What can you do in Melbourne?
You'll never be lost for luxurious things to do in Melbourne. Young, hip, and with plenty of disposable income, Melburnians are blessed with abundant amenities when it comes to shopping, entertainment, sports and culture. And if gourmet dining and fine wines are your thing, you've come to the right place.
Shop luxury goods on Collins Street
On a street lined with historic buildings and coffee shops, you can browse global luxury brands such as Hermes and Armani, or cutting edge Australian fashion labels like Zimmerman or Sir the Label.
Take a field trip to the Yarra Valley Wine Region
Fancy a glass of Shiraz? A tasting tour of the Yarra Valley wine region is a don't-miss. Melbourne Private Tours offers luxury rides and guides to help you access all the region has to offer, including winery barrel room tastings and gourmet dining.
Stroll around St. Kilda's
Not too far from city center, St. Kilda's is beach-y area full of quirky shops, old school European patisseries and a pier to stroll. Once a glitzy resort village, this laid back suburb is dotted with Victorian mansions and heritage buildings, including Luna Park, Australia's first amusement park dating from 1912.
Where to Stay in Melbourne?
Of all Australia's cities, Melbourne has the best reputation for luxury hotels. Boutique or classically grand, you'll be spoiled for five-star choices.
Hotel Windsor Melbourne
One of Australia's grand hotels, Hotel Windsor is perfectly situated near the Collins Street shopping area and central for sight-seeing. The stately 180-room building is justly famous for its service and was once owned by the British royal family.
The Lyall Hotel and Spa
Discreet, Asian-themed suite accommodation and a respected on-site spa bring guests back to The Lyall year after year. Situated in a leafy neighborhood away from the bustling city core, the hotel is dedicated to unpretentious comfort and privacy.
Where to Eat in Melbourne?
According to Timeout magazine, Melbourne is one of the top 10 cities in the world when it comes to gourmet dining out. Some of the best are clustered in the central business district (known as CBD).
Vue du Monde
Theatrically located on the 55th floor of Melbourne's iconic Rialto Tower, Vue du monde features carefully considered tasting menus and spectacular views. Ask about their Dom Pérignon private dining room service for 12.
Elevated Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine is the mainstay of Flower Drum, also in CBD. With a reputation for serving up beautiful dishes with the freshest seasonal ingredients, Flower Drum offers both banquet and cozy private dining experiences.
With head chef who forages the countryside for unusual ingredients and an 18-course tasting menu, Lûmé in South Melbourne is for serious foodies who want to experience the very best Australian cuisine can offer.
What events to attend in Melbourne?
Melbourne hosts the world for many international sporting and cultural events. Perhaps its most iconic is New Year's Eve, which Melbourne celebrates in grand style before anywhere else in the world.
One of the four global events that make up the coveted "Grand Slam" of tennis, the Open provides an impressively organized kick-off to the professional tennis season each January. A great excuse to visit Melbourne.
Melbourne International Film Festival
MIFF, as it is affectionately known, has been unspooling the finest of Aussie and international cinema since 1952. That makes it one of the world's longest running film festivals and the largest in the South. A-list celebrities, including local lights like Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and the Hemsworth brothers love it and appear regularly.
Each September, Melbourne hosts the Australian Rules Football championship. The national sport is much loved for its rough and tumble contact and ridiculously fast pace.