Melbourne, worth exploring with a twist at every corner.
Get lost in unique laneways, swept away with conversation in one of its many coffee shops or experience Melbourne's mix of cultures through a culinary journey.
Melbourne is a city with so much to give and explore, is has something for everyone. From its skyline which is etched with modern and historical architecture to the rooftop bars scattered along it. But don't let that fool you, the real heart and soul of the city lies beneath in alleyways that snake through the city and lead you to secret restaurants, boutiques and coffee shops.
The Melbourne food scene is an eclectic mix of the many cultures that have found their way here. From traditional flavours to out of this world fusions, as Australia's culinary capital there is never a dull moment. With so many options right in the CBD – It doesn't stop there, explore further through the inner suburbs to the city's eating specialist destinations. Grab a bowl of authentic Pho in Richmond, some of the best pizza the city has to offer in Carltons 'Little Italy' which is the whole of Lygon Street or some Spanish tapas in Fitzroy.
Ranked as the world's most liveable city – 7 times in a row – that has to count for something. Dive into countless art galleries, spend your down time in the beautiful parks or stroll along the beautiful Yarra River to take in the gardens, restaurants and riverside watering holes. Delegates won't have trouble filling in their itinerary in this city, on the contrary – you will want to stay longer!
Melbourne in November
Spring is coming to an end in November and the city is alive with the promise of summer. There is a positive buzz that fills the air as everyone is starting their preparations for the upcoming festive season. The days are getting longer and the temperature is rising, don't be fooled though – Melbourne is known for its weather to change reasonably quick. Four seasons in one day is no understatement, the best advice for Melbourne is to dress with layers and never forget your coat!
Our top five ideas on how best to enjoy Melbourne
Take yourself on a self-guided laneway tour of Melbourne and sample a cup of world renown coffee from the numerous buzzing cafes with talented baristas. Melbourne is not a city just filled with big arcades and shopping centres, quite the contrary in fact. It is a weaving maze of hidden alleys filled with art, boutiques and amazing cafes, restaurants and bars. Getting lost in these alleyways is half the fun as you discover the hidden secrets of the city.
You can take yourself on a self-guided tour or sign yourself up for a guided tour if you want to find the really juicy spots. A free self-guided tour map can be found here.
Explore the city at twilight as the city lights come out to play. Melbourne during the day is beautiful but at night it is spectacular, wander the Yarra River and soak in the sunset and experience the hype of the streets as they come alive. Stop in for a cocktail at one of the many river bars or dine in one of the laneways as the city stretches above you.
Visit the Queen Victoria Night Market which is on from November – April. Eat at the hawker style food outlets, take in the live music and explore the many stalls throughout the market.
Get lost in the arts and culture scene of Melbourne. Explore ACMI in Federation Square – Australia's national museum of film, TV, video games, digital culture and art. Or head next door to the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Gallery which is the world's first major gallery exclusively dedicated to Australian art. The Melbourne Music Festival is on late November and the city comes alive with the unique sounds of the music scene. Big stadiums are filled with iconic names and little bars are buzzing with eclectic underground sounds.
Melbourne is the culinary capital of Australia so it would be foolish to not get involved in the delicious and cutting edge restaurants and cafes that are all around the city. The regions around Melbourne are rich horticultural areas and some fantastic produce comes out of them, and that's only in Victoria – not to mention all the fabulous produce that comes from all around Australia. It is common practice for the restaurants of Melbourne to celebrate this produce in their dishes. Check out some of Melbourne's finest restaurants here.
Slow down for a moment and explore the beautiful gardens that are scattered around the city. Surround yourself with age-old trees, manicured lawns and abundant wildlife in a pocket of calm and tranquillity in the middle of this bustling city. Wander the tree-lined pathways through the Treasury and Fitzroy gardens or enjoy the sculptured terraces of Birrarung Marr, Melbourne's newest garden situated on the shoulder of the Yarra River.
Melbourne's gardens are also home to a host of bird, animal and aquatic life, but for a more formal introduction to native Australian wildlife and other locally-found or more exotic species, visit the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Zoo. As well, the state-of-the-art Melbourne Aquarium harbours thousands of creatures from the Southern Ocean.