Melbourne is a particularly beautiful and vibrant place in the springtime and we hope that you will take the opportunity to enjoy some of our famous sporting events, artistic festivals, gastronomic delights, boutique shopping, bespoke galleries and for those who stay up late at night, our infamous bar scene. Melbourne has a range of world-class experiences for you to enjoy while you are visiting. Below are some of our favourites or visit www.visitmelbourne.com for more information.
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Time is precious and we want to make sure you get the most out of your stay in this beautiful city so we thought we would give you a savvy insiders guide to the best the city has to offer. For those who revel in gastronomic delights we recommend you consider any of the restaurants listed. We encourage you to harness your adventurous spirit and consider progressive dinners across a few venues. We are happy to assist you with the planning of your progressive dinners.
2015 Melbourne Festival
The 30th International Arts Festival will be held in 2015 from 8 - 25 October.
Provoking and inspiring, Melbourne Festival seeks to connect art forms, people and ideas. At the heart of Melbourne's culture of creativity, it curates unique experiences that bring people together and break new ground in culture and the arts.
Melbourne Festival is one of Australia's leading international arts festivals and has an outstanding reputation for presenting unique international and Australian events in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia, free and outdoor events over 17 days each October.
Melbourne Museum showcases Australian social history, Indigenous cultures, science and the environment. Located adjacent to the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, and home to IMAX Theatre Melbourne. Winner of the Australian Tourism Awards for Best Major Tourist Attraction in Australia for 2011, the Melbourne Museum is a must-see.
Home to thousands of aquatic animals, including one of Australia's largest Saltwater Crocodiles, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium takes you on an interactive adventure from the depths of the ocean to the icy waters of Antarctica. With interactive animal encounters, iconic state-of-the-art displays, and animal feeds, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is an excellent, educational and engaging experience, not to be missed.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Attracting over 1.8 million visitors annually, the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is a treasured part of Melbourne's cultural life and a valuable asset to the heritage-rich city. With its stunning vistas, tranquil lakes and diverse plant collections, the Gardens are a place of continual discovery and delight. The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne holds a number of walks and tours which introduce visitors to the history, cultural significance and horticultural diversity of Melbourne's finest garden.
Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores, this modern piazza has become the city's meeting place. Federation Square hosts over 2000 events each year, it buzzes with cultural festivals, exhibitions, event launches, performances, forums, films, concerts and fashion shows. Life at Fed Square is so rich that there's sure to be something exciting going on whenever you visit!
Over 250 species from around the world can be found in the beautifully landscaped settings of Melbourne Zoo, just five minutes from the city centre.
Stroll through Asian and African rainforests, where tigers roam through the trees and monkeys swing from the branches, then take the time to stop and see eye to eye with beautiful orangutans in their special elevated exhibit. Explore the award-winning Trail of the Elephants or view koalas, platypus, kangaroos, wombats and other unique native wildlife in the Australian bush setting.
National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria has two magnificent galleries located a short walk apart, both with free entry to the permanent collection. Victorians and visitors can now enjoy two public art galleries within one magnificent arts precinct.
Stretching from the top of Saint Kilda Road across the Yarra River to Federation Square, this cultural heartland encompasses the transformed National Gallery of Victoria International on St Kilda Road, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, and The Arts Centre, all within a short stroll from each other.
Queen Victoria Markets
The Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century. A historic landmark spread over two city blocks, it's a vibrant and bustling inner-city Market where you can shop for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, and local and imported gourmet foods, to cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs.