Stylish, dynamic and cosmopolitan, it’s easy to see why Melbourne is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations and is regarded as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Melbourne is proudly the cultural capital of Australia as it boasts an excellent food scene, world-class galleries and museums. With so many exciting attractions, there is something for the whole family to enjoy in Melbourne!
There are four airports in Melbourne; the largest and busiest is Melbourne Airport. Also called Tullamarine, Melbourne Airport (MEL) is Australia’s second-busiest airport. Flights to Melbourne are at their cheapest between June and August when Melbourne has its winter.
A number of airlines offer flights to Melbourne including: Qantas, Emirates, Malaysia and Singapore Airlines. On average, a flight from London to Australia which only makes 1 stop along the way will take around 20 hours and 30 minutes. If you opt for a flight which makes at least 2 stops, it will usually take 30 hours or more to fly to Melbourne from London. Common stopping points include: Dubai, Perth and Singapore.
What to Do in Melbourne
As the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne has some of the country’s best museums and galleries. Two of the most-popular include the National Gallery of Victoria International and the Melbourne Museum. National Gallery of Victoria International was founded back in 1861 and is the country’s oldest art gallery. The gallery has plenty of permanent and temporary exhibitions to explore which showcase work from both local and international artists. The Melbourne Museum is the largest museum in Australia and explores the natural and cultural histories of Victoria in a number of interactive exhibitions. Highlights of the museum include a 3D volcano and an indoor rainforest.
Popular with locals and tourists alike, the Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens are not to be missed. The gardens date back to the 19th Century and feature a number of fun walking trails and a landscaped lake. Not only do the gardens have interesting shrubs and trees to see, they are also home to a varied collection of fauna including: fruit bats, cockatoos and possums.
There are a number of important and impressive landmarks to visit while on holiday in Melbourne, one of the most well-known is Federation Square. Also called Fed Square, this city block features some of Melbourne’s most unusual architecture and is home to restaurants and a number of important attractions such as the Ian Potter Centre.
Popular with both families and animal-lovers, the Melbourne Aquarium is not to be missed. The aquarium features four marine environments showcasing interesting species from around the world. Highlights of the collection include sea turtles, penguins and jellyfish. In addition, it is possible to go scuba diving with some of the aquarium’s sharks.