Melbourne is a vibrant and culturally diverse city full of restaurants, fashion boutiques, cafe-filled laneways, bars, galleries, spacious parks and beautiful village-like inner suburbs.
Visitors to Melbourne are not surprised to learn that it is one of the world's most liveable cities and soak up the high energy of the bustling capital.
Melbourne offers a myriad of restaurants and cafes which have built a reputation as some of the world's best with a mix of modern, traditional and exotic flavours. This city's eclectic dining scene is spread far and wide with new eateries popping up all the time in the CBD, intricate laneways and bordering suburbs.
Experience Melbourne's thriving arts and entertainment scene by taking in one of the many stage productions shown at the beautifully restored Princess or Her Majesty's Theatres. For quality local productions head to down to the Arts Centre or Malthouse Theatre.
Melbourne wouldn't be the same without its many bars and nightclubs. No matter what your budget or taste there is nightspot perfect for you with cheap pubs through to glamorous cocktail bars. Many are hidden within the city's secret laneways and are decked out in extravagant decor and warm lighting creating the feeling you're in a whole new world.
Other must-see attractions close by include the Melbourne Aquarium, MCG, Queen Victoria Markets, Federation Square, Luna Park and Melbourne Zoo.
Things to do in Melbourne
- Spring Racing Carnival
- Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Melbourne International Arts Festival (each October)
- Crown Casino
- Carlton Gardens
- Luna Park
- Queen Victoria Markets
- Melbourne Fashion Festival
- Melbourne Zoo
- Bridge Road shopping
Melbourne Events not to miss
Grand Prix - March
AFL Finals - September
Melbourne Cup - November
Australian Open Tennis - January
Chinese New Year - January
Melbourne International Comedy Festival - March-April
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - February-March
Melbourne Fashion Festival - March
ICC Cricket World Cup - February
Melbourne Marathon - October