Melbourne has continually grown and evolved over the years, and has now placed itself firmly on the international stage as one of not just Australia’s top cities, but those in the world as a whole. Boasting a strong cultural and artistic bent and immense variety, Melbourne has received a heaping of praise from the international community in recent years as one of the world’s most liveable cities – and depending on who you ask, it may just be the country’s best.
Melbourne is a city that’s often described as having far more “depth” than its glittery northern brother, Sydney, and upon further inspection, it isn’t hard to see why – art, food, shopping, a great public transport system, a strong coffee culture and relatively clean air for a big city are all contributing factors. Melbourne has managed to grow substantially, yet still retains somewhat of a small-town, “indie” cultural vibe in many areas, and in some ways it is everything that Sydney is not. In simple musical terms, if Sydney is “mainstream pop”, then Melbourne is “critically-acclaimed alternative”.
In raw tourist terms, Melbourne also does not disappoint, as the city also plays host to a number of great attractions for the family such as multiple quality zoos and aquariums, while its own Yarra River serves as a gateway to the culinary delights offered by the widely-acclaimed Yarra Valley wine region nearby. For a more in-depth look at what Melbourne & surrounds has to offer, check out our most popular Melbourne travel articles below.
Top 10 Things to Do
A large, diverse, and culturally rich city, Melbourne presents the first-time traveller with a huge range of activities and attractions both within and outside its borders. From its many history-oriented exhibits, to its wonderful old-time architecture and its endless options for dining and drinking, there's a reason Victoria's capital is often referred to as Australia's cultural hotspot. If you're a first-time visitor to Melbourne who's having trouble prioritising their itinerary, check out our list of the Top 10 Things to Do to ensure you don't miss any of the region's essentials here.
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Melbourne with Kids
In Australia’s second largest city, and quite possibly the biggest entertainment hub, Melbourne offers an array of cool activities to keep children of all ages amused. In this guide we’ve compiled a list of fun things for you and your kids to enjoy whilst visiting Melbourne – best of all, some of them are free! From visiting the always favourite Melbourne Zoo, to exploring the enthralling Scienceworks Science Museum – Melbourne has something to please all ages. Sift through our top recommendations of Melbourne’s top children’s destination that we’re confident will be a hit with your kids! Read more >>
Sydney vs. Melbourne
It’s the question on everyone’s lips, to visit Melbourne or Sydney? Whilst both cities have plenty of charm and excitement, if you want somewhere full of fantastic food, great culture and amazing sights, then Melbourne is our pick for you. In this hip and artsy capital, you’ll find yourself mesmerized by it’s very apparent charm. Find a detailed breakdown of the good and bad points of each city in our Sydney vs. Melbourne guide and make the decision for yourself. Whichever you choose, neither of these cities will disappoint! Read more >>
Melbourne is a city that can be enjoyed over the course of both short and long stays, although prioritizing what you’re looking to do in such a diverse city can often be a difficult task. With so many different sights to see, it can be hard to ensure you don’t miss out on one of Melbourne’s best features! We’ve taken the stress out of itinerary planning for you and put together some suggested itineraries for Melbourne holidays for stays of lengths of 2, 3, 4 and 5 days. In this guide find a list of our must-see sights, and ensure no stone is left unturned on your next visit to this great city. Read more >>
Must See Landmarks
Melbourne offers tourists a number of different and quirky must see landmarks for your next trip to one of Australia’s greatest cities. From artsy side alleys laden with charming little cafes and stores, right through to architecturally beautiful buildings, Melbourne has something to please all personality types. We’ve made it easier than ever before for you to see the best of Melbourne in our guide to the tourist hot spots. Find a list of our top 10 things to see and do in Melbourne and be sure to get lost in the charming aura of this unique city. Read more >>