South east touring route
Melbourne has a unique range of cafes, boutiques and bars hidden in the historic arcades and bluestone laneways that criss-cross its main streets. Seek out a perfect espresso and designer fashions, then find a seat in one of the city's newest bars as the sun goes down.
Federation Square is the city's vibrant heart, and home to restaurants, bars and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia galleries. Just over the Yarra River are the Royal Botanic Gardens, Southgate's busy restaurants and cafes, the Arts Centre and the NGV International.
Jump on a free City Circle tram for a ride that loops past the 'Paris End' of Collins Street, the grand Parliamentary precinct (from which the legendary MCG is a short walk), Carlton Gardens and the Melbourne Museum, Queen Victoria Market and the marinas and restaurants of the Docklands. Overnight: Melbourne.
Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, a fact reflected in its restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. Feast on a dizzying spread of the world's great cuisines.
From Obüs to Scanlan and Theodore, seek out Melbourne-based designers and their flagship stores. You'll be spoilt for choice.
Make your way around Melbourne's 100-plus galleries, ranging from large public institutions to smaller commercial spaces and artist cooperatives.
Discover abundant parks and leafy gardens in Melbourne and take a break from the hectic pace of the city with a relaxing stroll or picnic on the lawn.