Introducing Melbourne

Multicultural, creative and cool, Melbourne’s lanes, markets, parks and museums offer a dynamic playing field for urban explorers. To the south, sun-drenched, laid-back beaches. To the north, bohemian neighbourhoods with an eclectic array of bars and restaurants. In the centre, a ready supply of galleries, shops and thrilling nightlife. And no matter which direction you pick, an outstanding coffee is never far away.  


Things to do

Hit the labyrinthine laneways where every inch of wall plays host to vibrant street art, then head to the National Gallery of Victoria where thousands of international and indigenous works are free to enjoy. Stroll along the banks of the Yarra River as it meanders past lush parks and gardens, and take a moment to admire the classical columns of the Shrine of Remembrance. St Kilda brings the vibe as sun sets, with a bustling twilight market, live music venues and carnival-like atmosphere.

Spoilt for choice doesn’t even come close to describing Melbourne’s food scene. All cultures and cuisines are on the table, from Bangkok-style street food to elegant rooftop bistros. Indulge in an extended brunch at one of Richmond’s contemporary breakfast spots, make for Queen Victoria Market for fresh flavours from the colourful food trucks and stalls, and close out the day at Hardware Lane. In the summer, it’s perfect for oysters al fresco with a chilled glass of wine.   

Melbourne packs a punch when it comes to art and culture, but also knocks things out the park for sport lovers. Wrap your head around Aussie rules in the spectacular Marvel Stadium, or settle in for something a bit more sedate: a few overs of cricket at the equally impressive Melbourne Cricket Ground. Host to international test matches, this 100,000-capacity stadium also holds nail-biting rugby and football events. 

Top Tip from SLH 

Discover the rich history of Aboriginal Victoria at the Koorie Heritage Trust, where art, artefacts and exhibitions showcase this dynamic living culture.