Backpacking Melbourne

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    DEFINITELY WORTH SPENDING SOME TIME IN THIS SOPHISTICATED, EDGY, COOL AND HAPPENING CITY: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    THIS IS THE SPORTS CAPITAL OF AUSTRALIA, WITH MANY MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS HOSTED HERE EACH YEAR: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    THERE ARE SOME NICE BEACHES AROUND PORT PHILLIP BAY WHERE YOU CAN WORK ON YOUR TAN OR GO FOR A SWIM: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    LOTS OF GREAT NIGHTCLUBS, BARS AND PUBS TO GRAB A DRINK, PARTY AND HAVE SOME FUN, ANY NIGHT OF THE WEEK: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    THERE ARE PLENTY OF LOVELY PARKS LIKE THE ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS, WHERE YOU CAN LAZE AWAY YOUR DAY: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    THIS CITY IS RENOWNED FOR ITS FANTASTIC SHOPPING AND HAS SO MANY SHOPPING OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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Melbourne Highlights

  • This is a sports mad city. They host the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Australian Tennis Open and draw huge crowds each week during the season to Australian Rules Football Matches.

  • Melbourne is a very cultural city, with many excellent galleries and museums showcasing major exhibitions for all different tastes. They also have a happening theatre scene, offering shows ranging from local productions to award-winning stage shows.

  • There are plenty of major events and festivals right throughout the year.

  • Many regard this as the food capital of Australia and there are countless excellent cafes and restaurants that provide food from every continent around the globe.

  • Excellent shopping, and the city is regarded by many as the fashion capital of Australia.

  • Check out the lovely bayside beaches, particularly St Kilda with its lively, happening atmosphere.

  • If you after an adrenaline rush, you could go skydiving, have a V8 race car experience, have a lesson to be a stunt car driver, or learn to kite surf.

  • Great scuba diving sites around Port Phillip Bay and also just outside of the bay, where there are 46 wreck dive sites all teeming with marine life.

  • Relax in the beautiful Botanical Gardens, or one of the many other lovely parks.

About Melbourne

Population 4 million

Sophisticated, edgy, cool and definitely a happening place, Melbourne is Australia's second largest city and the capital of the State of Victoria. It is also the self-appointed cultural, gastronomical and sporting capital of the nation.

Melbourne and its suburbs sprawl around Port Phillip Bay and are divided into northern and western suburbs by the Yarra River. The central business district sits on the north bank of the Yarra about 5km from the Port Phillip Bay. Most places of interest are either within the central business district, or at nearby inner city areas.

In 1956 Melbourne hosted the Olympic Games. It was the first of two times that the Games were held in the Southern Hemisphere, (the other time being Sydney in 2000). These games showcased to the world Melbourne's obsession with all things sporting.

At Melbourne Olympic Park, the Grand Slam tennis event, the Australian Open is held. The Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix runs through the city's streets and one of the most famous horse races in the world, the Melbourne Cup, brings the nation to a stand still every November. They also hosted the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the second largest sporting event to the Olympic Games. Add to this, the almost fanatical enthusiasm that the city has for Australian Rules football, where crowd attendances reach over 50,000 per game on a weekly basis and you start to get an idea of 'sports mad Melbourne'.

Melbourne is also world renowned for its culture. There are many excellent galleries and museums, showcasing major exhibitions catering for all different tastes. There is a happening theatre scene, offering shows ranging from local productions to award-winning stage shows. In addition to this, there are many other major annual festivals and events.

If you love food, you will love Melbourne. Many regard this as the food capital of Australia and there are countless excellent cafes and restaurants that provide food from every continent around the globe. You will find most of the best eating places either in the city centre, or in nearby suburbs like St. Kilda, Richmond, Toorak, Fitzroy, Carlton, South Yarra, South Melbourne, Malvern and Prahran.

Shopping is also a favourite past time of local residents and Melbourne is regarded by many as the fashion capital of Australia. You will find an excellent selection of fashion stores in the shopping precincts on Bourke Street and Collins Street in the city and Chapel Street in South Yarra, Commercial Road in Prahran and Toorak Road in Toorak. Apart from these places, there are many huge shopping centres, shopping strips and some excellent markets scattered throughout the suburbs and the city centre of Melbourne.

When the sun is out and the weather is warm, you only need to travel a few kilometres from the city centre to find some nice bayside beaches. St Kilda is the most popular and gets very busy. If you like it a little less crowded, there are plenty of other beaches nearby. Surf beaches can be found outside of Melbourne toward either Mornington Peninsula or the Great Ocean Road

Melbourne is a fun place for a night out. You can discover some amazingly cool and hip bars and clubs, which are often located in out of the way laneways and more obscure locations. There are also plenty of happening large nightclubs, quality pubs, thumping live music venues, as well as many events such as dance parties and music festivals.

There are plenty of other things to do here. If you like an adrenaline rush, you could go skydiving, have a V8 race car experience, have a lesson to be a stunt car driver, or learn to kite surf.

There are plenty of good scuba diving sites around Port Phillip Bay and also just outside of the bay, where there are 46 wreck dive sites here all teeming with marine life.

If walking is your thing, head off to one of the nearby national parks to do some bushwalking, or take a self-guided tour around town to explore some of Melbourne's best attractions.

If you are after something a little more relaxing, the Botanical Gardens are right on the city's doorstep and provide you with a calming, serene and beautiful environment. Also, the Yarra River, although not suitable for swimming, is great for canoeing and rowing.

Melbourne has been known to have 'four seasons in one day'. Generally the summers are long and hot. The heat is dry as opposed to the humidity of Sydney and Brisbane and winters can be cold with shorter days. But be prepared for some unexpected weather changes all year round.

This is a great city to visit, as it is quite different to other cities in Australia. There is plenty to do and see and is one of the most popular destinations for backpackers travelling around Australia.

For a comprehensive listing of sights and activities to do in and around Melbourne, visit the Melbourne things to do section of this website. If you are looking for somewhere to stay, check out the Melbourne backpacker hostels and budget accommodation section. You can even book your accommodation online for most of these places.

Popular suburbs in Melbourne

Melbourne Visitor Information Centre

Location

Federation Square
Corner Swanston and Flinders streets (Opposite Flinders Street Station)
Melbourne, Victoria

Opening times

Open Seven days a week: 9am to 6pm
Good Friday: 9am to 5pm
Christmas Day: Closed

Contact details

Phone (03) 9658 9658
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