Accessible by the world’s largest tram network, Melbourne’s CBD is fairly compact but what it lacks in size it packs in fun. Here you will find all the luxuries of city living and experience the cosmopolitan lifestyle and creative energy that this city is famous for. So where to first?
Bourke Street Mall is the home of Melbourne department store shopping and along with major retailers David Jones and Myers, has a number of flagship stores and boutiques.
Melbourne’s Chinatown is the oldest in Australia and is a must when visiting the city. Exotic aromas float up from the street vendors and restaurants intermingling with various historic nineteenth century buildings, trendy bars and fashion stores. Why not visit the Chinese Museum and learn about the extensive history of Australia’s Chinese community?
The Collins Street and Little Collins Street areas of Melbourne are known as the top end of town due to their high concentration of designer boutiques in heritage buildings, exclusive jewellers, private clubs and five star hotels. It’s the hippest area to shop in Melbourne and the perfect place to buy something unique.
For a great meal and un-beatable views why not head down to Melbourne’s Docklands? Flinders Quarter is the creative hub of the city and has the highest concentration of commercial galleries in the country. Combined with local and international fashion stores, it’s hard to leave Flinders Quarter without buying something.
Taking a walk down St Kilda Road is a must as is taking in a sporting event at the world famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Now that we have explored the city lets take a look at the surrounding suburbs of Melbourne. Carlton is home to some culturally significant buildings such as the Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Zoo and the site of the first commonwealth parliament of Australia, the Royal Exhibition Building.
Fitzroy is known as the bohemian suburb of Melbourne and has retained its creative spirit thanks to a mix of galleries, studios and specialist bookstores. Quirky shops line the streets full of vintage wares and local designs just waiting to be snapped up.
The bayside suburb of Port Melbourne is the main port of call for international and domestic cruise ship travellers in Victoria. Here tourists will find a range of restaurants, up scale bars and cafes offering a great vantage point to do some people watching.
No trip to Melbourne would be complete without visiting the beach side suburb of St Kilda. Enjoy a walk by the seashore, peruse the arts and crafts markets on the esplanade or let your hair down and ride the rollercoaster at Luna Park.
Melbourne also has a number of high profile, internationally recognised cultural and sporting events every year and if the timing is right are definitely worth a look.
The Australian Open, Melbourne Comedy festival, Melbourne International Film festival and of course the Melbourne Cup are just some of the premier events held throughout the year.
Dining options in Melbourne are varied and depend on whether you’re in the city or in the surrounding suburbs.
Multicultural influences are found all throughout and this is obviously reflected in Melbourne’s culinary choices. Greek, Italian, Chinese and Middle Eastern restaurants are very popular as are great contemporary Australian cuisines found in most pubs and cafés. Why not go exploring and find your very own favourite place to eat in Melbourne?
Accommodation in Melbourne ranges from the luxurious to the budget and everything in between. There is an array of serviced apartments to choose from, including Medina Executive Nothbank. For a budget conscious option try Travelodge Southbank.