Melbourne prides itself on an abundance of culture and poise. This capital city in Victoria offers not only breathtaking Port Phillips Bay views, but also an impressive metropolitan skyline and a thriving central business district. Spend an afternoon in a Carlton district park, take in a show on the South bank of the Yarra River, and top off your day with a drink at one of Melbourne’s rooftop bars. From family-friendly activities like a stroll through the Queen Victoria Markets to sophisticated restaurants for a romantic night out, Melbourne makes an ideal holiday destination for any type of traveller.
Places to see in Melbourne
You’ll have a hard time running out of things to do in this coastal city, where engaging activities await no you matter what your areas of interest. The Royal Botanic Gardens are a perennial draw for tourists, as its 38-hectare grounds features more than 10 thousand species of both native and non-native plants. The Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is another popular destination for visitors to this area, due in large part to its massive Mermaid Garden oceanarium, which houses a variety of sharks, turtles, and other exotic underwater creatures. If you’re on the lookout for land animals, though, a trip to Phillip Island allows you to see the penguins, koalas, and kangaroos this region is famous for.
Interested in treating your palate? Wine lovers can enjoy tours and tastings at Yarra Yarra and other nearby vineyards. Art aficionados will definitely want to check out the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia’s oldest public art museum. This spot is a favourite for those who wish to see masterpieces by Aboriginals and other Australians, as well as internationally renowned artists. And another not-to-be-missed spot in Melbourne is the Shrine of Remembrance. This colossal, ziggurat-roofed structure was designed in the classical style of the Parthenon and serves to pay tribute to Victorian citizens of past and present, who serve their country during times of war.
Weather in Melbourne
Melbourne’s oceanic climate creates mild temperatures throughout most of the year. The city’s position, on the cusp of cool ocean air and arid inland areas, often results in severe weather in the spring and summer, accompanied by occasionally strong swings in temperature. During the hottest times of year, the mercury can top 40 degrees Celsius, but it’s relatively rare. The winter months bring lows into the single digits, yet they often don’t drop below 6 degrees. Melbourne is also known for experiencing rapidly changing weather that gives inhabitants the impression of experiencing all four seasons in one day. This especially occurs during times when cold fronts cross into warmer areas, as clear skies can turn dark in minutes and temperatures can fall sharply, as hail begins to hit the ground.
Where to Stay in Melbourne
Melbourne has a smorgasbord of accommodation options. Hotels in the Melbourne central business district seem to reach for the sky, while seaside guest houses offer a peaceful retreat. Melbourne accommodation in every price range and style is available for booking right here on Expedia.co.uk today. Our travel experts have assembled the best Melbourne serviced apartments, budget-friendly motels, and more.
You can fly into Melbourne via the Melbourne Airport (MEL), which is one of the busiest airports in all of Australia and a gateway to southern Victoria. Once in the city, you can purchase a myki card to get around on local trams, buses, and trains. Rent a car right here on Expedia.co.uk if you want to enjoy more travel freedom while you’re in town.
Plan Your Getaway to Melbourne
From family holidays to city adventures with friends, Melbourne is a gem for any traveller. Make your holiday to this Victoria city even better with a stay at one of the top Melbourne hotels. Whether you want to retire at an out-of-the-way waterside bungalow or one of the most convenient Melbourne airport hotels, Expedia.co.uk has the hotel to meet your needs. Our passion for travel means we have tracked down the best accommodation deals for travellers just like you.
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