Melbourne is a unique city with its distinct un-Australian feel and its influences from other countries. The compact city centre is laid out in a common grid pattern with the grand GPO building at its geographical centre; all distances for the city are measured from this point. Melbourne’s Postal Hall (GPO) has become the city’s premier fashion hub; considered to be one of Australia’s most important buildings.
Getting around and what to see
Melbourne’s transport authority, Metlink, operate a FREE tourist tram using vintage trams linking downtown tourist attractions as well as linking other tram/bus/train routes. Experience unique views of Melbourne from a glass-floored cube hanging from the side of the city’s tallest building on level 88, Eureka Towers. Situated at Riverside Quay Southbank and named The Edge, it is reported to be a shattering experience! Tours of the sets of the popular soap Neighbours, normally leave twice a day from the Neighbours Centre at Flinders Street in Melbourne.
There are no ‘well known’ must do sights in Melbourne which can be a refreshing change; most people go to enjoy the wealth of handsome Victorian buildings, parks and gardens, museums, galleries, churches and cathedrals as well as sampling a vast choice of ‘eating and drinking’ establishments. European influenced cafes, usual bars, clubs and live music venues complete the experience along with other more traditional cultural activities of opera, drama and ballet.
Travel to Melbourne
One of the easiest ways to travel to Melbourne is to fly via Dubai (attractive stopovers available) with Emirates; the airline now offers direct flights to Dubai from numerous UK airports as well as London.
Please contact me to learn more about Melbourne, what I consider to be an excellent choice of accommodation and details of various itineraries which would include this interesting city
Great Ocean Road
If you have an extra few days available, drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road, which is one of the world’s most scenic roads. Hugging the rugged south west coast and home to the famous Twelve Apostles, there are stunning ocean views. This route can be taken between Melbourne and Adelaide (or VV) with appropriate stops; a distance of 400 miles.
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