Melbourne

Melbourne is a melting pot of cultural influences and is considered to be the cultural capital of Australia.

Melbourne is located in the south-eastern part of Australia and is the capital of Victoria.
It is the city that can best be compared to the great European metropolises. The melting pot of cultural influences makes this colourful and fascinating city a place where to breathe and admire the customs of different ethnic groups from all over the world, which over the years have made Melbourne a comfortable cradle of multiple customs and traditions. Today’s population counts about 4.5 million inhabitants.

An initial attempt at founding the city took place in 1835 by John Batman, an Australian businessman, who, after realising that there was no water, decided to go up the Yarra River.
Here he met John Pascoe Fawkner and together established a settlement in the place where the city stands today. It was named after the British Prime Minister of the time, Lord William Lamb Viscount of Melbourne.

The climate of this metropolis is oceanic: extremely variable! Australians use to say that in Melbourne there are “four season in one day”! the city is actually cooler than the average of the country, featuring summer temperatures always lower then 40 degrees and the coldest winter in Australia.

Melbourne and the surrounding areas can satisfy the needs of all types of tourists: art, culture, cooking, entertainment, nature and adventure awaits anyone who is about to book a plane ticket for this wonderful city.

Melbourne is not only the capital of the state of Victoria, but also the cultural capital of Australia. The city features many museums, artistic structures, cultural industries and is also home to Australian cinema.

Some of Melbourne’s major museums are Melbourne Museum,the National Sports Museum and the National Galley Of Victoria. The city develops in the area along the Yarra River, another great attraction of the city. Actually, it is crossed by numerous boats that give tourists the opportunity to photograph wonderful landscapes, not expected to be found in a metropolis.

Melbourne is also known for its street art: here gather the most influential artists and it is impossible not to see the many and colourful graffiti that characterise streets such as Union Lane, Yarra Place, Duckboard Place and AC/DC lane. The latter was called Corporation Lane until October 1, 2004 when it was changed in honour of the greatest Australian rock band.

Besides culture, Melbourne also offers lots of fun for all tastes: festivals, clubs, pubs, cultural associations, but even renowned venues located on the upper floors of skyscrapers.
Saint Patrick and Saint Paul cathedrals, which are in the city CBD (Central Business District), are worth a visit.

The beach of Saint Kilda, not far from the centre, is one of the most famous and suggestive districts of Melbourne. This is the ideal pit stop for those who want to enjoy the fine sand, play beach volley or simply relax while watching the colourful comets of kite-surfs cutting waves. Along the promenade that runs behind the beach, there are stalls and refreshment points.

Not to forget that Melbourne has a great offer in the food and beverage sector, a common feature of all the main Australian cities. There is a spot for all tastes: Asian, European, South American restaurants and much more!

Sport

The city is internationally known for being a landmark for sport. The most famous competition that takes place in the city every year is the Australian Open, the first of the four Grand Slams, which attracts many tennis lovers from all over the world. Another major national sport event is the Melbourne Cup. This is a race competed by the most valued thoroughbred horses. The event is attended and followed with great passion and interest by the entire country. In Melbourne the Race is even more heartfelt than Christmas itself. This is clear, looking at the elegance and luxury shown off by the attendees and considering that it is an institutional bank holiday.

Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden is an unspoilt natural environment that is visited by more than 1.6 million tourists every year. The visit is made even more special by the fact that guides are often Aboriginal people. They have a deep and visceral connection with nature and it is very interesting to hear their tales about the flora and fauna of these gardens.

Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market is the largest open-air market. It spreads over 7 hectares of land and is classified as the largest market in the southern hemisphere. Here can be found all kind of item: souvenirs, food, clothes and much more!

Great Ocean Road

Almost anyone who want discover the Great Ocean Road start his journey from Melbourne. This road runs 243 km along the Australian southern coast, over the wild Antarctic Ocean. This road offers breath-taking landscapes in contact with wild nature, sunbathing and surfing spots on beautiful beaches with dreamy waves. An attraction of the Great Ocean Road are the Twelve Apostles, gigantic rocks formed about 20 million years ago, rising almost 50 metres above sea level. The sunset is said to be the perfect scenario.
Last but not least, there is the opportunity to taste local products, especially some fine wines!