Rich with art, food and wine, fashion, and nightlife, Melbourne is a non-stop exhilarating combination of culture and class. If you are a shopping lover then Melbourne city is for you. You can find anything there; from locally-designed originals to popular outlet stores, there is something for everyone. The diversity throughout the city is evident in the endless number of restaurants serving food from around the world.

Whether you want to relax or party, Melbourne is the perfect holiday destination for everyone of all budgets - Melbourne has it all!

Melbourne Accommodation

Melbourne accommodation rates are among the best in the world and whether you are staying for one day or one month, there will be options to suit any budget. If you are a backpacker traveling around, chances are you will be on a tight budget and wanting something in the lower price range. Prices usually start around $20 for a bed in a hostel, sharing the room with a number of people (usually 2 - 6), with the price rising for more private accommodation. The hostels in Melbourne are clean and social, usually with a range of facilities available such as a pool, TV, computers and common room.

For people with a higher budget, prices go up thousands of dollars a day to stay in a six star resort. If your budget is somewhere in betweeen, you can grab an apartment for $80 - $300 a night, depending on the season and star rating. There's a never-ending amount of options for anybody, whether you are a family, a couple, or even just one person.

Melbourne Attractions

IMAX Theatre Melbourne
IMAX is the largest and most exciting film format in the world. With crystal clear images, ten times larger than traditional cinema format, the IMAX experience draws you in with pictures so real you want to touch them, so powerful you can feel them.

Melbourne Aquarium
Melbourne Aquarium is the newest and most state-of-the-art aquarium in Australia. Not to be missed is the 360 degree Oceanarium which houses giant sharks and stingrays - witness the incredible live feeding presentations held twice each day.

Melbourne Zoo
More than 300 animal species from Australia and around the world are on view just 4km from the city centre at award-winning Melbourne Zoo. Visitors have the pleasure of viewing wildlife in naturalistic habitats in the Zoo's brilliant 22 hectare botanic setting (55 acres).

Melbourne Cricket Ground
As a super stage of Australian sport, the Melbourne Cricket Ground traditionally has provided the live drama to thrill millions worldwide...memorable events such as the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, Test Cricket and Australian Football's incomparable Grand Final on the last Saturday in September.

Melbourne's Valley of the Arts
Located a short distance from Melbourne's CBD, Melbourne's Valley of the Arts has long been a region of creative inspiration. The area boasts fabulous art, architecture, parks, gardens, food and wine, and offers visitors the opportunity to discover and experience what has captured the imagination of some of Australia's great artists.

Melbourne Events

Melbourne Cup Carnival
The Melbourne Cup Carnival creates a party atmosphere unparalleled at any other Australian sporting event and is the worlds largest outdoor fashion event. The 6 million 2010 Emirates Melbourne Cup in its 150th running is more than just a horse race - it is a social and cultural tradition that literally brings Australia to a standstill.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
There's something to satisfy the tastes of everyone - even the stoniest faced naysayers - incorporating the likes of little tykes over the school holidays right through to the midnight schmoozers who can't get enough of a good thing.

Royal Melbourne Show
Animals & livestock, award-winning food & wine, arts & crafts, amusement rides, show bags, free live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and much more. Bringing the best of the country to the city, for sheer fun, discovery and wonder, there's nothing like the Royal Melbourne Show.

Melbourne Climate

Melbourne has a moderate oceanic climate and is well known for its changeable weather conditions. This is mainly due to Melbourne's location situated on the boundary of the very hot inland areas and the cold southern ocean. Melbourne is colder than other mainland Australian state capital cities in the winter. The lowest temperature on record is −2.8 °C (27 °F), on 4 July 1901. Melbourne's summers are notable for days of extreme heat, with Melbourne holding the Australian capital city extreme temperature record of 46.4°C, set on 7 February 2009.

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