Weekend in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and considered the cultural capital of the country. Full of large parks and gardens as well as theatres and art galleries, many of the buildings are Victorian-era architecture. Melbourne also has excellent shopping facilities and nice places to stay.

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The Docklands and the City Centre are the historical heart of the city. The Docklands vibrates with many great restaurants, clubs and pubs and is the main reason Melbourne has been voted the world’s most liveable city many times. The Southbank area has a theatre complex with opera and ballet as well as gourmet restaurants, a café society and the huge Crown Casino entertainment complex.

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The Melbourne Zoo and University of Melbourne are in Parkville. The zoo is a popular place for a picnic and live music during the summer months. There are beautiful parks and gardens around the university as well as Victorian architecture.

St. Kilda is by the sea and the place the locals go for the beach. There are cafes and pubs along the shore as well as a historic amusement park, Luna Park, and the Esplanade for skating, walking and the Esplanade Sunday market.

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Credits: Looking Glass – Fernando de Sousa – http://www.flickr.com/photos/fernando/

In Northern Melbourne, north of the Melbourne Airport, is the woodlands Historic Park with an 1840s homestead and a nature reserve. Every district in Melbourne has a trendy vibe whether it is luxury boutiques, Italian or Vietnamese restaurants or lazing by the beach. Melbourne is a sophisticated city with a rugged atmosphere, it is also the sports capital of Australia and the population is sometimes called sports-mad. The multiculturalism in art, food, fashion and crafts make it a fascinating city.

The Space Hotel is on Russell Street near the Melbourne CBD and Lygon Street, which is the most popular area for bars and restaurants. The Space Hotel offers luxury accommodation at budget prices. It is a stylish hotel with comfortable rooms, the latest technology, plenty of space and privacy at affordable prices.

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Credits: Space Hotel, Melbourne

The hotel offers facilities for watching movies, working out and relaxing. It has a rooftop patio with spectacular views of the city. There is a bar and restaurant on site and free tea and coffee. For those who want to reduce their spending even more, there is a communal kitchen for self-catering and a coin operated laundry. The hotel is accessible for people with special needs.

For those looking for a holiday with natural beauty, Melbourne has a huge selection. Wilsons Promontory is at the southern tip of mainland Australia and has 50,000 acres of walking trails through magical landscapes and near abundant wildlife. Visitors can camp in cabins or tents near rivers, mountains, secluded beaches ad forested valleys. Emus, kangaroos, echidnas, wombats and rosellas with bright feathers are happy to receive guests especially if they offer a handout of seeds.

Melbourne has many famous festivals throughout the year including one of the world’s oldest international film festivals. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is another internationally acclaimed event. Held annually in March, this festival has over 250 events that are held all over the city in restaurants, on roadsides and rooftops. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year including some of the most famous chefs and wine experts in the world.


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Melbourne adds a classy touch to the rugged, relaxed image of most of Australia’s cities and is perfect for any style weekend getaway from camping in the wilderness to 48 hours of clubbing.


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