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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Melbourne

Not sure what your next holiday destination should be? Make it Melbourne and see for yourself why Melbourne was voted the most liveable city in the world for many years running. We have everything that you could possibly be looking for and more. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should visit Melbourne today!

Seasons to Suit Everyone in one day

Melbourne is renowned for its four seasons during the year; summer, autumn, winter and spring. Well, get ready, because you will be experiencing all seasons throughout one day! Our famous weather needs to be experienced to be believed. So, whether you enjoy the hot, cold, or in between, there will always be activities available for you and your family to do to get the best out of Melbourne.

During the summer, you won’t be doing much of anything besides going to Melbourne’s scenic and well-known beaches. Around the South-East of Melbourne, you will find beaches in every suburb! Make sure to bring a jumper, you never know with Melbourne, but it might go cold at one point in the day!

Due to our weather, you might think we have no snow. That incorrect; just 2-4 hours away from Melbourne CBD, there are various areas for you to snowboard, ski and enjoy the snow! Take your pick to Mt. Buller, Mt Baw Baw; there’s so many to choose from.

Public Transport Joys

When you get to Melbourne, you will soon realise how convenient it is to travel to your destination via public transport. Save money and forget Uber for this holiday and use Melbourne Trams, as they are accessible within the CBD. Our trams are historical, and Melbourne is the only city in Australia that still runs trams around the town’s heart. Trust me when we say there is transport to everything!

Take Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders, for instance; our hotel is a 2-minute walk from the iconic Southern Cross Station. Easy, accessible and dare we say it fast!

Melbourne is the Cultural Capital of Australia

When you get to Melbourne, you will soon realise there is no shortage of theatres, art galleries, museums, and live music venues scattered all around Melbourne. You won’t be bored, because there is always something going on in Melbourne; we have a festival to celebrate everything! We love our fashion, art, music, food, film, kid’s events and multicultural festivals! The majority of our celebrations are free.

  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  • Food and Wine Festival
  • Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Melbourne is the Sports Capital of Australia

Sports fanatic? So are we! Throughout the year, Melbourne will always have a sporting event and celebration during the weekend. Depending on the month you travel, you will be able to witness at least one of our most amazing Melbourne sporting events. We love our sporting events so much; we make them into public holidays!  Don’t you just want to live here forever?

There’s a reason why Melbourne is voted the sports capital of Australia (mic drop?)

Multi-Cultural Society

Melbourne is home to over 200 countries, with 260 different languages spoken and 135 religions represented. So what we’re saying is that you are welcome with open arms no matter what your ethnicity, religion, etc. Meet fantastic people around Melbourne’s famous bars, sporting events and restaurants. You might also pick up a language or two.

The Food

Do we need to say anything more? You already know how diverse and multicultural Melbourne is. Therefore, the food is not different. No matter what you are craving, whatever cuisine, you will find it in and around Melbourne. We appreciate the support and love for all cultures around Melbourne, and that love is shown in how good the food is down here!

Values History & Architecture

Here in Melbourne, we value our history; every building and statue has its own meaningful story. Melbourne is home to old and new buildings, so take a walk through history and learn everything there is to know about Melbourne within the CBD. As you know now, transport within the CBD is free, so make a day out of it and visit the historical sights we cherish deeply.

  • Shrine of Remembrance
  • Old Melbourne Gaol
  • Immigration Museum

melbourne ghost tours

Nature & Gardens

Melbourne is home to many beautiful gardens, bike paths and walking paths. We cherish nature and look after our gardens. When you arrive in Melbourne, you will notice the never-ending colour of green. We gardens everywhere, perfect for a simple and relaxing day out.

Appreciation of Art, Laneways & Markets

Melbourne is well-known for graffiti art and laneways. We have a passion for everything that is art, where a group of secret artists come together to decorate our laneways. Therefore, the laneways are not a one-time visit! Also, we love our markets, where Queen Victoria Market, our most renowned market filled with stalls and food, resides. A place you need to visit!

Our Animals

We know there are animals worldwide, but around Melbourne, you will see penguins in the flesh walking around the infamous St. Kilda pier. Not only penguins but visit our loveable Koalas and Kangaroos native to Australia, where you have the opportunity to feed them at Moonlit Sanctuary! Truly an experience you don’t want to miss.

These are just the Top 10 reasons to visit Melbourne. The lists go on, but to save yourself the time, why don’t you just book a flight and take your family to Melbourne and see all the fantastic things on this list and then some! We’ll be here waiting for your arrival.

5 Reasons To Visit Melbourne During Your Trip to Australia

Since I’ve been living in the UK, I feel like I’ve been a fantastic ambassador to my home city, Melbourne – I’m always telling people to go there! I was raised in Melbourne, and I have a genuine love and passion for the vibrant and stylish Australian city.

I’m often asked, ‘why on earth did you move to the UK when you love Melbourne so much?’. The answer – I lived there for almost my whole life, and I was simply itching to experience what it was like to live in other areas of the world!

When I hear of other people travelling to Australia for holidays, they don’t mention that they’re going to Melbourne a lot of the time. It’s a given people would like to travel to Sydney because it’s the most prominent tourist hot spot in Australia, and many people do head to Queensland to enjoy the tropical Whitsundays. Both are incredibly stunning and are must-visit destinations, but I do believe you still need to add Melbourne to your Australian travel itinerary.

The Culture & Lifestyle

Melbourne is a multi-cultural and cosmopolitan city. There are influences here from all over the world, from Asia to Italy, Greece, the Middle East, Russia and Poland, the list goes on – making it a diverse and exciting place. The city has such a cool vibe about it, without being too pretentious, and you won’t be able to get over how unique each area is – from the astounding CBD to hipster-centric Brunswick, to trendy South Yarra, to sunny St Kilda. With a fantastic mix of city, parks and beach, Melbourne has something for everyone.

The Events

There is always something happening in Melbourne. Whether it’s some kind of sporting event, such as the Australian Open Tennis (which anyone can buy a ticket to, it’s not ‘exclusive’ like Wimbledon!), the luxurious Melbourne Cup or the Formula One Grand Prix; or food events, such as the Night Noodle Markets or the Food & Wine Festival; incredible exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria (I went to the House of Dior exhibition when I was back home last); 

First-class musicals, concerts and music festivals; and two fashion weeks, VAMFF and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. You’ll never be bored in Melbourne; there’s always something to do.

The Individuality

Melbournians, and Australians in general, love individuality. Chain stores, brands and restaurants aren’t much of a big thing, as we tend to embrace and prefer unique and local companies instead. This is a stark contrast to the UK – chains are huge over here, and individuality can be hard to come by. Melbourne has many independent cafes, bars, restaurants, fashion, lifestyle, and design brands; the list goes on. You will love it.

The Food & The Coffee

When people ask me the best things about Melbourne, I always say ‘the food and the coffee’. Melbourne is home to the best restaurants in Australia, and I genuinely believe some are the best in the world. It is a foodie lover’s paradise. From quirky brunch spots where you’ll find the most indulgent berry, pistachio and hot mascarpone cakes under the sun to the authentic and intimate local wine bars hidden in alleyways and decor-goals restaurants which serve the most mouthwatering and unique dishes you’ll ever taste – Melbourne’s food scene is on fire.

Then there’s the coffee. I tell everyone, you haven’t tasted proper coffee until you’ve tasted Melbourne coffee. You know I’m a huge coffee snob, but so is the rest of Melbourne. Melbournians wouldn’t go near a Starbucks; we just wouldn’t do it… as snobby as that sounds! We like our coffee from individual cafes – when you get to Melbourne, you will totally ‘get it.

The Shopping

Of course, you can’t come to Melbourne and not shop! Along with being the food and coffee capital, Melbourne is also the hottest shopping destination in Australia. With hundreds of significant shopping areas and thousands of brands to choose from and browse through, you’re spoilt with choice. The shopping in the CBD, South Yarra and Brunswick are fantastic, but if you fancy heading to a gorgeous and luxurious shopping mall, Chadstone is your place to go.

10 Reasons Why You Need To Visit Melbourne

eureka skydeck

Melbourne has been voted the worlds most livable city on numerous occasions, yet when you think of Australia, images of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House immediately spring to mind. The country’s second-largest city, and the capital of Victoria, Melbourne, is so often overlooked. Yet, it has it all – style, culture, sport, beaches, architecture, music, wineries – the list goes on and on. So if you’re booking a trip down under, here are ten reasons why you need to put Melbourne on your must-visit list.

1) The Skyline

Melbourne has a skyline to rival any big city, which you can enjoy from the banks and bridges of the Yarra River, at one of the many rooftops, or from the secret laneways running in between the buildings. For 360 views, pop up to the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower and take in the city through the floor to ceiling windows on the incredible Skydeck.

2) The Culture

In the heart of the city, Federation Square sits proudly opposite Flinders Street Station and is Melbourne’s most prominent cultural hub and a popular meeting place. Home to hundreds of exhibitions, concerts, markets and film screenings each year, you can spend a whole day exploring the precinct in itself or use it as a base from which to explore the many museums and galleries nearby. You can also wander the old laneways that lead down to the river’s edge, crammed full of galleries, cafes and budding graffiti artists adorning the walls of famous buildings with new masterpieces daily – take a self-guided walking tour and explore them at your own pace.

3) Sports

From Aussie rules football to cricket, the Grand Prix and tennis, Melbourne is home to many international sporting events and a dedicated population of die-hard sports fans. The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is a great place to catch a game if you can or take a tour if there aren’t any fixtures while you’re in town.

4) Beaches

Once again, Sydney seems to steal all the limelight when it comes to beaches, but Melbourne has some cracking sections of sand on offer! The funky seaside suburb of St Kilda is a 20-minute tram ride from the CBD, and it’s usually lined with beautiful people enjoying the sunshine or listening to live music at one of the bars that spill out onto the promenade. Republica has a great patio, live bands during happy hour every day and a great selection of food and drinks. And the peninsula’s on either side of the city offers incredible surf beaches just over an hours drive away.

5) The Food

The people of Melbourne are severe foodies, and the city is host to no less than 8 Michelin starred restaurants – top picks include Vue de Monde with a great tasting menu and view to match from the 55th floor of the historic Rialto building, or Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner by Heston on Southbank, full of the acclaimed chefs’ tricks and culinary treats. The diverse population means that you can find any cuisine you can think of, from Asian in Soho to Eastern European, Italian on Lygon Street or casual pub-style dining along the Southbank. It’s all there, and the sheer volume of competition means that there is no room for boring menus or boring locations. Eating out is an experience wherever you go!

6) The Markets

Melbourne has a thriving market scene, starting with the jewel in the crown, Queen Victoria Market, where you can peruse aisle after aisle of fresh produce and local crafts before heading to Fitzroy Street for artwork and jewellery, and Federation Square for book bargains.

10 Reasons Why You Need To Visit Melbourne

Melbourne has been voted the worlds most livable city on numerous occasions, yet when you think of Australia, images of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House immediately spring to mind. The country’s second-largest city, and the capital of Victoria, Melbourne, is so often overlooked. Yet, it has it all – style, culture, sport, beaches, architecture, music, wineries – the list goes on and on. So if you’re booking a trip down under, here are ten reasons why you need to put Melbourne on your must-visit list.

1) The Skyline

Melbourne has a skyline to rival any big city, which you can enjoy from the banks and bridges of the Yarra River, at one of the many rooftops, or from the secret laneways running in between the buildings. For 360 views, pop up to the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower and take in the city through the floor to ceiling windows on the incredible Skydeck.

2) The Culture

In the heart of the city, Federation Square sits proudly opposite Flinders Street Station and is Melbourne’s most prominent cultural hub and a popular meeting place. Home to hundreds of exhibitions, concerts, markets and film screenings each year, you can spend a whole day exploring the precinct in itself or use it as a base from which to explore the many museums and galleries nearby. You can also wander the old laneways that lead down to the river’s edge, crammed full of galleries, cafes and budding graffiti artists adorning the walls of famous buildings with new masterpieces daily – take a self-guided walking tour and explore them at your own pace.

3) Sports

From Aussie rules football to cricket, the Grand Prix and tennis, Melbourne is home to many international sporting events and a dedicated population of die-hard sports fans. The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is a great place to catch a game if you can or take a tour if there aren’t any fixtures while you’re in town.

australian football league (afl) game at the melbo

4) Beaches

Once again, Sydney seems to steal all the limelight when it comes to beaches, but Melbourne has some cracking sections of sand on offer! The funky seaside suburb of St Kilda is a 20-minute tram ride from the CBD, and it’s usually lined with beautiful people enjoying the sunshine or listening to live music at one of the bars that spill out onto the promenade. Republica has a great patio, live bands during happy hour every day and a great selection of food and drinks. And the peninsula’s on either side of the city offers incredible surf beaches just over an hours drive away.

5) The Food

The people of Melbourne are severe foodies, and the city is host to no less than 8 Michelin starred restaurants – top picks include Vue de Monde with a great tasting menu and view to match from the 55th floor of the historic Rialto building, or Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner by Heston on Southbank, full of the acclaimed chefs’ tricks and culinary treats. The diverse population means that you can find any cuisine you can think of, from Asian in Soho to Eastern European, Italian on Lygon Street or casual pub-style dining along the Southbank. It’s all there, and the sheer volume of competition means that there is no room for boring menus or boring locations. Eating out is an experience wherever you go!

6) The Markets

Melbourne has a thriving market scene, starting with the jewel in the crown, Queen Victoria Market, where you can peruse aisle after aisle of fresh produce and local crafts before heading to Fitzroy Street for artwork and jewellery, and Federation Square for book bargains.

7) Rooftops

During the summer months, bars, cinemas and restaurants roll out across Melbourne’s rooftops so you can soak up the city while you listen to live music, relax in balcony bars and watch movies beneath the stars. They’re becoming increasingly trendy in a new and inventive use of space, and many require secret passwords or handshakes to gain entry! My faves include the small but quirky Goldilocks Garden. It has a great cocktail menu, and access is via a dingy Chinese restaurant! The Marquis of Lorne rooftop has a more chilled, pub vibe and for tourist views of the river and the city on a sunny day, you can’t beat the Transit Rooftop Bar on Fed Square.

8) The River

The Yarra River flows right through the centre of the city and acts as a focal point for social activities and many cultural events. In the CBD, the banks are lined with shops and restaurants with cycle and footpaths linking the city with its sporting stadiums and parks. Enjoy a boat trip, watch the rowers train or settle on the banks for a picnic or barbecue in one of the many designated areas.

9) The Parks

You can’t go to Melbourne and not take a stroll or go for a run around the “Tan,” a 5K track that runs around the Botanic Gardens right next to the river. Originally a horse track, it’s now one of the city’s most popular spots, and you may well spot a celebrity out for a jog.

10) The Great Ocean Road

If you have time, hire a car and hit the road to explore one of Australia’s most beautiful drives. The Great Ocean Road meanders its way past some of the most stunning beaches in the world and the 12 apostles (or what’s left of them), a mesmerising rock formation that gives Stonehenge a run for its money.

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