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More than 200 hotels and resorts, 3900 restaurants and 600 things to do are just a few of the things that define the range of sights and adventures that the city of Melbourne offers to its guests. Melbourne, the second largest city of Australia, is considered to be the cultural capital of the country and it offers its guests with numerous open green areas, excellent shopping and nightlife, Victorian era architecture and a range of museums and galleries.

Melbourne’s beauty lies in the fact that it is extremely lovely and yet laid back, sophisticated and yet edgy. It offers something for all sorts of tourists and its landscapes have always been dominated by its global population and a culture that takes a bite out of a number of cultures in the world. The city is known for its sports frenzy and pulsating nightlife and also offers its tourists with some of the best shopping opportunities in Australia. What makes a tour to Melbourne truly satisfying is the fact that it blends in Victorian era architecture to modern day glitzy constructions and combines the beauty of nature that can be found in the Royal Botanic gardens, Melbourne Zoo and the Healsville Sanctuary to the sophisticated experiences offered by character filled neighbourhoods and famous landmarks such as the Eureka Tower and the Yarra Valley.

The city is also known to be crazy about its sports and a number of sporting events are held in Melbourne all through the year. The Australian Football League is extremely famous and so is the Spring Racing Carnival. The Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix and the Boxing Day Test are some of the other sporting events that are extremely popular.

Melbourne has always been defined by its locals and you can easily find them enjoying their lives, defending the temperamental climate, chatting away with tourists, filling up the cafes and restaurants and shopping or dancing away to glory.


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Melbourne holidays - Top Places To Go

 
1. Chinese Museum
22 Cohen Place, Chinatown
http://home.vicnet.net.au/~mcah
What is it? The Chinese Museum was established in 1985 to preserve and display the history of Chinese Australians since the mid-1800s. It has become a living part of Melbourne's modern Chinatown, with its five levels of galleries, showcasing artefacts and photographs depicting the life and culture of Chinese Australians. The museum is also the home of Dai Loong, the world's largest dragon. There are numerous other museums catering to different national cultures in the heart of Melbourne. Hours of Operation: Daily 10am to 5pm Phone:(0)3 9662 2888

 

 

2. Cooks' Cottage
Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade Street
What is it? This cottage was originally built in the village of Great Ayton in Yorkshire, England, in 1755 by James and Grace Cook, the parents of Captain James Cook. When the cottage was offered for sale in 1933 it was bought by a prominent Melbourne businessman, Sir Russell Grimwade, for 800 British Pounds. He arranged for it to be taken apart brick by brick and transported via ship and train to Melbourne. In early 1934 the cottage was rebuilt on its present site in Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne. Today it provides visitors with the opportunity to glimpse what life was like in 18th century England. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm (April to October), 9am to 5.30pm (November to March) Phone:(0)3 9419 4677

 

 

3. Yarra River

What is it? A visit to Melbourne would not be complete without a good look at its main river system - the Yarra River. Often the centre of many jokes due to its brownish colour, it is actually not dirty - just muddy. The Yarra has become the focus of much development in the central business district, with many new buildings, walks and parks having been created along its banks in recent years, including the relatively new Riverside Park. For the best view of the Yarra River walk to Princes Bridge, St Kilda Road, or take a cruise along the river from Princes Walk (below Princes Bridge). Hours of Operation: Phone:

 

 


Melbourne holidays - Top Events

 

1. Moomba Waterfest

From 2007-03-09

To 2007-03-12
 

What is it? Melbourne's biggest and brightest annual event, with a hearty tradition of free family fun, pays tribute to the important role water plays in citizen's lives. Each year the programme for the four-day fair grows bigger and better, with activities like open-air movie shows, giant sand sculptures, waterski and wakeboard championships, Dragon Boat races, the crazy 'Birdman Rally' and a spectacular fireworks display, to name but a few. Highlights are the Moomba Parade and the Waterfest Carnival. Contact the Melbourne Moomba Waterfest at waterfest@melbourne.vic.gov.au for more information. Where is it? Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD

 

 

2. Australian F1 Grand Prix

From 2007-03-15

To 2007-03-18
 

What is it? Motorsport fans have a real treat when it comes time for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the superb modern Albert Park Lake circuit. The main race is the first on the annual Formula One schedule, and forms the centrepiece of four days of events from karting through all racing categories and off-track entertainment. Where is it? Albert Park Lake, near St Kilda

 

 

3. Melbourne International Comedy Festival

From 2007-04-04

To 2007-04-29
 

What is it? Visitors come to Melbourne from all over the world for a good laugh during the city's International Comedy Festival, when the downtown precincts turn into a melee of mirth provided by comic artists in a feast of funny stand-up, theatre, cabaret, street entertainment, art exhibitions, film and music. This is the only event of its kind in Australia, and one of the largest (and funniest) in the world, reflecting the city's well-known comedy culture. For more information, email info@comedyfestival.com.au or call (03) 9417 7711. Where is it? The Town Hall precinct, Victoria Hotel, Hi Fi Ballroom, Capitol Theatre, The Forum, Duckboard House and peripheral pubs, clubs and theatres

 

 

4. Melbourne Cup

From 2006-11-07

To 2006-11-07
 

What is it? Melbourne's premier turf event is not just any old horse race. The annual Melbourne Cup has been variously billed as 'the race that stops a nation', and 'Australia's most famous Tuesday'. The race is the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere, and draws interest from elsewhere in the world besides Australia. The race was first run in 1861 and carries a proud tradition. It is the highlight of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Where is it? Flemington Racecourse

 

 

5. Melbourne International Arts Festival

From 2007-10-11

To 2007-10-27
 

What is it? Melbourne's International Arts Festival is recognised as a leader of its kind in the country, presenting unique national and international experiences of dance, theatre, music, opera, and visual arts, most of it free and offered outdoors during October each year. The Festival director for 2007 is Kristy Edmunds. Where is it? Various

 

 



 

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