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.

Gellibrand Light - Port Melbourne | Melbourne

The reef off Point Gellibrand at Williamstown has been lit for well over a century by a series of lights, beginning with three separate lightships over the mid-late 1800s, to a pile light which lasted seventy years before it was dramatically destroyed when hit by a ship on the foggy morning of 21 June 1976. The lighthouse fog horn was not operating and was hit by the Melbourne Trader, a vessel o...

Governor La Trobe's Cottage | Melbourne

Governor La Trobe's Cottage was a pre-fabricated wooden structure sent from England in 1840. The house was re-erected at the Domain in the vicinity of the present Government House.

Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award | Melbourne

The Award is held at the Mansion at Werribee Park, Melbourne, early March to early May. Enjoy contemporary sculptures from Australia's leading artists, in the magnificent grounds of Werribee Park.

Morell Bridge, Melbourne | Melbourne

Morell Bridge formally known as Anderson Street Bridge was the first large reinforced concrete structure erected in Victoria. The bridge crosses Yarra River in three equal spans of monier arch edged with delicate balustrades of cast iron. The bridge was built on dry land and on completion in 1899 the river diverted to flow underneath.

Needlework, Craft and Quilt Fair | Melbourne

The Needlework, Craft and Quilt Fair offers scrapbooking, crochet, embroidery, painting and much more. Enjoy workshops, classes and displays. The Fair is held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank.

Rippon Lea, Elsternwick | Melbourne

Situated in the Melbourne suburb of Elsternwick is Rippon Lea. Erected in 1868, the 33 room mansion was completed in 1887. Features include towers and a miniature crystal palace

Riverside Apartments | Melbourne

Located across Yarra River from Crown Casino at the western end of Southbank Tourist Area is Riverside Apartments. Accommodation available in spacious self-contained units with excellent kitchen and laundry facilities. Apartments offer views of Spencer Street railway yards. Waters of Port Phillip in the distance.

St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Melbourne | Melbourne

Construction on St Patrick's Cathedral commenced in 1858. Built with bluestone, the cathedral is undoubtedly William Wilkinson Wardell's masterpiece and is recognised as one of the purest and most complete gothic revival churches in the world.

Wardlo, Parkfield | Melbourne

Built by John Boyes and completed in 1888, Wardlo follows a late classical revival design. Features include an imposing parapet and tower and elegant cast iron veranda

William Hilton Hovell | Melbourne

William Hilton Hovell (1786 to 1875) arrived in New South Wales in 1812. In 1824 he accompanied Hamilton Hume on an overland journey southward discovering Port Phillip.