Melbourne Visitor information
Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria and holds the reputation as being Australia’s cultural capital. The Melbourne Arts Precinct is located in Southbank and it is where you will find the Arts Centre Melbourne, a performing arts complex, as well as the National Gallery of Victoria featuring Australian and Indigenous art.
The city is stylishly cosmopolitan with a dynamic mix of stately 19th century buildings from the Gold Rush era blended with modern structures, such as Federation Square that sits strikingly on the bank of the Yarra River at the city’s centre. The city exudes character with its cultural events along the river, fascinating street artists, chic laneway eateries, cool cafes and rooftop bars with city views.
Those who live in the city are referred to as "Melburnians" and their passion for sport plays a big role in the fabric of life in Melbourne. The city is regarded as the sporting capital of Australia and throughout the calendar year the city plays host to several major sporting events including the Australian Tennis Open, the Formula One Grand Prix and the Melbourne Cup Horse Racing. The city is also the home of AFL football, which is so popular that you would be hard pressed to find a Melburnian who does not follow a team religiously. When the ‘footy’ season is over and mild winter days end (the average temperature is around 16 degrees celsius in winter), Cricket becomes the number one pastime.
Activities of interest in Melbourne
Melbourne offers a wide range of activities to satisfy all kinds of visitors with varying interests. The city is full of life and you can spend hours browsing through the city’s beautiful arcades and exploring the designer boutiques and cool local labels.
The Melbourne Museum and the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building are popular with visitors. To get a feel of the history of Melbourne there are great landmarks around the city, such as St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station. There is also the majestic Manchester Unity Building which encapsulates Art Deco architecture.
Get a feel for the culture of Melbourne and visit some of the many iconic museums the city has to offer, such as ‘The National Gallery of Victoria’. Alternatively you can head to ‘The Australian Centre for the Moving Image’ and immerse yourself in the world of film, television and digital culture. There are many galleries and plenty of sculpture parks to explore in Melbourne.
Enjoy strolling the laneways of this diverse city and have a bite to eat at one of many restaurants and cafes. Whether you fancy high end dining or some pub grub, there is so much on offer to satisfy the taste buds. The city attracts some of the finest chefs around and ‘Attica’ is one of the best 50 restaurants in the world, so why not indulge yourself and delve into Ben Shewry’s delicious menu. The Queen Victoria Markets is also in the heart of the city, so if you prefer to cook for yourself you can always pick up some fresh produce there instead.
Melbourne are mad about sport and you can also join in the excitement by heading to the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch a game of the Australian Football League in winter or cricket in the summer. If sport is not your scene you may prefer to relax in one of the many parks and gardens around the city, such as the Royal Botanic Gardens or King’s Domain, where you will also find Government House, the official residence of the Governor of Victoria. You can also go to Royal Park where Melbourne Zoo is based, or Fitzroy Gardens after visiting Captain Cook’s Cottage.