Home to boutique fashion houses, hidden bars, year-round festivals and fine dining, Melbourne boasts great events, a passion for food and wine and a fabulous arts scene. Take the Hidden Secrets walking tour for the best local insights or hop on the free City Circle tram with its audio commentary.
Take a trip out St Kilda, just 6 miles from Melbourne centre, but a world away from the hustle and bustle with a relaxed and chilled out beachside vibe. Enjoy lunch at one of the cafes and restaurants that line Fitzroy St, or head to the beach and take a walk along the palm tree lined boardwalk and enjoy the big skies and gorgeous sunsets.
Melbourne is also the flight gateway to the island of Tasmania, the southern-most part of Australia, with unique wildlife, temperate rainforest, snow-capped mountain ranges and the earliest remnants of a colonial history based around the convict settlements of Port Arthur and Sarah Island.
We recommend a self-drive minimum 7 day trip to make the most of your time there. Start in Hobart and take a drive up Mount Wellington to wander through the Salamanca markets before heading to Launceston from where you can explore the rugged beauty of Cradle Mountain.
Complete your tour along the East Coast with time at Wineglass Bay, rated one of the world’s 10 best beaches, and a visit to the Port Arthur historic site on the Tasman Peninsula.
We recommend staying at the Crown Metropol in central Melbourne, for style in the city or The Cosmopolitan in St Kilda which is just a short hop across the road from the beach and boardwalk.