Information on Melbourne, Australia

The City of Melbourne in Australia has the reputation throughout the world being one of the 'world’s most liveable cities'. Melbourne is built on Port Phillip Bay and is Victoria's state capital city and it offers a very comfortable lifestyle where visitors, tourists and backpackers are made to feel very welcome.

Looking over Melbourne from the Rialto Tower one of Melbournes tallest buildings
When tourists or visitors from overseas visit Melbourne they always comment on how friendly the people of Melbourne are and of the beauty of Melbourne.

The City of Melbourne is built around Port Philip Bay and as a result there are beaches everywhere Melburnians love the sun and as redult in summer the beaches are very popular with families and people just wanting to get out and enjoy the sun and the fresh air. Melbourne has a large poulation and the beaches are fully used over summer with people soaking up the sun and swimming in Port Phillip Bay.

Not far from Melbourne are some of the best surf spots in the world and summer sees many people heading to one of the many popular surf or summer time beach destinations. In one direction is the world famous Great Ocean Road and the other Phillip Island world famous for its Fairy Penguin colony.

Heading out of Melbourne and within close proximity the most popular tourist destinations are The Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island and The Mornington Peninsula.

The City of Melbourne is alive and has numerous activities, festivals and events and there is always something happening on each month of the year.

Melbourne is one of the most liveable cities in the world

Melbourne's public transport system is efficient and the fares are reasonable and most destinations are easily reached by either tram, train, bus.

When visiting Melbourne you are entering a city that is welcoming and there is always so many free events happening. Whatever your interest is, albeit theatre, comedy, food, fashion, the arts, sports of all different kinds and motor sports you will find a festival or event for you.

Melbourne is well known for its culture and arts and when you visit Melbourne you are offered a vast array of sights, activities, entertainment, and epicurean experiences as well as a multitude of sporting and cultural events. Melbourne's history is fascinating and explains much of the elegant architecture; an enormous breadth of cuisines and Melbourne has a reputation for ‘ the best eating’ in Australia; the traditions of theatre and artistic pursuits; the tag ‘garden state’ with its Southbank a thriving tourist favorite famous parks and gardens throughout the city; its exciting shopping and sports-mad locals.

Whatever your interests, Melbourne is sure to have something to delight or enrapture you - stroll the city streets of Melbourne and soak up the atmosphere, the architecture and the friendliness; linger in a bustling cafe, share a peaceful park with a black swan, or saunter along one of Melbourne's city bleaches.


Events and Festivals in Melbourne

There are many festivals and events occurring in Melbourne all year round and here are a few major festivals and events to consider.

Melbourne could almost be named the "Festival City' and waatson has listed a few festivals and events for your information.
Major events on the calendar year are The Melbourne Festival, Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Moomba Water Fest, Fosters Australian Grand Prix, Australian Football League Grand Final, Cinzano Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Melbourne Cup and Spring Racing Carnival, Australian Open, Melbourne Comedy Festival and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

As well, towns and cities across Victoria host a huge variety of special events, carnivals and celebrations, from large-scale jazz and folk festivals to smaller cultural occasions.

The many cultures of Melbourne

As Melbourne has so many different cultures the variety of foods is endless and the quality is excellent.

There are Thai, Greek, Lebanese, Italian, Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants just to name a few all throughout Melbourne

Melbourne can boast one of the best live music scenes in the world and there are countless hotels and clubs providing music any night of the week. For those that want to have a flutter Crown Casino is open 24 hours and is a full entertainment complex.

Melbourne once again was voted the most liveable city in the world and Australian's are world renown for their sporting interest.

Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia and has major sporting complexes within a few kilometer's of the CBD.

Whether on a sight seeing trip or shopping for clothes Melbourne has it all. There are many factory outlets through Melbourne and the outer suburbs.

Take a cruise on the Yarra River in one of the many ferries or visit one of the many beaches on Port Phillip Bay.

There are bicycle tracks everywhere and for the tourist there are travel tours everywhere and lots of information is available in the tourist information section found at Federation Square.

Information on St Kilda and the beaches of Melbourne

The sensational cakes of Acland Street, St Kilda, Melbourne.
Luna Park a tourist favourite in St Kilda, Melbourne.
St Kilda

St Kilda is one of the most popular of Melbourne's beaches. Very popular in the summer with locals and tourists it is suitable for swimming and other activites associated with going to the beach. St Kilda Pier is a very popular destination and from the peir there are fantastic views of Melbourne. Activities include rollerblading, windsurfing and there is also a huge boat mariner.

Brighton Beach

Melbournian's flock to Brighton beaches in summer because of the facilities available. The sand is soft and the area is famous for its colourful bathing boxes. Activities include windsurfing, yachting and boating, cycling and a scenic walk track.

Other beaches of note are

Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, Middle Park and Elwood

St Kilda is located on Port Phillip Bay and a popular bayside suburb. Sightseers, backpackers, tourists and local flock to St Kilda during summer to enjoy the clean beaches or the great delis and cafes of Fitzroy Street.

Sightseeing spots

Other sightseeing spots that are a must are Luna Park located on the St Kilda Esplanade, the Sunday Market also on the St Kilda Esplanade and the world famous Acland Street a tourist must. The Cakes of Acland Street are famous with the Melbourne locals.

Popular with locals in winter and a must go in summer St Kilda has great beaches and any weekend people come from everywhere to enjoy and play in Port Phillip Bay.

Port Phillip Bay is popular for sailing, swimming, water and jet ski's and from various places there are ferries.

Regions to Visit
Photographic Section
Photos of Melbourne: The incredible view looking up the Yarra River and over Melbourne from the Rialto Tower       Photos of Melbourne:The tree lined Southbank a very popular tourist destination which is great for shopping and eating
  Photos of Melbourne:The Conservatory in the Fitzroy Gardens which are located on the fringe of Melbourne   Photos of Melbourne:Looking towards Melbourne and one of the many ferries that go up and down the Yarra River   Highslide JS
One of Melbourne's many trams
Photos of Melbourne:The beach at Carrum on melbourne's Port Phillip Bay   Photos of Melbourne: Enjoying the sunny weather on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne   Photos of Melbourne: A view of Melbourne from the Rialto Tower
Photos of Melbourne: Telstra Dome in the Docklands, Melbourne   Photos of Melbourne: A concert in Melbournes Federation Square   Photos of Melbourne:
Photos of Melbourne: Looking towards Melbourne and one of the many ferries that go up and down the Yarra River    Photos of Melbourne: Melbourne's Maritime Museum on the Yarra River   Photos of Melbourne: Melbourne's famous steam train Puffing Billy
Photos of Melbourne: Melbourne's Aquarium on the Yarra River   Outdoor eating at one of the many outdoor cafes on the beach St Kilda, Melbourne.   Photos of Melbourne:Melbourne's Como House in Como Park, South Yarra
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