Wander down south to the vibrant hub that is Melbourne. From its thriving sport scene and world-class art and culture, to hosting enough dining and drinking options to keep you occupied for a month, Australia’s second largest city has much to offer.
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Don’t let the temperamental weather deter you, because, as the locals like to joke, “just wait five minutes and it’ll change again.” The weather is an accurate reflection of the city’s diverse and ever-changing ecosystem. Just when you think you’ve scratched the surface of what’s on offer, another hidden rooftop bar or laneway cafe will spring up to keep you looking out for what’s next.
To help cut through the plethora of attractions on offer, we’ll try and whittle the list down to some of the top picks.
Experience Australia’s sporting capital
While the age-old debate continues between Melbourne and Sydney as to whether AFL trumps rugby, there is one fact the rival cities must agree on – Melbourne truly is the nation’s home of sport.
If you’re visiting during summer, you can visit legendary venues such as the MCG for the cricket, or Rod Laver Arena and the other courts at Melbourne Park, for the Australian Open. If you’re visiting during winter you can also head to the MCG, or the G, as the local calls it, to catch an electric match of AFL.
Otherwise you can glam up and visit ‘the race that stops the nation’ at the Melbourne Cup during the first Tuesday in November, or – be exhilarated by the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.
Take to the backstreets
One of the most charming features of Melbourne’s CBD is the network of twisting laneways that thread through the main thoroughfares. These frequented shortcuts offer a wealth of curiosities, secret gems and other subtle wonders for those who know where to look.
Hosier Lane is perhaps one of the most frequented laneways, with a constantly evolving explosion of iconic urban street art coating every reachable surface – and then some. Degraves Street is also well worth the visit so you can explore the eclectic mix of cafes, shopping boutiques and other pop-up venues available.
Get your culture on
There’s a reason Melbourne has consistently been rated as one of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world. Aside from the sport and prominent food and drinking options, this southernmost city also has a booming art and culture scene. As the country’s oldest and largest gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) hosts an impressive collection of over 70,000 individual pieces.
Next, head to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to learn everything there is to know about the exciting world of digital culture, including film and television.
Drink with a view
A stay in Melbourne wouldn’t be complete without the quintessential beverage on one of the strategically placed rooftops littering the city. Our top picks include Curtain House in the CBD, which also transforms into a rooftop cinema during summer, and Naked in the Sky in the northern suburb of Fitzroy.
Experience Melbourne for yourself and learn why so many people flock to this quirky, yet accommodating town year-on-year.
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