Tue, January 20, 2009
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Explore Melbourne

2009-01-20 09:22:59 GMT2009-01-20 17:22:59 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Welcome to Melbourne, the home of the Australian Open.

A dynamic city of world-class events, boutique shopping, classy nightlife, renowned food and wine, modern architecture, galleries, theatres and museums, Melbourne is a stylish and sophisticated capital with plenty of experiences to keep you occupied.

Australia’s events capital excels at hosting international sporting and cultural affairs drawing visitors from around the world. City icons including the Melbourne Park, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Arts Centre and Flemington Racecourse come alive throughout the year with Australia's most prestigious events.

Excellent accommodation and many event facilities are within easy walking distance of the city, but Melbourne’s comprehensive public transport system also makes it easy to get around.

While you’re in town, make sure you discover all the treasures Melbourne has to offer. The city boasts a celebrated food and wine scene that caters for all budgets and tastes, while night owls are blessed with a wonderful assortment of bars creating a vibrant nightlife that rivals the world’s best.

Melbourne is also the nation’s fashion capital. If you feel like hitting the shops, you won’t be disappointed here. The city’s highly regarded independent fashion scene is complemented by high end international labels and quirky laneway boutiques.

Set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay and on the banks of the Yarra River, the lush parks and open spaces surrounding the city offer visitors a more relaxed option. Of if you feel like exploring, Melbourne’s suburban neighbourhoods are just a short tram ride from the city centre. Here you will find specialist eating destinations – Richmond for cheap and cheerful Vietnamese dishes, Carlton for Italian classics, Fitzroy for tantalising Spanish tapas – and an array of shops, bars, cafes, parks and other local flavours.

It’s important that you visit Melbourne with a sense of adventure, because many of they city’s treasures are hidden away down a labyrinth of laneways just waiting to be discovered.

Beyond Melbourne, Victoria offers some of Australia’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes and all within easy reach. Discover spectacular coastlines, wildlife reserves, award winning wineries, surf beaches, rainforests, coastal villages, relaxing hot springs and spectacular alpine scenery just a few hours drive from the city.

For more information visit www.visitmelbourne.com.

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