The melting pot of cultures in Melbourne is reflected in its restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. You can feast on a dizzying spread of the world's great cuisines or just follow your nose down a cobblestoned laneway in search of the ultimate caffeine hit.
Culture and Creativity
Melbourne kicks up its heels all year round, offering everything from opera and Broadway spectaculars to contemporary dance and comedy. The art scene evolves with constant displays at museums, galleries, public art spaces and artist-run venues throughout the city.
White Night 2017 (TimeOut)
The Sporting Capital
Melbourne’s sporting calendar is packed with electrifying events. Cheer on your favourites at the Australian Open Tennis Championships, Formula 1 Grand Prix and Melbourne Cup Carnival or head to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the ultimate Aussie Rules football experience.
Melbourne's sporting precinct is just a stone's throw away from the bustle of the city centre, surrounded by lush parklands. (Tripadvisor)
A Shoppers Paradise
With locally-designed originals and the best of international brands to choose from, Melbourne shoppers are spoilt for choice. Lose yourself down a laneway, find a bargain at our many markets and immerse yourself in a true shopper's paradise. For the more adventurous, discover Chadstone - the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere!
The Melbourne Emporium shopping centre is one of our best! (Jacaranda)
Easy to Get Around
Melbourne’s public transport system is reliable and easy to navigate. Trams, buses and trains operate throughout the city and its suburbs. It’s also bike-friendly, with a public hire bike service making it even easier to get around.
Melbourne's tram network is extensive and runs frequently throughout the day and night. (WikiCommons)
Melbourne is located in the Australian state of Victoria. There are lots of unique attractions that are easily accessible as day trips, including:
- Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles
- Thermal spas of Hepburn Springs
- Penguin Parade on Phillip Island
- Wineries of the Yarra Valley
- Snowfields in Victoria’s High Country
- Healesville Sanctuary, where you’ll come face-to-face with some of Australia’s unique native animals.
For more information, please see Visit Victoria.
Image: Victoria's 12 Apostles from the above. (Visit Melbourne)
Melbourne is also a great spot from which to see the rest of Australia - you can take a ferry to Tasmania, fly up to the amazing Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, head to gorgeous Sydney to check out the Opera House or take in the stunning Northern Territory, including Uluru and Kakadu National Park.
For more information, please see Tourism Australia.
Heart Reef, The Great Barrier Reef - far north Queensland (ABC)