Melbourne is a happy city, buzzing with the sounds of trams and buskers and bicycle bells. Whether it’s the sunshine or the quirky, caring nature of this city, it isn’t a surprise to see so many smiling faces filling Melbourne’s leafy streets.
Melbourne is modern, sophisticated and hip; pioneering inventive and creative gastronomy, eco-friendly green living, high end fashion and vintage style with thrilling entertainment that includes everything from live music and polished theatre performances to contemporary art and museums rich in cultural heritage. But Melbourne can also be sedate, calm and laid-back, with trams rumbling along its Victorian style streets and wide tree-lined boulevards. Full of alleyways that lead to undiscovered treasures, like Gertrude Street’s microcosm of boutiques, galleries, record stores and bookshops – Melbourne is diversity and multiculturalism personified.
Cutting-edge Federation Square and beautiful Flagstaff Gardens (known as Burial Hill as it’s where most of the settlers ended up) are just two favorite local haunts. Go Gothic with a stroll up Collins Street for a glimpse of a historic Melbourne church nestled among some of the most elegant boutiques in the city. Queen Victoria Market’s 600 or more stalls provide a more rustic and lively shopping experience, while China Town is the perfect place for pre-theatre dim sum. Lovers of a fine vintage can enjoy a full day’s win touring through the Yarra Valley, with plenty of sampling the goods en-route. For those looking for fun in the fresh air, a little kayaking up the Yarra River offers a work-out and a historic Melbourne experience. Moonlight tours are also available and include dinner. Just head for the Docklands!
Enjoy Melbourne nights on ice with a visit to the ‘Chill on Ice Lounge’ where you can sip cocktails in sub-zero temperatures in a bar made entirely from ice. Dine in the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant as you tour the city before an evening spent with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra or the Australian Ballet. Sip micro-brewed ales in cozy wood-paneled pubs or cool schnapps atop a rooftop bar as tunes spun on vinyl warm up the crowds for a night on the tiles.
Happy go lucky Melbournites love a festival which is perhaps the reason there are so many! From Australia Day and the Tennis Open to Chinese New Year and Anzac Day, Melbourne celebrates them all with a festival. It also celebrates writers, runners, coffee, international films, yachting, comedy, cricket and Christmas. Whenever you visit you can guarantee Melbourne will put on a show!
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