Australia’s second largest city and the capital of Victoria, Melbourne is a fabulous holiday destination. Often called Australia’s cultural capital, this is the place to come for wonderful galleries, museums and theatres. From the National Gallery Of Victoria and its big ticket exhibitions to the musical theatre productions of Her Majesty’s Theatre, you’ll never be short of things to see. If sport’s more your thing, you’re in luck – Melbournians are sport mad. Catch an Australian Football League (AFL) game, a tennis match at the Australian Open, or perhaps join the throngs at the horse race that stops the nation, the annual Melbourne Cup. Shopaholics will love the boutiques smattered throughout Melbourne’s wonderful lanes, while night owls can have a tipple or two at super cool bars like Robot, Section 8, Cookie and The Toff In Town. Just be sure to line your stomach first, and you’re in luck – Melbourne’s food is a tourist attraction unto itself. Celebrity chef George Calombaris’ The Press Club is a perennial favourite, while all the hip young things choose Mamasita. If you stay in self-catering Melbourne accommodation, you can also take advantage of the exceptional Queen Victoria Market. Stock up on fresh, seasonal produce and you’ll not only save money on dining out, but get to shop amongst the locals for a true taste of Melbourne life.
When to go to Melbourne
Melbourne is a great year round holiday destination, with mild winters, lovely springs and autumns and bright, sunny summers. To really see Melbourne at its buzzing best, though, time your visit for one of the city’s fantastic events. From the Melbourne Food And Wine Festival in March and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April to the Spring Racing Carnival in September, there’s a festival to suit all interests.
Getting to and around Melbourne
Most tourists arrive in Melbourne via flights to Melbourne Airport in Tullamarine or Avalon Airport near Geelong. Once in Melbourne, the city is easily explored via its excellent public transport system, including trains, buses and the iconic trams.
Where to stay in Melbourne
When choosing accommodation in Melbourne, apartments make smart alternatives to more expensive, impersonal hotels. Not only will you save money, you’ll enjoy far superior space, privacy and freedom too. HouseTrip has a number of quality self-catering Melbourne accommodation options, ranging from affordable studio apartments ideal for couples through to large, multi-room apartments suitable for families and groups of friends. Plus, HouseTrip makes it easy to find and book your Melbourne accommodation – you can even do it in as few as six clicks.