With an intense cultural life, Melbourne is always busy, whether it’s a theatrical première, or one of the many festivals held in the city.
To welcome visitors, the city has lots of fine hotels and exquisite restaurants, serving all types of cuisine. The Italian suburb, bringing the best cuisine from Naples to Australia, is not to be missed.
Famous for its many picturesque gardens, Melbourne also has a Royal Botanic Gardens. Five kilometres from the city centre, these nineteenth-century gardens contain a wide range of exotic native Australian plants.
Botanic Gardens Website
Address: Birdwood Avenue - South Yarra
Offering panoramic views of the city, the Rialto Towers Observation Deck, located in the 55th floor of Melbourne’s highest building, is a must-see attraction.
Rialto Towers Website
Address: 525 Collins Street - Melbourne
Built on the site of a former cemetery, Queen Victoria Market has operated since 1878.
Today covering an area of over 70,000 km2, the market, which is open every day except Wednesdays, attracts around 130,000 visitors each week. It has approximately 1,000 stalls selling fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, meats, cheeses and organic food.
Queen Victoria Market Website
Address: Cnr Victoria Street & Elizabeth Street
In the heart of Melbourne, Federation Square offers entertainment, culture and modern gastronomy options.
The city’s first square, it is a symbol of Melbourne’s history, and is set in an area with lots of bars, restaurants, art galleries and show houses.
Federation Square Website
Address: Flinders Street - Melbourne
Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, the zoo houses over three hundred species of animals in an area of 22 hectares. Only four kilometres from the city centre, it can be easily accessed by trams and trains.
Melbourne Zoo Website
Address: Elliott Avenue - Parkville
Outside Melbourne is the Great Ocean Road – a 243 km coastal road linking the cities of Torquay and Warrnambool. Just off the road are the Twelve Apostles – rock formations sculptured by the waves and wind.
Located a few kilometres from Melbourne, the coastal city of Torquay is famous for its Bells Beach - a perfect spot for amateur and professional surfers. With the world’s best right-hand breaks, the beach hosts the World Championship Tour of Surfing (WCT).