Melbourne is the capital and the most populous city within the state of Victoria and is the second most populated within Australia, after Sydney. Melbourne was previously, and unfairly, considered to be very much within the shadow of its Australian counterpart, Sydney. It has, however, in the proceeding years risen out of the de facto capital’s shadow and become a premier tourist destination.
There is in fact a multi-cultural population present within the city of Melbourne and it inspires a unique atmosphere to many of the city’s national counterparts, from the leafy boulevards, smart and chic cafés or the rustic trams that trundle along the city streets as part of the world’s longest tram system. Melbourne is a city that definitely should be high up on the list of places to visit in Australia.
Melbourne itself has undergone vast redevelopment in recent years and this has practically transformed the skyline of the city into what it is today, a city full of cultural inspirations for the city’s young and trendy generation such as the glassy skyscrapers of the city’s Central Business District as well as the Eureka Tower, the stunning skyscraper located within the Southbank district of the city.
The city of Melbourne has so much to offer from the world of art, film, ballet, literature, opera and theatre. It is truly one of the world’s centres of culture. Of course, there is so much to see and do; you could spend nigh on all of your time marvelling at what is in front of you.
There are also many attractions in the city of Melbourne, some of which are notably sports related. Melbourne has a rich history when it comes to sport and was the first southern hemisphere city to host the summer Olympic Games in 1956. Australian Rules Football is one of the most popular sports in the city along with cricket and the eye-catching Etihad Stadium is certainly impressive enough.
Soccer is also acquiring popularity within the city, with two soccer clubs in Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City, recently purchased by the City Football Group and the backers of Manchester City FC. There is also the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, which is also a major sporting event within the city.
The state of Victoria encapsulates some of Australia’s most marvellous landscapes. The Great Ocean Road, an Australian National Heritage listed highway is 151 miles long and runs along the Victorian coastline (known as the Shipwreck coast) where the stunning scenery out over the ocean as well as the lush greenery that covers the mountains you’re winding your way through simply takes your breath away.
Melbourne is the most populous city in the southern state of Victoria. A multi-cultural centre as well as a fantastic laid-back atmosphere and various cultural attractions, Melbourne is simply a stunning place to visit.
Excellent museums, unique architecture which blends the old with the new and an amazing ambience throughout the city, Melbourne has the added speciality of being an intimate destination while having the benefits of a big city. There is also a splendid nightlife scene and numerous attractions such as the various green spaces, and unique cultural horizons such as the Shrine of Remembrance.
The state of Victoria encompasses numerous scenic country villages, beautiful offshore islands and national parks that are just itching to be discovered, explored and admired in equal measure.
Things to do in Victoria & Melbourne
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Victoria, located in South Australia is known mainly for the city of Melbourne. Melbourne is a place for people who love city-life, being much less-touristy than other popular cities such as Brisbane and Sydney. Culture, coffee and food take pride and place in Melbourne - so be sure to pack a city map and a list of restaurants to tick off during your trip.
Inner-city transport isn’t the best in Melbourne, so you’ll likely do a lot of walking as you sightsee, so a good pair of comfy shoes is a must. It’s also worth packing warmly too, with some layers for when the wind picks up, or the temperature cools down.
If you plan on taking a road-trip along The Great Ocean Road during your time there, definitely take a windproof coat along with you - as the coast can get very breezy, especially in the winter months.
Victoria is known for being a slightly cooler region of Australia, so expect an average high of 24 degrees Celsius in the summer months, and an average low of 6 degrees Celsius in the winter months. Unlike other areas of Australia, Melbourne does experience vastly different seasons, and is a great city to see the seasons change month by month.
Even in the summer months the breeze can still feel cold, so it’s important to always bring a layer of warmth with you. Near the coastal areas, such as The Great Ocean Road, expect the weather to be a few degrees cooler, and the wind to pick up.
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