MELBOURNE: DIVERSE | CULTURAL | TEMPERATE
Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is divided into two parts by the Yarra River. The city center comprises of chic laneway eateries and rooftop bars in former industrial buildings. Often hailed as the cultural capital of Australia, museums here feature historic and contemporary works of aboriginal art and more. Avenues are lined with Victorian-era buildings and decorated with edgy street art. Both locals and visitors alike enjoy the outdoor activities, boutiques, restaurants, cafés, and nightlife. Outside the city, wineries, mountain hikes and ocean drives promise to delight and thrill.
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BEFORE YOU GO
Most visitors base themselves in the city center. Melbourne's grid layout makes it an easy city to navigate, with most attractions located within walking distance. Transport options include train, tram, bus or shuttle.
From boutiques to chains, Melbourne offers a fine array of accommodations. The list below outlines some of the more luxurious hotels with amenities and features that appeal to the discerning.
Iconic treats include the meat pie, fish and chips, lamingtons, Vegemite sandwiches, and fairy bread - buttered toast covered with tiny colorful balls made with sugar and starch. More refined dining options include restaurants that serve up seasonal culinary delights made with locally grown produce. Many establishments exhibit art collections by celebrated artists, offer mesmerizing city views and impress with impeccable service.
Melbourne has many bars located outdoors and on rooftops with spectacular views. In the revitalized and street art covered laneways, are pubs hidden in plain sight. To enjoy some of the best pinot noirs and chardonnay, head to the picturesque countryside of the Yarra Valley.
SEE & DO
Melbourne offers a fantastic combination of historical, cultural, and urban sights and sounds. Enjoy the city, with its gardens and architectural delights, before heading out to the mountains, beaches and more.
12 Apostles – Day Trip
Dandenong Ranges – Day Trip
Flinders Street Railway Station
Almost every luxury hotel has a signature spa offering a vast number of eclectic treatments from exotic lands. There are numerous day spas conveniently located throughout the city and a hot springs experience situated outside of Melbourne in a picturesque setting.
Shoppers can idle the afternoon away browsing through locally made crafts, gifts, jewelry, aboriginal art, hand painted pottery, oils, herbs and spices as well as artisan made chocolates and ‘Melbourne City Rooftop Honey’ at quaint boutiques, markets and malls.
Haigh's Chocolates Collins Street