The Sport and Cultural Capital of Australia
Melbourne is the coastal capital of the Australian state called Victoria and is well known for its sporting and cultural attractions.
Melbourne Airport is also referred to as Tullamarine Airport and is the second busiest in Australia. The flight from Auckland to Melbourne takes around 4 hours and 15 minutes. Contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and suggestions to design your ideal holiday.
Melbourne was the worlds most liveable city from 2011 – 2017 and second to Vienna in 2018 & 2019, taking into account stability, culture, environment, healthcare, education and infrastructure. It is no wonder tourists want to visit to see what all of the fuss is about.
Melbourne has a diverse and multicultural heritage and hosts many international festivals, concerts and sporting events. Public holidays are observed for the Melbourne Cup and the AFL (Australia Football League). Sport is a huge part of their culture and heritage. Melbourne is also host to the Australian Open, Australia Formula 1 Grand Prix and many other events and has impressive facilities such as, the MCG, AAMI Park, Etihad Stadium and Melbourne Park.
This city is also known for its laneways and inspiring street art, bars and cafes. Due to the diverse culture, welcoming people from about 200 countries and 135 religious faiths, the fusion of food available is incredible. Restaurants and food truck precincts are abundant. Authentic Italian food can be found at Lygon Street, Victoria Street is famous for its Vietnamese presence. Chinatown is located in the CBD and the Dockland District Eateries offer a great selection of award winning restaurants and stylish bars and cafes to enjoy.
Shopping is an experience with plenty of designer clothes, best buys and spectacular bargins. At Queen Victoria Market there is some of the best shopping, offering food, drinks, clothing and art. St Collins Lane in the CBD offers big name clothing and jewellery designers. Collins and Little Collins Street is centrally located and features more designer stores.
Melbourne has some amazing wine and the famous Yarra Valley has day tours available to explore the vineyards, wineries, local produce and fine dining and very popular with locals taking a weekend break.
The weather is changeable, with hot summers and cool winters as it is located on the boundary of the hot inland areas and the cool southern ocean. To explore the Southern coast, tourists take the circular Southern Touring route from Melbourne. Taking them past spectacular beaches, coastline, forrest history and heritage. Discovering the heritage of the goldrush and Ballerat, the majesty of the iconic Twelve Apostles and the grand mountain ranges and the National Park, it is definitely worth the trip.