Melbourne Travel Guide (VIC, 3000)

The world's most livable city

Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria, is set around the shores of Victoria's Port Phillip Bay and boasts a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, with chic boutiques, buzzing cafés and bars, immaculate gardens and festivals and popular sporting events. The city sits on the Yarra River, about five kilometres from the bay.

One glance at a map and it's obvious Melbourne is a planned city: a tidy, balanced grid of neatly angled streets. But beneath this sense of restraint lies a restless creative energy. Discover the work of talented local artists, architects and designers in stylish fashion boutiques, buzzing laneway cafés, hidden galleries and trendy bars.

Melbourne is a city of style and sophistication, with an inviting cosmopolitan atmosphere. It is a melting pot of cultures reflected in its microcosm of restaurants, cafés, bistros and bars. Melbourne's dining offers a dizzying spread of great cuisines, serving meals from the substantial and classic to the truly exotic.

From locally designed originals to the best of international fashion brands you'll be spoilt for choice in Melbourne's shopping precincts. Explore the inner city shopping centres and the city's myriad of arcades and laneways.

The CBD is made up of many precincts – enclaves with their own distinct flavour and charm. Some are just a lane or two, while others cover a suburb or a busy CBD street. Spend time experiencing the richness of Melbourne’s different cultures from the Greek Quarter around Lonsdale Street, Italian in Lygon street, Vietnamese in Victoria Street to the Chinese culture in Chinatown and the upmarket Paris End of Collins Street.

Flagstaff Gardens, King Street | Melbourne

Melbourne's oldest public gardens were laid out in the 1840s. A plaque marks the site of the old signal which announced the arrival of ships at Williamstown.

Flemington Racecourse | Flemington

The first race meeting in Melbourne was held on 5th February 1837 on the course where the present Spencer Street Railway Station now stands. The track was marked by a few stakes, saplings, and broad palings; the grandstand comprised two bullock-drays lashed together; and the jumps were piled logs and gum-tree branches. The following year a racing association, known as the Melbourne Race Club, was ...

Melbourne Stock Exchange, 351 Collins Street. | Melbourne

Melbourne is Australia's financial center, and you can stop here between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm to watch some of the day's trading from the visitors' gallery.

Melbourne to Dandenong Ranges Trip | Melbourne

The route is along Dandenong Road, through Oakleigh and Upper Ferntree Gully to the summit of One Tree Hill (502 metres) where fine views are obtained of Western Port and Port Phillip, Eumemmering Reservoir, and the suburban area. The route then passes along the Sherbrooke Forest Reservation for native fauna and flora, through Clematis Avenue shaded by trees and ferns, to Sassafras and Olinda at t...

Melbourne to Sorrento & Portsea Trip | Melbourne

This trip traverses Mornington Peninsula. The forward journey is along the Beach Road, which skirts the western shore of Port Phillip to Sorrento and Portsea, where tourists have the choice of surfing at either of these resorts. On the homeward journey the Peninsula is crossed to Flinders, and the tour continued along its eastern edge to Hastings and thence back to the city via Frankston and St Ki...

Melbourne to Warburton Trip | Melbourne

Warburton, a pleasant township in an extensive timber-getting district, is on the banks of the River Yarra 77 km from Melbourne by rail or road. Mount Donna Buang (1,243 metres), the highest mountain peak within easy reach of Melbourne, and Ben Cairn (1,036 metres) are the principal tourist attractions. A well-graded road runs via Cement Creek to Mount Donna Buang (18km) and thence a further 4 km ...

Old Melbourne Gaol, Cnr Russell and La Trobe streets | Melbourne

Old Melbourne Gaol, now an interactive museum, is the site where 136 people, including the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly, were hanged. The Old Melbourne Gaol – Crime and Justice Experience includes a visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol, the former City Watch House and Old Magistrate’s Court. The prison was also a focus during some of Australia’s most significant historical moments, including...

Parliament House, Corner Spring and Bourke Streets | Melbourne

An Act of the Imperial Parliament, passed in the year 1850, decreed "that the district of Port Phillip should be separated from the Colony of New South Wales and should be named and designated as the Colony of Victoria", having a separate Legislative Council. But not until 1855, when the daily discoveries of gold and the rapid progress of the State were exalting public ideas, was a start made on t...

Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Domain | Melbourne

The Shrine of Remembrance stands on the summit of a low hill in the Royal Domain, clearly visible from almost every part of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay. It was erected in 1933 to commemorate the sacrifices of Australians in World War I and now contains a forecourt dedicated to the memory of the servicemen and women of World War II. The Shrine is a good example of classical Grecian architecture...

State Library of Victoria, Swanston Street | Melbourne

This institution, which began as the old Melbourne Public Library, is now known to scholars the world over. It contains more than 800,000 volumes and a notable collection of Victoriana-including more than 18,000 paintings, drawings, prints, and artefacts. © LBH

Town Hall, Swanston Street | Melbourne

It is recorded that "the laying of the foundation-stone of the new Town Hall on 29th November 1867 by the Duke of Edinburgh was one of the most brilliant functions that has ever taken place in Melbourne". At the conclusion of the ceremony the Duke was presented with a gold trowel. The trowel was made of 22 carat gold, weighed 24 ounces, and the handle was surmounted by a ducal coronet set with dia...

Emu Bottom | Tullamarine

Beyond Tullamarine Airport-and only about 24 kms north-west of downtown Melbourne, Emu Bottom is a pioneering homestead of the 1830s, restored to its original style, including furnishings of the period. This is a "working model" homestead. Here you can see sheep sheared by hand blades and a blacksmith working his metal, using century-old methods. Recipes once prepared for pioneer families are coo...