As Australia’s second-largest city and among the highest-rated cities worldwide in overall livability, healthcare, education, entertainment, sports and tourism, Melbourne has plenty to offer as both a residency as well as a tourist destination.
The hardest decision facing visitors to Melbourne is finding the time to experience all of the splendid attractions found in the immediate area. If international culture is of interest, few global metropolitan areas are as diverse or offer as many choices, whether it’s pertaining to the arts, literature, musical entertainment, stage and film, or the unique architecture that can be found at nearly every turn. Sports enthusiasts will discover that Melbourne provides year-round events in several professional sports such as Formula One Racing, professional rugby, soccer and tennis, horse racing and rowing. The most popular team sports in Melbourne however, are cricket and Australian Rules Football, with the latter routinely attracting in excess of 40,000-plus attendees per game.
For the visitor whose preferences run more to the sight-seeing type, the natural beauty and well-maintained historical surroundings of Melbourne are guaranteed to satisfy the most demanding of visitor. A favourite attraction of the downtown area are the many street art kiosks and exhibits which feature both native and modern selections. Melbourne’s unique architecture is a blend of primarily late 19th and early 20th century styles along with an increasing number of modern structures that embrace environmentally-friendly new technology.
Public transportation in Melbourne is readily available via its extensive bus, taxi, train and tram systems, although adventurous visitors may find their travel needs better served by renting from Europcar, which offers both short and long-term rentals for trips in and around the city proper, as well as for day jaunts for sightseeing excursions to outlying areas.
FIVE REASONS TO GO TO MELBOURNE
1. Downtown Melbourne contains many “hidden treasures” for visitors to discover and experience, one of which are the many maze-like Gothic laneways that can be found just off the main street grid. These meandering alleys feature shops, boutiques, cafes, nightclubs, food vendors and small businesses that can’t be found on the “main drag.”
2. Brunswick Street is an out-of-the-way business section referred to locally as the “Soho Strip” for its unmistakable style and atmosphere which will remind visitors of the heyday of the “hippie” culture with an abundance of coffee shoppes, music stores and second-hand clothing boutiques. It’s standard fare to see clean-cut business people intermingling with longhaired “beatnik” types, an aberration that helps to define Melbourne’s cultural diversity.
3. Federation Square is where Melbourne’s international mixture of people and cultures congregate for various events, ranging from concerts, festivals, sporting events, open markets, art exhibits, film screenings, etc. Capable of accommodating up to 10,000 people, the Square is also home to restaurants, shops, museums and galleries.
4. Mornington Peninsula is a welcome respite from throngs of people and noises. Relaxation and recreation are trademarks of this summer paradise, offering seaside fun-in-the-sun leisure, challenging golf courses, secluded parks, cozy restaurants and day spas for a few hours of strictly “me time.”
5. High atop some of Melbourne’s towering buildings is another hidden treasure that predominates during the summer months. Scattered across rooftops are unique bars, movie houses and restaurants that provide fine dining, entertainment and an unequalled experience high above the bustling streets below. The ultimate in innovation and old-world sophistication, a leisurely evening on a Melbourne rooftop is certain to be just one of the unforgettable experiences when visiting Melbourne.