Melbourne is one of the world's most liveable cities - a sparkling, vibrant city filled with restaurants, cafes and shops yet boasting an abundance of greenery and parks. Not just an exciting mix of live theatre and concerts, Melbourne also holds the unofficial title of "Sporting Capital of Australia". Tennis, rugby league, soccer, AFL, rugby union, basketball, horse racing, F1 Grand Prix - the list of goes on. And, nearly as extensive, Melbourne and it's surrounding suburbs are home to a huge retail trade. So if "shopping is your thing", make sure you pack light because your bags will be full on your return trip. From factory outlets and iconic shopping strips such as Chapel Street, Prahran or Brunswick Street, Fitzroy to the enormous "one stop"shopping centre "Chadstone"- there's a bargain to be found for everyone. There are many attractions in and around the CBD - The Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Museum, Shrine of Remembrance, Arts Centre, Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne Aquarium and located on the outskirts of the city, Scienceworks Museum - a kaleidoscope of science phenomena that guarantees to amaze and amuse both the young and the young at heart. Also well-known for fantastic restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars, Melbourne certainly is "one of the most liveable cities in the world".
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Our country offers boutique, luxury, family and even sometimes quirky accommodation for the most meticulous traveller.