There's no doubt Melbourne is one of the world's most liveable cities, with its combination of cosmopolitan chic and family-friendly attitude.
The CBD itself has a vibrant and cultural life of its own, boasting historical architectural icons, modern attractions and a diverse range of restaurants, designer fashion boutiques, cafe-filled laneways, bars, galleries and spacious parks.
The variety of dining will please food fans, with restaurants popping up everywhere as well as dedicated dining precincts bursting with choice, such as China Town, the Southbank precinct and Lygon Street all a short walk from each other.
As for the arts and entertainment, be it the ballet or a Broadway musical, the city's theatres offer world-class performances, while sport brings Melbourne's stadiums and arenas alive with excitement, especially when it comes time for the AFL finals, Australian Tennis Open, Melbourne Grand Prix for car racing enthusiasts and for cricket fans, the Boxing Day Test.
Popular places for families include the Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Aquarium, Queen Victoria Markets, Bourke Street Mall, Luna Park and Melbourne Zoo, while the nightlife will add plenty of excitement to your visit with everything from cheap pubs and bars for a drink or a live band to cool clubs for dancing the night away.
- Bourke Street Mall shopping
- Melbourne Aquarium
- Melbourne Cricket Ground Tour
- Her Majesty's Theatre
- China Town
- Crown Casino
- Melbourne Museum
- Royal Melbourne Zoo
- Melbourne Grand Prix
- Spring Racing Carnival
Events not to miss
- Grand Prix - March
- AFL Finals - September
- Melbourne Cup - November
- Australian Open Tennis - January
- Chinese New Year - January/February
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival - March-April
- Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - March-April
- Melbourne Fashion Festival - March
- ICC Cricket World Cup - February