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.

Carlton, Melbourne | Carlton

Victorian architecture still graces this lovely suburb-beautifully proportioned terrace houses with lacy cast-iron balconies, wide tree-lined streets, and grassy squares. The district is spiced with a dash of Greenwich Village, a strong measure of new Australians from Italy, and numerous trendy, dissenting young people-most of them students at the University of Melbourne or Monash University. The ...

Melbourne Attractions | Melbourne

There are two Melbourne's. The first consists of buildings constructed during the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. This period of elegant 19th century architecture gives Melbourne its well-deserved title as the most stylish capital of Australia. With its majestic elm-lined avenues such as its St Kilda Road and Royal Parade, quaint trams, parkland, grand public buildings, arcades and grac...

Melbourne City Square, Flinders St., Station | Melbourne

Melbourne City Square is a pedestrian plaza located in the centre of Melbourne's Business District. The square lies between Swanston Street, Collins Street, Flinders Lane and the Westin Hotel. Melbourne Town Hall (1870) and St Paul’s Cathedral (1891) are nearby prominent landmarks.

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Jolimont | Melbourne

This oval is situated in an attractive parkland setting within a km of the city proper. It was chosen as the main stadium to feature the athletics, soccer, and hockey finals and the colourful opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games. The first cricket match between England and Australia was played on this ground in 1862 and it has since been the scene of many memorable Test matches. Th...

Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street, Carlton Gardens | Melbourne

Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria, from our natural environment to our culture and history. Located in Carlton Gardens, opposite the historic Royal Exhibition Building, the award-winning Melbourne Museum houses a permanent collection in eight galleries, including one just for children. Highlights include a complete skeleton of a blue whale, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a li...

Prahran market, 163 Commercial Road | South Yarra

Prahran Market, the oldest continuously running market in Australia. Known as "the food lovers market" because of the quality and range of our food Prahran Market is known as as the best food in Melbourne at all price points. For those looking for a special item, Prahran Market is the place to find those hard to get specialties including heritage varieties of fruit and veg. For those looking for...

Yarra River | Melbourne

From its source in the Yarra Ranges, it flows 242 km west through the Yarra Valley which opens out into plains as it winds its way through Greater Melbourne before emptying into Hobsons Bay in northernmost Port Phillip. Today, the mouth and including Swanston and Appleton Docks are used for container shipping by the Port of Melbourne, the busiest on the continent.