Winding laneways, old arcades, hidden bars and more
A popular stop for a shopping holiday, Melbourne has many other distractions to capture your attention.
Boasting a European feel and multicultural enclaves, Melbourne's cultural reputation can be seen in its energetic live music scene and multitude of festivals celebrating art, film, dance and other creative pursuits. On the flipside, this is a city that loves its sporting teams, whether that's football, cricket or soccer, and the world-famous venue of the MCG is a must-visit for any sporting tragic.
A Melbourne holiday really comes to life on a smaller scale with boutique bars, pop-up shops and chic cafes hiding in basements, down laneways and up on rooftops. Fine dining is also on the menu here with lengthy waiting lists for some of the latest restaurant hotspots. Try Carlton for Italian food and coffee, Queen Victoria Markets for fresh produce and delicacies and Fitzroy for a bohemian shopping experience. Of course, Melbourne also boasts stunning parks, historic sights and trams as well as many beaches to maintain that indoor and outdoor holiday balance.