What makes Melbourne our most liveable city? Let’s find out. Here’s your A to Z guide to the Victorian capital.
Australian Open – The top tennis stars from around the world compete for the first Grand Slam of the year each January at Melbourne Park.
Bourke Street – Melbourne’s inner-city mall, boasting the city’s finest dining, clothing and retail outlets.
Chapel Street – This iconic fashion street is home to trendy bars and designer boutiques and will give your credit card a workout!
Degraves Street – This European-feel laneway links the CBD fashion precinct with Flinders Street Station, with cafés and bars to stop for some refreshments.
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Flinders Street Station – Situated at the corner of Flinders and Swanston Street in the CBD, this is the main interchange station for all Melbourne trains. The Flinders Street steps are a popular meeting point for friends catching up in the city.
Grand Prix – The Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix is held at Albert Park Lake every March, setting the CBD abuzz with the sound of high-powered engines.
Hosier Lane – This bluestone laneway in the city is famous all over the world for the street art and graffiti that adorn its buildings.
Imax – Located at the Melbourne Museum in Carlton, you can experience amazing 3D films on the largest cinema screen in the world at Imax.
Jam Factory – Once upon a time this Chapel Street building was, unsurprisingly, a place where jams and preserves were made. These days Jam Factory a thriving entertainment hub with a cinema and numerous dining options.
Kew – An inner-eastern suburb characterised by tree-lined streets and high-end properties. Kew is also home to some of the most exclusive private schools in Melbourne.
Lygon Street – Melbourne’s Little Italy, Lygon Street in Carlton is jam-packed with restaurants and bars and plays host to the Lygon Street Fiesta each year.
MCG – The Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the most famous sporting facilities in the world, known simply as “The G” to locals.
National Gallery of Victoria – Known locally as NGV, this Southbank art museum is the oldest and most visited in the entire country.
Oakleigh – Oakleigh was a popular destination for Greek immigrants and as such is regarded as the Greek culture capital of Melbourne.
Parkville – This inner-city suburb is home to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne Zoo and the University of Melbourne.
Queen Victoria Market – The “Queen Vic” is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere, and visitors can purchase meat, fish, fruit and vegetables alongside clothing, jewellery and crafts.
Richmond – Richmond is home to Bridge Road, the street bargain hunters flock to for factory outlet sales, and Victoria Street, known as “Little Saigon” thanks to the prevalence of Asian restaurants.
State Library – Australia’s oldest library and one of the first free libraries in the world, the State Library of Victoria plays a major role in Melbourne’s identity as a city of literature.
Trams – Forget buses and trains, when travelling in the CBD and inner suburbs you’ll find trams the most convenient way to get around—but don’t forget to top up your Myki card!
Upwey –This outer-eastern suburb has a real hippie vibe. The bushland, creeks and waterways make it a popular spot for nature lovers.
Victory – The Melbourne Victory soccer club competes in the Hyundai A-League and is based at AAMI Park in Melbourne’s sporting precinct.
West Gate Bridge – The West Gate Bridge provides passage over the Yarra River, linking the CBD with the western suburbs.
X-Class Tram – originally imported from the USA and no longer in service, you can visit this historic tram at the Tramway Museum Society of Victoria.
Yarra Valley – Head out to the Yarra Valley to find fantastic wineries, rolling hills and Healesville Sanctuary.
Zoos – Zoos Victoria operate three awesome facilities across Melbourne – Melbourne Zoo in Parkville, Werribee Open Range Zoo, and Healesville Sanctuary – each with their own unique layout and features.