Elegantly standing on the scenic Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne defies all superlatives! The heart and soul of Australia is revered as one of the best cities in the world to live in and evidently the ideal destination for holidays.
Considering the awe-inspiring diversity; eclectic culture; wonderful theatre, music, literature and art scene, it is true to some extent. Melbourne has apparently the quality of excelling in everything.
The sightseeing experience here is far beyond the expectation of even the blasé traveller; nightlife is capable enough of rivalling the best in the world and wide-ranging eating options
give an impression of cornucopia. In a nutshell, fortunate explorers who bag packages for Australian holidays enjoy the golden opportunity of beholding the range of attractions like Melbourne Museum; Old Melbourne Gaol, Royal Botanic Gardens, Eureka Skydeck 88, Federation Square and Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.
Climate and Best Time to Visit Melbourne is a year round destination for holidays. However, the best time to visit is between the shoulder season (March to May) and (September to November) when holidaymakers can make the most of their money invested on vacation packages. These seasons experience moderate and pleasant climate. The fall season from March to May comes alive with gold-topped trees and key events such as Melbourne Fashion Festival, and Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. While buying Australia holiday packages for springtime (September to November) is all about feasting eyes on blossoming flowers and taking pleasure in Melbourne Winter Festival and Melbourne Writers' Festival.
Eating OutMelbourne is well-revered for its splendid food and wine. It is a happy hunting ground with sizeable number of cafes, bars and restaurants blending the finest of culinary art and hospitality. Most of the eateries are located within walking distance of the city centre. Gourmets can make way for laneway alfresco restaurants in Hardware Lane, Degraves Street, Centre Place or Chinatown on Little Collins Street. Besides, Lygon Street Carlton, Fitzroy, Chapel Street and Toorak Road in South Yarra have long been known for diverse choices.
ShoppingShopping is always a pleasant affair on Melbourne holidays. Drenched in consumerist culture and filled to brim with big name department store chains, trendy boutiques and colourful markets. Collins Street, Toorak Road in South Yarra, Crown Entertainment Complex at Southbank and Chapel Street in South Yarra are the stamping grounds where extravagant shoppers can get hands on super-stylish range of designer products. When it comes to exuberant market experience, Historic Queen Victoria Market definitely leads the pack on account of its vim and vigour.
Popular HotelsMelbourne being one of the famous holiday destinations in Australia offers an extensive range of luxury options in addition to budget accommodations. Westin Melbourne, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Langham Hotel Melbourne and Quay West Suites Melbourne are some of the finest choices that rank high on lavish holiday packages. While, Travelodge Southbank, Breakfree Heritage on Little Bourke, Hotel Charsfield are some of the great options for those on limited budget.
Tips and AdviceMelbourne is an extremely safe city for tourists. At the same, it is essential for the visitor to pay heed to basic precautions like keeping belongings hidden and avoiding unaccompanied travel at night. Beggars are common around the southern ends of Elizabeth and Swanston Streets, Bourke Street Mall. It is always advisable to avoid them. Be careful when crossing tram tracks in and around Melbourne. There have been few accidents.