Melbourne

Melbourne
Australian Weather
Adelaide 20°C - 33°C Sunny
Brisbane 20°C - 23°C Numerous Showers
Canberra 6°C - 27°C Sunny
Darwin 28°C - 33°C Scattered Thunderstorms
Hobart 10°C - 27°C Sunny
Melbourne 14°C - 29°C Sunny
Perth 13°C - 20°C A Few Showers
Sydney 16°C - 23°C High Level Clouds

Melbourne

Melbourne

Melbourne

Melbourne
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Melbourne is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself, laid out in a large rectangle and boasting a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, sits on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about five kilometres from the bay.

One glance at a map and it's obvious that Melbourne is a planned city: a tidy, balanced grid of neatly angled streets. But beneath this sense of everything in its place restraint lies a restless creative energy constantly pushing back at the city's seeming conservatism. The Melbourne CBD is made up of precincts - distinct enclaves each with its own flavour and charm. Some are just a lane or two, while others cover the banks of the Yarra River or a busy CBD street.

With its variable climate, Melbourne is warm to hot in summer (December to February), mild in autumn (March to May), cold and damp in winter (June to August), and cool in spring (September to November). For the city as a whole, the warmest months are generally January and February, which are often dry and prone to hot spells, although some respite is provided by the cooling sea breezes of Port Phillip Bay. June and July are the coldest months, while October is the wettest. The annual average rainfall for Melbourne is around 600mm, which is substantially less rain than Sydney receives.

Extending around the bay there are a number of inner suburbs, each with its own distinct character and personality. A short tram ride from the city centre, Melbourne's suburban neighbourhoods are a must see for anyone wanting to experience what life here is really all about.

Shopping in Melbourne is an eclectic affair - you can choose from large department stores and sprawling markets to snazzy basement boutiques and edgy hole-in-the-walls.

Walking is the best way to shop, especially along Melbourne's delightful arcades and laneways. Outside the city centre, visit shopping precincts like Chapel Street in South Yarra, Acland Street in St Kilda and Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, especially on weekends. Here you'll find everything from retro homewares to funky shops selling cult-in-the-making jewellery. These strips also have stacks of streetside cafes, where you can re-fuel between sprees. Travelling between Melbourne's suburbs is best done by tram, although you'll need a car to visit larger suburban malls like Chadstone, where many of the major retailers are found.

The bustling city of Melbourne is a chic and stylish holiday destination and definitely has something to offer every holidaymaker. Modern yet rich in history the city is jam-packed with contrasts that are evident as you explore the city.

Melbourne accommodation ranges from comfortable backpacker and youth hostel styles to modern indulgent luxury and affordable comfort - whatever your budget and whatever your idea of the perfect holiday - Melbourne is the perfect destination for your holiday!


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