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With a combination of art galleries, cafés and fine dining, an active sports calendar, and its own unique fashion sense, It’s no wonder Melbourne is considered Australia’s most liveable city. Read on for some tips to getting the most out […]
With a combination of art galleries, cafés and fine dining, an active sports calendar, and its own unique fashion sense, It’s no wonder Melbourne is considered Australia’s most liveable city. Read on for some tips to getting the most out of your trip to Melbourne.
What makes Melbourne’s coffee culture so unique and wonderful? It’s more than just coffee. It’s a way of life. It’s the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans, the hidden spots tucked away in cobblestone alleys, the communal tables, and the buzz of the atmosphere of like-minded coffee lovers that makes Melbourne famous for its coffee.
Explore Melbourne’s laneways
Wander through Melbourne’s cobbled laneways, and marvel at the city’s beautiful street art at every corner. Discover hidden cafes and shopping boutiques from Fitzroy to St Kilda, and take your pick of the city’s world-famous eateries.
Melbourne is Australia’s sporting capital and year-round, there’s something for everyone. Visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground for some AFL excitement from March till September each year, or for a Big Bash or international Cricket spectacle. Go trackside at Flemington Racecourse for the Spring Racing Carnival, most notably the Melbourne Cup in November. Or if you’re a rev-head, try Albert Park for some high-octane excitement at the Formula One Grand Prix.
Queen Vic Markets
Melbourne’s iconic Queen Vic Market is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere. Home to a throng of over 600 small businesses, explore a vast array of offerings, from clothing, jewellery, souvenirs, food and more.
Visit Melbourne’s beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens, and take a walk around the famous ‘Tan’ walking track. While you’re there, why not check out the Melbourne War Memorial, and read up on some of Australia’s proud military history?
While you’re in town, you’re only a short drive away from:
Great Ocean Road
Set off on a Great Ocean Road adventure, and take in the sights of some of Australia’s most breath-taking coastal views. From the 12 Apostles, the surf coast, to spotting wildlife at the various seaside villages, you can take in the sights as well as sampling the regions renowned culinary delights.
Immerse yourself in the lush rainforest surroundings of the Otway Ranges. See the glow worms at Melba Gully, explore the giant tree ferns at Maits Rest, or take the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk.
Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade is one of Australia’s favourite tourist attractions. A great experience for all the family, see the penguins hard at work in their natural habitat! While you’re in town, be sure to check out the local scenic tours and flights available, as well as the various other wildlife tours the region boasts (it’s not all about the penguins!).
Whether you’re an outdoor explorer, a foodie, or a wine connoisseur, the Grampians has an adventure for you. With hiking trails, spectacular views, cosy restaurants, and world-class art shows on offer, the Grampians gives you a chance to choose your own adventure.
Take a journey back to the Gold Rush days of the 1850’s in the period mining town of Sovereign Hill, and see what life was like for some of Australia’s earliest pioneers. Located in Ballarat, an hour from Melbourne, you can pan for gold with other prospectors, tour the original underground gold mines, or just explore the vagaries of the quaint little mining town that is Sovereign Hill. With a range of activities to do and in-character staff to interact with, wandering the streets of Sovereign Hill makes the 1850’s really comes to life.