Live life large in Melbourne, the world’s most livable city. It’s Australia’s culture capital – a place where fashion, food, education, and sports meet up with the spectacular beauty and scenery of the state of Victoria. Melbourne is a city full of attractions every traveler. Whether you are a local yourself or from across the globe, the city has something for you.
Cool, exciting and enriching experiences await you here. There is a cool and international acclaimed street art scene with interesting murals and stencils in approved outdoor locations throughout the city. Most popular are the ones on Hosier and Rutledge Lanes just across Federation square as well as those you can see at Caledonian Lane just a little ways from Little Burke Street.
The discerning shopper can comb through the city’s network of laneways and arcades to find one-off grabs or trendy discoveries along Little Collins Street through to Brunswick Street and Gertrude Street. Period and vintage pieces can also be found on Chapel Street as well as international brands at Emporium.
Take a break from your day by dining at some of the world’s best food experiences from high-end, fine dining to off-the-counter burgers or fish-and-chips throughout Melbourne’s many dining establishments. From world famous establishments like Attica – among the 50 best restaurants in the world – to MoVida on Hosier Lane, which is also a street art location.
But for a taste of the laidback Australian lifestyle and the great culture vibe of Melbourne, take a tram ride to the St. Kilda Esplanade to check out the local pub scene at bars like Espy. Wolf down the best fish and chips at the beach or take on the burgers at Barney Allen’s. But don’t miss the pizza at Mr. Wolf as well.
Melbourne is more than just shopping and dining. Its outdoor parks and gardens are world-famous as well. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens along the banks of the scenic Yarra River and then have a picnic at Fitzroy Gardens.
On other days, you can take short day trips to the Yarra Valley region where some of the world’s best known wines are made. Head over to the Healesville Sanctuary to meet and greet koalas and other Australian wildlife or drive through the Danenoong Ranges for spectacular forest scenes and interesting villages along the way.
Throughout the year, Melbourne is also host to a variety of international and local festivals and events that will highlight any visit. It is the sports capital of Australia and plays host to the Australian Open and the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. And even if you are not a horse racing fan, the Melbourne Cup Carnival offers a multitude of activities that can make your experience just as memorable.
Throughout the year, there are several famous festivals where famous artists and performers have participated. The food and wine connoisseur is sure to enjoy the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival while the music lover will be interested in the playdates for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. One of the annual highlights is the Royal Melbourne Show and the Melbourne Festival that showcases international and local talents.
There are many reasons to visit Melbourne. Enjoy its cultural vibe throughout the city or head outwards and outdoors to enjoy the spectacular vistas and amazing beaches. Just how many reasons are there to visit Melbourne? There are exactly 365!