
When to visit:
Melbourne has a much to offer year round, but best times to see the city are during the big events such as the Spring Racing Carnival in October and early November, the Australian Open in January or the Grand Prix in March.
Must see in Melbourne:
- Survey Melbourne Zoo, exhibiting more than 350 animal species.
- Then enjoy the Rialto Observation Deck’s panoramic views. Take a tram to one of Melbourne’s unique inner villages of Fitzroy, South Yarra, St Kilda, Carlton or Richmond.
- Melbourne’ famous gardens include the Royal Botanical Gardens or Fitzroy Gardens – home to Captain Cooks Cottage.
- The Mansion at Werribee Park is set amongst spectacular rose gardens.
- National Wool Museum – see why Australia’s is called “home on a sheep’s back.”
- Geelong Waterfront – wonderfully restored to become a place to dine.
- Mt Macedon Memorial Cross – famous World War 1 memorial.
- Convent Gallery Daylesford – a famous convent, now a superb restaurant and gallery.
- Organ Pipes National Park – for amazing rock columns.
- Hardware Lane epitomizes Melbourne’s laneway renaissance with cobbled lanes.
- Discover one of Melbourne’s finest 19th century buildings – Old Custom House.
Enjoy the rhythm on the dance floor!!!! There are a number of clubs for a great night out with fabulous music. You’re bound to find a club with the right mood and mix.
Throughout the year events like Ministry of Sound and Gatecrasher are run at Docklands and the Palace. Summer’s the time for dance, music, with a number of outdoor festivals.
Some of the well known clubs/pubs:
- Heat Nightclub and Cocktail Bar
- The Prince Of Wales
Dining in the city:
Melbourne’s melting pot of cultures is reflected in its variety of restaurants, cafes. Melbourne’s dining spots offer a cosmos spread of the world’s great cuisines, serving every palate.
Here you can enjoy afternoon tea in the refined surroundings of a nineteenth-century hotel. Explore Melbourne’s specialist eating destinations – Richmond for Vietnamese dishes, Carlton for Italian classics, Fitzroy for tantalising Spanish tapas.
Try some of these for an entirely different dining experience:
– Café de Stasio
– Circa, the prince
– Flower Drum
– Red Emperor
– The stokehouse
Melbourne is an easy city to navigate, and almost everything is within walking distance – if it’s not, you can simply hop aboard a train or tram.
Melbourne’s trams are a great way to explore the city and inner suburbs. Ride the free City Circle tram for a great experience.
A bus will get you to places trams and trains don’t go.
Melbourne is an easy city to drive due to its wide thoroughfares and simple grid city plan, so jump in a car and see the city at your own pace.
Melbourne’s three major freeways are connected by CityLink, a fully electronic tollway.
Or take the ferry across the bay from Southbank and St Kilda to Williamstown or along the Yarra for a scenic and convenient way around.