Uncover a world of old and new, of art and culture and of food and wine. Melbourne offers all this and more in one cosmopolitan city. As Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne may not bask in as much of the limelight as the bigger and flashier Sydney. But look a little deeper and you’ll see why many Australians (well, Melburnians at least) believe this city is the best in Australia.
Meander through the city’s hidden alleys and laneways and you’ll find charming cafés and bars, unique galleries and intimate boutiques. Admire the mix of heritage and contemporary architecture including the bustling Flinders Street Station and the cultural hub of the city, Federation Square.
Melbourne is a food lover’s paradise. You can dine in some of the finest three hatted restaurants in the country or enjoy some rustic fare in the authentic Italian restaurants of Lygon Street – the Little Italy of Melbourne. There’s nothing nicer than a hearty meal to keep you going while travelling around a new city.
There’s so much to see and do around the city’s centre. Take a walk along the banks of the Yarra River or stroll through the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens, home of the restored Captain Cook’s Cottage. Visit the National Gallery of Victoria, wander the hundreds of fresh produce market stalls at the Queen Victoria Markets or just relax and watch the world go by while sipping one of Melbourne’s famous lattes.
Melburnians like most Australians are incredibly proud of their sporting culture. The city plays host to the Australian Open tennis grand slam in January each year plus the Melbourne Grand Prix, major golfing tournaments, cricket matches and rugby union and rugby league games throughout the year. Not to mention the beloved Australian Rules Football which has some of the most passionate fans in the world.
Make sure you visit the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground. The imposing ground, affectionately known as ‘The G’ is rich with emotion and has a marvellous history that positions it among the greatest sporting arenas in the world. It’s the birthplace of test cricket, the home of Australian Rules Football and was the host of the 1956 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.