Melbourne hosts many big events including the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Australian Tennis Open, AFL Grand Final, the Grand Prix, Spring Racing Carnival and The Melbourne Cup, and not forgetting our superb music and theatre productions.
Besides such world class sporting venues as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne Park, home of the Grand Slam Australian Open Tennis Championship, recent developments have added some superb new venues, including an Aquatic Centre, the IMAX Cinema, the Exhibition and Convention Centre, the Docklands Stadium and most recently, Federation Square. For Melbourne Bus Hire contact Melbourne Bus and Coach
The city is also famous for its magnificent parks and gardens – including the beautiful and peaceful Royal Botanic Gardens, with its elegant lakes, sweeping landscapes and rolling manicured lawns as well as the evergreen Fitzroy Gardens, housing Captain James Cook’s cottage, shipped from England and rebuilt stone by stone.
Shopping is a great experience – browse the stylish department stores, trendy boutiques and designer shops or bargain at the many bustling art, craft and food markets – there is something for everyone.
Restaurants, brasseries, bars and pavement cafés abound in Melbourne. From the localised cuisine and cultures of Lygon Street, Chinatown, Chapel Street and Brunswick Street, to the myriad of offerings in and around the city, the standard and enormous variety of cuisine in Melbourne is exceptional.
Excursions around Melbourne are season-orientated – from the beaches, the bay and the winelands in summer – to the awesome slopes of Mount Buller and Mount Hotham during the ski season, you will never be at a loss for outdoor entertainment. Testament to Australia’s quality of life is the fact that people from more than 140 countries have chosen to become Australian citizens. It ‘s interesting to note that one in four Melburnians were born in other countries. Not only is Melbourne the third largest Greek city in the world, but it is also the largest Italian city outside of Italy.