Telegraph: Consistently voted one of the world's most liveable cities, Melbourne effortlessly combines a strong sense of tradition with strong contemporary design, entertainment and technology. Exciting new buildings such as the 92-storey Eureka Tower - the world's tallest residential building - Crown Casino and Federation Square have injected new life into a city always known for its elegant boulevards, impressive parks and treasury of Victorian and Edwardian architecture.
Wikipedia: Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 3.74 million (2006 estimate). Located around Port Phillip Bay in the country's south-east, Melbourne is the state capital of Victoria. Melbourne is a major centre of commerce, industry and cultural activity. The city is often referred to as Australia's "sporting and cultural capital" and it is home to many of the nation's most significant cultural and sporting events and institutions.
The National Trust of Australia: The Trust owns and manages some of the state's best-known historic properties and gardens for public benefit and enjoyment. Our properties range in style from magnificent mansions to humble cottages and reflect the fascinating diversity of Australia's rich past. National Trust properties are open to all and members gain free entry. Most properties can only be viewed on guided tours, which are held regularly during open days.
The RBG Melbourne was established in 1846 but it wasn't until William Guilfoyle was appointed Director that the Gardens took on the design that we see today. Guilfoyle set about creating the Gardens' world-famous "picturesque" landscape style; sweeping lawns, meandering paths and glittering lakes, magnificient vistas, and offering a surprise around every corner.
RBG Melbourne is recognised as one of the world's finest botanic gardens. There are over 10,000 species and 50,000 individual plants in the 38 hectare gardens, including trees and plants of great cultural value.
Only Melbourne: What's On is your calendar and guide to events, shows, concerts, fetes and festivals happening in and around Melbourne. Select a month to see what's happening.
Yarra River: Melbourne's lower Yara River is the city's tourism and recreation heart. It hums with activity, on land and water. River boats link the vibrancy of Federation Square, Southgate and Crown. Outstanding dining and shopping opportunities blend with museums, leading galleries, an aquarium, concert halls and theatres to create one of the most diverse visitor precincts in the country.
Federation Square is Melbourne's meeting place and a unique cultural precinct. Federation Square brings together a creative mix of attractions, includingThe Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Champions: Australian Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, National Design Centre and the Melbourne Visitor Centre, along with 15 restaurants, cafes and bars, function centres, guided tours at 11am and 2pm Monday - Saturday and over 2000 events held annually.
Port Phillip: Covering 1,950 square kilometres, Port Phillip is the entrance to Australia's busiest port and is one of Victoria's most popular recreational destinations. Every year millions of people enjoy its vast coastline, world-class swimming beaches and coastal parks. An entirely different perspective however is available to those who explore the Bay by boat. Island, shipwrecks and marine reserves dot the Bay, while scuba diving and fishing reveal the colourful diversity of the Bay's marine life.
St Kilda Beach: St Kilda is a remarkable place. It is situated on one of the most picturesque points of the Bay a short distance from the city and has safe sandy beaches. This bayside suburb is now one of the main tourist destinations and is renowned for its picturesque bayside setting, close proximity to the city, beaches, music venues, restaurants and cafe lifestyle.
River Country Adventours have been serving the tourism industry with well-organised, quality day and extended coach tours since 1993. We cater for both small and large groups throughout Regional Victoria, and beyond. Most of these tours depart from Melbourne and are fully escorted by accredited tour operators who have a good knowledge of the history and heritage of the regions.
Melbourne Tours: Melbourne's Best Tours is a small family operated tour company. When it was established several years ago we aimed to provide a different, and in our opinion better, style of day touring. Our experience indicated that many people preferred the more personal service of a smaller group size where they could actually relate to the driver and fellow travellers.
Melbourne Tour Company: Melbourne isn't dubbed the 'world's most livable city' for nothing. On this tour you'll see the stunning architectural heritage of Melbourne's gold rush days, world-renowned sporting venues (including the home of the Australian Tennis Open), the parklands which have made Melbourne's reputation as the 'Garden City' and shopping and cafe centers that are second to none.
Melbourne Sport Tours: Melbourne is home to some the finest & most perfectly situated collection of sporting venues in the world. Major facilities include the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Telstra Dome, Rod Laver Arena, Vodafone Arena, Olympic Park, Flemington Race Course, Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre (MSAC) and Albert Park Grand Prix Track....all within 6 kilometres of the city centre. Melbourne Sports Tours offers sports sightseeing product based around our favorite Melbourne attributes - taking you behind the scenes of Melbourne's sporting venues and to the games we play. Taking you to the heart of Melbourne.
The Haunted Ghost Tour: Come face to face with Melbourne's haunted past on an informative, fun-filled 2 hour historical walking tour conducted by Haunted Australia TV presenter, Drew Sinton. Spooky fun!
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Freedom Australia: The capital of Victoria, quite fittingly, has a grand Victorian atmosphere, with its elegant architecture, tree-lined boulevards and its historic tram system which harks back to a bygone era (although it's wonderfully efficient). It's a cultured and cosmopolitan city, with a number of galleries and a world-class theatre district. There's a thriving street café scene, superb restaurants and excellent shopping. Southbank is a lively riverside art and entertainment area you shouldn't miss.
You'll find plenty to do in Australia's second largest city. Explore the Botanic Gardens, see Captain Cook's cottage in Fitzroy Gardens, enjoy a cruise down the Yarra River, picnic in one of the beautiful parks or take the tram down to the beach. St Kilda is great fun, has a lovely beach and is only 15 minutes from the city centre.
Melbourne Holidays: Melbourne is one of Australia's premier holiday destinations and attracts millions of visitors each year. Melbourne is the gateway to Victoria and sits astride the Yarra River at the very top of Port Phillip Bay. It is Australia's second largest city, with a mix of modern high rise towers, preserved historic Victorian era architecture and magnificent parks and gardens.
The cosmopolitan Melbourne restaurants precincts, the mix of modern and historic, the lively entertainment, boutique shopping and non-stop cavalcade of festivals and events all combine to make Melbourne holidays a wonderful experience for all ages. Travel is simple on the excellent network of Melbourne transport consisting of trams, trains and buses that criss-cross the city and surrounding areas.
Discover Australia: Melbourne, Victorias capital city is located on the banks of the Yarra River where it meets Port Philip Bay and is a friendly, multicultural city, home to people from over 140 nations. Melbourne is all about a social lifestyle - eating out, superb shopping and a plethora of entertainment from sports to concerts to plays and exhibitions. When night falls, live music, live comedy, concerts, theatre and films are all close by. Secret gardens can be discovered throughout Melbourne because more than a quarter of the city is green.