Melbourne and surrounds
Melbourne and surrounds
Australia’s Knowledge & Cultural Capital
With over 4 million residents, Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and is renowned as Australia’s knowledge and cultural capital. Situated on the picturesque tree-lined banks of the Yarra River, in 2016 it was voted ‘The World’s Most Liveable City’ by the Economist for a sixth consecutive year.
Melbourne is a thriving and cosmopolitan city with a unique balance of graceful old buildings and stunning new architecture surrounded by parks and gardens. It’s also home to some of the world’s most outstanding communities of research and innovation, and is the birthplace of Australian film, television, art, dance and music. The city’s major draw card is its research institutes and academia that facilitate world-leading contributions to key economic sectors. Melbourne offers a sophisticated multi-cultural lifestyle, hidden laneways abundant with arts, museums, festivals, sporting events, food, wine, shopping and much more. Melbourne really is the place to be.
Melbourne also comes alive at night with the most live music venues in Australia, and a burgeoning number of chic and groovy inner city bars and restaurants for every level and style of socialising imaginable. On top of all of this, Melbourne is also the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles and Victoria’s most admired beaches.
To find out more about what Melbourne has to offer, visit www.visitmelbourne.com. You can, once you have arrived, also receive tailored advice by visiting the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, open 0900 to 1800 7 days a week.
Below are some some key attractions in Melbourne and it’s surroundings:
Great Ocean Road:
The Great Ocean Road is a 243 kilometre cliff-hugging stretch of road that starts a 90 minute drive from Melbourne. Through this drive there are rainforest and beach views and also a few attractions and landmarks such as whale watching, the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay, the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch, the Otaway Fly and the 12 Apostles. Koalas and kangaroos may pop out and make an appearance.
The Melbourne Zoo is home to over 2,000 beautiful animals who are only a 15 minute drive from Melbourne CBD. The team at Melbourne Zoo all work together to help conserve the animals and fight extinction. At Melbourne Zoo, there is the opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals with Wild Encounters.
Queen Victoria Market:
Only a short walk from the city centre, the Queen Victoria Market is a shopping precinct held in heritage sheds with many different kinds on wares to be sold from food and fresh produce to clothing and toys. The most popular attraction the market has to offer is the 90-minute Ultimate Foodie Tour which is a small group walking tour for food lovers to taste test the best food the market has to offer.
Just a 90 minute drive south of Melbourne, Phillip Island makes a great day trip. Phillip Island offers visitors the chance to see incredible Australian wildlife amongst spectacular landscapes. The Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm and Nobbies Centre are just a few of the island’s unique attractions. Follow the Southern Gippsland Wine Trail and experience Phillip Island’s excellent cool climate wines and fresh organic produce.
Here are some additional useful links to help you best plan your time when visiting Melbourne: