About Melbourne

Set on the shores of picturesque Port Phillip Bay, the southern-most city of mainland Australia is Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, where creativity and innovation come together to deliver great events, exciting places to explore and cutting-edge advancements that are globally acclaimed.

An undisputed leader in innovation, the city has become synonyms with many success stories particularly in the fields of technology, science and medicine. Fostering education, research and development, Melbourne is recognised as a knowledge powerhouse where collaborations of great minds have led to breakthroughs of international acclaim. This has led to Melbourne become an appealing destination to host collaborative business events that facilitate knowledge-sharing, trade partnerships, education, investment and exciting legacies.

As a major Australian gateway, Melbourne is easily accessible for international delegates and also easy to navigate once arrived. Perfect to explore on foot on an our extensive transport network, Melbourne invites delegates to discover its creative culture, expressed in its food, fashion, events, arts and music scene. Or for those wanting to explore further afield, the unique natural beauty of regional Victoria is just a short trip away.

Bars, Cafes & Dining

Melbourne is a food lovers’ paradise. From fine dining restaurants to chic rooftop bars, the city thrives on its cafe culture and bustling bar scene. With an array of restaurants, cafes and world famous wine regions within easy access of the city, come and be immersed in a journey of culinary discoveries.

Arts, Theatre & Culture

Melbourne’s culture is vibrant and alive. Scratch the surface and discover a thriving arts scene. The city is home to over 100 galleries, an array of live music and performing arts venues, world class theatre performances, various museums and unique outdoor public art. View Australian artwork collections and Indigenous culture at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Shopping

Melbourne is Australia’s style capital. From high end fashion labels to well-known Australian designers and individual finds, the city is a premier retail destination. Uncover shopping secrets in the city’s famed laneways, indulge in retail therapy at the major department stores and shopping centres, or explore the myriad of markets to find a unique gift or souvenir.

Iconic Melbourne

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Eureka Skydeck:

88 Eureka Skydeck 88 is Melbourne’s ‘must-see’ attraction. Two dedicated lifts rocket visitors to level 88 in under 40 seconds. The Skydeck offers complete 360-degree, floor-to-ceiling views over Melbourne city centre, sports precinct, Port Phillip Bay, Docklands and everything in between. It also includes an iPhone audio tour and complimentary WiFi. Come by day for brilliant views extending to the Dandenong Ranges, and by night to see the breathtaking Melbourne skyline.
Eureka Skydeck is the only observation deck in the world that can thrill you with The Edge – a glass cube which projects three metres out from the building – with you in it – suspended almost 300 metres above the ground.
Eureka Skydeck’s latest green screen installation, VERTIGO, is a specially constructed set creating an illusion for guests that they have fallen off the top of the building and are holding on 88 storeys above the ground. Have fun creating and capturing a unique Eureka VERTIGO photo to share with friends.
Visit: eurekaskydeck.com.au.

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Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

The Melbourne Star is one of only four Giant Observation Wheels in the world, and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. Operating 365 days a year, enjoy unparalleled views over Melbourne during the day and night. Each of the 21 spacious, air-conditioned cabins are large enough to allow up to 20 guests to walk comfortably around during the 30-minute flight. Book a private cabin for a one-of-a-kind experience with food and beverage packages and up to three rotations.

To double the fun, get your skates on. The Melbourne Star Skate and Fly special package offers a jam-packed day full of sky-high fun on the Melbourne Star and ice cool skating at the O’Brien Group Arena located nearby.
Visit: melbournestar.com.au.

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Royal Botanic Gardens

Take time out of a busy schedule and head to Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Set on the edge of Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD), the Gardens offer stunning vistas, tranquil lakes and intertwined pathways to meander; while viewing more than 8,500 plant species. Enjoy the Garden Discovery Tour, a chauffeured punt on the tranquil Ornamental Lake or just unwind at one of the two cafes: The Terrace or Jardin Tan. Browse the Garden’s botanical-inspired souvenirs and gift shop or join the popular Aboriginal Heritage Walk that offers a rich and vibrant cultural experience. Indigenous guides provide a unique insight into the history of both the Gardens and its traditional owners. For a unique experience during summer, join the locals on the lawn at the mMoonlight outdoor cinema, theatre performances and exhibitions.
Visit: rbg.vic.gov.au

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Federation Square and Flinders Street Station

Overlooking Melbourne’s iconic railway station, Flinders Street Station; , Federation Square has become one of the most visited attractions in Melbourne. As the site for major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores, this modern piazza has become the city’s meeting place.
Federation Square is home to some of the best venues in Melbourne and hosts more than 2,000 events each year. Located in the city centre and with a unique mix of indoor and outdoor spaces available for hire, it makes an ideal location for festivals, concerts, conferences, markets, exhibitions, fashion shows and more. All venues offer a full range of event management services including : catering, cleaning, security, audio-visual and multimedia production.
Visit: federationsquare.com.au

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Melbourne Laneways

There is always something new to discover in Melbourne’s hive of bustling, creative laneways, with their covert boutiques, famed restaurants, hole-in-the-wall cafes and astonishing bars. Block Arcade, Degraves Street, Hosier Lane, AC/DC Lane, Tattersalls Lane, Meyers Place and Hardware Lane are just some of Melbourne’s best laneways to explore. Put the walking shoes on and go in search of alfresco eateries, cosy little bars, public art and funky pop up shops, and let the aroma of coffee brewing tempt you along the way. Several private and group walking tours are also available.
Visit: visitvictoria.com/Regions/Melbourne/Destinations/Laneways

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Luna Park and St Kilda Beach

Overlooking the famous Port Phillip Bay, just 15-minute drive from Melbourne’s city centre, the historic Luna Park is one of Melbourne’s iconic destinations. With 2012 celebrating 100 years of fun-filled adventures, Luna Park continues to surge forward with a generous mix of heritage listed attractions and brand new rides to satisfy all thrill seekers.
Luna Park also offers a range of function rooms to hire, ideal for incentive and corporate groups. After enjoying the adventure park, go for a stroll along St. Kilda Beach, one of Melbourne’s famous beaches, to enjoy this active precinct and spectacular views of the bay.
Visit: lunapark.com.au

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Shrine of Remembrance

Learn about Australia’s history at The Shrine, a major landmark on the city fringe. Opened in 1934, The Shrine is renowned for its spectacular architecture set amongst sprawling parklands and its stunning view along one of Melbourne’s main thoroughfares. The Shrine is a Victorian state memorial to Australians who served in global conflicts throughout Australia’s history and features over 800 artworks, historical artefacts and personal effects. Take a guided tour or self-guide, admission is free.
Visit: shrine.org.au/Home

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Fitzroy Gardens

The Fitzroy Gardens is one of Melbourne’s most historic and beautiful parks. The garden layout features pathways lined with magnificent eElm trees, and a variety of flowers and ornamental shrubs, which together with extensive lawns, create a diverse and layered landscape. Points of interest include the magnificent floral displays in the Spanish mission-style Conservatory, Cooks Cottage, Scarred Tree, Fairies’ Tree, model Tudor village, sculptures and fountains.

The Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre provides tourism information and entry tickets to Cooks Cottage. A free, guided walking tour departs from the visitor centre every Saturday at 10am. Refreshments are available from Kere Kere café at the visitor centre, and at the Pavilion café in the centre of the Gardens.

Visit: fitzroygardens.com

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Brighton Beach iconic boxes

Just 25 minutes from Melbourne CBD, Brighton Beach is located in the City of Bayside, which has 17Km of foreshore to Port Phillip Bay. Nestled on Dendy Street Beach, the Brighton Beach bathing boxes are a popular Bayside icon and cultural asset.

Bathing boxes and boatsheds are intrinsic to Port Phillip Bay and Western Port. Much has been written about Victorian morality and its impact on how people went about bathing and enjoying the seashore. Victorian attitudes and values of this era dictated the need for bathing boxes in Australia and concurrently on the beaches of England, France and Italy. European bathing boxes exist to this day.
Take your group to experience Brighton Beach and enjoy the scenery it has to offer, and capture some memorable photographs of yourselves with the iconic colourful boxes.
Visit: brightonbathingbox.org.au