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Welcome to Melbourne

Escape to Melbourne, a culture capital pulsing with the finest wine, food, arts and sports.

Melbourne sprawls along either side of the Yarra River on the south-east coast of Australia at the northern end of Port Philip bay. The area was originally home to Aborigines for thousands of years before settlement by the British.

It is a sophisticated Australian city with a distinctly European feel.  It is easy to lose yourself in its galleries, museums and lush green parks such as the Royal Botanical Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens and Carlton Gardens. Its trams are an attraction in themselves; the burgundy-coloured City Tram provides a free way of exploring the city.

Melbourne’s nightlife is electric and its entertainment scene is buzzing and will keep you coming back for more. The best time to visit is during the annual Fringe Festival when the city is alive with international and local performers turning the streets into a carnival of theatre, acrobatics and art. 

As the capital of Victoria, Melbourne and its surrounding area are stunning. It is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery. This is most evident when driving along the Great Ocean Road or when visiting the Yarra Valley and its vineyards.

Today the city is home to over three million people and a variety of cultures including Vietnamese, Lebanese, Chinese and Greek. It plays host to world-renowned sporting events like the Melbourne Cup, Australian Open Tennis and Qantas Australia Grand Prix.

Melbourne is a stunning city whatever time of year you visit. With its excellent entertainments, attractions and shopping you’ll never be short of something to do.

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The city has four distinct seasons and usually enjoys a pleasant, temperate climate.  It is probably best visited in the summer months (November to March) when temperatures are generally warmer. Winter can be chilly with an average July temperature 13°C.

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Shopping

Shopping

The people of Melbourne enjoy shopping and that is apparent in the number of shopping centres that have sprung up all over the city. Practically every suburb has a large centre so you are never far away from a retail fix.

The main shopping street is Bourke Street which offers a selection of shops selling all manner of goods. One of the largest shopping centres in the city is Chadstone Shopping Centre (corner of Princes Highway and Warrigal Road) which is home to many international and Australian clothes stores.

Bridge Road (Richmond) is great for bargains with many designer shops and large retail outlets. If you are looking for shopping that this both sophisticated and expensive, head for Chapel Street (South Yarra). Just off here is Grenville Street which is home to shops offering cool, retro items.

Melbourne also has several markets. Worth a mention here is the Victoria Market (corner of Victoria and Elizabeth Street) which has become as much a tourist attractions as a market. Plus there are the Sunday markets at the Victoria Arts Centre (St Kilda Road, South Bank) which sells local crafts and the Camberwell Market (Station Street, Camberwell) where you’ll find antiques, bric-a-brac and clothes.

 

Food & Drink

  • Bistro Vite

  • The Meat & Wine Co Southbank

  • Kake Di Hatti Restaurant

  • DiMattina's Restaurant & Bar

  • Chapelli’s Restaurant

  • Bamboo House Restaurant

  • Siam Orchid Restaurant

  • Tran Tran Restaurant

  • Fast Eddy’s Café

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entertainment

Melbourne is Australia’s theatre capital with regular shows being performed at venues such as the Victoria Arts Centre, The Regent Theatre and The Princes Theatre.

Music lovers won’t be disappointed either with concerts being played at The Victoria Arts Centre, The Concert Hall and Sydney Myer Music Hall. If you prefer modern music there are a number of pubs, clubs and other venues around the city that regularly host concerts. The best way to find out what is happening where is by looking at the gig guide in The Herald Sun Daily or the Friday Melbourne Entertainment Guide in The Age newspaper. Most of the good pubs are out of the city centre and some names to look out for are:

·         The Depot, Bridge Road, Richmond

·         Birdie O’Reilly’s, Little Collins Street, Brunswick

·         The Elephant & Wheelbarrow, Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

·         Star Bar, Clarendon Street, South Melbourne

·         Molly Blooms, Port Melbourne

There are many nightclubs in Melbourne, to find the right venue for you ask at your hotel for recommendations. Below are just a few suggestions to get you started.

·         The Motel, York Street, South Melbourne

·         Metro, Bourke Street

·         Mercury Lounge, Crown Casino, Southbank

·         La di da, Little Bourke Street

·         Seven Nightclub, Albert Road, South Melbourne

·         Robarta and the Nest, Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

When it comes to sporting entertainment, you must try and squeeze in a visit to one of the Aussie Rules Football matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

festivals month

  • January

    Australia Day; Australian Open Tennis Tournament
  • February

    St Kilda Festival; Chinese New Year
  • March

    Moomba Festival; Australian F1 Grand Prix; Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Comedy Festival; Mallacoota Festival of the Southern Ocean
  • April

    Comedy Festival; Mallacoota Festival of the Southern Ocean, Anzac Day; Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
  • July

    Melbourne International Film Festival; Autumn Music Festival
  • August

    The Age Melbourne Writer’s Festival
  • September

    Aussie Rules Grand Final
  • October

    Melbourne Festival; Melbourne Fringe Arts Festival; Melbourne Cup
  • November

    Wine Australia
  • December

    Summer Xtreme Games

excursions

If you want to explore further afield while in Melbourne, there are a number of local excursions you can take. Your hotel will be able to provide you with details of local tour operators, however here are a few suggestions to get you started.


·         Phillip Island (inc. Cape Woolamai and the Koala Conservation Centre)

·         Yarra Valley Wineries

·         Great Ocean Road

·         Sovereign Hill

·         The Dandenong Mountain Range

·         Ferntree Gully National Park

·         Healesville Sanctuary

·         Ballarat

·         Grampians National Park


 

Health & Safety

Melbourne is a safe city but you are advised to take the usual precautions with your valuables when out and about, especially in crowded areas.

Healthcare standards are very high and therefore very expensive. Doctors and hospitals will require immediate payment for any treatment provided to overseas tourists. There is a reciprocal agreement that means emergency hospital treatment is free to UK residents. However you have to apply for the waiver after receiving treatment.

Any non-essential medical attention (such as ambulance transport and prescription drugs) will be charged therefore you are strongly advised to ensure you have sufficient medical insurance in place before travelling.