Located on the Yarra River, near Port Philip Bay, Melbourne is the second biggest city in Australia with about 4 million inhabitants. The city’s architecture is very modern and enriched by beautiful tree-lined avenues, parks, elegant shops and lots of cafes and restaurants.
Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city, as well as a great financial centre, so international visitors find great opportunities to work and enjoy the unrivaled quality of life.
Melbourne’s climate is basically temperate, but is famous in Australia for being very mixed: four seasons in one day, they say!
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Melbourne central business district is located in the north of the Yarra River, opposite famous Southbank, and surrounded by West Melbourne, North Melbourne, Carlton, East Melbourne and the new Docklands. One of the most popular areas of Port Phillip Bay, the beach of St Kilda, is a few kilometers away.
Originally Melbourne beach area, St Kilda has become a very trendy area, not far from the city center. St Kilda is famous for its restaurants, bars and its lively nightlife. Main attractions include St Kilda Pier, St Kilda Sea Bath, Navy, and a sandy beach lined with parks and bike paths. In this area we can also find several gardens and nature reserves, including the 6.5 acres of botanical gardens. Among the historic buildings in the area there is Palais Theatre, and the most famous pub in Melbourne, The Esplanade (or commonly known as the “Espy”).
Southbank is located in the southern part of the Yarra River, opposite the central business district of the city. It’s a modern residential but cultural and funny area just next to Melbourne city center. Melbourne major attractions, including the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, The Melbourne Maritime Museum (with Polly Woodside ship), the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Arts Centre Southbank are just few steps away.
Where to eat
A dinner in Melbourne is a real pleasure. A culinary mix of European flavors, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines and a set of creative chefs have created a very particular modern Australian cuisine style. Moreover, many restaurants have very affordable prices.
The Melbourne automatic ticket system works on trains, trams and buses in the metropolitan area, with encoded electronic tickets called Metcards. Note: Metcards are not valid for the bus service to and from the airport.
The public transport network in Melbourne is divided into 2 zones. The cost of a trip depends on which area you need to reach.