Capital of The State of Victoria and Australia’s second largest metropolis, Melbourne is widely regarded as the country's most refined city - Distinguished by a European charm with its classical architecture, lively arts culture and pastoral green highlights, not to mention some uniquely breathtaking coastal scenery and a comfortably cool climate, this is a city with a difference, and an essential experience in a tour of Australia.
Melbourne is a hotbed of activity attracting urban adventurers throughout the year. Home to world-famous theatres and museums as well as over 100 independent galleries, the city earns its reputation as the national capital of arts and culture. As host to domestic and international sports events including the famous Melbourne Cup, as well as annual arts festivals and concert tours, Melbourne offers its visitors memorable encounters each day of the year.
After dark, the city comes alive even more brightly - with its many world-class restaurants, live music venues and comedy clubs, to various traditional pubs to Southbank’s Crown Entertainment Complex (featuring Australia’s largest casino) Melbourne boasts an endlessly energetic nightlife spread across multiple distinct entertainment districts either side of the beautiful Yarra river.
As for spectacular natural scenery, Melbourne’s position on Australia’s South Coast makes for some of the most memorable outdoor exploration in the country. Markedly rugged compared with NSW’s and Queensland’s golden shores, Victoria’s coast bares dramatic cliffsides and mountainous terrain sure to impress any nature lover or outdoor adventurer with its potential for camping, hiking, rafting, repelling and more. All told, the state capital offers an array of attractions not like that found in any other Australian city.