Discover Melbourne

A wide variety of day trips and Pre/Post Tours will be sure to offer an insight into the spectacular landscapes, unique wildlife, country culture, the sheer beauty and regional differences of this vast land we live in. More information can be found here.

Visitors will find Melbourne an exciting city to explore. Modern architecture and design is juxtaposed with heritage buildings reflecting Australia’s cultural history. But beneath the city’s impressive façade, lies the true heart and soul of the city; laneways which snake the city grid to reveal cafes and bars, fashion houses, boutiques, innovative cuisine, galleries, theatres and museums.

Melbourne has a lively passion for social eating, which is reflected in the thousands of restaurants serving up gastronomic experiences from around the world. Everywhere you will uncover a vast array of fashionable cafes, where you can enjoy Melbourne's extensive coffee and cafe culture to the fullest.

The city of Melbourne was recently voted the world’s most liveable city for the sixth consecutive year. Delegates to Melbourne will have no trouble filling their downtime when in town and for those who want to explore further afield, the unique natural beauty of regional Victoria is just a short trip away.


Melbourne in April

April is Autumn in Melbourne. The Autumn leaves are spectacular and our Autumn days can be glorious, but also changeable and unpredictable, so come prepared.

Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather. A tip for any visitor is to be prepared for anything – wear layers that can be worn or removed as needed. It will be Autumn in April so the days will be shorter and temperate and the evenings will be cooler. A full range of weather may be experienced within a few days, from warm, calm and sunny to cold, windy and showery.


Here are our top five ideas on how best to enjoy Melbourne

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Weaving a maze through the city grid, Melbourne's laneways have been revitalised with street art and bustling cafes. There's always a thrill to be had when entering Melbourne's hive of creative laneways with their covert retail boutiques, visual art, famed restaurants and hole-in-the-wall cafes.

Idle the afternoon away by the bluestone cobbles at a Degraves Street or Centre Place cafe and become part of a Melbourne postcard scene. You're likely to find colourful street art as part of the annual Laneway Commissions. See anything from neon animals in Cocker Alley to video installations in Manchester Lane and paste-ups in Westwood Place.

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Forget you're in a city of four million people and slow-down in Melbourne's lavish parks, gardens and waterways. Surround yourself with age-old trees, manicured lawns and abundant wildlife in a pocket of calm and tranquillity in the middle of this bustling city. Wander the tree-lined pathways through the Treasury and Fitzroy gardens or enjoy the sculptured terraces of Birrarung Marr, Melbourne's newest garden situated on the shoulder of the Yarra River.

Melbourne's gardens are also home to a host of bird, animal and aquatic life, but for a more formal introduction to native Australian wildlife and other locally-found or more exotic species, visit the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Zoo. As well, the state-of-the-art Melbourne Aquarium harbours thousands of creatures from the Southern Ocean.

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Scratch the surface in Melbourne and you'll discover a city buzzing with dynamic and cutting-edge arts and culture. Make your way along St Kilda Road and begin your exploration of the arts precinct. Catch a premiering performance at the Arts Centre or international ballet stars in big-name productions at the home of the Australian Ballet. Take in blockbuster art at NGV International, and see the artists of the future in training at the Victorian College of the Arts.

At Federation Square, where art meets architecture, watch inspiring audio visual shows at ACMI, see the collection at the Ian Potter Centre, or catch a recital at The Edge theatre. Inside and out, you'll discover the innovation and skill of local artists and designers at hole-in-the-wall galleries and theatres across the city.

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Melbourne is Australia's culinary capital and has the numbers to prove it. Get the facts behind Victoria's love of all things food.

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Escape the city and bask in the natural beauty of regional Victoria. Travel the Great Ocean Road and beyond and experience one of the world's most scenic coastal drives. See the towering 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks and misty waterfalls. Admire the stunning coastline on the Great Ocean Walk, get up close to native wildlife at Tower Hill, and explore surf towns and seaside villages. Enjoy fine dining up and down the coast and stock up at local winemakers, dairy farms and fresh provedores along the way.

Combine the best of coastal living with Aussie charm on the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne. Pristine beaches and gloriously green hinterland – this much-loved holiday favourite is home to more than 50 boutique cellar doors and the region's renowned pinot noir. Explore the galleries, spas and cafes in breezy seaside villages, cool off with a day on the beach, or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique wineries.

Cross into the different worlds of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Escape to the Yarra Valley to indulge in life's great pleasures of food, wine and nature. Disappear from the bustle of city life into the Dandenong Ranges' secret fern glades, towering forests and eclectic villages.

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