Why Melbourne Rivals Sydney as a City Break destination
Second doesn’t mean anything!
Australia is a vast and huge land, this much we know, but the cities which dominate the south and south-east of the country are without a doubt the most visited areas. If you’ve done Sydney, then the most sensible next option to head to is sports-mad Melbourne!
Melbourne is the second largest city in the country, and located in the state of Victoria. This is a popular city to visit for those who are about to head off on the iconic Great Ocean Road, or perhaps heading out to explore the Grampians National Park or Phillip Island; these destinations are all very easily reached from the city, making this a great base choice. If you’re looking for accommodation, whether you’re using the city as a stop off or you are actually staying there to explore, there are many options available to you, including many serviced apartments Melbourne choices. It’s about shopping around and finding out what is best for you and your needs.
Whether you’re visiting Melbourne for a huge sporting event, such as the F1 Grand Prix or the Australian Open tennis tournament, or you are simply wanting to explore the city on its own merits, there is plenty to see and do. Melbourne is an architecture fan’s dream, with many nods to Victoria times, as well as countless museums and galleries to spend a few hours in. There are also several gardens for a wander around, or perhaps huge scale shopping opportunities to splash the cash.
Melbourne, like many cities, is split into districts, with the centre of the city being the most visited. The Yarra River is historic in its own right, but the Docklands area is a cosmopolitan part of the city, full of gastronomy, nightlife, and shopping. Southbank is another popular area, and another entertainment hotspot, including the famous and huge Crown Casino.
If you want to spend a day in a quieter area, somewhere you can truly relax, the St Kilda is for you. The beaches here are laid-back and fun, whilst also boasting good nightlife and restaurants too. On a Sunday, be sure to head to the arts market in this part of the city, or simply take a walk along St Kilda Pier.
If heading out into nature is on your agenda, why not hire a bike and fill your lungs with fresh air? There are several trails in and around the city to enjoy, such as the Yarra River Trail, Bay Trail, or the Capital City Trail; these all offer scenic rides, and a chance to kick back and relax.
Melbourne might come second to Sydney in terms of size, but it certainly rivals its big brother in terms of attractions and hotspots!