City Name: Melbourne
Where is it located?: Melbourne is located in the middle of Victoria, on Australia’s southern coast. It is in the southeastern corner of Australia, with an emphasis on the south.
Why do people go there?: There is a joke that everyone from Australia is either from Sydney or Melbourne, and the rivalry is fierce. There is something to be said for Sydney’s sexy sister, as Melbourne tends to be the cultural capital of the country, with an additional emphasis on fashion, music and good times.
How do travelers get there?: There are a number of international, and domestic, arrivals at Melbourne’s airport. There are also bus and train services from Sydney, Canberra, and Adelaide.
Currency: Australian Dollar
City Code: 3
Population: 3.8 million
Neighborhoods: St. Kilda, South Bank, CBD, Fitzroy, Carlton
Attractions: Nightlife, Culture, Class
Accommodations: Melbourne Hostels
Tourist Office: RACV Travel Centre, 230 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 tel. 03-9650 1522, Website: http://www.tourism.vic.gov.au
Off-the-beaten-path: St Kilda Beach, The Grampians, Yarra Valley
Health Issues: None
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Slip in before the winter bite and near the end of summer tourist season for beautiful weather.
City Specific Events: The Melbourne Cup in November is a huge horse-racing event that slows down business country-wide. Summer is the time for musical and cultural festivals.
How to get around?: The Met provides trams, trains and buses.
Good to know: Melbourne is considered Australia’s cultural center.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Melbourne is the Tullamarine International Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Melbourne travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.