Melbourne may be Australia's second largest city, but it's the country's culture capital. It's situated on Port Phillip Bay, and packed with Victorian buildings, museums, galleries, large parks, and gardens. The tree-lined streets and green spaces create a clean, eco-friendly vibe, which is probably part of the reason Melbourne has consistently been dubbed as one of the world's most livable cities.
The city's roots can be traced back to the mid-1800s, when British settlers colonized the city after finding gold in the surrounding hills. Now, burgundy colored (and free!) City Circle trams zig-zag across the metropolis. It's easy for visitors to explore the city at a relaxed pace within a few days.
One of the city's most popular sights is Southbank's Eureka Skydeck 88, the Southern Hemisphere's tallest observation tower. Another hot spot, Melbourne City Centre -- also known as the Central Business District -- is a place where visitors will be able to find just about anything, from mini golfing, to churches, to malls.
Business travelers will likely want to stay within the City Centre -– the Central Business District. As the city’s heart, the City Centre is also great option for those looking to be within walking distance of all the major sights. Visitors seeking Melbourne’s bohemian side should check out Fitzroy –- an interesting quarter filled with funky pubs and boutiques –- and possibly the inner suburb of Brunswick, which some have called the “new Fitzroy.” High-end shoppers should check out South Yarra, which lies just south of the river, and is chock-full of luxurious shops and eateries.
|Peak:||May - August; December - March|
|Visa:||Yes, specific information can be found here|
|Vaccines:||Only for yellow fever, if you're arriving from an infected area|
|Electricity:||230 V, 50 Hz|
|Tipping:||Not expected, but 10% for high-end restaurant service|