Melbourne Regional Info (App Version)
Melbourne is regarded as the cultural capital of Australia.
Located in the southern state of Victoria, itself considered to be 'The Garden State'.
The city has literally, something for everyone; for all tastes, all ages and with beautiful, abundant Victoria offering so much more.
It is 'the place to be'.
Melbourne has been voted the world's most liveable city for 4 consecutive years and was recently awarded the title of the friendliest city in the world too.
Known for having 'four seasons in one day', in an average summer, Melbourne has more +30c days than Sydney and less rainfall too.
Melbourne is truly the SPORTS capital of Australia and hosts many world class events which range from Open Tennis and Golf, horse racing, the exciting Formula 1 Grand Prix along with motor cycling at beautiful Phillip Island and not forgetting, the home of Australian Rules Football.
More than 9.2 million visitors come to Melbourne annually, to explore the beautiful city and as a gateway to the fabulous State of Victoria offering so much more to the world and the travelling public.
Melbourne rests on Aboriginal ancestral land and has been the home to the Aboriginal clans of the Wurundjeri and Boonerwrung since the beginning of time.
Melbourne - the place to be:
The destination that is literally for everyone with always something going on whether you're into art, wine, beach life, sport, shopping or just looking to discover the laneways, hidden arcades and cultural aspects that make up amazing Melbourne. It goes beyond this though and is Australia's capital for food, fashion and festivals with a European feel and hospitality to match.
In the CBD area, Federation Square is a focal point with always lots of entertainment. A short walk along Flinders brings you to Degrave Street and argueably the start of the Melbourne Lane ways and arcade network with the famous street art. Moving westerly, either by foot (and Melbourne is a great city to walk) or by tram, take in the developing Docklands area with boat cruises, shopping and the Melbourne Star observation wheel.
No tour is complete without walking the Southbank Promenade passing Crown Casino and even taking in a river boat ride. There's shopping in Bourke Street and Swanston Street which when done, take in chinatown area or Lygon Street, Melbourne's little Italy. Sports enthusiasts, participation or watching are spoiled for choice with the MCG and Olympic Park. All too much then relax with a stroll around Albert Park and the lake, home of the black swan and the Australian Grand Prix circuit.
Use the famous Melbourne tram network and venture out of the CBD area to the eclectic St Kilda scene where the beach, water sports and even a penguin colony are also there to enjoy along with Luna Park, beach side cafes to sit and watch the world go by. All this and don't forget the Botanical Gardens, concerts, numerous festivals and markets.
Discover Victoria - Melbourne's Back Yard.
Where do you start when there's so much? The Mornington Peninsula with an abundance of wineries, golf courses, ocean beaches and seaside towns. How about The Great Ocean Road taking in rainforests, the 12 Apostles, breathe taking views and National Parks including the gateway to the Grampians. Further inland there's the historic townships of Ballarat and Bendigo leading onward toward Echuca and the mighty Murray River with it's paddle steamers and water activities.
Melbourne's Alpine region is just a 3 hour drive away for snow skiing in winter at various resorts that transforms into a treking and camping paradise in the warmer months and to the south of this is the wonderful wine region of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges,
No trip is complete without taking in Phillip Island with the motor racing circuit and the famous penguin parade that delights just as the sun goes down. Complete with surfing beaches it's a great stop over before moving east to discover Wilson's Promontory, a hikers heaven with more breath taking views. Moving on further brings you to the Gippsland Lakes and 90 mile beach, with the lovely town of Metung.
For more details and a guide to discovering more about Melbourne and Victoria, please visit My Guide Melbourne.