Where: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates: 37°48’S 144°57’E
When: December through March are the city’s summer months with the best weather and the most events. This also means the largest crowds. September to November or March to May are excellent months to visit as Melbourne experiences spring-like weather with more space to explore.
Colorful bathing houses of Brighton Beach, Melbourne.
Why: Melbourne was effortlessly cool long before it was dubbed Australia’s hipster city. Innovative yet classic, humble with a side of grit, artsy and athletic Melbourne is a cultural capital that always offers something new to discover, no matter how many times you visit.
Who: Foodies, families, couples, singles, art lovers, culture seekers, fashionistas, sports fanatics – in other words, everyone.
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Take a break from exploring Melbourne's laneways at one of their many cafés.
Eat: The city’s diverse citizens have turned Melbourne into a hot pot of quality ethnic eats. Grab a Vietnamese Lunch Box from Jardin Tan for a picnic in the park, or munch on a Fried Spider Crab Taco from Mr. Myagai’s. And the Iberian delights at Bar Lourinhã are always a crowd pleaser. The city is also big on burgers, and the best beef-stuffed buns can be found at Betty’s Burgers, Benny Burger, and Huxtaburger.
Drink: For the best brews and cocktails in town, head for the sky. Rooftop bars are aplenty in Melbourne because who doesn’t enjoy a drink with a view? Some of our favorites include tiki-themed Palmz, no-frills The Hills, and summer-hotspot Good Heavens.
The blue fairy penguins are the smallest penguins in the world, and they've made their home in Melbourne.
See: The Penguin Parade at Philip’s Island. Yes, it’s literally a parade of the world’s tiniest penguins returning to their nests from a day in the water, and yes, it’s freaking adorable.
Do: Cheer with the fans at one of Melbourne’s many sporting events, and explore the street art, cafés, and shops found in the city’s labyrinth of laneways.
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QT Melbourne's rooftop bar is the perfect spot to unwind at the end of the day.
Stay: Celebrate Melbourne’s artistic side at edgy The Blackman Hotel, with its modern art museum-like décor and conveniently close location to the Central Business District. If a trendy boutique vibe is more your style, check out the chic digs at QT Melbourne. Plus, it has its own rooftop bar.
Introduce yourself the hippest city down under. Contact a Liberty Travel consultant today to include Melbourne on your Australia adventure.