Melbourne, Australia’s second city, is the capital of the state of Victoria in southeast Australia. It is known as a centre for the arts, entertainment, sport and tourism as well as being a hub of industry and commerce. It is often referred to as the “Cultural Capital of Australia”.
Like most major cities, Melbourne has many parks, great shopping and plenty of cultural attractions. The Immigration Museum gives an informative display of the personal and moving stories of the early immigrants. The historic Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens also have a unique place in Australia’s early history and it is well worth taking a guided tour. Cricket fans can watch a match at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds where Aussie Rules Football is also played. Those staying in holiday rentals in Melbourne will be able to take advantage of the renowned restaurants and cafés from Chinatown to trendy St Kilda Beach. Melbourne has many beautiful sandy beaches which are perfect for swimming, surfing, fishing and volleyball. Go sailing, kitesurfing or windsurfing at Port Philip Bay or take a dawn balloon ride over the Yarra Valley.
Melbourne Aquarium offers a recreated Barrier Reef with giant tunnels and tanks showing colourful reef fish, corals, sharks and rays. Bold visitors can dive with the sharks – if they dare! Get a good look at Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck, 88 floors above the city. The observatory has panoramic views and The Edge experience allows visitors to step out into a glass platform. On a historic note, the Old Melbourne Gaol has an interesting past with some macabre exhibits including death masks and the scaffold where Ned Kelly was hung. It also re-creates various historic scenarios to entertain visitors.
Melbourne holiday rentals enjoy a pleasant oceanic climate with hot summers and mild winters. However, Melbourne is best known for having a very changeable climate particularly in spring and summer when it can be sunny one minute with rain or hail the next. January is the hottest month, averaging 26°C (79°F) and July is the coldest with daytime highs around 14°C (57°F). The rainy season is from May to September but Melbourne has showers at any time of year.
Melbourne holiday rentals are served by Melbourne (MEL) Airport which has both domestic and international flights. It is about 23km from the centre of the city and there is a bus transfer with Skybus Super Shuttle. The main airlines using Melbourne Airport are Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Virgin and Jetstar Airways making it very easy to book longhaul flights. It is also the hub for the domestic Tiger Airways for visitors wanting to make connecting flights from other parts of Australia.