Host City

Melbourne

Victoria, Australia

Sydney, Host City

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is situated on the picturesque tree-lined banks of the Yarra River. Melbourne is located on the south-east coast and is the 2nd largest city in Australia. Over 3.5 million people live in the city, which has been voted The World’s Most Liveable City on a number of occasions. It is a thriving and cosmopolitan city with a unique balance of graceful old buildings and stunning new architecture surrounded by parks and gardens. Melbourne is Australia’s leader in the arts, sport and fashion, and has some of the finest restaurants in the country.

Melbourne is renowned for its festivals and sporting events, staging an exciting variety of entertainment each year including the Formula One Australian Grand Prix, the Australian Open Tennis, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Melbourne Film Festival, the Boxing Day Test Cricket, the AFL Grand Final, the Heineken Golf Classic, and the Spring Racing Carnival.

The recent Docklands development has seen Melbourne city embrace the beauty of the Bay, converting old port authority sheds west of the city into a vibrant residential, business, sporting and entertainment precinct by the water.

For the night cats, Melbourne has the most live music venues in Australia and a burgeoning number of chic and groovy inner city bars for every level and style of socialising imaginable. Melbournians are also spoilt by the quality and range of gastronomic delights available to them. And for the shop-a-holics Melbourne fashion is the envy of many, from the Paris end of town in ritzy Collins Street to the urban cool of Chapel Street in South Yarra.

For more information on Melbourne including maps and guides, please visit www.whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au. You can also get tailored advice once you have arrived by going to the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, open 0900 to 1800 7 days a week. Visit Melbourne.

AROUND VICTORIA

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is one of Melbourne’s leading attractions – an adventure you wouldn’t want to miss.

Discover the extraordinary creatures of the Underwater World and the 12 themed zones, from Ocean Invades to different shark species. Spend hours in the Underwater ecosystem, then take a trip to the snow and visit the sub-Antarctic penguins. Be adventurous: get a face-to-fin Shark Dive Xtreme, diving with Melbourne’s Blacktip Reef Sharks, Sandbar Whalers, Largetooth Sawfish and sharkers up to 3 metres long.

The SEA LIFE Melbourne Conservation is committed to conserving oceans, ensuring they are healthy, properly protected, and full of diverse life. The aquarium has partnered with SEA LIFE Trust to engage a new generation of young leaders for a sustainable and positive future of the world’s ocean.

High Country Balloon Flights

Start your day in the air and to the rising sun, with the High Country balloon flights in northeast Victoria. Make memories of the beautiful scenery of Victoria, soaring across the areas such as the Kings and Ovens valleys and the wine areas of Milawa and Rutherglen.

Fly high and see more information about High Country

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Melbourne Gardens Tours

For more than 165 years, the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria gardens have been a treasure to Melbourne’s natural landscape.

The Melbourne Garden lies on 38 hectares, collecting more than 8,500 species of diverse plants from around the world. Tour the Aboriginal Heritage Walk at Melbourne gardens learn about the cultural significance of the garden to the local Kulin Nation, exploring the traditional uses of plants for food, medicine and tools.

Even if you’re not much of a flow or plant enthusiast, you’ll find plenty to see and appreciate at the Melbourne Gardens. And with no admission fee, a visit here is one of the best things to do in Melbourne for free.

Victoria's Farmers Market

There is no other place to get the freshest and seasonal produce than your local Farmers Market. Victoria’s Farmer’s markets have been growing strong, despite COVID, and with its rich history and wide collection of interesting finds and fresh food, there is something for everyone

Walk the dozens of stalls selling all kinds of foods and items, everything from varieties of fruits and vegetables to clothing, jewelry and accessories. Immerse yourself with the warmth of the local community and culture. These Farmers’ markets take place on weekends at local ovals and parks, town halls and on footpaths – weekly, fortnightly and monthly all across Victoria.

Connect and meet the community at one of Victoria’s local Farmer’s Market

Great Ocean Road and The Twelve Apostles

If you are an adventurer, take a road trip along the Great Ocean Road to the Twelve Apostles – you won’t regret it. Feel the breeze, smell the salty sea and see the shiny blue waters at the Twelve Apostles.

Immerse yourself with nature, where the native bushland meets the golden beaches of Victoria’s spectacular coastline. The Twelve Apostles is a popular tourist attraction for its geological and coastal history. There are plenty of ways to see the Twelve Apostles, either book a scenic helicopter flight for a bird’s-eye view or hike along the Great Ocean Walk for a close view.

Phillip Island Day Tour

Phillip Island is known by its Traditional Owners, Bunurong, as Millowl and dates to tens of thousands of years. Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island is home to a rich culture and heritage for all visitors to learn.

Phillip Island sits nicely off the coast for an abundance of family fun activities and adventures. Phillip Island is most notable in Victoria for its nature and wild, especially the community of penguins that walk the sandy beaches. Stay immersive by nature with endless scenic walks and trails, then wrap your day at the pop-up cafes, modern eats and series of wineries and breweries Phillip Island has to offer.

See what’s waiting for you at Phillip Island.