Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is Australia's second largest city, and the capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria, located at the head of Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne is Australia’s cultur... more

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is Australia's second largest city, and the capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria, located at the head of Port Phillip Bay.

Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital, with Victorian-era architecture, extensive shopping, museums, galleries, theatres, and large parks and gardens. Its 4-million residents are both multicultural and sports-mad.

Reasons to visit Melbourne include to attend major sporting events, to use it as a base for exploring surrounding regions such as Grampians National Park, The Great Ocean Road, and to visit Phillip Island to view the penguin parade. 

Melbourne is often called the cultural capital of Australia, with its many art galleries, film festivals, orchestras, choral and opera productions, vibrant live music scene, and a strong food, wine and coffee culture. People in Melbourne tend to dress up more than in Sydney, partly due to the colder climate. Many bars and clubs have strict dress regulations, such as requiring collars and dress shoes for men.

Particular events to note include the Melbourne International Film Festival in August, the International Art Festival in October, and the Melbourne Comedy Festival in April. There are also many concerts and exhibitions throughout the year. In addition to the Melbourne Museum, there are special museums dedicated to subjects such as science, immigration, Chinese history, Jewish history, sport, racing, film and moving image, railways, police, fire brigades and banking.

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  The Comics Lounge is Australia’s only 6 nights a week live comedy venue in Australia, hosting the biggest names from TV and Radio all year round. The Comics Lounge aims to make you laugh your ass off and then the next day we will give you ...

  Bamboo House is synonymous with northern Chinese cuisine in Australia, being the first to launch a comprehensive menu of northern regional dishes in 1984. Our aim is to ensure that everyone who dines with us, whether for business or pleasu...

Donovans’ exciting menu has been developed with Gail and Kevin’s knowledge of modern American cooking coupled with their talented joint Head chefs, Adam Draper and Emma D'Alessandro, who have a combined 20 years experience working in the kitchen of ...

Enjoy the world class accommodation of Crown Towers, Crown Promenade and Crown Metropol, the brilliant live entertainment of The Palms at Crown, the many delightful restaurants and bars, the latest fashion brands and the luxuriousness Gold Class cin...

Grossi Florentino is Melbourne’s Quintessential Italian Restaurant. With a colourful history that spans more than a century in the exciting Bourke Hill Precinct; its iconic reputation has been built over time as it has contributed to Australia’s cul...

The serene beauty of Japan is recreated at Koko. The multi-award winning Koko combines traditional Japanese architecture, authentic cuisine and five star service. Experience the serene ambience created by internationally renown designer Tony Chia mi...

  In China, "Flower Drum" is known as a traditional dance famous for its beauty and elegance.  In Melbourne, it is a top Chinese restaurant that displays the same elements of refinement and delicacy through our concept of fine dining Cantonese c...

Ezard restaurant has been serving Teage Ezard’s acclaimed ‘Australian freestyle’ cuisine for over a decade in a sleek subterranean dining room in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Guests are invited to indulge in a variety of ways: from a weekday expr...

  The style is fresh and seasonal offering dishes unique to Melbourne’s forever-changing restaurant scene. The innovative menu is inspired from Europe, Asia and Australia’s finest produce.   Beef cuts of the highest quality have been sou...

Over the years, Brunetti in Carlton has become one of Melbourne's most iconic places to visit to indulge in a delicious Italian style coffee from the Bar, cake from the Pasticceria, gelato or tempting savoury from the Paninoteca. 

A 1920's Moroccan, elegant cocktail bar that time has forgotten. Visit here for that martini you've always heard about.

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, dubbed by Lonely Planet as "the world's best jazz club", is open every night presenting world-class international and national jazz musicians. The club dedicates itself to promoting and developing live jazz as an art form in...

Established in 1975 The Last Laugh Comedy Club (Melbourne) has hosted many of Australia’s and the world’s greatest comedians. From David Strassman to Wendy Harmer, Jimeoin to Alexi Sayle, Ben Elton to Rita Rudner and Richard Stubbs to Rod Quantock.

Things do to in Melbourne

Located on the southern banks of the Yarra river, Eureka is perfectly positioned for 360 degree, floor-to-ceiling views encompassing Melbourne's CBD, sports precinct, Port Phillip Bay, Docklands and everything in between. Come by day for brilliant v...

During winter months, the Telstra Dome at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the place to be on the weekends, watching Australian football. Locals are passionate about their "footy," and visitors find the excitement catching! 

Melbourne Zoo

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The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, commonly known as the Melbourne Zoo, contains more than 320 animal species from Australia and around the world. The zoo is 4 kilometres north of the centre of Melbourne.

Originally constructed in 1853, 'the G' is a local icon. Crowds gather from all over the world to watch engaging cricket matches that keep fans anxiously cheering on their favorite teams. In addition to cricket matches, the Melbourne Cricket Ground ...

Federation Square

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Fed Square Melbourne's meeting place and home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores.

  Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria, from our natural environment to our culture and history.   Located in Carlton Gardens, opposite the historic Royal Exhibition Building, the award-winning Melbourne Museum houses a permanent c...

Founded in 1861, the National Gallery of Victoria is Australia’s oldest public art gallery. 

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne are internationally renowned botanical gardens located near the centre of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on the south bank of the Yarra River. They are 38 hectares of landscaped gardens consisting of a mix of nat...

Opening in 2000 the award winning Melbourne Aquarium is one of Victoria’s premier tourist attractions. With four amazing worlds to explore; including sub-Antarctic Gentoo and King penguins, Melbourne Aquarium presents an educational and entertaining...

Originally designed for the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880, the Exhibition buildings and the surrounding Carlton Gardens are now World Heritage listed.

Melbourne Nightlife

  The Comics Lounge is Australia’s only 6 nights a week live comedy venue in Australia, hosting the biggest names from TV and Radio all year round. The Comics Lounge aims to make you laugh your ass off and then the next day we will give you ...

Enjoy the world class accommodation of Crown Towers, Crown Promenade and Crown Metropol, the brilliant live entertainment of The Palms at Crown, the many delightful restaurants and bars, the latest fashion brands and the luxuriousness Gold Class cin...

A 1920's Moroccan, elegant cocktail bar that time has forgotten. Visit here for that martini you've always heard about.

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, dubbed by Lonely Planet as "the world's best jazz club", is open every night presenting world-class international and national jazz musicians. The club dedicates itself to promoting and developing live jazz as an art form in...

Established in 1975 The Last Laugh Comedy Club (Melbourne) has hosted many of Australia’s and the world’s greatest comedians. From David Strassman to Wendy Harmer, Jimeoin to Alexi Sayle, Ben Elton to Rita Rudner and Richard Stubbs to Rod Quantock.

Melbourne Dining

  Bamboo House is synonymous with northern Chinese cuisine in Australia, being the first to launch a comprehensive menu of northern regional dishes in 1984. Our aim is to ensure that everyone who dines with us, whether for business or pleasu...

Donovans’ exciting menu has been developed with Gail and Kevin’s knowledge of modern American cooking coupled with their talented joint Head chefs, Adam Draper and Emma D'Alessandro, who have a combined 20 years experience working in the kitchen of ...

Grossi Florentino is Melbourne’s Quintessential Italian Restaurant. With a colourful history that spans more than a century in the exciting Bourke Hill Precinct; its iconic reputation has been built over time as it has contributed to Australia’s cul...

The serene beauty of Japan is recreated at Koko. The multi-award winning Koko combines traditional Japanese architecture, authentic cuisine and five star service. Experience the serene ambience created by internationally renown designer Tony Chia mi...

  In China, "Flower Drum" is known as a traditional dance famous for its beauty and elegance.  In Melbourne, it is a top Chinese restaurant that displays the same elements of refinement and delicacy through our concept of fine dining Cantonese c...

Ezard restaurant has been serving Teage Ezard’s acclaimed ‘Australian freestyle’ cuisine for over a decade in a sleek subterranean dining room in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Guests are invited to indulge in a variety of ways: from a weekday expr...

  The style is fresh and seasonal offering dishes unique to Melbourne’s forever-changing restaurant scene. The innovative menu is inspired from Europe, Asia and Australia’s finest produce.   Beef cuts of the highest quality have been sou...

Over the years, Brunetti in Carlton has become one of Melbourne's most iconic places to visit to indulge in a delicious Italian style coffee from the Bar, cake from the Pasticceria, gelato or tempting savoury from the Paninoteca.