Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital. It's often unfairly overlooked by the icons of big-name Sydney, but Melbourne's laid-back cool means it doesn't need to compete. Each of its areas buzzes with unique character, from the stylish boutiques of Collins Street and hole-in-the-walls of Chinatown to the traditional cuisine of the The Greek Quarter and parks of the Yarra Precinct.
Central Business District, Melbourne
The excitement of discovering hidden restaurants and cafes, creative galleries and seaside esplanades are what makes Melbourne so charming. Whether a culture buff, sports nut, foodie or fashionista, you’ll find your niche in Melbourne – often named Australia's most European city. Enjoy a sunset beer on the St Kilda promenade, see the Southern Hemisphere’s best collection of international art, browse the boutiques of trendy Brunswick Street or catch an AFL football or cricket game.
Vintage tram, Melbourne
We also recommend a visit to the vintage City Circle tram that runs across Flinders, Spring, Nicholson, La Trobe and Spencer – a fine way to explore the city. For dining, Melbourne is truly unparalleled, with everything from hidden Asian hotspots to Michelin-star delights dotted around the city on offer. Don’t miss a stroll around Melbourne’s famous laneways, a maze of hidden arcades and lantern-lit lanes that are the city’s cultural heart, such as the famous graffiti streets of the trendy Fitzroy district.
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Excursions in Melbourne
To match its array of attractions, there's a near-endless collection of things to do in Melbourne. Let a local guide bring its artsy laneways to life, go on a vegan food tour of bohemian Fitzroy or take in the skyline with a ride in a hot air balloon. Alternatively, you can hit the waters to see the city from a different perspective, enjoying a cruise or kayak paddle along the Yarra River. There's also plenty of the unique, including the likes of ghost tours and the chance to water the world-famous Melbourne Gardens. You can even taste your way through the city's esteemed microbreweries. If anything grabs your attention, contact your tailor-made specialist to start organising your trip. They'll also be more than happy to recommend something for you.
Enjoy a coffee in quirky, art-filled surroundings in the laneways (pictured: Tattersalls Lane)
Top itineraries in Melbourne
Drive one of the world’s greatest coastal drives as you trace Victoria’s spectacular coastline. Swap Melbourne’s city cool for golden sands, vineyards and the Twelve Apostles.
Discover the dramatic coastline between Sydney and Melbourne and enjoy penguin parades on beautiful island reserves and a luxury bush camp stay in Jervis Bay.
A six night self-drive starting in Melbourne, shows you the very best of Victoria’s world-class wine and stunning wildlife.
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Top places to stay in Melbourne
The Langham Hotel Melbourne is a reinterpretation of the original Langham grand hotel, offering the city’s finest luxury hotel experience.
Located right on the banks of the Yarra River, the opulent Crown Towers Merlbourne sets the benchmark for Australian luxury hotels.
The Hotel Lindrum is a classic building with an excellent location on Flinders Street, within walking distance of a wealth of attractions.
When to go to Melbourne
Not too dissimilar to the UK, Melbourne enjoys a lovely range of seasons: blooming spring, a warm and dry summer, an orange-hued autumn and sharp, crisp winter. It's warmest at the start of the year, with an average temperature of 26 degrees, while the winter months bring a milder temperature and some rainfall. It's not as wet as Sydney, though, and there isn't a bad time of year to visit. The strong seasonal differences make it a delight to visit all year round.
From city kayaking and beach relaxation to rooftop bars and street art, this is the finest that Australia's third city has to offer, showcasing its unique breadth.
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