The bustling capital city of the state of Victoria, Melbourne is a melting pot of culture, entertainment and adventure. Located in the southeast of Australia, Melbourne attracts hordes of holiday makers from all over the globe looking to get a taste of Australia’s cultural capital. What’s more, you can choose from a host of serviced apartments or holiday rentals (including family-friendly and pet-friendly options) in Melbourne to ensure you enjoy a truly memorable holiday.
It would be hard to find a dull moment in the vibrant city of Melbourne. There’s something for everyone here. From recreational parks, myriad shopping opportunities to historic landmarks; make the most of all the delights this dynamic city has to offer. History buffs would enjoy a visit to the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens. Head to the Immigration Museum to learn about the history of the early immigrants to the region. The city is dotted by a number of restaurants, bars and cafes offering a range of cuisine. Watch a cricket match at Melbourne Cricket Grounds or enjoy a lazy day at the beach. Water sports enthusiasts can indulge in a wide variety of sports such as surfing or windsurfing. Those who want to enjoy the tranquil environs can try swimming, fishing or sailing. But make sure you don’t miss the dawn balloon ride over the Yarra Valley.
Melbourne is abundant with diverse sights and experiences. Those who enjoy adventure can take a dive with sharks at the Melbourne Aquarium. But if you’re not into extreme adventure, you can opt for a tour of the recreated Barrier Reef complete with tunnels and vibrant aquatic life. But no holiday to the city would be complete without a visit to the Eureka Sky deck. Towering 88 floors above the ground, this observation deck gives a visitor a panoramic view of the fascinating city of Melbourne. And the glass platform allows a visitor to test their mettle. History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol, known for its rich heritage. This site has on display a number of death masks including the scaffolding where the infamous outlaw, Ned Kelly was put to death.
The climate is probably one of the best parts of a holiday to Melbourne. Summers are reasonably warm and winters pleasant. Although, the climate is known to be occasionally unpredictable with spells of rain or hail, especially during summer and spring. January is the best month to make the most of the warm temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. If you want to enjoy a pleasant winter holiday, you could visit in the month of July when temperatures dip to 14 degrees Celsius.
You can fly directly to Melbourne (MEL) Airport to reach your holiday home in Melbourne. There are a number of airways such as Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Virgin and Jetstar Airways flying regularly to the city. What’s more, the airport is conveniently located about 23 km from the heart of Melbourne. You can take the Skybus Super Shuttle to travel within the city.
You can’t go wrong with loving where you live! The breathtaking countryside that you can drive through into the city to see rustic buildings that capture Melbourne's heritage. Wine and dine at some of the finest restaurants that can fill you up and quench your thirst. More specifically, the Conservatory at Crown will make your eyes pop with its stunning interior and delicious food they create for the buffet.
You can't go wrong with a full stomach and a comfy seat to enjoy the food in. Then you can hit up Crown Casino for some fun and possibly take home some winnings. After Crown, taking a walk along Southbank is a beautiful idea, especially in summer at sunset. You can enjoy the serenity of the Yarra River that runs through Melbourne while enjoying some delicious and sweet ice cream. Choose your favourite flavours or maybe try something new. Caramel ice cream goes down a treat.
Head over to Federation Square to see what entertainment and exhibitions are on. You might even get to see yourself on the big screen as they usually have the camera on so that you can wave to yourself and have a bit of a laugh.