Melbourne City & Surrounds
Melbourne Airport is located at Tullamarine, 22km northwest of the Melbourne city centre. Travelling to the city by taxi or Skybus takes about 30 minutes in reasonable traffic.
MELBOURNE CITY CENTRE
MELBOURNE city is a very easy place to get around. Collins, Bourke and Lonsdale Street run East West parallel to each other and have the larger part of the cities shopping and corporate business buildings. Corporate buildings surround the central shopping area and are a tasteful mix of heritage, classical and contemporary architecture. There is such diversity in the shopping in the city from the upmarket department stores to exploring the myriad of arcades to find that hidden treasure in a quaint boutique. If you enjoy coffee you will love Melbourne. Our history of European migrants have created a strong coffee culture. Melbourne prides itself on quality European style coffee created by very talented baristas. You will find a coffee shop on every city street. If food is your pleasure then be prepared to treat yourself as the style, quality and ambience of the restaurants in Melbourne will excite your palette. Burmese, Italian, Korean, Thai, Steakhouses, Mexican, Greek, African so many flavours from so many countries.
Southbank is situated on the East side of the Yarra river directly opposite the city ( downtown ) area of Melbourne. The area is a safe, busy and friendly part of Melbourne. There is a huge array of restaurants, eateries and food stalls. Learn more about Southbank and book Southbank accommodation.
NORTH MELBOURNE & FLEMINGTON
Located on the city's fringe North Melbourne hosts a variety of local attractions including the MCG, Melbourne Zoo, Queen Victoria Markets and Flemington Racecourse home to the famous Melbourne Cup and Spring Racing Carnival.
RICHMOND & EAST MELBOURNE
Most of Richmond's fashion action happens along Richmond's Swan Street and Bridge Road showcasing Australia's finest young designers. On Victoria Street known as "little Saigon" the air is thick with the tempting aromas of Vietnamese cooking.
SOUTH YARRA & TOORAK
Just south of the river is an elegant and classy precinct. With countless boutiques, jewellers, tailors and exclusive homeware outlets. The restaurants and cafes are famous for their cuisine. Toorak and Prahan offer another view of the world. The Bohemian gives way to the chic. Fashion is the focus, not just in clothes but also in designer wares and art.
CARLTON & FITZROY
The cultural scenery takes a sharp turn to the urban alternative at Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Live music, retro cafes, diverse restaurants and whole food alternatives abound along this bohemian boulevard just a kilometre from central Melbourne. Nearby Carlton is best known as home to Melbourne's "Little Italy" where all the best of Italian food, wine and hospitality is served on lively Lygon Street.
ST KILDA ROAD
Connecting Melbourne City to seaside St Kilda. Good access to the Royal Botanical Gardens and Albert Park.
ST KILDA & ALBERT PARK
Seaside St Kilda is famous for its people watching, cafes and bars, which are only 10 minutes from the CBD. Enjoy the music and street theatre. Visit the Sunday markets along the Esplanade, the beach, the parks, the historic pier and the wide skating, riding and walking paths.
BAYS & PENINSULA
Melbourne, the state capital, stands at the crown of this region, with the Bellarine and Mornington peninsulas enclosing Port Phillip Bay. Synonymous with fun and relaxation, Melbourne's Bays and Peninsulas feature beguiling beaches, fine food and wine, chic beachfront towns and a variety of family attractions. Relax in the delightful small resort towns of the Mornington Peninsula, offering both the calm waters of Port Phillip Bay and the surf coast. Visit the wineries, and enjoy the elegant cafes and restaurants.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
The Great Ocean Road skirts the Victoria coastline from Geelong, west to Nelson on the South Australian border and is without question one of the great scenic drives anywhere in Australia. The Great Ocean Road winds westwards from the major regional city of Geelong to the South Australian border. Along with striking ocean views, the region contains laidback coastal towns and maritime villages, and there are plenty of opportunities for bushwalking, swimming, surfing, fishing and whale watching. The scenery is wonderful with dramatic cliffs, beaches and rainforests and of course the 12 Apostles.
SPA COUNTRY & GOLDFIELDS
The Macedon Ranges and Spa Country is all about indulgence. Pure indulgence of both mind and body. More than 30 wineries want you to come and taste their famous pinot noirs and chardonnays. The state's best restaurateurs want to prepare for you their best cuisine. The discovery of gold in Victoria's central region over 150 years ago has left a rich and lasting legacy. Imposing traces of Victorian architecture and cultural traditions derived from a melting pot of peoples are just a few of the benefits to flow from the rush for gold.
YARRA VALLEY & DANDENONGS
A totally different perspective awaits visitors on the circle tour east from Melbourne through tall timber country, which includes some of Australia's best eucalypt forests and vast stands of mountain ash, the world's largest flowering tree. The road through Eltham and Yarra Glen passes through the Yarra Valley wine region. Much of the Dandenong's, the Yarra Valley and the high country farther north have been planted over time with European trees, which create a riot of colour in autumn from about April.
Phillip Island is an extraordinary place to visit, famous around the world for its international motorcycle racing circuit and its colony of little Fairy Penguins. Phillip Island is just 135km southeast of Melbourne dividing Western Port Bay and Bass Strait connected to the mainland by a road bridge. The island is just 20km long by about 10km wide with easy access to attractions. There's a lot to see and do on the island and a vast range of accommodation, cafes and restaurants. Its main town is Cowes in the centre of the northern, most sheltered shore of the island.
For spectacular mountain scenery Victoria's high country has it all. From the resorts of Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Mt Buffalo, explore the Alpine National Park. There are some wonderful walks in summer and of course the skiing in winter.