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.

AAA Tourism | Melbourne

Travellers in Australia have access to over 10,000 properties around the country which have an official star rating provided by AAA Tourism, on behalf of Auto Clubs such as the NRMA in New South Wales. AAA Tourism is owned by Australia’s seven Auto Clubs (NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAA, RAC, RACT, AANT) and manages all the day to day running of the Australian STAR Rating Scheme. The clubs have been awa...

Australian Ballet | Southbank

A website devoted to the Australian Ballet. There is an informative latest news section and useful information about each new ballet season, the company and its faithful supporters Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Captain Cook's Cottage, Fitzroy Gardens | Melbourne

This cottage of brick and stone was originally the home of Captain Cook's parents at Great Ayton, Yorkshire. It was purchased for the State of Victoria by Mr Russell Grimwade in 1933, brought from England, and re-erected in Fitzroy Gardens. The ivy on the walls is grown from a slip of the original ivy from Great Ayton. The Union Jack, which is sometimes flown from the flagpole, is as old as the c...

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 ...

Exhibition Buildings, Carlton Gardens | Melbourne

The main hall of Melbourne's Exhibition Buildings of 1880 still survives as a proud monument to high Victorian optimism and belief in progress. The original complex of buildings covered an area of 8 hectares in Carlton Gardens complete with lakes and fountains. The buildings were used for the centennial exhibition of 1888. In 1901 the building was blazed with 10,000 electric lights to celebrate th...

Fitzroy Gardens, Collins St., Melbourne | Melbourne

The Gardens have a long history of over 150 years, few other capital cities can boast such a significant garden so close to the centre of their commercial district. Valued for their historic, aesthetic, architectural and horticultural significance, Fitzroy Gardens were classified by the National Trust in 1974 and placed on the Victorian Heritage Register in 1999. Fitzroy Gardens and the adjacent...

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 ...

Government House, Melbourne | Melbourne

Government House in Melbourne is probably the largest and most lavishly appointed house in Australia. The building was completed in 1876 by distinguished engineer and architect W. W. Wardell on a site of 11 hectares of landscaped gardens. The 48m high central tower is a central feature of Melbourne's skyline.

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 | Melbourne

The history of the Melbourne is the history of Victoria, and is an outstanding monument to the enterprise of early Australian pioneers. The founding of Melbourne was influenced by favourable reports submitted to Sydney by Hume and Hovell who explored the Port Phillip district in 1825. Ten years later in May 1835, John Batman, acting as agent for a party of Tasmanian landowners, crossed from that ...

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...

Melbourne Sights Trip | Melbourne

This trip proceeds through the main thoroughfares and past the principal public buildings, parks, and places of historic interest in the city, and includes the National Museum, Fitzroy Gardens and its Conservatory (where there are magnificent floral displays throughout the year), Captain Cook's Cottage, Parliament House, the University of Melbourne, the Shrine of Remembrance, and Botanic Gardens. ...

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 ...

Melbourne Visitors Centre, Cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts. | Melbourne

When visiting Melbourne, make the Visitor Information Centre at Federation Square your first stop. The Melbourne Visitor Centre is a one-stop shop for all visitor information needs. Look for the distinctive yellow ‘i’ on blue background sign. The Visitor Information Centre has everything you need to get the best out of your stay.