Melbourne, in Australia's state of Victoria (VIC), is home to an interesting mixture of historic Victorian architecture and breathtaking modern buildings. With a vibrant, street cafe culture and excellent shopping, Melbourne is also widely considered to be the dining capital of Australia, with an enormous selection of cuisine. It is a lively, exciting city with a friendly multicultural population.
Melbourne has an abundance of parks, wide roads, and boulevards and is also the cultural and sporting capital of Australia, with world class sporting facilities and an abundance of museums, galleries and theatres.
Lying directly on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne offers easy access to the many different areas including the the Victorian Alps in the east, the Grampians and Great Ocean Road in the west and the fertile river valleys of the Murray in the north, to name just a few.
Things to See and Do
* Federation Square
* Shopping in South Yarra
* Southbank and Crown Casino
* Royal Botanic Gardens
* Melbourne Zoo
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Australian Dollar (AUD$)
Language - English
Land Area - 8,806 km²
Population - 4,000,000 approx
Electricity - 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centred below Australian style
Time - GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code - + 61
Port Location - The Port of Melbourne is located approximately 4 km's from the Melbourne CBD.
Transport Links - Melbourne's Tullamarine airport offers national and international flights worldwide. There are coach and rail links to most other capital cities.
There is an extensive transport system including trams, trains and buses. Rental cars and taxis are available or the city centre is easy to get around on foot.