Lose yourself in Melbourne, a city loaded with hidden treasures. Behind non-descript doors in Melbourne’s hidden alleyways and laneways are creative hot spots and highly talented individuals whose crafts span all genres of art, food, fashion and design. The city promises endless shopping and cultural opportunities, excellent art galleries and blockbuster musicals. Culinary treats can be found in countless restaurants, cafes and bars. This lively and cosmopolitan city combines a fanatical love for the creative arts and good living with a state-wide sports addiction to make a city like no other. Food, art, music, wine and football – is there anything else?Come prepared with a sense of adventure – you’ll need it to explore the city’s fascinating labyrinth.Don’t miss out on the entertainment along the Yarra River where Crown Casino and Southbank showcase some of Melbourne’s best dining venues. About five kilometres from the city lies Port Phillip Bay, home to eclectic St Kilda, which seduces you with sunset views, fun on the beach and a colourful strip of shops and bars.Extending around the bay are a number of inner suburbs, each with its own distinct character and personality. A short tram ride from the city centre, Melbourne’s suburban neighbourhoods are a must see for anyone wanting to experience what life here is really all about. Bourke Street Mall Visit Melbourne's retail heart – a busy mall bustling with shoppers, buskers and city workers.
City laneways and arcades Explore Melbourne's intimate and enchanting web of lanes, alleys, little streets and arcades.
Chinatown Experience the flavours of Asia and find intimate drinking spots in the centre of Melbourne.
Collins Street and Little Collins StreetSpend a day shopping amidst the glitz and glamour of tree-lined Collins Street.
Docklands From art to sports and culture, Docklands offers a colourful variety of events and attractions – there's something to suit every passion and budget right on the water front.
Flinders quarter Explore the tiny bars, edgy designer shops and commercial galleries of Flinders Lane.
Fitzroy PrecinctFitzroy has retained its creative edge thanks to a great mix of art galleries, studios and specialist bookshops. Browse quaint and quirky shops selling vintage wares and locally designed goodies
St Kilda Beach SuburbJoin locals who walk, cycle and skate under the palms on the foreshore or sail, windsurf or kitesurf on the bay.
Sports precinct Get to know Melbourne's fascination with sport by catching a football game at the MCG.You'll find that all roads lead south in Melbourne - to Southbank and South Wharf, that is, Melbourne's waterside dining, drinking and shopping hubs.
Southbank and South WarfYou'll find that all roads lead south in Melbourne - to Southbank and South Wharf, that is, Melbourne's waterside dining, drinking and shopping hubs.This is Melbourne’s waterside dining, drinking and shopping hub on the Yarra. Crown Entertainment Complex offers 24 hours excitement!You'll find that all roads lead south in Melbourne - to Southbank and South Wharf, that is, Melbourne's waterside dining, drinking and shopping hubs.You'll find that all roads lead south in Melbourne - to Southbank and South Wharf, that is, Melbourne's waterside dining, drinking and shopping hubs.You'll find that all roads lead south in Melbourne - to Southbank and South Wharf, that is, Melbourne's waterside dining, drinking and shopping hubs.For more, go to www.visitmelbourne.com
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The magnificent stretch of coastline between Sydney and Melbourne is one of Australia’s most dramatic and naturally beautiful self-drive experiences. Along its length, the great waters of the Pacific Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait have carved out dramatic headlands and created beautiful coves and beaches. The ancient ranges that follow it inland are covered in vast expanses of national parks and forests protecting pristine lakes and rivers. Nestled amongst these natural wonders are dozens of quaint fishing villages, tiny colonial hamlets and thriving rural towns built by the country’s most adventurous settlers.
The coast provides you with the whole range of sensory experiences. You can surf the big Tasman swells, dive the many wrecks, do some blue water sailing, go whale spotting or share the beach with seals, dolphins and sea birds. Or take time out to enjoy the delights of its famous seafood.
As you move along it, the landscape constantly changes its character and moods – from the placid blues and pastoral greens of the NSW coast, to the brilliant white sands of Jervis Bay. Immerse yourself in Coastal Wilderness of Sapphire Coast. Experience a lush network of National Parks, dotted with heritage sites, dramatic mountains and waters that team with life. Visit the coastal town of Eden and follow Australia's most significant whale story as you travel on the fringes of a destination rich in culture and nature so precious parts have been declared a UNESCO world biosphere res. The massive, unspoiled wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park and the awesome breadth of Ninety Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland waterway.
The journey climaxes at Wilsons Promontory, the southern most point of mainland Australia, where you can explore small, hidden bays, see wildlife in its natural habitat, and visit the historic lighthouse. Then you gently wind your way to Melbourne via Phillip Island where you can see the famously cute little penguins parading along the beach. Moonlit Sanctuary if one of the many wildlife highlights between Phillip Island and Geelong and the Bellarine as you continue the drive along Victoira's coastline.
Drive the alternative inland route from Lakes Entrance to Melbourne via Walhalla taking in the beautiful green countryside, magnificent vistas, mountain scenery and historic villages. Walhalla became one of Australia's richest gold towns following the discovery of gold in 1863. Today, strolling past its lovingly restored period buildings provides you with an authentic experience of that golden era. Frozen in time, Walhalla is home to only to 20 people.
Drive from Sydney to Melbourne and Melbourne to Sydney for a memorable roadtrip. Find activities and accommodation along the coast and inland. Meet the wildlife, enjoy the food and wine and stay at some wonderful, welcoming cottages, guesthouses, camp grounds and motels. Plan your holiday now.