Melbourne: City of Enclaves

Melbourne is a wonderfully diverse city. Word-class shopping, dining and a vibrant cultural scene meet quirky boutiques, funky bars and an abundance of atmospheric local eateries. Not sure just where to start in marvellous Melbourne?

Here’s a run-down on some of the more popular destinations.

Urban Cool

The city centre is home to gorgeous historic laneways dotted with boutiques, craft stores, galleries and cafes.

There are major department stores, high fashion, the cream of local designers and unique homewares. Southbank and Dockland are waterfront precincts bustling with restaurants, shopping, galleries and live entertainment for all the family.

Don’t miss the National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum which often present outstanding world-class exhibitions.

Eclectic Enclaves

It’s just a short tram ride to any number of colourful suburbs.

In bohemian Fitzroy, wander along Brunswick St and discover vintage fashion, hand-crafted homewares, cool local designers, groovy small bars and fabulous cafes. Stop for lunch and mingle with the locals.

Head south of the city to chic South Yarra and Prahran and you’ll discover the wares of upcoming and established local fashion designers, unique gifts, furniture and homewares. South Yarra is also home to majestic old buildings, many of which have been turned into galleries and boutique guesthouses.

Multicultural Mecca

Melbourne has the largest population of Greeks outside their homeland, and Italians aren’t far behind. Head to Lygon Street in Carlton and savour the aromas and flavours of homemade pastas, pizzas and bistro classics.

Chinatown close to the centre of town is always a family favourite and a visit at Chinese New Year will see the streets alive with colourful lanterns, dancing dragons and fireworks.

Seaside Melbourne

St Kilda is a seaside suburb famed for casual dining, quirky shopping and Luna Park, the classic fun park that opened here in 1912. Take a ride on the rollercoaster for fabulous views.

Feeling energetic? Then hop on a bike and take the Bay Trail all the way to the elegant cafes, restaurants and shops of Brighton.

Another option is Williamstown, a historic waterfront suburb to the south. Melbourne’s original port is now the place to fossick through art and craft shops, or dine in beautiful heritage buildings by the water.   

Natural Attractions

With the Yarra River winding thorough the centre of the city, Melbourne is no stranger to natural attractions. Active types are encouraged to hire a bike and explore the beautiful 5km Yarra trail along the river’s edge.

Or you might spend a leisurely few hours exploring the beautiful Melbourne Botanic Gardens. With local Australian flora, wide green lawns and towering trees, this is a wonderful place to stroll and make the most of the city skyline views.

The Aboriginal Heritage Walk lets you experience an Indigenous smoking ceremony and learn about traditional uses of plants for food, medicine and even tools.

There are plenty of nooks and crannies in stunning Melbourne just waiting to be discovered. Why not book your adventure today, and create your own adventure in always eclectic Melbourne?