Second-fiddle to Sydney no more, Melbourne is a city that has grown increasingly prominent on the world stage due to its high standard of living, strong indie culture and renowned gourmet offerings as well as an ever-growing economy.
For travellers who enjoy cultural attractions or who like a bite to eat, there are few better destinations in Australia. Diversity is the name of the game in Melbourne, both for the people who inhabit the city and in terms of experiences to be had for visitors.
The city is widely renowned throughout Australia for its cuisine, coffee and shopping and dining experiences, with plenty of fantastic restaurants and quirky cafes to choose from both in the CBD and the external suburbs.
Likewise, those with an eye towards culture will also be in their element as Melbourne has a definite and immediately noticeable artistic bent. Many art galleries and musical conservatoriums that have produced some of the country’s most prominent figures in each of those fields are located in Melbourne.
Another strong influence that can be felt when visiting Melbourne is that of sport – the city is extremely rich in the sporting tradition of multiple different kinds, and the locals are known as extremely proud supporters of their local teams.
As the birthplace of Aussie Rules Football (AFL), it without a doubt holds the top position in the minds of many of Melbourne’s residents. Other events are also exceedingly popular with huge arenas and stadiums that cater to the likes of tennis, cricket, Rugby League, horse racing and more.
Looking outside the city, Melbourne’s location makes it extremely easy to participate in other activities such as wine tasting in the famous vineyard region of the Yarra Valley, skydiving and horse riding over the abundant Victorian greenery, or visiting nearby areas rich in wildlife such as Phillip Island and the Grampians National Park among many others. Learn all you’ll need to know about visiting Melbourne in our travel guides below.