Local departures to Melbourne
Melbourne, the city of four seasons in one day, is Australia’s cultural capital. With Victorian architecture, shopping, museums, galleries, theatres and large parks and gardens the city has something for everyone. Venture along laneways and up to the rooftops to discover the best vibrant live music, boutiques, culinary hotspots and soak up the wine and coffee culture of the city.
Just beyond the city limits in the buzzing inner suburbs you will find more of Melbourne’s treasures. Fitzroy, known as the bohemian quarter, is filled with cutting edge cuisine and trendy boutiques. To experience a little history and culture head over to Carlton, which is also called ‘Little Italy’, it has a strong Italian heritage. The streets are filled with Italian restaurants, gelatarias and Italian coffee shops. But it is also home to Melbourne Museum, the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere.
Beach lovers should make their way to St Kilda and kick off their shoes for a walk on the beach. Cool cafes, elegant restaurants and trendy bars fill the streets. Plenty of choice to enjoy a relaxing lunch or a drink at the seaside, while watching the amazing mix of cultures pass you by. Take a stroll down the Esplanada and find a creative souvenir at one of the markets. If you want a bit more action you should visit the famous Luna Park. A historic amusement park with friendly carousels and thrilling roller coasters, perfect for a family day out.
The picturesque parks and gardens offer some peace and quiet. Extensive lawns, mature trees, flowerbeds, lakes, fountains and stunning public art fill the many gardens and parks. If you like art then keep your eyes open while you walk down Melbourne's city streets. You will find inspiring works of art in surprising places!
At night you can indulge in Melbourne’s nightlife. In the many outdoor pubs or rooftop bars you can enjoy Melbourne’s legendary live music scene, covering a wide variety of music genres. Or dance the night away and enjoy a few cocktails in a stylish club.
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- Yarra is a bohemian part of Melbourne with a whole host of trendy boutiques set amid unique, alternative restaurants
- Head to Parkville to check out the kangaroos and koalas at the Zoo, don’t miss the weekend special Jazz at the Zoo
- Home of Melbourne’s F1 Grand Prix circuit, Albert Park is a lively suburb of the historic Port Phillip Bay
- St Kilda and Brighton Beach are favourites for those looking to enjoy a typical Aussie beachside night of fun
- Known as the country's fashion capital, the high end designer stores and boutiques can be found lining Chapel Street
- As Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne is a full of culture with tons of theatres, museums and galleries
- The Eureka Tower stands at an impressive height, head to the top for incredible panoramic views of the city and beyond
- Catch a moonlit film at the art deco styled theatre Astor as it joins Melbourne International Film Festival
- Take advantage of the surrounding areas and head out across to Phillip Island to catch a glimpse of the Penguin Parade
- A UNESCO World Heritage site, The Royal Exhibition Building and the Carlton Gardens should be the top of your list