Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city known for its style and sophistication with a distinct bohemian vibe and a thriving underground scene that feeds the cultural hub that draws so many people to the city. With glamorous events Melbourne's signature, there are a huge range of cafes, restaurants, wineries and boutiques to host the classy and often famous clientele that frequent the area. Melbourne boasts a lifestyle experience set in the breathtaking surrounds of the beautiful old buildings, stunning modern architecture, fantastic shopping precincts and countless shows, exhibitions and galleries. Public transport in Melbourne is excellent with a constant stream of Trams making getting around the city swift and simple.
The city's multi-cultural mix of people from more than 90 countries has created a large mesh of cafes and restaurants. Italian, Greek, Asian, Middle Eastern, African and leading Australian chefs provide an impressive and eclectic mix of fine cuisine. The ritzy suburbs of Richmond's Swan Street and Bridge Road showcase Australia's finest young designers and trendy clothing outlets, nightclubs, bars and cafes while South Yarra and Toorak have countless boutiques, jewellers, tailors, exclusive home ware outlets and Fitzroy features live music, retro cafes and diverse restaurants along a bohemian boulevard.
Melbourne accommodation offers an incredible array of places to stay for holiday and business travellers. Few destinations offer the huge range of hotels, holiday apartments, units and resorts than found in the city of Melbourne. With luxury accommodation as well as quality rooms for the budget conscious, most accommodation is conveniently located within walking distance of the thriving shopping, restaurant and city cultural precincts. The majority of accommodation rooms offer spectacular views of the twinkling city lights and with so much on offer rooms are perfectly suited to the relaxed holiday lifestyle or something a little swankier for those who want to splash out to really complete their Melbourne holiday experience. TravelOnline have a large range of options for staying and playing in Sydney with packages available to assist in selecting and booking your perfect holiday stay.
Melbourne is Australia's food, wine, art and culture hub and is a hub for special events. This is where the the world-famous Melbourne Cup is run (Australia's richest horse race), along with the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Australian Tennis Open Championship and the largest Tram network in the world. These major forms of public transport can also be known as 'streetcars' or 'trolleys', run on tracks set into the road and are a distinctive part of Melbourne's character, featuring heavily in tourism and advertising.
As the birth place of Australian Rules Football and home to the biggest and best cricket ground in the world, the sporting options for visitors to Melbourne are endless. For a sport of a different kind, Crown Casino is the biggest and best in Australia with a number of bars nearby featuring live entertainment and a chance to meet the locals. Other attractions such as Melbourne Zoo and Queen Victoria Markets are located in North Melbourne and popular with families, couples and young people alike.
Melbourne Weather & Climate
Melbourne enjoys warm summers, lush springs, pleasant autumns and cool winters. Often described as having four seasons in one day, it is best to be prepared for all occasions however this also means you will generally get to experience Melbourne weather in all its glory even if you're not visiting for long. Melbourne bears a variable climate that experiences warm to hot summers (December to February), balmy autumns (March to May), chilly and wet winters (June to August) and mild, albeit slightly cooler springs (September to November).
TravelOnline offers a number of Melbourne holiday packages to help the traveller get the best value for money for their holiday. Packages usually include extra holiday components at discounted rates such as accommodation, meals, transfers, flights or tours. TravelOnline also have experienced travel consultants on hand to assist with customising your quote for that perfect holiday.
As the capital of Victoria, Melbourne is Australia's food, art and culture capital and is the second most populous city in Australia. Melbourne has been ranked as one of the top 3 World's Most Liveable Cities by the Economist Group's Intelligence Unit since 2002 and top 20 Global Innovation Cities by the 2thinknow Global Innovation Agency since 2007. No service charge applies in Australia and tipping is not mandatory however a 10% tip in restaurants and hotel bars is normal for good service.