Melbourne is known as one of the most liveable places in the world. Here, visitors can experience the modern rhythm of the metropolis, travel through narrow lanes, eat at luxury restaurants, and browse historic art galleries. They can also check out the natural sites along the Great Ocean Road and Dandenong Ranges in the suburbs to experience everything Australia has to offer. Melbourne's bustling downtown begins at Federation Square, where Flinders Station, located across from it, has become a landmark in the city. The adjacent St. Patrick's Church and the Royal Botanic Gardens have added a variety of urban elements to the city as well. Melbourne is known for having a rich culture and there are many places to be visited for those interested in the arts. Whether you are an art gallery fan or you are more interested in history and culture, this city will not disappoint.
In addition, there are also fun places to go outside of Melbourne, such as Phillip Island, where many penguins live, and the Sovereign Hill Gold Mine, which has recreated the 19th-century gold rush. There’s also St. Kilda Beach as well as the Dandenong Ranges, located in the wine region of Victoria. Tourists usually spend around 3 days in Melbourne. One day can be spent in the city, while the remaining 2 days can be spent visiting suburban attractions. Visitors can can book a group tours at a local travel agency to explore Great Ocean Road. The highest observation deck in the southern hemisphere, the platform on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower, is a new must-see in Melbourne where visitors can overlook the entire city. On the viewing platform, the zone gradually extends out of the 88-story building, and travelers can experience the excitement of “hanging” from a height of 300 meters. Great Ocean Road is located in the west of Melbourne and is Australia's most famous tour route that can be visited by car. It’s on the list of many travelers who visit Australia and home to some of the world's best coastal scenery. The most famous attraction along the road is the Twelve Apostles. There are also more than 200 kilometers of cliffs along the way.
In Melbourne, Degraves Street is filled with the tempting aromas of coffee and food. Fans of shopping might want to head Little Collins Street, Manchester Road, or Flinders Lane. Hosier Lane and Union Lane are also filled with colorful graffiti murals that are a sight to behold. Melbourne is also a paradise for sports fans as many renowned international sporting events are held in the city. The Australian Open is held every summer in Melbourne; if you’re a racing fan, you can watch the Australian Formula One Championship in March; if you like horse racing, the Melbourne Cup Horse Racing Championship is held in November.
Melbourne has a temperate maritime climate. In the summer (December-February), extreme high temperatures occur occasionally during the hot and dry summer. The average maximum temperature is about 25 degrees Celsius, and the average minimum temperature is about 14 degrees Celsius. During the winter (June-August), it is warm and slightly humid and the average maximum temperature is about 14 degrees Celsius, and the average minimum temperature is about 6 degrees Celsius. During this time, however, temperature difference throughout the day in Melbourne is often very large, and the climate changes rapidly. The temperature difference between day and night often exceeds 10 degrees, while rain showers and wind are relatively common.
There are many choices for hotels in Melbourne. The urban area is relatively compact, so it won’t be far from the city center regardless of where you stay in the city. Most travelers will choose to stay in Melbourne's central business district, where the transportation is convenient and the attractions are easily accessible. If you plan to rent a car, you can also choose to stay in the south of Melbourne. The area is not only more cost effective, you can also enjoy the nearby beaches, sunsets, and nature. Every year from December to February is peak season for tourism in Melbourne. Some hotels in Melbourne may double their prices during this time so it’s important to book in advance.