Melbourne is one of Australia’s premier holiday destinations and attracts millions of visitors each year. Melbourne is the gateway to Victoria and sits astride the Yarra River at the very top of Port Phillip Bay.
It is Australia’s second largest city (population of approx 4 million) with a mix of modern high rise towers, preserved historic Victorian era architecture and magnificent parks and gardens.
Some of Australia’s most well known natural attractions and holiday destinations are to be found in the areas surrounding the city. Melbourne is the perfect base for travel to the Yarra Valley, the Dandenong Ranges, the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island, to name just a few highlights.
The city is renowned for its great festivals, sports spectaculars, gourmet food and wine and its vibrant arts scene. The calendar of events in Melbourne extends throughout the year with events for every taste and age.
The cosmopolitan Melbourne restaurants, the mix of modern and historic, lively entertainment, boutique shopping and non-stop cavalcade of festivals and events all combine to make Melbourne holidays an experience for all ages.
Travel is simple on the excellent network of Melbourne transport consisting of trams, trains and buses that criss-cross the city and surrounding areas. To see the best that the city offers her visitors, a rental car is highly recommended as the metropolitan area covers a large area and many of the major attractions are just beyond the city outskirts.
Melburnians love their sport and the city boasts some of Australia’s major sporting venues. The Australian Formula One Grand Prix, the Australian Open Tennis Tournament, the Australian MotoGP, the Melbourne Cup horse race and spring racing carnival all take place in Melbourne and attract huge crowds.
The AFL final is played at the end of September and attracts crowds of up to 100,000 people who cram into every possible vantage point at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Melbourne accommodation choices are many and varied, ranging from 5 star luxury hotels to economy motel accommodation for the budget conscious traveller. Patrons of the smaller boutique hotels are well catered for in Melbourne. Due to the many major events and festivals throughout the year, Melbourne hotels and apartments can be difficult to find.