Melbourne Travel Guide
Considered the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria, Melbourne is a modern city with famous and attractive sites to visit, as well as friendly people and great food. The modern Federation Square development in the city´s center is filled with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. The Melbourne Arts Precinct in the Southbank area is the site of the Arts Centre Melbourne, a performing arts complex, and the National Gallery of Victoria which features Australian and indigenous art.
To explore the city´s history and culture, visit the Melbourne Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building, as well as The Immigration Museum and the Chinese Museum to provide differing cultural perspectives on local settlement. The Old Melbourne Gaol provides insight into 19th-century prison life.
One of the major shopping destinations in Australia is Queen Victoria Market. This market is a Victorian-era building with food stalls and shops of all kinds. Also notable are the city’s 19th-century laneways and shopping arcades, which are lined with cafes, galleries and boutiques. Additionally, the riverside Royal Botanic Gardens shelter 10,000-plus plant species, and Yarra Park is home to the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Melbourne´s pleasant weather can be enjoyed best during Spring, September to November, and Fall, March to May. These times are good to enjoy the city on foot or on a bike, as well as great to enjoy picnics, barbecues and more in any of the beautiful parks all over town.